Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

Hat Tip to Lauren S.

In the video above, which, no doubt, many have seen already, Liz Trotta, a conservative white woman commentator, was asked to comment on Hillary Clinton's suggestion that the word "assassination" is relevant in the 2008 presidential campaign.  Trotta responds,

"and now we have what ... uh...some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama ...uh..um..Obama [after being prompted by the FNC anchor]....well both if we could [laughing]"
Hillary Clinton's frequent allusions to assassination in the 2008 presidential election contest have opened a Pandora's box, effectively making assassination part of the public discussion while giving permission to radical Republicans to air their dirtiest mental laundry in public, thereby making the entire debate more conservative than it would have been otherwise.  

In that sense, Hillary's contribution has once again been very "Republican", as when she repeatedly asserted that John McCain was more capable of leading the country than her Democratic Party opponent.  

As with George Allen's "macaca" allusion (see video above), it is often the basest disrespect toward Black people that unmasks white politicians as simply to vile to be worthy of the public trust.

Among the 140 blogs of the AfroSpear, the Slant Truth blog captures a truth that must be heeded particularly now.  He says,


I traverse a wide range of blogs, and there's something that I've noticed concerning discussions of Sen. Hillary Clinton and her recent "assassination" remark. At the primarily white blogs, there is much debate over whether or not what she has said is offensive (I won't bother repeating it here since it's been posted everywhere) and yet when you look at black bloggers, and other bloggers of color, there is an almost unanimous agreement that her remarks were reprehensible.

I also noticed that in the links being provided by blog authors and commentators at the primarily white blogs, to support their agreement or disagreement with the offensiveness of Sen. Clinton's statements, all are to other primarily white blogs and white bloggers. I find this problematic because I've seen a lot of comments on these blogs to the effect of "anyone who thinks that her statement was truly offensive is paranoid, a nut case, delusional, incapable of rational thought, etc," and this leads me to think that a lot of people just aren't taking into consideration, let alone even reading and listening to the black and other bloggers of color that Clinton's statement has affected not only on a political level, but on a deeply personal level.

Let me tell you a story:

As a child, I once came home, after hearing the standard "if you work hard enough, maybe one day you can be President" spiel at school, and quite happily informed my grandmother that all I had to do was work my butt off and maybe one day I could be President of the United States.

( . . . )

Slant Truth

Slant Truth's story demonstrates that the Obama candidacy presents America with a challenge to make good on one of America's most fundamental promises to all of its citizenry, that the nation is "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice [and opportunity?] for all."

The macabre story of 2008 is that the vice presidential picks are important. On the Republican side, it’s because of John McCain’s age and history of skin cancer, and that’s openly discussed. But on the Democratic side, it is, as The Times’s Obama reporter Jeff Zeleny has written, a “hushed worry.” Barack Obama has fused two of the most powerful narratives in American history — those of Martin Luther King Jr. and Camelot — and that makes him both magical and vulnerable. Maureen Dowd, New York Times
And yet, Hillary Clinton's allusions to assassination are most corrosively Republican and conservative precisely because they open a Jeanie's bottle of backlash toward the aspirations of some Americans, based on their skin color.  This backlash is a conservative backlash against the fulfillment of America's liberal promises of equality and hope.

And that's why Hillary Clinton needs to rapidly end her candidacy.  With each passing day that it continues, she widens the window of anti-Democratic ideation that makes the race harder for the Democrats to win, regardless of who our presidential candidate is.  She doesn't seem to have considered the fact that there are almost as many armed lunatics who hate the idea of a female presidency as there are who hate the idea of a Black presidency.  It is only because Obama is in the race and is winning that the idea of assassination has not been raised with respect to preventing Hillary Clinton from ending the forty-three term white male monopoly of the presidency of the United States.

[UPDATE:] And although some excuse-makers (see comments below) assert that this concern for Obama's (and Clinton's) safety are conveniently invented recently to hurt Clinton's campaign, this clearly is not the case. On July 31, 2007, one AfroSpear blogger wrote, (before Hillary had mentioned assassination at all),

"When I campaigned for Jesse Jackson back in 1984, Black children told me that Jesse could not become president because white people would never allow it. They might assassinate him or isolate him or otherwise refuse him, but they would not allow him to take the reigns of power.

