Yesterday I though Hillary would regroup after New Hampshire. I’m have my doubts after reading The Caucus this morning:
As they barnstorm through New Hampshire, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband are often introduced by supporters who once backed another candidate but converted to her cause.
Today, in Dover, Francine Torge, a former John Edwards supporter, said this while introducing Mrs. Clinton: “Some people compare one of the other candidates to John F. Kennedy. But he was assassinated. And Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually” passed the civil rights legislation.
The comment, an apparent reference to Senator Barack Obama, is particularly striking given documented fears among blacks that Mr. Obama will be assassinated if elected.
Bad – really bad – but it’s survivable because the words weren’t uttered by Hillary. Her campaign issued the obligatory distancing statement. It could have been inconsequential, it would have faded away, but a few hours later Hillary came out swinging:
“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act,” Mrs. Clinton said when asked about Mr. Obama’s rejoinder by Fox’s Major Garrett after her speech in Dover. “It took a president to get it done.”
The Obama campaign declined to comment on either of those remarks…
I have no idea what she hoped to accomplish with that remark. It could have been a stupid, but calculated, attempt to play the race card in New Hampshire. It could have been a clumsy attempt to paint Obama as nothing but a gifted orator – a guy who talks all day while serious white folks like herself and LBJ pass legislation. Perhaps it was both of those things. It may not matter at this point.
I’m not surprised that Obama hasn’t commented on this. He’s won. He knows that. He just needs a moment to collect his thoughts.
Update 6:26 AM CST:
Fox has video of both statements.
Riehl World View
Either she’s nuts, or she’s taken the Bill as the first Black president nonsense to heart. Another stupid line of attack destined to back fire on Hillary, especially among the Black community. She’s trying to take down a rising Black political star by invoking MLK? She doesn’t genuinely have the cred, or experience to make it work. Geesh! How desperate can she get?
I’m not even sure what to write here. Hillary made some odd comments this afternoon on FOX News about Obama and “false hope.” In these comments, she sounds as though she’s knocking Martin Luther King. I don’t believe for a minute that that was her intent, but the comments just come off as awful
The Richmond Democrat
Hillary Clinton has lost any remaining chance she had at the nomination.