The Speech I Wanted to Hear
by oh puhleeze, Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 10:46:16 AM EDT
If Obama wanted to confess, unite and heal, this is how he could have taken a much bigger step.
He could have started by apologizing to the Clintons and the voters, by admitting it was HE who racialized the campaign. That it was he and his supporters who mined every syllable of anyone associated with Hillary's campaign to turn it into a race reference. That he planned it, supported it and acquiesced in the media drumbeat to turn the Clinton's into racists, or, if not racists, to turn Hillary into someone so deeply divisive and unscrupulous that she would do stoop this low to win. That he did it because he wanted to cut into her well-deserved African American vote before South Carolina, and to discredit her with party leaders. That he used his race not to create "a more perfect union", but to create a deep division in the party. And it is not race or racisim itself that caused this division, that caused many of us to find his candidacy disingenuous at best, but rather his willingness to stoop so low to win.
No, Senator Obama, it is not just "in the last couple of weeks that the discussion of race in this campaign has taken a particularly divisive turn." We who do not support you believe it began after Senator Clinton's stunning upset in New Hampshire, when you launched the race-bait campaign with your Bradley-effect talking points. When you continued to benefit from the damage this cynical and dangerous tactic caused her campaign. When you failed to take the podium then as you did today to decry the media's non-stop propagandizing her "playing the race card." When you waited to take this stand on racial division until you needed it for damage control to your own campaign, and not when the damage was being done to the party, to democratic voters, and to the civil rights legacy of the only two-term Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt.
Yes, I would have liked to hear you talk about that.