Two weeks ago I asked this:
How do you think Detroit’s largely black population is going to react when they go to the polls tomorrow and learn that
(a) Hillary Clinton is on the ballot
(b) Barack Obama is not on the ballot
(c) Write-in votes are not counted?
Let me add another:
(d) After not voting because their votes weren’t going to count, learning that Hillary’s delegates could be seated at the convention . . . but none for Obama.
After “winning” Michigan and while being ahead 2:1 in Florida four days before the election, Hillary Clinton now wants the votes in both states to count, even when no-one else was on the ballot in Michigan and no one else campaigned in Florida due to a “gentleman’s agreement” between all the Democratic candidates. Ezra Klein calls it “the sort of decision that has the potential to tear the party apart.”
Glenn Reynolds saw this coming a month ago:
[If Hillary wins] by smears, or by clever insider manipulation, then she may lose not only Obama supporters, but black voters who are generally supportive of the Clintons.
Having spent forty years to build to the point where more than nine out of every ten black votes is cast for the Democratic presidential nominee, the Clintons apparently would gladly tear that all down just to win the nomination.
Liberal pundits are starting to take notice. Frank Rich sees the coming Democratic catastrophe, saying that a Hillary nomination through trickery “will send the Democrats into the general election with a new and huge peril . . . ” The liberal Newshogger says, “I look at Hillary Clinton’s campaign and I see people lacking in goodwill, overcome by raw ambition, and devoid of principle. Another liberal site says that if Hillary’s shenanigans in Michigan and Florida push her over the top at a divided convention it would produce an “unimaginably acrimonious” result in the Democratic Party.
Not everyone agrees. Media Matters which was founded (by Clinton) to expose conservative media bias (snicker), engages in psychological profiling. (emphasis in original) I really think the evidence-free bias against the Clintons in the media borders on mental illness. The Left Coaster also blames the media and makes the preposterous claim that in the entire history of the Clintons there has been only one actual “scandal,” the one that he dismissively calls the “National Fellatio Crisis.” Tom Watson calls it a “sexist anti-Clinton media onslaught.”Buck Naked Politics even goes so far as to blame Obama’s supporters for the dustup in the primary. Her defenders, incredibly, are being just as divisive as she is, saying that the half of the Democratic Party that doesn’t support Hillary are crazy, lying, misogynistic victims who were asking for it. For all the Republican division this year, even Rush Limbaugh hasn’t gone so far as to attack the supporters of the two GOP candidates he thinks aren’t deserving of the nomination.
Ultimately widening the racial divide in the Democratic Party is a good thing, not just for Republicans, but for blacks and the nation. For too long Democrats have taken blacks for granted while Republicans haven’t taken them seriously. There was nothing the GOP could do to get the black vote while Democrats knew that they could get away with doing nothing and still keep their vote. Perhaps after Hillary “steals” the nomination through trickery she thinks that there will still be time to put the pieces back together. Hopefully, she probably thinks, a black church burning or another black man being dragged to death by a redneck will give her an opportunity she can exploit. Certainly she can depend on Jesse and Al to inflate a crisis out of nothing.
Hillary, ever the product of the sixties, is just following the example of a popular Democrat from that decade: George Wallace. Late in his life the five-term Alabama governor was once asked why he resorted to a racist message. He answered, “You know, I tried to talk about good roads and good schools and all these things that have been part of my career, and nobody listened. And then I began talking about [n------], and they stomped the floor.”
Hillary’s Michigan message to Obama and black Democrats is that she’ll stomp on them to get whatever she wants.