May 5th, 2008
06:53 PM ET

Playing the race card: Democrats have a full deck

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Amy Holmes
CNN Political Analyst

Editor's note: The following is written in response to an essay posted earlier on this blog by Lanny Davis, a Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser, addressing charges that the Clinton's played "the race card" against Barack Obama. Click here to read that blog.


Welcome to the conservative side of the street, where the media and Democratic operatives routinely accuse Republicans and conservatives of playing the race card to demonize and discredit them.

In your own post on your party's internecine racial warfare, you gratuitously refer to the "Republican hate machine."  Never mind that Republicans were happily absent from the various Clinton controversies you cite.  In an effort to find an enemy to blame for the current state of racial politics in the Democratic party, instead of looking inwards and examining the roots, so to speak, of liberal racial grievance politics, you blame the media - being very careful not to blame Obama.  That would certainly be a mess.

I'll let Democrats sort out who played the race card first: the media, the Obama campaign, or the Clintons.  But I have no doubt that if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, all three will unite to return to politics as usual, questioning the racial bona fides of anyone who fails to support the candidacy of the first black presidential nominee.  The politics of hope go only so far.

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  1. thasan/ohio

    For all those convinced(like Mike)that the black vote automatically goes to Obama, let me give you a newflash. In the initial phases of this contest, Blacks were not rolling out in masses to vote for the unknown. black candidate who people just "knew" would never be elected in this grand old country. They were voting for Clinton based on pure name recognition and because Bill was still viewed as the "only Black President" that would ever be in the W. H(his comments changed some views about that),. when suddenly out of nowhere whites were coming out in RECORD numbers and voting for this guy that we secretly wished had a shot but we "knew better", and with this white flood and momentum blacks rallied. We were a day and a dollar short supporting this guy and if it had not been for whites we would still be stuck on stupid..locked on dumb! I personally want to thank each and every white person who voted and is still voting for the Senator and for shrugging off the racial issues that are bogging him down right now(latinos too..can't forget out latino community that was braver than most latinos by breaking out of the Clinton mold that was expected of you.

    Cnn..i have posted alot of comments that have never seen light of day. But please post this one from the heart! Thank you.

    May 6, 2008 at 11:05 am |
  2. Gregory Jones

    James Carville is a disgrace

    All of a sudden a Black Man running for president lacks stones.

    My wife and I were watching him speak in Indiana last night and go into the crowd. Our overwhelming thought – not nearly enough security.

    You could see the strain on the mostly white security details face as they flanked him. I applaud their courage as well as Obama's and Clinton's.

    Of all things Obama is courageous – just as Hillary is to be the first woman running. Lord knows we have enough crazy people who hate women and who hate Blacks.

    For Carville to suggest Obama is not much of a man is a disgrace.

    May 6, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  3. angie

    WOW!!!! this is an interesting subject here. I see we are still divided BLACK, WHITE lets add more races to this list mexicans, jews, africans, arabs, since race is the thing...we are all AMERICANS and want the same thing a better life for ourselves and our children. If you don't know the history of a race you beat it to the ground or say it's radical teaching.. until you walk in that race shoes you don't know how far they came..REV WRIGHT had a long walk and seen things we only read about in books, Yes he went there I say good america isn't a virgin we have done many MANY bad thing to races and we're still doing it. the jena 6, katrina, matthew shepard(hate crime against gays) riots,gang violence,war in iraq(gov big lie), Now someone comes along and wants to unite us as americans and you want to jump on him because of 1 man he knows. If that's the case lets get rid of the friends we know who say or do stuff that make us take a double look at them...I'll take a rev words over whitewater,sniperfire,tax holiday, any day

    May 6, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  4. Pat M

    Tom asks: Did you ever here (hear)Obama say anything like the Rev?
    What Candidate vying for the highest office of the land would be so blantantly inane? I doubt any Candidate truly serious in winning the Presidency would admit to being as Racist, Anti-White, Anti-American as Rev. Wright? Would you? Obama would prefer for us to believe he belonged to that Church for twenty years due to their compassionate Out Reach Program! Of course that could also be on the level given the media reports about his association with Boards who so unselfishly donated 75 thou to known Palestinian Organizations abroad.

    I would prefer a President who told a white lie about her trip to Bosnia and carries baggage than one who doesn't seem to want to shed any light about the numerous reports regarding his past affliations with Boards supporting Palestinian Organizations, and the same Board's members who donated to his Senate Campaign. Of course this doesn't surprise me as he also hasn't taken the opportunity to shed much light about his own past. Hence, I'd feel safer with the Candidate whose Baggage is well known vs. the Candidate that Americans know absolutely nothing about. Hillary is an open book, and it's been open for decades.

