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North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president today. North Carolina holds its primary May 6, along with Indiana. (Associated Press)

Updated 4:17 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley officially endorsed Hillary Clinton this morning, giving her another boost in a state where the demographics suggest she might struggle.

"Hillary Clinton gets it. She gets it," Easley told a crowd of several hundred at an event at North Carolina State University.

He added, talking about Clinton's toughness, that "this young lady makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy."

Clinton's campaign, while playing down its chance of winning in a state where she has trailed by double digits in most polls, is running an aggressive race here.

Clinton has spent the past three days stumping in North Carolina. Even if she loses here, her campaign aides say, she will try to hold down Barack Obama's margins both in delegates and in the popular vote.

But the challenge is obvious. Although the focus of the Democratic race has been on Obama's inability to win over white working-class voters, Clinton has struggled mightily among African Americans, picking up less than 20 percent of black votes in many of the primary states. She has not yet won a state where blacks make up more than 30 percent of the voters.

Easley, in an interview, said "I'm not like Rendell, where I have a machine in every city or fundraisers," referring to Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, who campaigned across his state for Clinton. "The thing I can do is tell the people I'm for Hillary, and I think they will do me the courtesy of taking a look at her."

Easley said he had months ago assured Clinton he would back her, but had not wanted to endorse her while native son John Edwards was in the race. He said that even though polls showed Clinton trailing in N.C., increased voter registration and excitement in the state this year made it likely that polls would not accurately reflect the vote here. "This is all so new," he said.

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I don't think Easley meant it to apply to gays. Every time I hear the phrase "Husbands for Hillary" the word pansy immediately comes to mind.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | April 30, 2008 1:13 PM

Bruce Springstein said that Barrack Obama was "head and shoulders above the other politicians". You can also see that quality in the random posts of most of his supporters. The Clinton supporters have no trouble following Hillary and taking the "low road" in their posts. Margaret Wente from the Globe and Mail say's "she takes the low road because it works".

Posted by: Duncan from Canada | April 30, 2008 3:13 AM

@Liz. You're right. The Clintons have done fairly well with African Americans and they still do so with segments of the AA community. Where I part company with you is on the assumption that those AAs who side with Obama are doing so because it's "one of their own." Shame on you for not recognizing that the AA community is not monolithic! Sure, there are definitely those who will vote for their "own," just like some women will vote for Hillary just because she is a woman. Hillary has lost many AAs because they've found others who's views, ideas, and respect for them have earned their support. In my opinion, she lost much of that support through the conduct of her campaign. And, yes, I'm aware that she has the support of many prominent blacks. Again, a diverse community with different views. All that said, AAs, just like others, can have reasons NOT to support Clinton than have very little or nothing to with race. No wonder that Hillary has lost some AAs when her campaign makes similar assumptions about what will resonate with them. Many AAs supported BClinton because he was, in their opinion, the best choice for addressing their concerns. We have a very short memory in this country, but, if you look back, Clinton DID have a majority of AA support until she showed that she took them for granted. Now she's playing catch up -- too little, too late.

Posted by: Writing on the Wall | April 29, 2008 10:02 PM

Just another sleazebag trying to get on the Clinton Corruption Goody Wagon.

Posted by: oldman&theC | April 29, 2008 9:48 PM

One more "Machine Man" that Bubba recruited to get the "little lady" elected and she still hasn't been able to put Obama away. She keeps lying her ample butt off and still can't put him away. She even gets one of her backers to coax out Reverend Wright to speak, and she still can't put him away. Maybe people realize the Clintons are both congenital liars and very corrupt.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | April 29, 2008 9:46 PM

Hillary Clinton normally does VERY well with African American voters, precisely because she's good on the issues they care about. The only reason she's not doing well with black voters today is because Barack Obama has siphoned them off. In order that they may take advantage of this first-time-ever opportunity to get a black man elected, some black voters can't seem to screw Hillary Clinton fast enough.

Posted by: Liz | April 29, 2008 9:06 PM

I am surprise that no one is discussing the Tomahawk strike that Pres. Clinton ordered on sovereign state of Sudan. The Naval strike actually missed its target and hit a baby formula production factory, which is crucial in a developing country!

