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1/26/2008

Dick Morris: Clintons Count on Racist Americans

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 10:56 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

Dick Morris is a politically well-known former advisor to Bill Clinton and that relationship means he has inside knowledge of the Clintons and the way they triangulate political decisions. (After all, Morris is even credited as the inventor of triangulation.)

That’s why we should take notice when Morris asserts the Clintons are counting on white Americans to vote based on racist, anti-black backlash. Morris believes that backlash will assure Hillary defeats Barack Obama, the choice of black voters:

“Hillary Clinton will undoubtedly lose the South Carolina primary as African-Americans line up to vote for Barack Obama. And that defeat will power her drive to the nomination.

The Clintons are encouraging the national media to disregard the whites who vote in South Carolina’s Democratic primary and focus on the black turnout, which is expected to be quite large. They have transformed South Carolina into Washington, D.C. — an all-black primary that tells us how the African-American vote is going to go.

By saying he will go door to door in black neighborhoods in South Carolina matching his civil rights record against Obama’s, Bill Clinton emphasizes the pivotal role the black vote will play in the contest. And by openly matching his record on race with that of the black candidate, he invites more and more scrutiny focused on the race issue.

Of course, Clinton is going to lose that battle. Blacks in Nevada overwhelmingly backed Obama and will obviously do so again in South Carolina, no matter how loudly former President Clinton protests. So why is he making such a fuss over a contest he knows he’s going to lose?

Precisely because he is going to lose it. If Hillary loses South Carolina and the defeat serves to demonstrate Obama’s ability to attract a bloc vote among black Democrats, the message will go out loud and clear to white voters that this is a racial fight. It’s one thing for polls to show, as they now do, that Obama beats Hillary among African-Americans by better than 4-to-1 and Hillary carries whites by almost 2-to-1. But most people don’t read the fine print on the polls. But if blacks deliver South Carolina to Obama, everybody will know that they are bloc-voting. That will trigger a massive white backlash against Obama and will drive white voters to Hillary Clinton.”

I don’t want Hillary Clinton to win the Presidency but I care a lot more about race relations in America than I do about whether she wins or loses. Unlike the Clintons, I think most Americans are past the point where a person’s skin color matters. If this election tells us anything about race, I hope it tells us the Clintons are wrong and I’m right.

— DRJ

34 Responses to “Dick Morris: Clintons Count on Racist Americans”

  1. The promise of diversity….becomes the politics of race.

    And, amazingly, “Democratics” don’t see it that way at all, do they?

    reff (99666d)

  2. I don’t want Hillary Clinton to win the Presidency but I care a lot more about race relations in America than I do about whether she wins or loses. Unlike the Clintons, I think most Americans are past the point where a person’s skin color matters.

    Just exactly right. It’s disgusting and infuriating that the Clintons assume that white America is a bunch of racists. Projection anyone? Don’t know for sure but it sure sounds like it.

    The irony of Morris speaking like this so close to the celebration of one whose most famous speech said he hoped people would judge others based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character is just too rich.

    Someone should do a survey (maybe someone already has) of who blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics etc. would vote for, given a choice only between Obama and Clinton.

    Obama, as much as I vehemently disagree with his politics, from what I’ve seen of him is a decent and honorable man. Hillary and Bill Clinton (it’s a two-fer you know)? LOLOL. ‘Nuff said.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  3. Reff: I *do* see it that way, and it’s one of the reasons i’m not voting for Clinton.

    aphrael (db0b5a)

  4. I won’t vote for the candidates of any party that has spent the last 20 years calling me a racist because of the color of my skin. Period.