In light of the tragic history of assassination of Black leaders in America, from the non-violent Martin Luther King, Jr. to the leaders of the "pick up the gun" Panther Party, I could not argue that these children's observations were unfounded. They were a matter of historical fact.

So, I could only argue that we had to continue trying, in spite of the forces arrayed against us, just as we had [done] during slavery and Jim Crow."July 31, 2007

Slant truth cites the following sources for his observation that afrosphere progressives' reactions to Hillary's comments have been far more critical than the reactions of the whitosphere's pseudo-progressives:

Electronic Village

Jack and Jill Politics

The Unapologetic Mexican

Pam Spaulding at Pam’s House Blend and Pandagon

My Private Casbah

African American Political Pundit

All About Race

Ultraviolet Underground

The author is editor of the Truth About McCain Blog.

Tags: assassination, conservatism, Hillary Clinton, macaca, Slant Truth (all tags)



Re: Hillary's Corrosive Conservatism

I think your title is unnecessarily inflammatory, but I agree with much of your analysis, particularly the way that the response of black bloggers (and black people more generally) was invisible throughout most of the white blogosphere.

by letterc 2008-05-26 01:58AM | 0 recs
"Hillary's Corrosive Conservatism"

Thanks for your comment, LetterC.  

The title was, "Hillary's Corrosive Conservatism".  I've changed it now, but I doubt that will satisfy many people.

Ironically, the titles on articles in the mainstream media have been far more "inflammatory" (critical) than either of my two titles.  Titles are always intended to grab attention, otherwise why would anyone open a book or read an article, when there are so many other competing books and articles to read.

Inevitably, politics is about controversy and titles that aptly capture the content of articles will be similarly controversial.  So, people who insist that titles ought not displease them are really insisting on misleading titles or modified content, or both.

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-26 02:14AM | 0 recs
Re: "Hillary's Corrosive Conservatism"

Kudos to you for responding to crticism and changing your title.

Thanks for the diary. The video is very disturbing.

by catilinus 2008-05-26 02:54AM | 0 recs
Re: "Hillary's Corrosive Conservatism"

to bad you had to lie about what Hillary said, made your entire diary one big lie.

by zerosumgame 2008-05-26 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

Hillary did nothing wrong.

Everybody is taking what she said out of context and picking on her because she is a woman.

by HillsMyGirl 2008-05-26 03:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

Oh yes, that must be it...

by JenKinFLA 2008-05-26 03:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

Everybody is taking what she said out of context and picking on her because she is a woman.

You can't really belive this, can you?

Stop using the whole sexism thing as a shield. It's really tired.

by Massadonious 2008-05-26 03:12AM | 0 recs

How much are they paying you to McBlog?

by Massadonious 2008-05-26 03:25AM | 0 recs
Re: So...

Stop being a hater who is spreading lies about what Hillary said.

Hillary should be the nominee.  You Obama supporters should apologize to everyone here.

by HillsMyGirl 2008-05-26 03:29AM | 0 recs
You should apologize...

To all the trolls out there.

It's not like you're even trying.

Go McBlog elsewhere.

by Massadonious 2008-05-26 03:31AM | 0 recs
Re: You should apologize...

If you want the votes of Hillary's supporters, you need to be nicer and start apologizing.

We're real Democrats here.

Obama was getting the votes of independents and republican crossovers.

by HillsMyGirl 2008-05-26 03:39AM | 0 recs
Re: You should apologize...

Alright, I'm going to start troll rating you now.

And don't worry, it's not because you're a woman.

by Massadonious 2008-05-26 03:42AM | 0 recs
Re: You should apologize...

Mass, you're wasting your keystrokes.  This person is clearly a troll and not a Clinton supporter. To borrow Steve M's phrase, it's probably the ambassador from News Max. Or Red State.

by Denny Crane 2008-05-26 05:22AM | 0 recs
Re: You should apologize...

That's one of the purposes of a troll-rating.

You should use it too, to make it bipartisan.  It's the responsibility of all responsible posters to keep trolls in check.

by Jess81 2008-05-26 06:17AM | 0 recs
I love that terminology

do you mind if I use it and give credit where it is due.

by Student Guy 2008-05-26 06:44AM | 0 recs
Re: You should apologize...

"If you want the votes of Hillary's supporters, you need to be nicer and start apologizing."
What is this? Creepy blackmail?

