Three reasons, among many, why I’ll have a hard time “letting go”

Assuming Hillary handles tomorrow well, I’ll do my best to pull back, but reprehensible crap like this isn’t going to make it easy for me:

A Democratic superdelegate from New Jersey said this week he is worried that unifying the party behind Barack Obama may be difficult because the Clinton camp “has engaged in some very divisive tactics and rhetoric it should not have.”

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, who supported Hillary Clinton throughout the primary season, disclosed he received a phone call shortly before the April 22 Pennsylvania primary from a top member of Clinton’s organization and that the caller explicitly discussed a strategy of winning over Jewish voters by exploiting tensions between Jews and African-Americans.

“There have been signals coming out of the Clinton campaign that have racial overtones that indeed disturb me,” Andrews said at his campaign headquarters in Cherry Hill Tuesday night after he lost his bid for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

“Frankly, I had a private conversation with a high-ranking person in the campaign ... that used a racial line of argument that I found very disconcerting. It was extremely disconcerting given the rank of this person. It was very disturbing.”

Andrews said the phone call came after he angered the Clinton camp by making some positive comments about Obama. He would not disclose the caller’s name because of the private nature of the conversation.

The Obama camp declined to comment. Clinton’s campaign issued an angry response to Andrews, who once was charged with lobbying other members of Congress to support her.

“Comments like these, coming so soon after Congressman Andrews’ crushing defeat, are sad and divisive,” said Clinton’s chief national spokesman, Phil Singer.

Andrews stood by his statements and said: “I would hope that all Democrats can put this divisiveness behind them. I’m glad the Clinton campaign is finally about to change its tone.” He said he made his comments only after his primary loss to Sen. Frank Lautenberg because “I didn’t want people to think I was trying to win over Obama supporters in the primary.”

And then there’s this story about James Clyburn that flew under the radar Wednesday:

An angry and upset Rep. James Clyburn said Wednesday that his office has been deluged with nasty phone calls with racial overtones since his endorsement of Barack Obama a day earlier.

Clyburn told FOX News Radio’s “Brian and the Judge” that the callers identified themselves as Hillary Clinton supporters. Clyburn, an African-American and the third ranking House Democrat, said a white intern in his office was so upset by the calls that she had to be consoled by other workers and left the office early.

“We got more vitriolic, nasty phone calls, really racially tinged phone calls in my congressional office, so much so, until one of the interns, a young lady who is not a stranger to politics … and she is not a black person, she left the office, had to be consoled because of the kinds of phone calls from people who identified themselves as Hillary Clinton supporters,” he said.

Clyburn said some of the callers used “names that I would not repeat on this show today.”

“I was absolutely shocked, could not believe that this happened. I could understand people saying, ‘Why are you doing this or why would you not support Hillary Clinton?’ but to call me the kinds of names I have not heard since the ’40s and ’50s,” he said.

And, finally, let’s not forget the treatment Donna Brazile has endured via her Blackberry during the course of this primary (her biz email address has been posted all over pro-Hillary blogs).  Here’s a text message she sent back in May to a HillaryIs44 fever swamp creature:

You should go back to the day before NH, the night after Obama won WI, etc. What sickens me is if I say good things about him, the other side rebels.

What does it say about the process? Just tired and when it is over, I am going to release the emails. They have been vile, racist and nasty.

Hillary’s speech tomorrow had better be good. This is a good sign. For now, I’ll leave it at that.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/06/08 at 10:20 AM • Permalink

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The Clinton campaign’s ugly response to the statements of Congressman Andrews, a disenchanted supporter, just smacks of Karl Rove. 

“Comments like these, coming so soon after Congressman Andrews’ crushing defeat, are sad and divisive,” said Clinton’s chief national spokesman, Phil Singer.

That typifies what I can’t forgive about the Clintons.  I don’t trust them, even now, not to slip the shiv in while we’re not looking.

The only way Obama is going to lose in Nov. is if he has the backing of the sick puppies who ran Hillary’s campaign, from top to bottom.  I would wash my hands of anything to do with that camp.  They are a lunatic fringe (queue Red Rider music), and I think by cutting them out like a bad mole he will still easily win with the support of the sane, birkenstock wearing Dems.

It would have helped more if Clinton’s speech on Tuesday was a good one.

Given that fact that she had direct contact with some of her most vile bloggers, and her heavy support from whites in the South, why don’t any of these racism accusations surprise me?

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