Eugene Robinson just Dropped the "Uppity" Bomb on HRC

Well, Eugene Robinson went there--suggesting that camp Clinton's clumsy handling of the Obama challenge stems from a deep-seated belief that "he's out of his place." Does Team Clinton see Obama as an "uppity" black man?

Mr. Robinson writes:

"There's a suggestion that he's somehow a usurper, which allows Obama supporters to charge that Clinton, without using the word, is accusing the Illinois senator of being uppity-- which opens up a discussion about history and entitlement that I can't imagine any Democratic front-runner would welcome." tent/article/2007/12/06/AR2007120601965. html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Oh well, since Mr. Robinson is an MSNBC contributor they'll be talking about this tomorrow, which lays a nice foundation for the (thinly-sourced) David Corn piece:

"They can't stand him. They talk about him as if he's worse than Bush." What do they hate about him? After all, there aren't a lot of deep policy differences between the two, and he hasn't gone for the jugular during the campaign. "It's his presumptuousness," this operative says. "That he thinks he can deny her the nomination. Who is he to try to do that?" You mean, he's, uh, uppity? "Yes.""

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, racism (all tags)




Well, General, we are now definitely headed into uncharted and potentially hostile territory...  This 'naïve and inexperienced' narrative has been omnipresent and damaging to Senator Obama for most of this campaign and it has always irked me...  you don't suppose...?  Nah, she wouldn't have dared.

We certainly seem to have one rip-roaring election on our hands.  And the times they are a-changing.  Watch South Carolina go for Obama, it is happening before our eyes.  Going... going...  I have to admit I have been waiting for something this important in US politics for a long time.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-06 09:04PM | 0 recs
I suspect that he's right about Clinton, but...

...I'm always a little suspect of political "critics" who can't simply be content to offer
their critiques and let the subjects of those critiques draw their own conclusions.

That Robinson feels compelled to take that one step too far and tell Clinton what she
should do about it -- how she can make things better....

If Robinson really wants Clinton, he should just say so. Otherwise, I have more respect
for an unabashed shill like Terry McAuliffe than for a shill who pretends to be something else.

To be fair, I don't know Robinson's writing well enough to say for sure that he's crossing a
line -- but the conclusion of that piece really rubs me the wrong way.

I would feel just as queasy if he were offering unsolicited advice to Obama but had never
made his loyalties clear.

by horizonr 2007-12-06 09:34PM | 0 recs
Howard Fineman

A hundred times, I've heard Fineman say words to the effect that "If Hillary keeps
doing x...." or "If Hillary doesn't start doing y...." then "she's not gonna win."

The end of Robinson's piece leaves the same taste in my mouth, and makes me
wonder about the sincerity of all that comes before it.

A little "concern troll"-ish.

by horizonr 2007-12-06 09:46PM | 0 recs
The media is in love with Barry Obama

All the east cvoast liberal elites and Ivy League crowd.   They are willing to throw the election away to support a cartoon creation of Axlerdo / Gibbs.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-06 10:15PM | 0 recs
Wow. Jaw dropping.

The length that the easter coast, liberal elite will go to in their quest to support the myth of Barry Obama.

Clintons are now racists ... according to Robinson?

I am utterly speechless.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-06 10:12PM | 0 recs
if the shoes fits

why is hillary clinton comfortable parotting he unearned experience? is she suggesting that being in elected office for 8yrs is experience compared to obama's 12yrs?

joe biden has never even mentioned the word experience.

the clinton people have a disingenious critique of obama's experience that must be questioned.

gene doesn't do a perfect job but it's a good start.

by pmb 2007-12-06 11:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Wow. Jaw dropping.

"I am utterly speechless."


by General Sherman 2007-12-07 12:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Wow. Jaw dropping.