If president, what will Hillary do that will be covered up by the mass media? Her behavior in this primary race is most likely to make head of states nervous. Go Obama

Posted by: Concern Citizen | April 29, 2008 8:32 PM

In honor of Vince Foster,

I voted for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 7:11 PM

Shame on you, too, Mike Easley! Barack Obama is a brilliant man who will bring honesty, integrity, decency and respect back to the White House and to the USA. Clinton is known to be a liar. Whitewater, indictments, adultery, impeachment, accusations, NAFTA, mandated health insurance, people going to prison and committing suicide in the White House.SNIPER FIRE ? oh please !.....there's a comment from AG, April 29 3:57 that pretty much covers it. I wonder what you got out of the deal Governor. Shame on YOU! OBAMA 08, restore our pride.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 6:47 PM

Couldn't agree with you more, Andreas. The Dems are imploding and -- at this point -- it may just be McCain's to lose. From my unscientific, anecdotal sampling of other blacks who are also working class (funny how we can't seem to be in more than one demographic but whatever . . . ), the Democratic party may have gained new members in voter drives, but those very voters will not necessarily vote the party line at the top of the ticket. I would not be surprised to see a ground swell of calls for African Americans to leave the Democratic party. Politically wise or not, some shifting will definitely happen after this farce of a primary. The writing is on the wall.

Posted by: Writing is on the wall | April 29, 2008 4:55 PM

She gets it. Gets what? She better be "getting" out of the race if the dems want to stand a chance in Novemember. www.madnessletters.com

Posted by: Bradyn | April 29, 2008 4:34 PM

North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has it right. Yet Hillarys stumbling-blocks will go down in history by the medias persistance to keep transparent what is becoming "apparent" in the final hours of the primarys. That is the
relationships exibeted thru "Raceism and Chovanism" Hillary being denighed admission to a flock of some who are "a bird of a feather that flocks (votes) together" even if she is the more experanced. And denighed by others who's Ego lays clame "To the Good- Old- Boys-Club",beleving after all who would want a Girl to be our President. I for one will vote as a Demacrat for whomever the nomanee is. But for the moment, Hillary gets my support.

Posted by: ihpen | April 29, 2008 4:11 PM

Just Words?! Clinton Says Actions Matter - They Do!

CLINTONS:
Paula Jones - LIE
MONICA - LIE,
BOSNIA - LIE,
COLUMBIA - LIE,
IRAQ VOTE - LIE,
NAFTA - LIE,
WRIGHT ONLY FRIEND OF OBAMA NOT CLINTON - LIE,
RUNNING FOR 2008 BUT NOT FOR 2012 - LIE
RACE CARD - LIE
RE-OPENING MI, FL VOTE - LIE
OBAMA AS VP - LIE
POPULAR VOTE - LIE
FERRARO - LIE
FARRAKHAN NOT FRIEND FOR ED RANDELL - LIE
$105 MILLION ASSET, 50% NOT FROM LOBBYISTS - LIE
ENDING IRAQ WAR - LIE
BILL, not intentionally "RACE CARD" topic every primary day to capture more WHITE VOTES - LIE
NOT FLIP-FLOPING ON OBAMA ELECTABILITY IN DEBATE vs RALLY - LIE
CLAIMING HER FAILED HEALTH INSURANCE UNIVERSAL - LIE
BILL "NOT" Bombing other countries 7 times day before Monica's Court Appearance - LIE
HILLARY NOT USING 3AM Ad, "BIN LADEN" to use BUSH SCARE TACTICS - LIE
Last 20 YEARS its "BUSH+CLINTONS" like SADDAM HUSSAIN did to IRAQ REGIME. USA IS NOT REGIME - LIE

Do you really want to VOTE for 8 more years of these?

Posted by: KG | April 29, 2008 3:57 PM

This guy just wants to ride her coattails to his next job.

"Pansy"?

This is becoming more third grade by the moment. I don't want a playground bully for president, and if indeed she gets the nomination somehow, I won't vote for one either.

Posted by: Susan | April 29, 2008 3:48 PM

cliton will win all the blaks

Posted by: white | April 29, 2008 3:14 PM

I've always been an independent who only recently was moved toward the Democratic Party because of GWB. If the Democratic leadership does decide to nominate the Clintons, Ralph Nader starts to look like a good choice for my vote.

