You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you this, but listen to The Washington Post’s astute reporter, Dan Balz:
“In the fierce campaign between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, a battle dominated by questions of race and gender, white men have emerged as perhaps the single critical swing constituency.”
As the presidential primaries continue to grab all the attention, a parallel but less publicized contest has been taking place among familiar characters.
Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that Hillary Clinton could not be trusted to end the Iraq war because she only started opposing it when she began her bid for president.
In a speech not far from North Carolina’s Fort Bragg military base, the Democratic presidential hopeful told military families and local officials that the war has emboldened al-Qaida, the Taliban, Iran and North Korea.
“Race doesn’t matter,” the crowd chanted after Sen. Barack Obama’s sweeping victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary, made possible by heavy black support and a solid showing among white voters.
Liberals are antsy. They haven’t seen Democratic voter enthusiasm like this in a long time and they’d rather not wait until the party’s August convention to harness it to the party’s presidential nominee.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s schedules as first lady — thousands of pages worth — are being released after months of pressure and criticism that the Clintons were delaying making them public.
Racial controversy suddenly exploded like roadside bombs, blasting Barack Obama’s bandwagon into a campaign-trail ditch. A firestorm of doubts about his ties to an incendiary pastor, plus incoming flak over his hesitant response, threatened to undo all he had accomplished.
The revised standard manual of running for president says forcefully that when someone in or close to your campaign becomes an issue, you cut that person loose quickly and completely and head on down the road and never look back. The wisdom of this political brutality has been proven over and over, as candidates who clung too long to a toxic associate have learned to their dismay.
Sen. Barack Obama’s speech abut race, politics and America is being hailed by some as the most significant speech on racism since Dr. Martin Luther King’s landmark “I have a dream” address.
What did you think? Watch the video and tell us your opinion:
Barack Obama unsparingly criticized his longtime pastor’s words while strongly defending the man himself Tuesday in a politically risky speech that appealed to the country to overcome racism and the black anger and white resentment it spawns.