    May 6, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  5. anna

    Reverend Wright did not speak for OBAMA. He spoke as a pastor to his congregation. From what I observed the media intentionally sought out this sermon on Rev. Wright and kept focusing on the story more than the issues at hand which kept the focus on this negative issue and not on the positive aspect of the campaign.

    So what if he stayed in his church for 20 years. How long did the other candidates stay in their church. Also, the Clintons have visited Rev. Wrights church in the past and he was also invited to the White House during their tenure.

    Yes, some of Rev. Wright's comments might have been offensive to some persons, people need to do their own research on some of the contents of the speech before making comments on the surface. Don't just take the sound bits and run with it. Read, Read, Read – Research, Research, Research.

    Yes, Hillary Clinton is an intelligent woman but Mr. Obama appears to be the Democratic candidate who will be a good contender against John McCain.

    It is so obvious that many race cards have been played in these primaries by the media and other campaign supporters.

    People not only in America but world-wide need to respect people of all race and realize that no race has the right to dominate in leading a country and leaders can be of the black or white race.

    It seems that it has been mainly ignored that Obama has a white as well as black heritage.

    More importantly, God sets up Governments and he takes them down.

    May 6, 2008 at 7:18 am |
  6. Edsel Scott

    excuse me but the ones who have played the race card and now are enforcing the view by leading not only the candidates but trying to fool the general public is the media as it all makes a good story ,but can we get to facts now because it,s clear who the best candidate is it just strange to watch frightend people on CNN start to get scared that Barack Obama could win not only the Democrat nomination but also the highest office in the land shame on you all we are watching from Europe .(you have a real chance for change don,t throw it away)

    May 6, 2008 at 6:55 am |
  7. Jos from TX

    Kevin Lynch, you've probably heard your white friends say the n word, and maybe you've heard your parents make racist comments. You must be guilty then by association, and are then a racist yourself, right? Because you've lived with your parents all your life, if they grew up racist or your grandparents did, if they were pro-slavery, that must make you so too. It's a shame you don't think before you post.

    May 6, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  8. Vernon

    I am constantly hearing about Obama needing the blue collar white votes to win the presidential election but my question is this. Can Hillary win without the Black votes or does the Black vote carry any importance at all? It is as if we as Blacks just don`t play as important part as white voters. I think too much emphasis are put on the white voters and to exclude the Blacks as if we don`t exist. can Hillary carry the states that Obama has won? Can Hillary win only with her big states?

    May 6, 2008 at 12:12 am |
  9. sammy

    how can the dems think of taking this from Obama. he played by the rules and then has be told too bad kid. if hillary had gotten out early then the dems could have protected obama and helped him not make the mistakes a first time candidate will make. unforunately the race has become racial. since the media keeps talking about all the black support obama gets it's become a black white thing. why doesn't the media talk about all the white support he gets.

    May 5, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  10. Linda

    I took the time to list out the comments made by Bill Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro. They were not racist. They were statements of fact in the the case of Bill Clinton, Ferraro's statement didn't have anything to do with racism towards blacks but was rather a pointing to the fact that Obama has been garnering 90% of the black vote and that her gender was what put her on the ticket as VP. That's another fact.

    Once I reviewed all the players in the "race-baiting" game, I came to the conclusion that the Obama campaign wanted a catalyst to ignite their faltering campaign and Bill Clinton became the whipping boy. But something foul is afoot when decades old civil rights activists started being called racist!

    Ultimately, what some of us will not forget is the vehemence of Obama's supporters, smearing the Clinton's who brought us the prosperous 90's, the fair 90's and hope that we could build a better world. And they did it inspite of having a Republican Congress!

    It really isn't so much Obama that we find objectionable but his supporters who are given to hyperbole, smear and rabid vehemence. Any statement that isn't in worship of the great Deliverer Obama is met with insults and derision from his fans. We need a strong leader to get us out of the quagmire of 7 years of incompetent policy.

    That, more than anything else will make it difficult for me to vote for him in November. But I will should he be the nominee. Because, as Hillary Clinton has admonished her own supporters, it would be political stupidity to not vote for the Democrat in the general election.