    Want to find out where a Democrat stands? Kick over a rock.

    sherlock (b4bbcc)

  5. Obama … from what I’ve seen of him is a decent and honorable man.

    The evidence is that he is a solid family man. In all other respects, he is a Chicago Machine hack. He owes his position to 1) doing what he was told by the party bosses (aka Richard M. Daley) and 2) the self-destruction of the Republican Party in Illinois four years ago. If he is elected, look for Daley to be President by proxy and “All You Carry Day” at the U.S. Treasury year-round.

    nk (eeb240)

  6. *All You Can Carry Day*

    nk (eeb240)

  7. I think the Clintons are half right, at least.
    It certainly matters to blacks what color a person is. And if, by flocking to Obama, they make him seem just another black politician, the Clintons have won–although not precisely in the way that Morris means. If Obama becomes another black politician, then he becomes simply another Sharpton, Jackson, Rangell…And will a white vote for another Sharpton to be president?

    kishnevi (db1823)

  8. The Clinton’s inner “David Duke” has surfaced.

    Perfect Sense (b6ec8c)

  9. My concern is not so much that whites will reject Obama, but that this is such an identity politics race. The Colbert Report had a black woman on who had to defend the “do I vote black or female” question. The “do you vote for the best qualified person” didn’t come up. I’ve seen it again and again.

    The irony is that we are supposedly overcoming racism and sexism as we are presented with candidates who explicitly encourage voters to follow identity politics. I guess as long as you aren’t voting for a white man it’s all ok

    Dr T (340565)

  10. You are incorrect, nk. Obama took on the Chicago political machine. It was only after he beat the Daley-backed candidates three times that they became Obama supporters. He owes them nothing.

    jkh (8a65c8)

  11. Anyone who thinks Obama is not a racist should visit his church’s website. http://www.tucc.org/about.htm I was horrified by the racist and anti-American rhetoric! He would be a “divider”, not a “uniter”.

    Jim (855f74)

  12. Don’t be silly, jkh. If anything of what you claim went on, it was mere theater. Just a show between Obama and Daley to show what you said and to show his constituency that “he ain’t no Uncle Tom”. Ain’t no Democrat gonna be elected to state-wide office without kneeling before Daley and all of Cook County’s Ward Committeemen and kissing their … err … rings.

    nk (eeb240)

  13. P.S. I saw this very same show with Daley and the McCaskeys over Soldier Field. You would have thought that they were ready to fight duels the way they were slinging insults at each other. In the end, Chicago taxpayers paid 150 million dollars to help the McCaskeys make more money. How much went into Daley’s offshore accounts, I don’t know.

    nk (eeb240)

  14. The damage has been done- not to Senator Obama
    or Senator Clinton but to this country .

    Pres. Clinton knew exactly what to say and when
    to say it.

    Senator Clinton at one time referred to Senator
    Obama’s ethnicity during an interview .
    She didn’t speak a untruth , but gender and race
    has nothing to do with the REAL Issues .

    Lets go back then to Pres. Clintons ‘ errors .

    WHITE WATER,BLACKHAWK DOWN,MONICA, THE “TRAILER”
    PERSON . Petty and cheap HUH , .

    I was planning to vote for Sen. Clinton,but I
    might as give my vote away to some Republican .
    Rather than the same old Washington DC “Stuff”

    CE Williams (80fa7a)

  15. Its always funny to see how racist and disminatory the ‘progressive’ party in America is. What an insult to voters to be treated as too ignorant and lacking discernment to vote for a candidate on anything other than skin color or gender.

    Dana (dbafed)

  16. Don’t let moderate Hillary Fool You

    “Hillary Clinton weighed in on the immigration reform debate recently by accusing the House Republicans of passing a bill that would “criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself.” Hillary also opined that the House bill “flew in the face” of Republicans’ stated support for faith and values.”

    [clip]

    “…Hillary invariably relies on the maxim “the best defense is a good offense” to deflect attention from her own wrongdoing. She refuses to address or apologize for the statements — many of them vulgar and outrageous …”

    [clip]

    I’m having a Dream Speech

    TC (1cf350)

  17. I was all for Hillary until Bill got in on the act. She has allowed him to do her a diservice by speaking out as a co-candidate. I am changing my vote for Obama, and race has nothing to do with it.

    Tallulah Conn (ca4778)

  18. America needs the best qualified person for the job, male female, black or white. This is no time to play gender or racial politics. In case others have not noticed, I have. America and the rest of the world are in trouble.As you know when America sneezes many countries catch the cold. My recommendation is for us as a nation to begin some heavy-duty praying. Only God can rescue America. Whoever will become president will need God’s help to fix this mess. God’s choice is best for America. Both Hillary and Barack are brilliant and skilled leaders. I pray for them both to be where God wants them. I am sure that neither of them wants to be president without God’s help. I am certain that they do not want to get the job and make a big mess and the history books say they made the situation worse. I do not envy anyone who wants to be President it is a huge undertaking and for their sakes I just hope whoever wins will be suuported by the one who loses as he or she will need all the help they can get.

    Wayne (d6d349)

  19. “Ain’t no Democrat gonna be elected to state-wide office without kneeling before Daley and all of Cook County’s Ward Committeemen and kissing their … err … rings.”

    – nk

    Careful. Nobody thought that McGovern could win the Democratic nomination in ’72 without the endorsement of the Daley/Meany axis, and he did.

    Obama could very well be Daley’s tool. I’m just saying that you ought not assume it outright, or assume that any Democrat from Chicago is automatically in Daley’s pocket.

    Leviticus (2446e6)

  20. The clintons say words dont matter and Barak is just elequent. Words do matter – remember these words “Mr. Gorby tear down this wall” or “read my lips” or “i did not have *** with that woman” or “mission accomplished” The Clintons are sad.

    Robert (b2cf3a)

  21. I would prefer to think that Morris’ words are more a reflection of his thought processes, and not that of the Clinton’s.
    I would prefer to think that; but, “the past is prologue”.
    The Clinton’s have never displayed the highest level of character in politics, and I see no indication that they intend to change their behaviors.
    Someone said once that “..God protects children, fools, and the United States of America..”.
    I certainly hope that is true.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  22. Why would any segment vote as a block for any candidate from a certain party regardless of who the other party nominates? Teachers who refuse to take their own tests for merit pay-democrat. Unions in general-democrat. Blacks from every state and tax bracket-democrat. Evangelical-republican. Could someone explain why no one wants to be treated as if they were all the same yet vote so? Un-tied states sounds more accurate. Lincoln quoted scripture with “a house divided will not stand”.

    James (6ac4bb)

  23. Why do you think that Obama’s church is racist? I saw the “about us” link on its site. There is HUGE difference between being racist and worshipping a religion rooted in black history, pride and cultural traditions. Perhaps you’re so uncomfortable with the reality of race and ethnicity that you believe any real acknowledgment of how race works in society to help (along with many other factors) form people’s experiences makes you uncomfortable.

    JCT (6e9219)

  24. It’s disgusting and infuriating that the Clintons assume that white America is a bunch of racists.

    In this instance, aren’t they assuming that white Democrats are a bunch of racists?

    JD (fc7319)

  25. JCT – project much?

    JD (fc7319)

  26. JD—What do you mean by “project much?”

    JCT (6e9219)

  27. Perhaps you’re so uncomfortable with the reality of race and ethnicity that you believe any real acknowledgment of how race works in society to help (along with many other factors) form people’s experiences makes you uncomfortable.

    Project much? Maybe some people do not like Barry’s lack of experience. Maybe some people do not like the fact that he has shown a dangerous lack of understanding of foreign policy. Maybe some people are not comfortable with his close ties to Rezko and the Daley machine. Maybe some people are not comfortable with his changeyness. Maybe some people to not want an FDR devotee in the White House. There are all sorts of reasons to not want to vote for Barry, and race has nothing to do with any of them.

    JD (fc7319)

  28. I didn’t use the phrase in my post. You used it in response to my post. So, I’m asking YOU for clarification.

    JCT (6e9219)

  29. JCT – given the tone of your post, it seemed like you were projecting onto others the idea that we are uncomfortable with the idea of race. I hope I was wrong in my assessment.

    JD (fc7319)

  30. I’m just saying that you ought not assume it outright, or assume that any Democrat from Chicago is automatically in Daley’s pocket.

