The Clintons are busy triangulating the primary vote in South Carolina, racism in full view, now that the campaign has moved down south. Some Dems "expect" this from Repubs ("the enemy"), but are "surprised" to see these attacks from "one of their own." The Clinton attacks on the Obama campaign are no surprise. The Clintons think they own the Democratic Party, they think they own the black vote, and they're upset that they're being challenged so successfully by a black Democrat. What could be less surprising? They're not even worried they're offending anyone! But isn't that politics as usual?
Darryl Fears said in the Washington Post yesterday: "Even with the criticism of Clinton, however, some in the black community believe that it will make little difference. Black voters will overwhelming support the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is, they say." (Black America Feels the Sting of Ex-President's Comments)
Peggy Noonan had this to say today in the Wall Street Journal: "But the Clintons are tearing the party apart. It will not be the same after this. It will not be the same after its most famous leader, and probable ultimate victor, treated a proud and accomplished black man who is a U.S. senator as if he were nothing, a mere impediment to their plans. And to do it in a way that signals, to his supporters, How dare you have the temerity, the ingratitude, after all we've done for you?" (Breaking Up Is Hard To Do)
The grassroots has an opportunity to show some muscle, and some moxie. We'll see tomorrow if Obama has done enough to reach out to independents and independent Democrats -- black and white -- and which way the winds of change are blowing in 2008.