    Stupid I am not and I am not enamored of the "illusion" of Obama. Give me the pragmatic woman any day. Hill's taken a lickin' but she's still tickin'! And I think she's taking it because she knows just how important experience is going to guide us safely out of the Bush destruction of our economy, our future and our constitution.

    May 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  11. Gary Illinois

    I was taken aback by the Obama early primary winnings due to the warm support he recieved from whites. Being black myself – I viewed this as sea-change long overdue that would show a nonwhite presidential candidate could appeal so strongly to white voters. Ironically the Rev Wright controversy arose with the potential to derail his nomination. Having identity issues myself, I can understand Obama's personal need to find a home for his family in the church, which also provided him with political connections in the Chicago community. I don't understand why he would not find another church with which to associate – assuming he viewed the Sunday rhetoric as racial hatred- except for political expediency – which is not the kind of leadership quality the country deserves. I tend to believe that the views of the pastor are not shared by him as he stated, finally. I would fear that his judgment may fail him again if elected especially since he doesn't seem to understand how important winning the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the war on terror is to the world and our country.
    What will he tell the Iraquis who have voted and with our support are trying to live under democracy and without our support will likely be 'ground under' by the extremists of the middle east. We can't live in isolation and view the horrors perpetrated and denial of human rights and do nothing as the oil wealth is increasingly invested in nefarious activities.

    May 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  12. Kent, Illinois

    I find it terribly nauseating to listen to anything Lanny Davis has to say. He is in love with Hillary and living in a fantasy land of Hillary. This story is correct with what it says. But again, we are talking about Lanny Davis.................who really takes this guy seriously?

    May 5, 2008 at 11:42 pm |
  13. chris

    Race or sex should be a determining factor in ones decision-making when it comes to electing a commander and chief. Sen. Obama talks about change, how is he going to bring about this change? I have not heard that yet. At least Sen. Clinton has the guts to say what she means and mean what she says. I am concerned that these two Senators want to bring all our troops home. I am not pro war, but if we do not continue to fight, I am afraid we might just find ourselves fighting the war on terror here, the issue about gas prices and insurance will be mute if that happens. These people (terrorist) have proven that they are not afraid to die for what they believe. At least Sen. Clinton has the guts to say what she means and mean what she says

    May 5, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  14. Mike from Syracuse NY

    It has been very interesting to see the party of diversity and inclusion self destruct over race and gender. I've always believed Democrats preached 'do as I say not as I do'. The last few months proved the point. Liberals need to lose the holier than thou attitude, because they are just like everyone else. But you're right Amy, after the nomination of Obama, it will once again be a mortal sin to say anything remotely about race.

    Oh, and kc, the black vote is the only reason Obama is leading this race. All the other demographics are split 50/50 except the black vote, with has run 80-90% for Obama.

    May 5, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  15. ophelia/FL

    The race card is being played by the Media, and the Clintons. They shouldn't be telling what color is voting for witch canidate, the Clintons I beleave are going around telling the so called working class White's that Barack is a raciest, and that is so far from the trueth, Let's be clear, his MOTHER is a White Woman!!! I hope they see right through the Pander's I mean the Clinton's

    May 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  16. wayne C

    Obama is leading so let him lead. hillary needs to stop being a poor Loser.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Chuck Alsleben

    I've seen many super delegates and voters changing their support from Clinton to Obama, but I cannot remember a single person in any capacity change over to Hillary. Doesn't it seem ironic the media keeps implying a Hillary comeback when everyone else keeps jumping ship?

    – Chuck in Honolulu

    May 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Jim

    The religion and race division card is working. Real Democrats won't vote for McCain or stay home but will vote for either candidate in the fall. This is too important.

    Don't give the Republicans the Clintons to kick around in the fall with all their baggage. The Clinton years are gone and Hillary cannot bring them back. Vote for the change Rrepublicans fear and Obama will bring.

    Democrats be careful what you wish for. You may get McCain and four more years of war, job outsourcing, sky rocketing debt, overpriced incomplete private health insurance and elimination of the middle class.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Mary Holmes

    Dear Ron: I meant exactly what I said. Senator Hillary Clinton is far ahead in the desirable character traits. I would not vote for Senator Obama for any political office. He should go back to his district in South Chicago and fulfil the promises he made in the mid 90s when he was first elected.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Paul Eke