Posted by: Javalation | April 29, 2008 3:09 PM

Andreas,
McCain is going to win this election. Start getting use to it now. If Hillary wins, do you honestly think she will win the white house? Without the African American vote AND a large majority of the youth vote. . how will she do that?
________________________

If Hillary wins the nomination she will get the majority of the African American vote and the youth will vote.

McCain doesn't have a chance in hell of winning. Get use to in now.

Trust me, any help he gets will definitely be from hell!

I'm an Obama supporter, but if it turns out that Hillary actually wins (not expected) I will vote Hillary!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:58 PM

UTWO, ALL BLACKS aren't voting along racial lines. Some people, actually, can see that Hillary is hypocritical and a LIAR. I will say the difference in many votes extend from what morals you were taught in the home. From what I am reading, you are no more better than Reverend Wright. You just announced, with your racist response, you feel the exact same way he does. How can you speak against Wright and call him hate filled when you are the exact same way? Go figure. If you or anyone has a problem with people of different ethnicities, I suggest you be one of the first ones signed up for that trip to populate Mars they have planned for the future. Then again, you probably don't have the money to afford that.

Posted by: Andreas | April 29, 2008 2:52 PM

I support Senator Hillary Clinton. Vote Smart. No Obama. Vote for a victory in November. Vote for Senator Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Maria | April 29, 2008 2:46 PM

The WHITE HOUSE will be transformed into a BLACK HOUSE if Obama becomes the president of America. It is sad to say that the way Blacks are voting on RACIAL lines and supporting racists pastor Wright who preaches hatred and divisiveness and revenge, there is no surprise what they will do if they gain power. Other community -- Asians, Hispanics, Latinos -- WORK HARD to reach for the American dream.

Posted by: UTWO | April 29, 2008 2:38 PM

Duck again, Hillary...MORE INCOMING...Iowa DNC super, Richard Machaceck goes Obama. Doesn't make Rocky look like a pansy but he sure floats like a butterfly.

Posted by: LW | April 29, 2008 2:19 PM

Obama is our Savior. Obama, Ayers, and Reverend Wright are Right! God D*** america! The stupid, bitter, racist "typical white people" of pennsylvania voted for clinton. How disgusting, now they have more blood on their hands. They ignored their opportunity to redeem themselves for their racism, and an evil past-> slavery - to finally make Michelle proud. How sad. Please no hater responses, but you bitter, typical indiana white people, please stop buying guns to cling to, and save it for my reparations check! Obama ''08, Repartions Check, ''09! http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/racism/0108 27.reparations.html

Posted by: Obamamania | April 29, 2008 2:16 PM

Marsha, McCain is going to wim this election. Start getting use to it now. If Hillary wins, do you honestly think she will win the white house? Without the African American vote AND a large majority of the youth vote. . how will she do that?

Posted by: Andreas | April 29, 2008 2:13 PM

If Obama wins it will just put McCain in as our next president! Everyone I know says if he wins they will vote for McCain!

Posted by: Marsha | April 29, 2008 2:06 PM

REALLY, this is another one for you. Since Gore and Kerry got the African American vote and still LOST, imagine where Hillary will sit being that she won't even get that. Now, where will that leave her, I ask? I've already stated what I think will happen, McCain will win the election but everyone has their opinion.

Posted by: Andreas | April 29, 2008 1:57 PM

The clintons probably threatened to kill him if he didn't endorse them.

Posted by: Dave | April 29, 2008 1:55 PM

People People please. Understand Obama can not dessaociate himself from Wright. Otherwise it will be hell to pay. Nothing like the wrath of a "pastor" scorned. Wright knows way too much about Obama and if Obama dare cross him, Wright will bring him down. Thats the bottom line.

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | April 29, 2008 1:54 PM

This is a response to REALLY? I know you're being sarcastic but I'll answer your questions anyway. Why would I riot? That's ignorant. . what good does reacting violent do? I've never been violent a day in my life and don't plan to start being that way because of a presidential election. Gore nor Kerry was or is viewed in the same way as Hillary is viewed in the black community and quite honestly, Hillary wasn't viewed as negative earlier in the democratic race as she is now. She got her wish--she is very polarizing and devisive. She got exactly what she set out to accomplish. I would sit out this election if Hillary wins. I am quite resigned to the fact that McSane (as you call him) will win this election. Since, I've already resigned myself to this possibility, I'm not going to be overly upset whichever way this goes if Hillary wins.

