Saturday, May 10, 2008

Clinton Plays The Race Card

Clinton has quoted the Associated Press in saying that, "Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me." If this is true, is it wrong for her to point it out?

Its a good question. Frankness can be a virtue. Tact is always a virtue. As she gracelessly drags her losing campaign to Denver, she is now playing the race card - that is, she is framing her argument in terms of racial politics. Her husband was doing this in the Southern primaries and was rebuked for it. And she should be now. Its divisive, both for the party and the nation. Her opponent has avoided playing up racial tensions, in spite of the importance race is to the historic nature of his campaign. Quite frankly, the majority gains nothing from excluding minorities. That's not what modern democracy is supposed to be about.

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