    The idea of Sen Clinton making a case to superdelegates is simply untraditional, against every ideal elections and a democratic nation stands for. It is a sham idea. There is a reason for election and election is to be won by majority of votes and not by case making. This whole notion that she is going to make a case to superdelegates, promoted by the media, is ridiculous, undemocratic,unfair and amounts to rigging. If Sen Clinton wants to lead our nation she ought to be upright and honest. Two of many qualities she is devoid of. The media has swept her lack of honesty under the rugs, to hide it for her while over and over again, bringing up the case of Rev Wright. Her continued dirty campaign is clear evidence of her arrogance and crude lust for power, at all cost, by all means. The maths is not there for her to win. She agreed to the rules set by the national dem party and now she is loosing she is raising commotion. Another sign of stubborn arrogance. The media ignores all these character flaws. Will she be asking for the delegates from Florida and Michhigan to be counted , if she is leading.? I do not think so. This attitude shows corruption of the highest order. Manupulating an election . The democratic party should make a serious case to her, to return to New York and save the party.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  21. Jeff Florida

    Rev Wright's rhetoric. Have you ever heard MLK's rhetoric? Look at the whole picture, listen to the whole sermon. We embrace MLK, and shun Rev Wright, why? It just doesn't make sense, but then Bush won a second term. So some go from Obama to McCain. I guess our swing voters are the true deciders. God help us...

    May 5, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Chanda

    But to give an idea as to how this voter feels. i am in mi and i did not vote in our primary because we had heard that it would not count, i do not know even one person who voted because of this. however we are very much in tune with what has been going on.

    Around Super Tuesday and weeks following, we were all fired up, my 12 year old was so into it even, on the nights of primaries and caucuses we would literally grab snacks and get in front of the television to watch the coverage.

    Now, all that has fizzled quite a bit...we are tired of all this nonsense, especially with the Rev. Wright coverage. and now most of us are kind dread the primary nights, because it is so much of the same, no conclusion, and we are all so wound up and anxious we just want the one we are for to win,

    it is just not the same, before we were up now we are cringing.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Jeff Florida

    Ahh, sweet serndipity for the republicans. The key is that they have been "happily absent" from this pandering. Of course they love this mess, and their distance from it. Why is this the issue? Why is the formula and mistakes inside the formula to survive the nomination significant. It's partly because the media blows everything out of proportion (CNN included), and partly because the democratic party want's to see who will be successfull at this dirty political game of which the republican party has so efficiently dominated in recent decades. So, all that aside, why is it bad. Why is Clinton's continued effort "hurting" the democratic party. Give me a break. How is run for party nomination in a democratic race hurting a party? If it was up to me, I'd say stick to the issues and forget the fluff, but then who am I?

    May 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Lee

    i do agree. i have not seen so much racially motivated attacks ever. Obama is Baptist and his church is what it is. There is no way that Hillary can win by any equation. The democratic party has all but said that democrats in certain states are racist and will not vote for a black man. Hillary's position and strategy seems to be, "That u can not trust him because he is a black man." He went to the million man march. "He is black." If the democratic party takes the nomination from Obama unfairly. I will never vote democratic ever again. The system has be held to higher standard than this. i should not matter if a candidate is Catholic, Muslim, Baptist, White, Black, Green, or Atheist. Think hard about the fundamental ideals of the founding fathers and the reasons that influenced their migration to America.

    May 5, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  25. kevin lynch

    Obama has accepted and subscribed to the REv Wright rhetoric and teachings of separatism by admission and attendance for 20 years.
    Us democrats in massachusetts will be heard for mcCain if Obama is the nominee!

    May 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  26. Paulinus, Canada

    Race in indeed a factor in the race. Prior to South Carolina's primary, the Clintons had the support of a larger percentage of African Americans. Bill induced the race card in an effort to get the White votes in the following primaries, knowing that there is a higher pecentage of whites in America. That was Bill's strategy. I hope Amy agrees with me.

    I have listened to some of Amy's comments,, and she has said a lot to bring down Obama, especially with Rev Wright's Issues and Mitchell's "Proud to be an American" remark. I guess she had no choice as she is a Republican.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:53 pm |
  27. Tom

    Did you ever here Obama say anything like the Rev. Wright. It;s only hatred because you cannot look deep enough or reach out enough to understand where his words came. Have you ever been called a N*****, or have you ever had someone in your family killed for just being black or denied a drink at a fountain or told no you can't eat here you are black or you can"t go to school here you are black . Don't judge by word's until you live some of where they came from . Assumming you know show ignorance without understanding.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  28. Cathy

    Good piece Amy. What annoys me about Lanny is that he always plays the blame game. The media did not put words in Bill Clinton's mouth or cause him to angrily wag his finger at others.....shall we just say that Bill Clinton has made some blunders during this campaign and he alone is responsible for that, not the media, or the other party.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  29. Barb

