La Vida Loca
Fausta comments on who Hillary Clinton is pals with in the "Hispanic" community these days. Antonio Villaraigosa, Bob Menendez and Henry Cisneros. Then again a politician can't be too picky when it comes to friends, as Captain Ed points out in his article about Hillary and Mauricio Celis, or else the politician might not have any. And who knew that Barack Obama's church gave awards describing Louis Farrakhan a man that "truly epitomized greatness"? Richard Cohen at the Washington Post, that's who.
What kind of world is it when a liberal blog accuses the Washington Post of "swiftboating" Obama? How do we make sense of a world in which Hillary hangs out with Three Amigos who resemble Los Tres Bandidos and where a Christian church gives out awards to the head of the Nation of Islam? Answer: any foxhole that's vacant; any port in a storm. Nothing needs to make sense in the madness of an all-out conflict. The American Thinker believes that a party which stocked its powder magazines with the ammunition of race war should be very careful when lighting matches. But that advice comes too late. And now the Democrats may get a momentary glimpse of that vast explosive power in the glimmer of that match before everything turns white and goes black. Bad choice of words. But Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post makes exactly the same point in another way. "It was never realistic to think that race -- or gender, for that matter -- would stay out of a contest starring the first woman and the first African American with realistic hopes of becoming president."
Therefore Robinson suggests tearing apart the coalition now then putting it back together to face the Republicans rather than go through a trial of fire in November. "From the Democrats' perspective, it's probably better to hash all this out now rather than wait until the general election campaign, when the Republican Swift-boat machine would set the parameters and tone for the discussion." But what Hillary's sudden affinity for "Hispanics" may suggest is that she's resigned herself to losing a large part of the black vote already. Robinson understands this and writes, "the Clintons are reading the polls, too; they might well be resigned to the possibility that most black Democrats will vote for Obama. This would mean that South Carolina is probably already lost and that the campaign's focus now has to be on Florida and the many states whose delegates are up for grabs on 'Tsunami Tuesday'". In which case Hillary is not only willing to call Obama but raise him; willing not only to fight a race war but expand it by bringing in the Amigos. The focus is on Florida? Es muy interesante, si?
What a strange position for the wife of America's First Black President to be in. Or maybe not.