memo of obama race baiting

OK. I am posting the memo Obama campaign is distributing in SC as a race baitig technique. first I have to give the context.

Obama lost NH. He immediately dispatched his campaign operatives to call it Bradley effect. Now here is an argument against it. Hillary led by double digits in polls before november last year. if obama's campaign theory is true, then all the racists decided to ell the pollsters that they were racist and were voting for hillary. then in december and early january, the racists told, NOW I have to trick the pollsters into thinkiong that I will vote for Obama but in the end I wont. So the pollsters were all suddenly tricked. tey all started believing that those 10% of racists were going to vote for obama. on election day, racist NH voters told themselves, gee I am a racist. I cant vote for obama. so let me vote for hillary since I am a racist. give me a BREAK. is this how elections work?

Now dismantling the racial innuendos and race baiting methods after NH loss. the obama campaign came out and warned clinton campaign and america openly they they would get rough and engage hillary campaign into "chicago style politics". clinton campaign was cought offhand when they saw jesse jackson jr. coming out and making this statement on CNN as a classic race baiting technique.

Now obama is distributing this memo in SC> why is he not distributing it in NV? or FL? its for voters and pundits to decide. but here is the memo.


Clinton, Criticizing Obama For Promising "False Hope" Said That While MLK Jr. Spoke On Behalf Of Civil Rights, President Lyndon Johnson Was The One Who Got Legislation Passed: "It Took A President To Get It Done." Clinton rejoined the running argument over hope and "false hope" in an interview in Dover this afternoon, reminding Fox's Major Garrett that while Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on behalf of civil rights, President Lyndon Johnson was the one who got the legislation passed. ... .. [Politico, 1/7/08; Video]

Clinton Introducer Said JFK Gave Hope, But Was Assassinated. Clinton introducer: "If you look back, some people have been comparing one of the other candidates to JFK and he was a wonderful leader, he gave us a lot of hope but he was assassinated and Lyndon Baines Johnson actually did all his work and got the republicans to pass all those measures." [HRC, Dover, NH, 1/7/08] AUDIO ATTACHED


Bill Clinton Implied Hillary Clinton Is Stronger Than Nelson Mandela. "I have been blessed in my life to know some of the greatest figures of the last hundred years. [...] I go to Nelson Mandela's birthday party every year and we're still very close. [...] But if you said to me, 'You've got one last job for your country but it's hazardous and you may not get out with life and limb intact and you have to do it alone except I'll let you take one other person, and I had to pick one person whom I knew who would never blink, who would never turn back, who would make great decisions [...] I would pick Hillary.'" [ABC News, 1/7/08; Audio]


Clinton's NH Campaign Chair Raised The Youthful Drug Use Of Obama And Said It Would "Open The Door To Further Queries On The Matter." Clinton's Campaign Issued A Statement Distancing Themselves From Shaheen's Comments And Shaheen Issued A Statement Saying That He "Deeply Regret[s] The Comments." ... .. "There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. ... .. Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer had issued a statement asserting that "these comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way." And Shaheen himself issued a statement: "I deeply regret the comments I made today and they were not authorized by the campaign in any way." [ABC News, 12/12/07]

... ... --snip-- ... ...

Amaya Smith
South Carolina Press Secretary
Obama for America
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now its upto potential bloggers and voters to decide whats going on here. I will end the post with what hillary said when she was on abc today.

"Well, I think its regrettable because both of these accusations are baseless and divisive and any fair reading of what both of us said would be clear and I think it's regrettable that these are being in a way used to try to divide people in our country during this election and I'm not going to have any part of it," Clinton told ABC News. "I personally find it offensive."

"You know," she continued, "I was inspired by Dr. King when I was a young girl. I considered him one of my heroes, a global symbol, an icon of everything that is the best about America and he worked his entire life to make the changes that we enjoy today so I hope that this kind of unfortunate political activity really just ceases because I don't think this is what we want this election to be about."

that is absolutely right. lets stop this presidential race being about obama's being african american. I request obama campaign to stop this race baiting. it hurts them in long run.

