I don’t know this guy from Adam, but if reliable…
A Democratic superdelegate from New Jersey said he is worried that unifying the party behind Barack Obama may be difficult because the Clinton camp “has engaged in some very divisive tactics and rhetoric it should not have.”
Rep. Rob Andrews, who supported Hillary Clinton throughout the primary season, disclosed he received a phone call shortly before the April 22 Pennsylvania primary from a top member of Clinton’s organization and that the caller explicitly discussed a strategy of winning Jewish voters by exploiting tensions between Jews and African-Americans.
“There have been signals coming out of the Clinton campaign that have racial overtones that indeed disturb me,” Andrews said at his campaign headquarters in Cherry Hill Tuesday night after he lost his bid for the U.S. Senate nomination. “Frankly, I had a private conversation with a high-ranking person in the campaign … that used a racial line of argument that I found very disconcerting. It was extremely disconcerting given the rank of this person. It was very disturbing.”
I my estimation, this would seem consistent with the innuendos and murmuring coming out of the campaign on race issues all along. And there’s still the issue of where Clinton said that Obama wasn’t qualified – but McCain was. Plus her high negatives with independents. Other than some of her disgruntled core support (some of which has already indicated they won’t vote for Obama no matter what), I’m not sure Clinton would bring any substantial help to the ticket, especially in what’s shaping up to be key states this fall (Ohio + Pennsylvania, for two).
At my most furious during this campaign, I’ve said that I wished Clinton would get knocked off in a Democratic primary for her Senate seat the next time it comes around. Realistically, while she is DLC she’s still not Joe Lieberman. And it’s up to the people of New York if they still want her as their Senator or not. Regardless, in my estimation she can do a lot more good as a lioness in the Senate than as, say, Secretary of Health and Human Services. She’s certainly got more metaphorical “balls” than Harry Reid. After this quasi-Republican campaign she’s run, she could do a lot to re-establish her “liberal bonafides” with me by returning to the Senate and helping get progressive legislation passed for President Obama to sign into law.
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