The following blurb appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal:
Is a ‘Dump Hillary’ Movement Starting to Crystallize?
Hillary Clinton doesn’t easily apologize. But she did last night, telling a group of more than 200 black newspaper editors that she was sorry about comments made by her supporters that have upset African-Americans.
“I am sorry if anyone was offended,” she said of remarks by her husband comparing Barack Obama’s victory in the South Carolina primary to that of Jesse Jackson in the 1980s. “We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama.”
She went on to “repudiate” remarks that Geraldine Ferraro, a Clinton supporter and 1984 Democratic vice-presidential running-mate, made suggesting Mr. Obama would not have been so successful if he were white. Mrs. Clinton pointed out that Mrs. Ferraro had resigned her post with the Clinton finance committee.
Mrs. Clinton made her retreat on the same night that one of her most stalwart liberal supporters turned on her. In a blistering “special comment” tacked on to his MSNBC show, host Keith Olbermann accused Mrs. Clinton of “now campaigning as if Barack Obama were the Democrat, and you were the Republican.” Mr. Olbermann didn’t mince words—he accused Clinton advisers of sending “Senator Clinton’s campaign back into the vocabulary of David Duke.” He tagged Team Clinton with “slowly killing the chances for any Democrat to become president” with its divisive campaign tactics.
While Ms. Ferraro’s words were certainly inartful, no one in their right mind believes they should be compared with the rhetoric of David Duke. The fact that former Clinton allies such as Mr. Olbermann are becoming so apoplectic is a sure sign that Mrs. Clinton is wearing out her welcome on the primary stage in many quarters.
Is it preposterous to think that Hillary Clinton is trying to undermine Barack Obama’s candidacy? She may sense that she is defeated and want to see John McCain elected. Why? Because if McCain is elected, she can run for president again in four years. Obama will have lost, so he may choose not to run; and if he does run, he’ll be running as a loser.
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