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August 27, 2008

It's the Clinton moment that is interesting at the Democratic Convention. Not Hillary's soreness about losing or Bill sulking because the Obama camp called him a racist. The Clintons really don't have much to bargain with, do they. They just have to get on board. Ted Kennedy offers a role model.

What is interesting is signified by those Hillary supporters who are now supporting McCain.The reason? Race I would suggest. Americans are still unsure about a black president in the White House.

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Steve Bell

Many white Americans don't think that the Obama family is normal and patriotic. No doubt it was Michelle Obama's job in her speech that her nonwhite family is normal and patriotic.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:18 AM | | Comments (5)
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Comments

Pathetic, isn't it?
She has to be a sort of sunburned Shirley Jones or Florence Henderson.
The Beatles were wrong.
Its not the blue meanies, its the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family.
She wore a skirt, too- now THAT'S revealing...

Hillary seems to have done the job required of her--a call for unity and for her supporters to get behind Obama as the Democrat's candidate. And she launched an assault on McCain. It must have been a bitter sweet moment for her in backing Obama, as it was only a few months ago that she was trashing Obama as an out-of -touch elitist.

Not doubt she was keeping an eye on 2012 in case Obama falters like Carter. She is going to remain in the national spotlight that is for sure. Even so It is going to be hard for Republican media figures to argue that Hillary's speech yesterday was in fact a tacit non-endorsement of Obama.

Gary
the argument that white working class voters won't vote for Obama because these rednecks are racist is flawed. The majority of the blue collar working class votes swung behind Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and have remained with the Republicans.

Though many of them think that the country is on the wrong track, they also think that Obama's change and renewal rhetoric does not connect with their economic anxieties about falling wages and unemployment.

Hillary was able to tap into those anxieties.

Gary
the other flaw with the race argument is that the Reagan Democrats are strong on national security stuff, and they reckon Obama does not cut it as a commander -in-chief. Hillary Clinton highlighted this with her 3.am phone call advert during the Democratic primaries.

Bill Clinton delivered what was required:

My fellow Democrats, sixteen years ago, you gave me the profound honor to lead our party to victory and to lead our nation to a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity. Together, we prevailed in a campaign in which the Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be Commander-in-Chief. Sound familiar? It didn't work in 1992, because we were on the right side of history. And it won't work in 2008, because Barack Obama is on the right side of history.

And
Everything I learned in my eight years as President and n the work I've done since, in America and across the globe, has convinced me that Barack Obama is the man for this job...My fellow Democrats, I say to you, Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world. Ready to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be president."
Onama got what he wanted and needed. The endorsement of an ex-President.