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So much for hope, this guy will lose, just look at the GOP calling him "lazy", "picking up basketball at Harvard"; as sad as those comments are, these talking points are just as disturbing.

by American1989 2008-01-12 07:13AM | 0 recs
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The Clintons want to make Obama the black candidate, and they will make these sort of insuations to ensure this happens.  

Bill Clinton's political mentor was a segregationist, and there is still a bit of the gold old boy southerner in the former president.  The only thing that is disgusting is the way that this blog defends the clintons.  But that's not surprising given that the blogsophere is overwhelmingly white and upper class.

by tom32182 2008-01-12 07:33AM | 0 recs
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Obama's racism charges are blowing the Democratic Party in South Carolina into smithereens.

There is now open generational war withing the black political base, with Obama's young guns publicly stating that the veteran black political leaders are turncoats to "the cause" and need to step aside.

The veteran Democratic leaders in the white community are all long-time advocates of civil rights in the South. Calling Hillary Clinton a racist is calling every one of these activists a racist.

This is very ugly.

That's why, after spending all morning working the phones to push Obama's racist charges to the media, the consumate hypocrite Donna Brazille panicked and reversed course by late afternoon, almost desperately trying to mend fences and play the conciliator on CNN.

What's the impact in SC? Obama's race-baiting will probably win him the primary as a gun has now been held to the heads of all African Americans to vote for him to prove their commitment to "the cause". However, the wedge between white and black Democrats and within the black political community will critically wound a Democratic Party struggling to survive in the state.

by hwc 2008-01-12 07:38AM | 0 recs
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It is hard to overstate the damage to the Democratic Party across the South when you drive a wedge between the white liberal political base and the black political base. Black political operatives accusing the white liberal political base in the South of racism is unthinkably stupid because black politicians cannot get elected in most elections without support from the white liberal Democratic party base.

by hwc 2008-01-12 07:44AM | 0 recs
its simply a dsgrace

obama will win votes with it and states.

but he will not win 11 states like jesse did.

so sad and stupid, if hed acted like a good dem, and competed like a biden or a dodd, he could have been vp and probably the future nominee and prez.  

but just like his rezko house he couldnt afford just yet, he wants it all NOW,


Arrogance without patience..

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:12AM | 0 recs
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Donna Brazille was probably hoping another person on Clinton's campaign could get scapegoated, but it really does seem here that the only ones associated with the campaigns here are on Obama's side.

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-01-12 07:41AM | 0 recs
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This is his campaign " southern strategy ".

He his clearly content to let this stand so he can win in South Carolina , but it isn't a winning hand in the long run.

by lori 2008-01-12 07:48AM | 0 recs
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Donna ("who is uncommitted to any candidate") Brazille obviously thought that the dirt she was shovelling to Politico was "off-the-record". She got caught by surprise when Ben Smith identified her as the source for the Obama campaign racism talking points memo and quoted her asking if there is a racist pattern to the Clintons. Oops.

by hwc 2008-01-12 07:48AM | 0 recs
i have "issues"

with donna brazile.

btw, did you see her beg to get to be a newspaper columnist on abc's this week?  She wasnt joking.  yuck!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:20AM | 0 recs
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the best question then is simply why the clinton's make these sorts of statements? are they all just random?

Give me a break.  This must the most naive group of people ever.

by tom32182 2008-01-12 07:48AM | 0 recs

here was NOTHING  wrong or unture in an of these statements.

the obama camps misuse of LBJ, who was the best prez ever regarding the poor, made me want to take a baseball bat to his spokesman!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:22AM | 0 recs
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Even more amazing: Obama's surrogates have successfully planted racism and the Bradley Effect as the established cause of Obama's loss in New Hampshire. But, how on god's green earth does establishing the fact that "white folk won't vote for a black guy" help Obama sell his electability in the general election?

by hwc 2008-01-12 07:54AM | 0 recs
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The race baiting and use of the "Bradley Effect" kills his electability argument in every state after SC.
by americanincanada 2008-01-12 08:12AM | 0 recs