Posted by: Andreas | April 29, 2008 1:49 PM

"Young lady"? "Pansy"?

Easley is the one who doesn't get it.

Posted by: Tom J | April 29, 2008 1:42 PM

NC must now be seriously looking for a new governor.Easley has been sitting on the fence so long, his butt has rippling splinters.Meanwhile Hill's pants would still look beter on some men,not Rocky.I thought Charlie Chaplin's old suits went to the Salvation Army,not NYC.Or maybe Hill got hand- me- downs from queen john(elton)?.

Posted by: Canyon1 | April 29, 2008 1:42 PM

THANK YOU GOV. EASLEY. You picked a winner. She will make every single American proud to be an American. I can't wait for her to be back in the White House.

Posted by: mimi | April 29, 2008 1:39 PM

For proof, please see: http://www.uticaod.com/homepage/x1637676857

CLINTON Pastor found GUILTY of CHILD MOLESTATION!!

Posted by: IndependantQ | April 29, 2008 1:37 PM

My jaw hit the floor when I read Easley's comment about HillZilla making Rocky Balboa "look like a pansy"!

Something tells me Sly Stallone will not appreciate his renowned movie character being called a pansy.

If this is the quality of individual who is endorsing HillZilla, woe to our nation.

As an earlier poster noted, Easley is a "yellow dog" Democrat, which is really no kind of Democrat at all -- the modern day equivalent of the "Reagan Democrat" which was also a contradiction in terms. With this statement, he proves himself to be a dog alright. Maybe it takes one to know one, eh HillZilla?

And as it was also noted earlier, when Easley gets obnoxious like this, the good folks of NC suggest to him that he should "go race his cars". That's an excellent idea, and there are plenty folks right now who would be only too happy to put him right in the wall.

Posted by: laboo | April 29, 2008 1:34 PM

To Seed of Change: So much for getting over the race issue. Obama did not fund Rev. Wright, you obviously don't attend church, you don't fund the pastor you fund the church go and study the scriptures before making statements without knowing the facts first. Show us the 20 yr relationship between Obama's father and Rev Wright please and in fact show all the evidence to back up your statements here!

To Lynn: So what NC is 75% white, Barack will be the nominee for this race not Hillary. Southern Dixiecrate Easley, Black people know who he is, Hillary will not win in NC, You should stop pushing racial politics, why is it a black or white issue?

To Mark,
Hillary has lies not solutions, she has played the White Gender Card and Bubba AKA Slick Willie continues to play the race card get a life. So can you tell me what solutions she has for the race issue in America?

To UTWO: You are devoid of understanding what the point is here. Hillary is losing and you are upset, that is typical white response to a qualified black person that is living better than they are living. You sound just like an underachiever, get a life.
To Stripes:
Your views is your to speak on but here's what'wrong with your view, what do you know about the black vote,2. when you start to be know more about the black populus and their voting issues then you can make factual statements about the black voters
and their issues.3. The white voters who didn't vote for Barack wouldn't vote for him anyway, those type of voters are just like you. Your own hatred is blinding you from having a good life. So what's your solution for the race issues Stripes? Because your views so sound very racist.

To:Tobias,
You need a dic-tion ary first. G-O-V-E-R-N-O-R not Governir, wishful thinking for November, the real danger is if she wins the nomination, we are surely going to lose the White House to McCain.

Posted by: DC DAVE | April 29, 2008 1:34 PM

NC Governor Easley as a Superdelegate is free to make his decision. His gubernatorial term ends in 2009, so he is not worried about re-election and appeasing the voters.

Everyone is so excited to make this primary race and general election based on race. Back in April 2007 when Hillary garnered 65 to 70% of the black voters in polling and was thought to be the coronated Democratic nominee on SuperTuesday Feb. 5th., no one said anything.

Oh but how times have changed! Now Obama is the front-runner has managed to garner 85 to 90% of black vote and now all the political pundits are focused on it.

Posted by: AJ | April 29, 2008 1:28 PM

Governor Easley cannot run for re election. He will be looking for a new job soon. What did Hillary Clinton promise?

For me there is nor reason whatsoever to support Hillary Clinton, not even out of solidarity as a woman.

