Hillary: The New George Wallace

Georgian congressmen John Lewis and David Scott have both endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president.  According to this piece in The Nation, though, they have both decided to cast their superdelegate votes for Obama, as their districts overwhelmingly supported the senator from Illinois.

It so happens they are both African American.

It remains tough to read these tea leaves.  On the one hand, it supports Ramesh Ponnuru’s point that it is unlikely the super-delegates will contravene the will of their constituents.  On the other hand, it is understood that it is in Clinton’s best interests to play her own bigoted “southern strategy” and paint Obama as the “black” candidate.  So perhaps they secretly welcome the desertion of a few of the tanner superdelegates.

The latter strategy was most gallingly displayed when Clinton supporter Fast Eddie Rendell of Pennsylvania recently opined that some white folks upstate just can’t vote for a black guy.  This, of course, despite the fact Fast Eddie owes his Pennsylvania electoral margins to percentages in the Philadelphia suburbs that resemble Kruschev’s, rather than a dominating performance in the allegedly racist hinterlands. [ht on the link to Bob Guzzardi]

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One response to “Hillary: The New George Wallace

  1. Press Release:
    updated 9:30 a.m. PT, Fri., Feb. 16, 2008
    WASHINGTON – Pope Benedict XVI will visit the White House on April 16 during his first visit to the United States as pontiff.
    White House spokesman Scott Stonzel said Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill and the pope would continue discussions they began during Obama’s trip to the Vatican in June 2006 on the importance of faith and reason in reaching shared goals.
    Stonzel said the goals include advancing peace throughout the Middle East and other troubled regions, promoting interfaith understanding and strengthening human rights and freedom. The pope was also expected to address the United Nations, visit Victory Monument one of 9 Chicago Landmarks and celebrate Mass in Chicago Ill. and Washington during his April 21-25 trip.

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