    Obama is the too blame for Rev. Wright, he chose too stay in that church for over 20 years.
    Any american with a loving god in their heart needs too ask how Obama could take his 2 young daughter's into that church too listen too all that hatred , he must have agreed with the Rev. Wright.
    This reminds me of the young muslim who children are taught too hate at a very young age.
    I do not believe all black american feel that the Rev. or Obama should teach hatred, and Obama is the one responsible for his children sitting in that hate filled enviroment

    May 5, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  30. kc

    I am amused and surprised at Lanny Davies's and some media outlets lack of common sense on the "race issue". Even if all the black voters voted for Obama -a big IF- the total percentage of blacks in most states he has won do not and cannot explain his comfortable victories. Can we get over this and admit his broad appeal.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  31. Tom

    How , in the world can any self respecting reporter, analyst or what ever they call themselves even sit and ponder this. It's is the media that is raising this day in and day out. Over and over trying to figure out how much they damaged Obama after the repetitive attack's on him from all sides. Then after he a makes a appeal to the press and tries to explain. He again gets crucified for not doing enough. This was all going on while Clinton gets away with Bosnia, Mark Penn and NAFTA and much more , she has a lobbyist from Shell oil that works for her for god sakes !! . I was a Clinton supported until the media decides that the Wright issues outweighed all of Clinton's negatives, The only thing I got out of this was that Obama has fault’s , however he has dignity and class and a clear vision to unite this country , because we have to unite to move foward. Clinton on the other hand has way to much baggage and she has no shame , she looked all of us in the eye and flat out lied about Bosnia why not loop that one over 1000 times I‘m sure opinions about her would be swayed as well. Is that what we want in the White House god I hope not because nothing will ever change for the hard working people in this country that deserve much, much more. Especially from the media , they are shameless

    May 5, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  32. ron

    The Clinton's were elected into office using the black voters. Now they make statements the the African American voter base will not be enough to elect Sen. Obama. Courting Latinos and interjecting fear and race in white blue collar votes. The race issue will slowly change in time. As more senior votes leave the base of voters younger more open voters will fill the ranks.

    A little comment to Mary Holmes
    I don't believe you used the words "integrity, intelligence, judgment, credibility and experience” in the same sentence with Hillary Clinton

    May 5, 2008 at 9:24 pm |
  33. Danny Lizotte from Canada

    obama want to bring people togethe and he says that almost every single day but people want to be divide, open your eye this guy is special.

    canadian thank you.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  34. Mary

    Why all you talk about that same card again... You put the gas in the fire ,, Anybody could stop to speak about that once for all. All peoples are human,, don't you yhink,

    May 5, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  35. Jim

    Amy "Republicans were happily absent from the various Clinton controversies". Conservatives by definition can't handle the change Obama will bring. They stay away from Clinton to attack Obama. They feel the Clintons are the best target in the fall with so much baggage.

    They have been attacking Obama in the media by playing up Rev. Wright who are both Black. They are not talking about the religion and associated preachers of the other two candidates both white and other conservatives who have dropped out of the race. They are attacking openly in states where McCain isn't running. Race and religion divide. The gas tax non issue was dreamed up by Republicans.

    It looks like Republicans are strongly present on the Democratic primary. It is currently in their interest to defeat Obama and leave the Clintons for after the Democrats are stuck with the Clintons in the fall.
    This is no secret and Republican strategists like yourself and talking heads are in full spin cycle.

    May 5, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  36. Nancy Yando

    Would someone please explain to the public that Hillary Clinton or John McCain cannot singlehandedly enact a reduction in the gas tax. The last I knew, Congress had that privilege! Does the American public not realize this??????

    May 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  37. Shaun Thompson

    To me, this situation is ideal. It has taken quite some time for a man such as Obama to come on the scene. The challenge for America, I think, is releasing stereotypes and prejudices to embrace the kind of America Senator Obama is calling for. The insult to voters from these analysts is that they seem to think the average Joe is not smart enough to see past the smoke and mirrors. Call it a non-issue all you like, but race is playing a masked but troublesome role in this year's Democratic race no matter who started it. Not as though anything had to be said. Look at how the votes are being cast. Clinton is pulling the support of women and white working class men. Obama-African Americans largely. The one thing the media has not delivered on is this- highlight Senator Obama's white heritage to the extent his African-American heritage has been. See what happens.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  38. Cameron from Rural America

    Hillary's the most electable candidate – from a national poll to the swing state polls; the race issue is inconsequential when you can win over 50% of the vote in the general election. Obama's elitist comments are far worse than his race issues with Rev. Wright.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  39. Christine

    I am so sick of people saying the Clintons play the race card. Please if the black population would stop and think, the Clintons did more for them than Obama ever did or will. He only cares for them for the votes so I ask who plays the race card? Everytime there is an item that paints him unfavorably, his people cry race and blame the Clinton team. Maybe he really is unqualified?