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/because-i-am-a-woman-too/

Posted by: European_Elitist | April 29, 2008 1:23 PM

This may be true but flip the coin, nothing is yet being said about the fact that Hillary WON'T get the support of the majority of the African American vote and no Democrat has won without this base. Since Barack won't get the "white" vote and Hillary can't get the "black" vote--NOW (maybe before but the quiet rumblings is never, at this point), it is safe to assume we will continue with Bush policies in 2008 until 2012. I will bet my paycheck on this.

Posted by: Andreas | April 29, 2008 1:12 PM
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That's funny, Hillary wont get the black vote, are they going to go for McSame? Stay at home? Riot in the streets perhaps? I seem to recall both Gore and Kerry got the black vote, how did that work out?

Posted by: REALLY? | April 29, 2008 1:19 PM

The Clintonian Legacy!

That Hillary Clinton has apparently found success in talking tough about foreigners and sinking to Bush-like "politics of fear" only illuminates how little American foreign policy has been seriously debated in the Democratic presidential nominee race, and how little voters know or remember about Bill Clinton's international legacy.

Against the background of Hillary Clinton's repeated claims to cosmopolitan experience, her scores of foreign stopovers (not unlike the travels of Laura Bush) and her meetings with a lot of world figures, the record of the 1992-2000 period bears more scrutiny than it is getting, beyond the NAFTA flip-flop. This is nowhere more urgent than in the discussion about how the United States goes about getting back into the world after years of offending friends and enemies alike, and whether the Clintons failed at grasping coming threats to America.

The Clinton record on which Hillary is running is anything but stellar in global or even US security terms. What would become the hallmark political timidity of the Administration was first demonstrated after eighteen American troops were killed in Mogadishu in October 1993 in an ill-fated assault on a Somali warlord. Though that operation was entirely American-planned and led, the Clintons let stand (if not promoted) the isolationist falsehood that the tragedy was the fault of the United Nations, which also had a peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu.

Worse, the Somalia syndrome led to frantic efforts by the Clinton team to prevent any action by the Security Council on Rwanda six months later, action that may have prevented or at least mitigated a looming genocide. Bill Clinton later "apologized" to the Rwandans, but long after hundreds of thousands of people had been slaughtered.

In many ways the 1990s were a wasted decade in international relations. Despite the vice presidency of Al Gore, the United States did not take a lead in global environment policy, and internationalists such as Timothy Wirth, a former Senator and environmentalist who became undersecretary of state for global affairs, were ultimately driven out of the Administration by its unwillingness to take on the blinkered provincials in Congress, epitomized by Senator Jesse Helms.

There were breakthroughs on the Israel-Palestine front, thanks to the steady work of Dennis Ross and others, including Johan Holst, the Norwegian foreign minister who was a driving force in the Oslo accords that led to the 1993 Rose Garden handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin. But then the Clinton Administration stepped back and allowed the Israelis to go on building settlements while heaping the blame for the breakdown of progress on Arafat, who had balked at a later agreement with Ehud Barak.

continue: www.thenation.com/doc/20080512/crossette


Posted by: Nickeltoes | April 29, 2008 1:17 PM

Duck, Hillary...INCOMING!!! Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler goes Obama...now has both Kentucky reps.

Posted by: LW | April 29, 2008 1:16 PM

If Hillary wins, McCain has the white house office of president. Many people are saying that Obama can't cut into the working class, white vote therefore he won't win the general. This may be true but flip the coin, nothing is yet being said about the fact that Hillary WON'T get the support of the majority of the African American vote and no Democrat has won without this base. Since Barack won't get the "white" vote and Hillary can't get the "black" vote--NOW (maybe before but the quiet rumblings is never, at this point), it is safe to assume we will continue with Bush policies in 2008 until 2012. I will bet my paycheck on this.