"I am utterly speechless."


by General Sherman 2007-12-07 12:54AM | 0 recs
you go girl

i love attacks from hillary that highlight her presumption of entitlement.

by jello 2007-12-06 11:14PM | 0 recs
it's a really slippery slope

once she goes there she should be prepared to be ridiculed for experience by spousal osmosis.
by pmb 2007-12-07 12:07AM | 0 recs
Re: it's a really slippery slope

Bull, her Senate experience dwarfs his, and he certainly has not distinguished himself during his short stint in the Senate, which he could have done to make a mark fast.   He lacks experience, and no lashing out at Hillary clinton can change that.

by georgep 2007-12-07 04:00AM | 0 recs

sounds like a lot of gossip that Obama's campaign made up all on it's own.  

by MollieBradford 2007-12-07 02:22AM | 0 recs
I Don't Agree with Eugene Robinson

I'm no fan of Hillary Clinton, but I think this "uppity" charge is really a stretch.  She's just attacking what she believes to be Obama's greatest vulnerability.  Both Obama and Edwards are doing the same thing to Hillary.  It's just hard, tough politics--all of it perfectly within bounds.

by Will Graham 2007-12-07 02:40AM | 0 recs
Nail on head

In bounds, above board hardball politics.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-07 03:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Nail on head

I agree.

by General Sherman 2007-12-07 03:48AM | 0 recs
Re: I Don't Agree with Eugene Robinson

Playing the 'race card' through surrogates is a pretty smart strategy from Obama, smoother than Clinton's responses to the Drexel debate. It is hard for Clinton to call out Obama when he spreads the implication that she is racist through a columnist.

I would call it out of bounds in a primary, but he will probably get away with it.

by souvarine 2007-12-07 04:07AM | 0 recs
Re: I Don't Agree with Eugene Robinson

Whoa, Obama isn't playing anything...though perhaps Eugene Robinson is.  Plus, what Robinson is saying is nothing different that what many professional blacks have been saying.

by General Sherman 2007-12-07 04:18AM | 0 recs
Re: I Don't Agree with Eugene Robinson

Robinson is keying off of Obama supporter David Corn's blog post. Corn injected the term 'uppity' into the mainstream and Robinson is running with it.

by souvarine 2007-12-07 04:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama should wait until GE

Obama should wait & try playing the "race card" in the General Election. ( assuming his wins the nomination)

He will probably need it multiple times as it will surely get ugly against the GOP.

Problem is playing the race card can actually hurt him with white voters.  

by labanman 2007-12-07 04:21AM | 0 recs
Obama should NEVER play the race card....

The GOP will likely play the race card. It will be called out. Obama should not even acknowledge it.

by General Sherman 2007-12-07 04:42AM | 0 recs
Obama should NEVER play the race card....

The GOP will likely play the race card. It will be called out. Obama should not even acknowledge it.

by General Sherman 2007-12-07 04:42AM | 0 recs

What was telling in Corn's report was how angry the Clinton folks are at Obama. The massive Clinton machine resents and hates him.  Their passion seems to have caused them to make some very poor strategic decisions. I know that in politics our emotions often get the best of us, but it is up to the candidate to ensure that her campaign reflects her vision and leadership.

On the other hand, Obama's campaign is maintaining an aura of integrity (win or lose he will be predictable). Bottom line, Clinton's folks flew off the handle, made bad decisions, and had a terrible week. Oprah will be the headline for the next 4 days and then Hillary has 10 days to regain some sense of control.  

by aiko 2007-12-07 05:04AM | 0 recs

the attacks get tough, and race card comes out. hmm

by sepulvedaj3 2007-12-07 05:53AM | 0 recs
But it's not...

Played by the Washington Post.

Call me back when David Axelrod plays the card, and Michelle Obama complains about all those white folks ganging up on Barack.

You'll never hear it, because only the Clinton Campaign stoops that low.

by General Sherman 2007-12-07 05:56AM | 0 recs
Dropping that uppity bomb

Eugene Robinson trying to smear Clinton with that peculiar African-American epithet is rather like  Eugene creating a burning cross on his front lawn and then blaming the neighbors. In any case Barack Obama is Kenyan-American so I'm not so sure that reveling in the victimology of uppityness quite fits Obama. Yes, Obama is arrogant, but its universal, in the way some French people are arrogant, or some Brits are arrogant. It just comes from an absolute certainty of knowing in your soul who you are, who your ancestors are and being able to grasp the soil of your actual forefathers in your hand. Obama's arrogance is rather one of the few solid traits I like about the candidate. Its the one trait that tells me he could match the arrogant Sarkozy or the arrogant Ahmedinijad arrogance for arrogance.

In anycase Obama has labored so hard to be post-racial, to keep the toxic pandora's box of racism shut tight, does Eugene really want to open it? The bomb is intended for Hillary, but the fallout might be viral. Does Eugene really want to supply the kindling for spreading racial disharmony?

by superetendar 2007-12-07 07:58PM | 0 recs


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