If Hillary loses South Carolina and the defeat serves to demonstrate Obama’s ability to attract a bloc vote among black Democrats, the message will go out loud and clear to white voters that this is a racial fight. It’s one thing for polls to show, as they now do, that Obama beats Hillary among African-Americans by better than 4-to-1 and Hillary carries whites by almost 2-to-1. But most people don’t read the fine print on the polls. But if blacks deliver South Carolina to Obama, everybody will know that they are bloc-voting. That will trigger a massive whi te backlash against Obama and will drive white voters to Hillary Clinton.
Evidently there was only one political pro on Hannity and Comes, and it wasn’t Alan, as Bill’s own comments demonstrate:
Another reporter asked what it said about Obama that it “took two people to beat him.” Clinton again passed. “That’s just bait, too. Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice, in ’84 and ’88. And he ran a good campaign. Senator Obama’s run a good campaign here, he’s run a good campaign everywhere.”
The Democrats have a critical decision to make. Are they who they say they are regarding race? Or are they the same people who turned Democrat to get back at the Republicans for, in their estimation, elevating blacks too speedily during Reconstruction?
P.S. Morris’ observations on Bill Clinton’s temper are no surprise to anyone familiar with the scene down here.