    May 5, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  40. Genevieve M, TX

    In my opinon, neither of the candidates are playing with a "full deck". It's up to the voters to decide which stack of cards they prefer.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  41. Mary Holmes

    When I first started being educated about this race, one of the first statements from Senator Obama's side was this 1. I was the first African American on the Harvard Review and 2. my mother was a white woman from Kansas and my father was from Kenya, Africa. This certainly put the racial subject on the table. In fact, Senator Obama has regularly used the race issue in his campaign and only a fool would not know that the Senate districts he represents are AA voter majority. The church he attended and supported for nearly 20 years believe that Blacks are the chosen people. The Obama campaign and supporters who blame the Clinton campaign or the media for racial confortations are off their marks.
    Facts can not be disputed; both racial and gender bias has been present in this campaign. Race and gender are not as important as intergity, intelligence, judgment, credibility and experience and in these character traits, Senator Clinton has my approval.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm |
  42. Sarah

    Amy....Obama is half white. I agree that the Dems have been playing the " race card" but in reality Mr Obama is half white and this fact is ignored by most pundits on both sides of the aisle.

    I am not voting for Obama OR Hillary Clinton. I am so sick of this mess, but it is helping the Republicans! 🙂

    May 5, 2008 at 8:17 pm |
  43. Jeff, Hamptons

    It is very racist when the media did not even report that Bill and Hillary
    Clinton invited Rev. Wright to the White House and also visited his
    church. As a white Obama supporter, I am very aware of how
    some people of my race like to play the race game. It is the media's
    responsibility to report fairly if it expects to have any credibility beyond
    tabloid fodder.

    May 5, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
  44. Churchill

    There is no doubt that the Democrats have historically exploited the under privildged and less educated in our society better than the Republicans. However, I feel more comfortable with an ignorant racist than a liberal, highly informed racist who masquerades his hate with tunes like, "I feel your pain". No you don't. Do something meaningful if you really care.
    On another note, Obama has shown himself to be really genuine. This man's election will be a dawn for the world. He comes across as very humble and real. Never mind the Wright controversy. Infact, a careful examination of the issues in that will reaveal what a strong character we have in Obama. Please Amy, cut this man some slack as the many networks try to tear him apart.

    May 5, 2008 at 7:47 pm |
  45. cathy demby stovkton, ca

    RACE is a big issue in this election. The Clintons, the Media and their supporters are quietly playing. But we the voters are not stupied when you try to forcus on what a pastor said to distroy a good man like OBAMA. Shame on all of you. Lets talk about the economy, gas, jobs abd healthcare.

    May 5, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  46. Mari, Salt Lake City

    I have been listening carefully to this campaign for a year now. I am a registered Independent, Latino, 50-something, woman. I support Sen. Obama.... not because he is African-American, BUT because I will not cast my vote for ANYONE WHO VOTED FOR THE WAR WITH IRAQ!
    That includes McCain. Hillary & McCain are both just as responsible as is Bush for the disaster the next president will inherit.

    Then there is the 10 TRILLION in debt and counting! Why isn't anyone concerned?

    How can anyone vote for either Hillary or McCain..... who for ALL OF THEIR EXPERIENCE AND 'GOOD' JUDGEMENT VOTED FOR THE IRAQ WAR?

    WHO PLAYED THE "RACE CARD"? Bill Clinton, in New Hampshire! They will do and say anything to win.

    May 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  47. Jane, NC

    If only the news media and the pundits found gender bias as objectionable as racial bias!

    May 5, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  48. Barry

    If Obama is not the nominee, most African American I speak with will not vote for the Clintons.

    May 5, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  49. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Finally, truth instead of spin. Thank you for setting things straight. It's about time someone does today on this website.

    May 5, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  50. Larry

    Amy, why do you insist on saying that Barack is 'black' when his mom was 100% white; is it your turn to throw her and her parents under the bus? Not playing the 'white-race' card falls on who?

    May 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm |