Friday, January 18, 2008

The Race Card

Well played.

This article is about the lawsuit the teachers union, which supports Hillary, brought to stop mainly culinary workers (mostly Latino) from conducting some of the caucuses in casinos. They lost and this ad was played on Latino radio stations in Spanish:

"Hillary Clinton does not respect our people. Hillary Clinton supporters want to prevent people from voting in their workplace on Saturday. This is unforgivable. Hillary Clinton is shameless."

Now, I want you to combine this with the furor over Hillary's remarks regarding MLK and Lyndon Johnson.

This is what Hillary said:

“Dr King’s dream began to be realised when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.”

So the whole thing took off that Hillary was diminishing MLK's role in the Civil Rights Act.

Now, trust me when I say, It hurts me to defend Hillary, but we all know she didn't mean anything like that. But that is the beauty of someone playing the race card. Not Obama, but some of his supporters. You don't have to be correct to play it.

I watched a montage of clips of CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, all of them beginning their stories with something like, "Is race becoming an issue with the Democrats?"

Completely silly considering her remarks. It just is. But the thing about it is that while those of us who political junkies keep up with the details of a story like this, most people just hear that question being asked by reporters. All they hear is that Hillary said something that gave Lyndon Johnson more credit for the Civil Rights Act than Martin Luther King Jr.

And that, my friends, is enough to get even more of the black community riled up to vote for Obama big time in South Carolina.

The Spanish ad works even better because many of the culinary workers only listen to Spanish radio and that is all they are ever going to hear about the lawsuit. Even the ones who had no intention of caucusing will probably do so now. And it will most certainly be for Obama.

The teachers union vs the culinary workers union. It's like watching them eat their own. Pretty enjoyable.

I know Obama isn't behind all of it, but his supporters are political geniuses to do this. It's the best dirty politics I've seen in a while.

Hillary may not deserve this particular swipe, but sometimes we reap what we sow.