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Anatomy of a character assassination

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Must read: DU poster McCamy Taylor's massive takedown of the Obama campaign's abuse of the race card.

Update: Meanwhile, WaPo harvests what Obama has sown:

The protracted and increasingly acrimonious fight for the Democratic presidential nomination is unnerving core constituencies -- African Americans and wealthy liberals -- who are becoming convinced that the party could suffer irreversible harm if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton maintains her sharp line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama.

Now, someone remind me, which of the Democratic candidates is constantly accused of being Rovian?

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

that Obama personally spoke up about the race issue.

IOW - when he was busted.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Damning not just of the Obama campaign, but the media.

I wonder if the Obama campaign has gone to the well once too often on this one. We'll probably find out because according to the WSJ (via Talk Left), Bill Clinton is expanding his campaign role because he was so successful in Pennsylvania. The places he visited went incredibly for Hillary. So, naturally, the Obama camp and I'm sure the media will seek to destroy or discredit him to shut him up.

I have to give it to the Big Dog, he has worked his ass off for his wife. Just as she worked hers off for him.

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If you thought that after eight years of Bush we were coming home to reality, you were sadly mistaken.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Over at Talk Left, andgarden in the comments referred to the statements of some of the African American members of Congress (Lacy called for Hillary to drop out for the good of the party) as racializing WWTSBQ? If that's what they're doing it's a very dangerous game. Not only could it hurt Obama in upcoming primaries and hurt the party overall, it could essentially make Obama unelectable in the Fall. The minute Obama becomes the black candidate, he's toast. That's unfortunate in many respects, but that's how it is. Not to mention that very few voters respond well to blackmail.

I do understand that black voters probably don't like hearing repeatedly about how crucial the white vote is in the Fall, as if their votes don't matter. Every time I see a news article on how white men will decide the primary, I grimace. All this way to get a female candidate and white men are still the swing vote. But then I calm down and do the math. Obama has sown up African Americans. Hillary has white women. Of course, white men are going to be a critical voting block. Unlike some African American leaders, I have always believed that black Americans were also capable of doing math. Hell, they know the black vote isn't enough to elect a democratic president. If it were, then all we'd have were democratic presidents. Probably African American democratic presidents.

I have no doubt that African Americans will be disappointed if Obama is not the nominee. Just as a lot of women will be disappointed if Clinton is not the nominee. But I also hope - and truly believe - that most folks will be grown ups about it and I recognize that I may very well be among those who is going to have to suck it up and be an adult.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

You're right, VL. But I think the only way to go forward is to act as though they will and then hope most - or enough - do. Otherwise, where are we?

The one good thing we have going for us is that there is nothing about McCain that's appealing to blacks or women. He's horrible on civil rights. He's horrible on women's rights. He's horrible.

The real problem here is with the "leadership," as it so often is regardless of whether your black or white.

And I don't know what is going on in Obama's campaign. It seems to be melting down. He's still the frontrunner, this crap makes him look weak. Like they don't think he can close it out. Which even if true, isn't something you should be signaling.

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And he calls Hillary divisive.

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Submitted by koshembos on

It is understandable that people are upset when "their" candidate is attacked and is in trouble. But that's the nature of a democratic campaign. African American may be eager for Obama to win; I would be too. The Democrats cannot, however, coronate Obama. As for "wealthy liberals" I wouldn't spend too much time on the 12 of them; as far as I am concerned they can vote McCain.

I would like to satisfy the African American community, but not at the cost of giving up on democracy.