And the Gold Medal Goes to....Right from the horse's mouth, in USA Today Hillary Clinton said:
"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."
"There's a pattern emerging here," she said.
That's right, she's convinced that whites are racist and will not vote for a black man, but sexism isn't a problem here at all, they will vote for a white woman. So Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, Erica Jong et al can just shut their mouths about sexism being the worst oppression because their heroine has just awarded the Gold in the Oppression Olympics to racism.
Unfortunately for her, I believe she is wrong and the racists she is courting are also sexists, because they are Republicans. They are giving her a boost in the primaries but when it comes right down to it her white working class Archie Bunkers will vote for the white guy in the general. I also believe this is why so many of her supporters say they will not vote for Obama if she isn't the candidate, because some of them are Limbaugh's operation chaos monkeys, and others would prefer an election where they have the choice of two Republicans and Hillary Clinton is a right of center DLC corporate stooge. If you want a Republican, why vote for the Republican-lite candidate though? They won't vote for Obama, but they also won't vote for Clinton in the general.
For more reading:
Bob Herbert at the NYT- Seeds of Destruction
Eugene Robinson at WaPo- The Card Clinton Is Playing
Derrick Z Jackson at the Boston Globe- Clinton's diminishing of black voters