    While technically true, it remains a fact that you do NOT get elected to an officer elected by the entire state without owing Daley. It is not possible.

    Daley controls the votes one some 2.5 million people in Chicago. That’s massive, especially when some spots in Chi-town swing at least 85% dem, and others barely less.

    Illinois’s current Govenor is also an EXCELLENT example of “owing Daley”. So long as Daley backs him, I’m afraid we’re in for a long and shitty time of it.

    OT, but NK, can you name for me the great irony of the CHicago sales-tax increase, and the “seniors ride for free” change that Gov B had forced through?

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  31. I am uncomfortable with the fact that Barack Hussein Obama just barely qualifies as “a natural born citizen” of the United States. His upbringing in an Indonesian madrassa, too.

    nk (eeb240)

  32. Scott #30,

    OT, but NK, can you name for me the great irony of the CHicago sales-tax increase, and the “seniors ride for free” change that Gov B had forced through?

    You’re ahead of me on that. I moved out of the city and near DuPage County so that I would not have to deal with either.

    nk (eeb240)

  33. JD #29—I was originally responding to #11 and assertion that Obama and his church are racist. I clicked on the link given in #11 and wrote my post #27 in response to it.

    So, to respond directly to you JD, no I’m not projecting. I’m simply questioning #11’s assertions based on the evidence (or rather lack of it) given. So, I make my point again—what exactly on that link shows anything racist about Obama’s church?

    JCT (6e9219)

  34. Is Morris right though? He seems to be, if the new polls are any indication. Has identity politics come down to “finally got our slice of the pie” and there is only so much pie to go around, and if Obama gets in that means blacks will get a disproportionate share, and working poor whites will get the shaft? Is that what Hillary is really playing upon? And are white Dems really of that mindset?

    Either the Clintons are cynical enough to believe the worst of their fellow party members (I think we know they are) and this is indeed the strategy that will work, or Dems will reject these machinations and vote their heart and their head.

    All this talk about “backlash” is really strange. Whites will want payback for blacks voting for the black guy? “If that’s how they are going to play, we’ll do the same thing!” It just doesn’t make any sense. That would supposed an “our side vs. their side” mentality, and we lower middle class whites can’t let the blacks win! The Clinton’s Latino point man seems to have the same take on Hispanics: they aren’t about to let blacks get a leg up on them, they’ll vote white before they’ll let blacks move up on the racial pecking order.

    These are the same Democrats and liberals who taunt and degrade any black or minority who rises in the Republican party as an “Uncle Tom” or a house n******- probably the main reason black Republicans DON’T rise to prominence on the conservative side. It surely had an influence on Colin Powell. Then the Dems crow how the R’s are fielding a lily white slate of candidates. When Michael Steele, Condi Rice, Powell and J.C. Watts (refused a seat on the Congressional Black Caucus) are ostracized, demonized and portrayed as race traitors, its no wonder none rise on the right.

    Now it looks like Obama is getting the same treatment from the left for being too “uppity” and not waiting his turn when Queen Hillary is obviously next in line and he’s upsetting her coronation.

    Will the Clintons pay a price come November, when Hillary is surely the nominee? Will she and Obama both have to eat crow and share a ticket to heal the wounds of this primary? Will the monolithic black bloc finally wake up and leave the plantation that the Dems have kept them locked up on for 60+ years?

    Sometimes dirty politics is a good thing- like Clemenza sad on _The Godfather_, “this kind of thing needs to happen every five, every ten years. Last one was ten years ago. Get’s rid of all the bad blood.”

    Maybe a nice bloodbath will shake up the political landscape. It took white Southerners generations to figure out the elitist bi-coastal Dems weren’t doing anything for them and held them in contempt. Maybe religious black Southerners are about to find out the same thing. I don’t know if they’ll vote for McCain (they damn sure won’t vote for a racist cultist like Romney) but they may sit home for one election. Then in ’12 we’ll see I guess if there’s lasting damage. And Obama is a young man, I don’t think he’s going away any time soon.

    docweasel (975466)


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