And The British Left India On Their Own

"Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... [I]t took a president to get it done."

Hillary Clinton

Hillary's Racist Twang: Between Hope And Hard Work

Is this Hillary comparing Barack Obama to MLK or disrespecting MLK? I think both. America has had 43 presidents and one MLK. MLK stands in a league of his own. MLK stands in the same league as Gandhi. No American president save Lincoln stands in the same league as Gandhi. You don't get to compare MLK to Lyndon Johnson. That is like comparing Gandhi to Mountbatten.

I feared Barack smarting from the New Hampshire loss might play the race card wrong in South Carolina, but I am not worried no more. (How To Play The Race Card In South Carolina) Hillary just ran her Willie Horton ad, and this is not 1988 no more. She has grossly misjudged the mood in the country.

Hillary just handed Barack a nomination. Barack has to do three things. One, he has to take Hillary to task for disrespecting MLK. Two, he has to realize there is no escaping taking the race issue head on. Three, he has to take the high road on race and do a MLK on taking race relations in America to a new level, he has to come up with a message that appeals to both whites and blacks. MLK already taught us how to do that. I think I already wrote a perfect speech for him to deliver. (JFK, Obama Parallels: Catholic, Black)

It would be better still if he also snatched the gender theme from Hillary. Hillary has studiously avoided tackling gender as an issue. Women of America need more than crying. The gender issue can be had. If you want symbolic progress on gender, go with Hillary. If you want substantive progress on gender, come with my guy Obama. Let's declare a global war on domestic violence.

Hillary Cried, Women Responded, She Won
Muscular Gender Agenda

It Is Not Like Bill Clinton Took Us To The Moon

Bill Clinton looks good because people compare him to George W Bush. Bill Clinton looks good because people compare him to George H W Bush. He did give eight good years of economic stewardship. He is a smart guy, a Rhodes Scholar and all that. He does not come in the long tradition of racist white men from the South like Trent Lott does. He is on record attending black churches and singing too. But Bill Clinton never made any serious attempt to tackle the chronic poverty in the inner cities. Barack will. Bill Clinton was good. Barack will be great. Bill Clinton got into AIDS and Rwanda after he was no longer president. Barack will engineer total debt relief for Africa while president. (Africa And Colonialism 2.0)

And, besides, this republic was designed to tackle poverty and crime and education and health and space exploration and world peace. Under Bill Clinton the republic had to tackle Monica for over a year. That was an unnecessary burden on the system.

Iowa: One And A Half Victory Parties
Bill Clinton In Top 10, Barack Obama In Top 5

Ugh. I can't believe Hillary just went ahead and disrespected MLK. Who came up with this idea? Mark Penn?

Shame, Shame, Shame

Shame on the women in California who can't imagine a black man in the White House.

In The News

Clinton Says Obama Playing Racial Politics Washington Post and said that he has not yet been held to account for his record on the war in Iraq. ..... Several prominent African Americans have voiced concern about statements by Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, the day before the New Hampshire primary. ....... "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... [I]t took a president to get it done." ....... "This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." After some complained, Clinton said that he was referring only to Obama's Iraq record and not his candidacy. ...... "Dr. King didn't just give speeches," Clinton said. He understood "he had to move the political process and bring in those who were in political power. ... He wanted somebody in the White House who would act," she said. .... "He gave a very impassioned speech against it and consistently said that he was against the war, he would vote against the funding for the war," she said. "By 2003, that speech was off his Web site. By 2004, he was saying that he didn't really disagree with the way George Bush was conducting the war. And by 2005, 6, and 7, he was voting for $300 billion in funding for the war. The story of his campaign is really the story of that speech and his opposition to Iraq. I think it is fair to ask questions about it." ....... "How do you translate your words into deeds?" she added later. "I think it is fair to point out that he has no record of actually producing positive change." ........ Edwards, on CNN's "Late Edition," reiterated his pledge to continue his campaign "through the convention." ....... Giuliani has staked much of his campaign on a win in Florida on Jan. 29, while Romney faces a big test on Tuesday in Michigan ...... "I hate to say poor Mitt, because a man with that much wealth is hardly poor anything," he added.
Clinton Accuses Obama Camp of Distorting Her Words New York Times Representative James E. Clyburn, the South Carolina Democrat who is the highest-ranking African-American in Congress. Mr. Clyburn had expressed disappointment in the Clinton campaign. ...... giving President Lyndon B. Johnson more credit than Dr. King for civil rights law. ...... use of the phrase “fairy tale” in talking about Mr. Obama’s views on the war in Iraq. ..... At a later stop, she said that her remark had not captured what she had sought to portray. ...... Asked what role she thought race would play in her contest with Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton responded, “I hope none.” ....... “I don’t think either Senator Obama or myself want to see the injection of race or gender into this campaign,” she continued. “We are each running as individuals. I think it’s absolutely extraordinary that the two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for president are an African-American and a woman.” ...... the Democratic presidential fight between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama ....... the may not end on the mega-primary day of Feb. 5$20 million or so that they currently have on hand — to advertise heavily in the expensive media markets of California, New Jersey and New York ........ Among the new national finance leaders are four New Yorkers
Obama Calls Clinton Allegations “Ludicrous” FOXNews new endorser, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) ...... Obama responded incredulously, “This is fascinating to me. I mean, I think what we saw this morning is why the American people are tired of Washington politicians and the games they play. But Senator Clinton made an unfortunate remark, an ill-advised remark, about King and Lyndon Johnson. I didn’t make the statement. I haven’t remarked on it and she, I think, offended some folks who felt that somehow diminished King’s role in bringing about the Civil Rights Act. She is free to explain that, but the notion that somehow this is our doing is ludicrous. I have to point out that instead of telling the American people about her positive vision for America, Senator Clinton spent an hour talking about me and my record in a way that was flat out wrong.” ...... Clinton Supporter, Darrell Jackson Calls Clinton Remarks Painful. “Sharp criticism of Barack Obama and other comments about Martin Luther King Jr. — all from people associated with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — have generated resentment among some black S.C. voters. ...... many black voters now are drawn to the prospect of a black man winning the presidency. Those on both sides say watching the battle unfold in the Palmetto State, where black voters could cast half of the votes in the Democratic primary, won’t be pretty. ‘To some of us, it is painful,’ said state Sen. Darrell Jackson, a Clinton supporter.” ....... his own phone had been ringing with friends around the country voicing their concern. “I’ve been concerned about some of those comments - and that there might be a backlash,” he said ...... Donna Brazile Lashed Into Bill Clinton For Comparing Obama To A “Fairy Tale” And Said “It’s An Insult… As An African-American” And That His Tone And Words Are “Very Depressing.” “Donna Brazile lit into Bill Clinton over his insulting comments of Obama, where he called him a “fairy tale” and said “I could understand his frustration at this moment. But, look, he shouldn’t take out all his pain on Barack Obama. It’s time that they regroup. Figure out what Hillary needs to do to get her campaign back on track. It sounds like sour grapes coming from the former commander in chief. Someone that many Democrats hold in high esteem. For him to go after Obama, using a fairy tale, calling him as he did last week. It’s an insult. And I will tell you, as an African-American, I find his tone and his words to be very depressing. … I think his tone, I think calling Barack Obama a kid, he is a United States senator.” ....... came perilously close to injecting racial tension into what should have been — and still should be — an uplifting contest between the first major woman candidate and the first major African-American candidate. ...... Why Mrs. Clinton would compare herself to Mr. Johnson, who escalated the war in Vietnam into a generational disaster, was baffling enough. It was hard to escape the distasteful implication that a black man needed the help of a white man to effect change. She pulled herself back from the brink by later talking about the mistreatment and danger Dr. King faced. Former President Bill Clinton, who seems to forget he is not the one running, hurled himself over the edge on Monday with a bizarre and rambling attack on Mr. Obama.
Clinton Surrogate Makes Veiled Reference to Obama's Drug Use ABC News "I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won't say what he was doing but he said it in his book." .... Carson speculated that Johnson may have been referring to Obama's time spent as a community organizer.
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