Posted by: Andreas | April 29, 2008 1:12 PM

Posted by: maria | April 29, 2008 1:10 PM

Ha ha, Hillary get's one endorsement from a typical sleeze and the Clintonistas declare victory. When is Hillary going to close the deal? Didn't she claim inevitability from the beginning so she blew all her money before Feb.5? Now there's someone you REALLY want to trust to balance the budget. Now she wants to join up with McCain and cut gas taxes through the summer. How will she pay for the infrastructure she's promised to rebuild? $17 billion she'll be taking away from highway funds. And didn't she promise Pennsylvania she'd bring them 5 million new jobs? And guess what, she promised Indiana 5 million new jobs too. What a coincidence! Let's see, she promised upstate NY she'd bring them 200,000 new jobs and they lost 30,000. Using Hillary math, that means Pennsylvania and Indiana can expect to lose 750,000 each if they vote for her for a total of 1.5 million lost jobs. Yes folks, you get the real deal with Hillary.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | April 29, 2008 1:08 PM

This was a mistake....

Obama is grass roots like no other in history.......he is the voice of the people.

Obama has over 1.4 million donors, giving about $96 each!!

That means 1 in every 3 Americans donated to his campaign!

Dems take the cake in 08.


Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 29, 2008 12:34 PM
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Nice math. There are over 3oo Million Americans, not 3 you idiot. No wonder you tools are falling for the cult of Obama, nothing between the ears.

Posted by: Fuzzy Math | April 29, 2008 12:54 PM

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Posted by: MarkyMark | April 29, 2008 12:49 PM

Seriously Washington Post...you don't know how to spell E-A-S-L-E-Y?

Please correct your headline. It's embarrassing...for you.

Posted by: KG | April 29, 2008 12:45 PM

Governir Easley knows what the rest of know and that is Obama is unqualified to be president and now he is absolutely unelectable. Senator Clinton is now and always has been the stronger candidate and I totally expect her to win the nomination. If we want to win the White House in November it is time to vote smart. Vote Clinton.

Posted by: Tobias | April 29, 2008 12:43 PM

The latest poll from North Carolina confirms that Clinton is cutting into Obama's lead meaningfully -- the second poll in two days to do that. Full roundup: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/04/polls-and-superdelegates-some-good-news.html

Posted by: Dan | April 29, 2008 12:42 PM

This was a mistake....

Obama is grass roots like no other in history.......he is the voice of the people.

Obama has over 1.4 million donors, giving about $96 each!!

That means 1 in every 3 Americans donated to his campaign!

Dems take the cake in 08.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 29, 2008 12:34 PM

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky." Those poignant and infamous words still resonate whenever the Clintons are mentioned. It unfortunately reminds us of when President Clinton committed purgery before the nation by lying about his sexual involvement with a young Whitehouse intern under his charge. It was a despicable sight to behold and one of the lowest points of the American Presidency. Americans watched as Mr. Clinton shamelessly attempted to assassinate the reputation, credibility and honor of the young woman by knowingly providing false witness to a grand jury. He and his wife also embarked on a campaign to demonize the counsel assigned to investigate the case by calling him a right wing conspirator on a witch-hunt.

Supporters of the president [in particular the blacks] seized upon the red-meat tossed by their leader and rallied to his defense. They were convinced by his unequivocal denial that he was innocent of the charges and remained supportive even when the grand jury investigation concluded that he was a liar and adulterer. Consequently, the integrity bankrupted President was impeached, disbarred from practicing Law and asked to resign. He however refused to turn over the reigns to Al Gore and selfishly remained in office. The imprudent decision further damaged the Democratic Party's efforts to conduct meaningful business for the remainder of his term. Additionally, his scandalous reign caused a backlash from the public and the party was punished at subsequent general elections. George Bush, in his victory speech rebuked the philandering ex-President for squandering his potential and vowed to restore "integrity" to the Whitehouse. Despite his political woes and character flaws, the charismatic Bill Clinton continued to receive overwhelming support from the naïve black community after he left the presidency. "Bill is a genuine friend and we will not abandon him during a difficult period", they posited. In appreciation for their loyalty, the ex-president established his office in Harlem and stated that he was committed to championing "black" causes.