NOBODY cares what you say! It's obviously that your a troll, so why don't you register another account and make a better attempt at dem-trolling in few days. Alright? Ok...

by standd 2008-05-26 04:20AM | 0 recs
Re: So...

Check out the poster's comment history... all of two comments long...?

What's that plant smell all of the sudden..?

by JenKinFLA 2008-05-26 03:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

It is gratifying to see from your links, Manic, that Francis has abandoned his previous tenacious support for Hillary, remembering the many conversations we had had on the subject going back to the early days of the primary season here at MyDD.  I noted his citations in the Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News with interest.  Please give him my regards.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-05-26 03:25AM | 0 recs
I sure will!

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-26 05:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

Wait a minute. Arent ManicLawyer and Francis the same person? I checked out Francis' blog after Manic's last big diary and I noticed Francis mentioned the ManicLawyer guy in the first person. Also the writing style is the same.

by Pravin 2008-05-26 09:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

This diary is just breathtaking in its desperation to whip up paranoia.

I have never heard any explanation from the Obama camp as to why the comments of Hillary's, which they claim are so obviously pernicious and malevolent today, somehow escaped their notice entirely when essentially the same comments by Hillary, with nearly identical language, were published in Mar in Time magazine.

That complete silence on their part demonstrates beyond doubt to any rational person that the controversy is entirely manufactured outrage, and does not derive from any inherent meaning in the comments.

And yet people like Manic Lawyer (whose greatest act of honesty lies in the handle he has chosen) pretend very very hard that we need to worry ourselves sick over the sorts of things that Hillary is saying.

There will be no peace with the Obama camp -- even his campaign got in the act on this issue, even as they are supposedly just wrapping up the nomination, even as they are claiming that they want unity.

The real conclusion any Hillary supporter will draw from this latest episode is just how dishonest is any attempt on the part of Obama to pretend that they want anything out of Hillary supporters other than enough votes to get their guy elected in the general election.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

by frankly0 2008-05-26 05:02AM | 0 recs
"MacDaddy" saw this essay, and said,

"White "progressives" like XxX-XXG&* (no bashing allowed) have no clue of how prevalent the fear is that Obama could be assassinated is among blacks, even some whites. For older blacks, fear is still very real. I come from the South, and I can't get a conversation about how bad things ertr and still are in small towns in Georgia and Alabama, where many of my relatives live.

White bloggers think blacks are only thinking of Dr. King or the Kennedys. They don't realize that there was torture of black people with the expressed purpose of not only keeping us from voting but running us off our land. It's about black women being attacked. It's about police killing black men as well. There's even a documentary about white's attempt to run blacks off their land. It eerily recalls what some Palestinian call "collective punishment," when the Israeli took their land and bombed or attacked entire villages when a few protested. They called it collective punishment.

That these so-called progressives are so insensitive, so blissfully "innocent" of the willful, intentional, and continuous politics of fear against the black community reaffirms to me how nice white privilege must be."  MacDaddy

by Manic Lawyer 2008-05-26 05:30AM | 0 recs
Re: "MacDaddy" saw this essay, and said,

So are you suggesting some kind of collect punishment for white americans?  And if so how far are you willing to take ideas of collect punishment?


by giusd 2008-05-26 06:17AM | 0 recs
Re: "MacDaddy" saw this essay, and said,

This is some of the most absurd stuff I've read in awhile.

by Dave B 2008-05-26 06:20AM | 0 recs
The race card meets the victim card

by observer5 2008-05-26 07:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillaryism Invites Conservative Backlash

The response of black people to every criticism of Obama is one of the major reasons why I will never support Obama. I am a lifelong liberal who has had his eyes opened by the blatent bigotry and anti-white attitudes so prevelent in the black community.

I am rethinking my support of affirmative action hiring and promotins policies and preferrential admission to colleges and universities.

Given what I've seen and heard I think we may have gone too far in accomodating black folk without demanding that they recipricate by stamping out black bigotry against whites.

Why let a black person step in line ahead of a qualified white person for admission to Harvard for an MBA only to see him go on to join black organizations that preach white hate? With the high demand for qualified blacks for supervisory positions I am afraid we may be risking our childrens fate to the whims of a possible bigot.

It doesn't make sense to continue these policies without first addressing the problem of racism amongst blacks.

by Caliman 2008-05-26 09:29AM | 0 recs


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