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Blockbuster accusation from Tucker Carlson

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Let me just say that very clearly it was the Obama campaign that first brought up the race question. It was the Obama people that smeared the Clintons as racists. Bill and Hillary Clinton. They made the case to reporters off the record, including me, that the Clintons were racists.

There's no way this could be true, of course.

Besides, Carlson isn't a credible source like, say, Matt Drudge.

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Submitted by scoutt on

This topic still makes my blood boil. This was the event that tipped me into ODS.
I could never look at the man or his wife without getting a bad taste in my mouth.
When is THIS book going to be written, huh?!
I don't know how the Clinton's could move on from this. Lowest of the low.

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Submitted by basement angel on

will get written about. Obama is pretty much living down to the expectations of the people who supported his opponent in the primary. The only people who are surprised by him and his administration are his fans. But they're peeling off and they will continue to do so. At some point, it will be acceptable to acknowledge this and the cheating in the last primary.

Meantime, Bill's foundation is working with nations all over Africa to provide medications free of charge to AIDS victims. Historically, it will be hard to sustain a charge of racism with that credit to his name.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Carlson could have said something back in 2008 when it would have made a difference.

By contrast the current charge of racism is true, CNN and Faux are trying to incite assassination.

But the phony cries of racism in the primary discredit legitimate charges racism now.

why you should never cry wolf.

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Submitted by gmoke on

This is the same horse manure the Right used excuse their own conduct with the Willie Horton ad. "Al Gore mentioned Willie Horton first in the primaries against Dukakis." Fact is Gore did mention the prison furlough issue but he never said the words, "Willie Horton" and the issue was never the focus of his campaign.

Obama may have peddled the idea of racism in the Clinton camp but please G*d don't help the Right by saying "Obama started it" to help justify the craziness that's promoting racism among disgruntled voters now.

Go ahead and hate Obama but don't empower the racists on the Right at the same d@mn time.

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Submitted by scoutt on

It's offensive that you think folks would stoop to such a simplistic approach.
It's possible to be repulsed by the behavior on both sides.

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Submitted by vastleft on

... that the Obama campaign directly (but off-the-record), approached him and other media figures to plant racism smears of the Clintons.

While his claim of being fed such stories is not proven (and possibly not provable, unless he has tape of off-the-record conversations), it's certainly consistent with the events of the campaign, events that have conveniently been stuffed down the memory hole.

In what way does calling attention to this truly blockbuster accusation "empower the racists on the Right"?

If it happens to be true (not a given with Fox News folk, to be sure), should one look the other way?

And introducing "hate" is a pretty cheap move on your part, BTW.

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Submitted by vastleft on

of a series of smears of the Clintons remotely like Willie Horton and the false accusations about Gore (unless you're comparing Obama's exploitation of smears to Bill Bradley's, perhaps)?

In case you lost count, that list includes:

LBJ/MLK, "fairy tale," "AFAIK," the "Birth of a Nation"-evoking 3:00AM ad, the darkened photo, the Muslim-garb photo, and Geraldine Ferraro saying the same thing about Obama that Obama and Andrew Sullivan said, along with the insane over-reaction to Bill's "Jesse Jackson" comment.

Obama rode to the nomination on those smears. And see the links in the original post for evidence that his campaign and his surrogates were directly involved in propagating them, along with fueling the outrageous RFK-gate freakout and disseminating Keith Olbermann's McCarthyesque rant about it to the Washington press pool.

Submitted by lambert on

I thought the primaries were over?

For the record, I don't hate Obama. That's why I'm careful to clean up even mild tropes like the TOTUS, to name one example, to keep Corrente clear of any nonsense like that.

I do hate some of the things Obama does. I hate normalizing torture, for example, as I think any liberal should.

And, I might add, I also hate some of the things his supporters do.

NOTE For those who came in late, there was a class of Obama supporter who was of the deeply held view that there was no other possible explanation for not supporting Obama but hate. (After the accusation of racism had been cleared away, of course.)

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Submitted by Davidson on


A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.

The comments, which ranged from the New York senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement — an aide later said she misspoke — to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama’s image in the media as a “fairy tale” — generated outrage on black radio, black blogs and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.

“A cross-section of voters are alarmed at the tenor of some of these statements,” said Obama spokeswoman Candice Tolliver, who said that Clinton would have to decide whether she owed anyone an apology.

“There’s a groundswell of reaction to these comments — and not just these latest comments but really a pattern, or a series of comments that we’ve heard for several months,” she said. “Folks are beginning to wonder: Is this really an isolated situation, or is there something bigger behind all of this?”

1. Bill Clinton was talking about Obama's so-called "anti-war" stance "from the beginning," not his generic image in the media.
2. Obama, in spite of claims that he was desperately avoiding any hint of race, clearly pushed to make race an issue, part of a "pattern." This was his official spokesperson. Not to mention, his SC chair, Dick Harpootlian, compared Bill Clinton to Lee Atwater. And then there was National Chair Jesse Jackson, Jr. discussing the lack of "tears" by Hillary Clinton for Katrina (when he wasn't making OJ and Nicole Simpson comparisons) and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Jackson (and Obama superdelegate) smearing Bill Clinton with "fairy tale" at church during MLK remembrance ceremonies.

Submitted by jawbone on

didn't Tucker say anything back when it would have made a difference?

1) To keep "access" to Obama and his team, and 2) why help your opponent (Democrats in general) when they're in the process of digging themselves a possible really deep hole?

But, now it has been said: Bill and Hill were unfairly fellow Dems (well, ostensibly fellow Dems...).

(Note to lambert: Not sure why, but I couldn't get reply to not available or some such message. But I am on the library computer, so maybe that affects things?)