BTW Peggy talks about something I had noticed:
In case you didn't get what was behind that exchange, Mrs. Clinton spent this week making it clear. In a jaw-dropping interview in USA Today on Thursday, she said, "I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on." As evidence she cited an Associated Press report that, she said, "found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."
White Americans? Hard-working white Americans? "Even Richard Nixon didn't say white," an Obama supporter said, "even with the Southern strategy."
If John McCain said, "I got the white vote, baby!" his candidacy would be over. And rising in highest indignation against him would be the old Democratic Party.
To play the race card as Mrs. Clinton has, to highlight and encourage a sense that we are crudely divided as a nation, to make your argument a brute and cynical "the black guy can't win but the white girl can" is -- well, so vulgar, so cynical, so cold, that once again a Clinton is making us turn off the television in case the children walk by.
Richard Nixon—who probably indeed never expressed himself so bluntly—was an especially bright bulb. He may have been an ethical moron, but he had brains squeezed into his big head so tightly that they stuck out of his ear holes. Bill Clinton also has big brains, and you may notice how subtly he speaks; ‘Jesse Jackson won here twice’ was a slip into crudity for him, and he paid the price. Hillary Clinton doesn’t have such a command of language; that is what I had noticed about her.
Well, Obama is going to be the nominee, and he has his own language problem, a lack of terseness. Maybe Wes Clark, now that he is free of supporting Hillary, and who in 2004 sometimes answered questions in one word, can give Obama some lessons in terseness. :)