Bill Clinton in Charleston, SC today:
“Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88. Jackson ran a good campaign; and Obama ran a good campaign here.”
You can’t miss the ugly message behind that remark. The Clintons knew they were going to lose South Carolina. They’ve spent the last few weeks subtly injecting race into this campaign. Now Obama isn’t the Democrat who beat Hillary in SC. He’s the “black man” who beat her. In other states this white/black polarization will play to Hillary’s advantage.
I’ve never cared much for the Clintons. But the Machiavellian underhanded sleaze they are demonstrating continues to astonish me. They’ll do anything to win. And there is no principle that they won’t lay aside in order to do it. It’s sick.