Rich Galen

Said Bill Clinton today in Columbia, SC: "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here."

Boy, I can't understand why anyone would think the Clintons are running a race-baiting campaign to paint Obama as "the black candidate."

Not only that, but the Washington Post put Race on its front page this weekend in a piece headed:

Party Fears Racial Divide
Attacks Could Do Lasting Harm, Democrats Say

In the piece, reporters Jonathan Weisman and Matthew Mosk wrote that following the Pennsylvania primary:

[Clinton's] backers may be convinced that only she can win the white, working-class voters that the Democratic nominee will need in the general election, but many African American leaders say a Clinton nomination - handed to her by superdelegates - would result in a disastrous breach with black voters.

The House Majority Whip, James E. Clyburn (D-SC), who is Black, said in the WashPost article:

"We keep talking as if it doesn't matter that Obama gets 92 percent of the black vote, because since he only got 35 percent of the white vote, he's in trouble. Well, Hillary Clinton only got 8 percent of the black vote. . . . It's almost saying black people don't matter."

Oh, yeah. This is all the fault of the North Carolina GOP. They're the ones bringing Race into this deal.

Here's the short hand: Republicans have nothing in this. The Racial thing in this cycle is between a White woman and a Black man for the Democratic nomination.

John McCain was correct: It's the Democrats' mess and it is going to get worse before it gets better.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at