The news for the Clinton campaign has not been good lately. Sure, Hillary won in New Hampshire, but barely. Polls are showing a tightening of her lead over Senator Barack Obama in upcoming states, panic is starting to creep, which is causing her campaign to make desperate moves that run risk of alienating even more voters.
Two issues seem to be sticking in the media craw this morning, the talk of race and the attempt to suppress voter turnout in Nevada. And with two of the biggest names in journalism writing devastating columns on those topics, expect the news to continue to be unpleasant for a few days.
First, the issue of race. George Will, love him or hate him, is a brilliant writer and is widely read and respected by liberals, conservatives and moderates. His column todayblasts the Clintons and their supporters for their subliminal playing of the race card in the election to this point.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign, useful at last, has in recent days added to the nation’s stock of harmless merriment. It has done so by floundering around, like a dinosaur drowning in a tar pit, with the sticky problem of being as “sensitive” as good liberals, our multicultural role models, are supposed to be.
For decades, liberals, believing that “self-esteem” is a universal entitlement that is endangered by nearly universal insensitivity, have striven to make everybody exquisitely sensitive to slights. Liberals have become industrialists as an indignation industry has burgeoned. It writes campus speech codes, infests corporations with “sensitivity training” workshops and “consciousness-raising” retreats, and generally enforces the new right to pass through this veil of tears without tears or even being peeved.
It is unfair, and wonderful, that Clinton has been castigated for her insensitivity in uttering the incontestable truth that President Lyndon Johnson, as well as Martin Luther King Jr., was indispensable to enactment of the civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965. To his credit, Barack Obama seemed not quite able to conceal his boredom with his assigned role of slighted victim in the charade of being offended.
While Will points out the hypocrisy on racial issues, John Fund of The Wall Street Journal makes a full-frontal assault on the campaign’s hypocrisy on voter fraud and the “disenfranchisement” over minority voters.
As we pointed out late last night, Democrats are required to show ID in order to vote, even though they oppose such a measure in the general election. Seems they don’t want any fraud in their nominating process, but passively admit they need it when the chips are down in November.
Both Democrats and Republicans are good at practicing hypocrisy when they need to. But it’s still breathtaking to see how some Democrats ignore that it was only last week they argued before the Supreme Court that an Indiana law requiring voters show ID at the polls would reduce voter turnout and disenfranchise minorities. Nevada allies of Hillary Clinton have just sued to shut down several caucus sites inside casinos along the Las Vegas Strip, potentially disenfranchising thousands of Hispanic or black shift workers who couldn’t otherwise attend the 11:30 a.m. caucus this coming Saturday.
D. Taylor, the president of the Culinary Workers Union that represents many casino workers, notes that legal complaint was filed just two days after his union endorsed Barack Obama. He says the state teachers union, most of whose leadership backs Mrs. Clinton, realized that the Culinary union would be able to use the casino caucuses to better exercise its clout on behalf of Mr. Obama, and used a law firm with Clinton ties to file the suit.
Mr. Taylor exploded after Bill Clinton came out in favor of the lawsuit on Monday, and Hillary Clinton refused to take a stand. “This is the Clinton campaign,” he said. “They tried to disenfranchise students in Iowa. Now they’re trying to disenfranchise people here in Nevada.” He later told the Journal’s June Kronholz, “You’d think the Democratic Party elite would disavow this, but the silence has been deafening.”
Will these issues resonate with voters in the coming weeks? Tough to say, but you can bet the Clinton camp isn’t happy that people are becoming more aware of their tactics since that’s really what they’re good at.