Political Night Train has reviewed Bill Clinton’s recent comments in Nevada where he compared Obama with Hillary and we found the impeached former President is still using the race card, and now he injects the class card. Here’s our analysis of Clinton’s words, and note how he tries to be clever and inject just the right, parsed code words to get his message across. It seems Bill’s up to his old finger pointing tricks again . . . .The former president trumpeted New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments while painting Obama as the “establishment” candidate who would bring only the “feeling of change.”Note the emphasis on “establishment” as if Obama is part of the old “White Eastern Establishment” of politicians, code words for anyone who wants to refer to white racist politicians. Bill adds that Obama will bring the “feeling of change” not real change. Careful examination of the positions of both Hillary and Obama, on social, economic and domestic issues shows they are not very far apart, both are still pushing 70’s, 80’s and even some 60’s policies. Not much change there.“One candidate says you should vote for me because I’ve not been involved at all in the struggles of the past and therefore we need to turn over a new leaf and (try) something absolutely new. And if you want the feeling of change, then that is the person you should support,” Clinton said in a 75-minute speech to about 300 people in a YMCA gymnasium.Bill refers to Obama not being part of past struggles, which suggest, in a subtle way that Obama has no connections to the struggles of the civil rights era. This is an ever so subtle way of playing the race card.“The other candidate says vote for me because I spent a lifetime making change, raising hopes and fulfilling dreams for other people,” he said about the former first lady.Now Bill makes a case for Hillary being a part of the changes that support Martin Luther King’s “Dream”, that some how SHE fulfilled his dream. Again the race card.“In this case the establishment organization is with him and the insurgents are with her,” Clinton said in his speech. He then asked for a show of hands from about 50 precinct captains in the audience and challenged them to stand up to the union’s leadership.Again Bill ties Obama to the “White Eastern Establishment” and Hillary to the leaders of the civil rights movement. Again the race and class cards are played.“They think they’re better than you are at identifying and physically getting people to their caucus sites. And I bet they’re wrong,” he said to cheers.“They think they are better than you”, again, playing the race and class cards.Among the Democratic candidates remaining, Sen. Clinton is the only one “with a record of consistently passing important bills with the support of Republicans,” Bill Clinton said.“Hillary has an enormous amount of African American support and Barack Obama has a lot of white people for him,” he said in Sparks.There Bill goes again, playing the race card.“There’s still some African Americans who support Barack, even though they like Hillary, because they think he is the first African American to have a chance to be president,” Clinton said. “And there’s a lot of women who are voting for Hillary, even though they like Sen. Obama, because they think it would be better if a woman broke the glass ceiling.”“There’s still some African American who support Barack . . .”, spoken by Bill Clinton as if Obama has no black supporters, only white eastern establishment types. Again the race card being played.
Posted on January 16, 2008 by politicalnighttrain