Hes accusing us lefties of being racist and not voting for him cause hes 1/2 black -

hells bells!

well guess what you campaign geniuses- guess that would mean that hed have zero chance with the general puublic!!!!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:16AM | 0 recs
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generally ex-presidents stay out of future presidential elections.  but then again, some ex-presidents actually have class ...

by tom32182 2008-01-12 08:06AM | 0 recs
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And when was the last time we had an ex-president whose wife was running? Do those ex-presidents generally stay out of it? Oh right, it has never happened before, so there is nothing to compare it to.
by americanincanada 2008-01-12 08:11AM | 0 recs
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Did George Bush's father do this during 2000? Did he denigrate McCain? If he did, I don't remember it.

by tom32182 2008-01-12 08:19AM | 0 recs
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Yes, George Sr. stumped for George Jr. during the GOP campaign in 2000 until they decided that it was a net negative.

by Ga6thDem 2008-01-12 10:59AM | 0 recs
very simply


get my drift?

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:23AM | 0 recs
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I love how all of you mostly white, liberal, elitist Hillbots pretend to be ignorant of the Clinton's race-baiting strategy.

by Namtrix 2008-01-12 08:11AM | 0 recs
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That's why I said "mostly".  I acknowledge that a few of you are colored people blinded by ignorance and Clinton fetishes.

by Namtrix 2008-01-12 08:18AM | 0 recs
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I love how all of you mostly white, liberal, elitist Hillbots pretend to be ignorant of the Clinton's race-baiting strategy.

It's not even mostly. There's a suprising majority of non white Clinton supporters on mydd, myself included.

by world dictator 2008-01-12 09:07AM | 0 recs
keep it up

not only will Obama lose now, he'll kill his own politcal future.

keep it up.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:25AM | 0 recs
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It is Obama who is winning among the liberal elites, not Hillary, she is standing up and leading with working class individuals.  Look at the results of the first two states.  The only white, liberal, elitist that appear to be ignorant of race-baiting are the Obamites.

Go ahead, win SC, that will be your last stand (besides IL)

by CVDem 2008-01-12 12:38PM | 0 recs
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From Lizza in the New Yorker, racial groups are now fire walls!:    

On the morning after Clinton's victory, I talked to Sergio Bendixen, one of her pollsters, who specializes in the Hispanic vote. "In all honesty, the Hispanic vote is extremely important to the Clinton campaign, and the polls have shown--and today is not a great day to cite polls--that even though she was slipping with women in Iowa and blacks in South Carolina, she was not slipping with Hispanics," he said. "The fire wall doesn't apply now, because she is in good shape, but before last night the Hispanic vote was going to be the most important part of her fire wall on February 5th." The implications of that strategy are not necessarily uplifting.

   When I asked Bendixen about the source of Clinton's strength in the Hispanic community, he mentioned her support for health care, and Hispanic voters' affinity for the Clinton era. "It's one group where going back to the past really works," he said. "All you need to say in focus groups is `Let's go back to the nineties.' " But he was also frank about the fact that the Clintons, long beloved in the black community, are now dependent on a less edifying political dynamic: "The Hispanic voter--and I want to say this very carefully--has not shown a lot of willingness or affinity to support black candidates."

by tom32182 2008-01-12 08:22AM | 0 recs
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Which is precisely why Obama's trumped up racist charges are so incredibly stupid. He is driving a wedge between the black political base and both of the other two prongs of the Democratic coalition -- white progressives and Latino/a voters.

If you carry this through to its logical conclusion, where does this leave the black political base in the equation?

by hwc 2008-01-12 08:30AM | 0 recs
This could blowback in Obama's face

What if it moves him 5% with the African American vote in SC?  But what it moves Hillary 10% with the white & hispanic vote?  .

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-12 08:41AM | 0 recs
jesse jacksn won 11 states in 88

obama  is morphing into jesse with this strategy.

and he wont even win as many states!

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-12 09:28AM | 0 recs


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