Why was Barack Obama successful in South Carolina? Apparently, Bill thinks that "it's a black thang", comparable to Jesse Jackson's victories there. Victories, I might add, that were also aided by the fact that South Carolina is Jesse Jackson's home state, and that Jesse Jackson is a hero to many of the people who live there, because he fought to put an end to segregation... a quality that supercedes his skin pigmentation.
So, just a reminder then...
- Barack Obama had a strong victory amongst white voters in Iowa
- Barack Obama swept the majority white, conservative rural communities of Nevada, thereby winning most of that state's delegates
- Barack Obama won 68% of 18-29 year olds, 62% of 30-44 year olds, and won 55% of 45-59 year olds in South Carolina
- Barack Obama won 63% of people who have never voted before
- Barack Obama won 54% of of non-college educated voters and 52% of those who went to college
- Barack Obama -- unlike Hillary Clinton -- is actively campaigning in every state in contention, with offices and volunteers from Hawaii to Alaska to Maine and everywhere inbetween, with the goal of making significant inroads in parts of the country that Republicans have traditionally taken for granted.
Earth to Bill... Obama isn't winning states because he's black, nor has he ever suggested that Hillary Clinton only won New Hampshire because white candidates always tend to win there. He didn't say that, in short, because he's not interested in playing the racebaiting game.
Of course, the real problem with the Clinton's racebaiting their way to victory is that it's, at best, a pyrrhic victory, in that it alienates black voters, and at worst, it's simply a crass, outdated, Roveian tactic that will blow up in the Clinton campaign's face, if not now, then later in the general election, when disillusioned voters feel compelled to support the Republican candidate instead.
So, what are you doing, Bill? Seriously... what are you doing?!