It is now 2008 and again the polarizing Clintons who were instrumental in causing the Democrats to loose two consecutive attempts at recapturing the Whitehouse are in play. This time however, the black community saw the unmasking of the previous first family. African Americans at the beginning of the primary threw their full support behind Hillary Clinton's candidacy for president but had an awakening when the Clintons began to make comments that were deemed racially patronizing, polarizing and disrespectful. The media seized upon the change in tone and conversations began about the authenticity of the Clintons claims to be great allies of the civil rights movement. Blacks had always held the political couple in esteemed reverence and now felt betrayed. In hypocritical irony they [the blacks] recalled the Clinton's ruthless traits during the Monica Lewinsky issue but neglected to mention that they were equally guilty because of the morale support provided to the President in his efforts to crush the young, powerless and vulnerable intern. Black leaders began to murmur that the Clintons seemed to have been wolves in sheep clothing and questioned their commitment to help fulfill the dream and aspirations to ascend to the highest office in the land. Was it perhaps that the Clintons share the argument advanced in some areas that blacks are not worthy to hold such a position due to an inferior birth"?, they asked. They expressed genuine confusion at the vigorous attempts to bloody up Obama's Presidential candidacy and became soured on the once enamored Clintons. "An enemy who dwells in the disguise of a friend within one's midst is far formidable a foe than the one who can be openly identified", they posit.

But are the Clintons closeted Bigots as many observers now imply- or are they simply ruthless, selfish power hungry politicians who believe that they are entitled to rule damn the cost? Whatever the answer, it is indisputable that some of their tactical conduct in this election primary are highly questionable. Many democratic voters expressed outrage and great disappointment when the Clinton team compared New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson to the Biblical Judas. This is a despicable label and should not be misused for political mileage by people who profess to be of Christian background, they lamented. Even-though the comment was extremely mean spirited- it unfortunately crystallizes a character assassination strategy come to be expected from the Clinton team. "It's not as if he [Bill Richardson] switched political party allegiance- he is still a committed democrat", some grumble. "The Governor should insist that the Clintons retract such a damaging, divisive and hurtful remark", chided party members. Perhaps team Clinton should be reminded that Senator Obama is a Democratic colleague and it is John McCain who is the Republican nemesis. Seemingly disillusioned, blacks tout their decades of loyalty to the party, however should Hillary get the nomination vow to show up at the voting booth come November to register their votes for McCain. After-all, it was the Clintons who departed from democratic principles by publicly endorsing John McCain to be more qualified than a colleague to lead the nation. Casting their votes to the Republicans in protest could be a major disaster for the Democratic Party- they recognize that this ethnic group's participation is necessary to win the Whitehouse. Unlike Latinos who move between parties depending on their interest of the day, blacks are the party's most reliable voting block. The Democrats worries are backed up by a Pew Research Center report that found that blacks were twice as likely now than they were in 2004 to say they had little or no confidence in the fairness and effectiveness of the political system, rising to 29 percent from 15 percent. Increasingly it seems that the party will live up to their reputation of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.


Posted by: Republican | April 29, 2008 12:33 PM

Go, Hillary!! it is great to see "the tide is turning". I liked the bit about Rocky, too.

Posted by: Magda | April 29, 2008 12:29 PM

When the first woman is running against the first black, criticizing her for not tapping his core constituency against him seems ingenuous. It would be worrying in the general election, but not running for the nomination against Barack Obama.

Obama's not running against a bubba candidate, though, so his inabiity to connect with those folks now is more worrying as a predictor of his November performance. If he can't pull them from Hillary, could he pull them from McCain?

Posted by: stripes | April 29, 2008 12:13 PM

IT IS A CHALLENGE FOR US IN NORTH CAROLINA TO UPSET OBAMA AND GIVE SEN. CLINTON A VICTORY. THE LIBERAL MEDIA HAS BEEN TRYINB TO HIDE OBAMA'S DECEPTIVENESS AND HIJACK THIS ELECTION. HE IS STAYING AFLOAT BECAUSE OF BLACK VOTE WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION AND BASED ON RACE. LET US SHOW THAT WE CAN OVERCOME THE BLACK VOTE AND GIVE SEN. A VICTORY. HIS BELITTLING OUR FAITH AND SMALL TOWN PERSPECTIVE SHOULD BE MADE TO HAUNT HIM.

Posted by: UTWO | April 29, 2008 11:54 AM

Great! Lame duck governor wingman for duck & cover candidate.

Posted by: LW | April 29, 2008 11:53 AM

Hillary has solutions, not red flags like OBAMA.

Don't fall for the media bias!!! Boycott Keith Olbermann

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kcdnlNZg2iM

Posted by: mark | April 29, 2008 11:52 AM

I don't agree with this post's comment that "the the focus of the Democratic race has been on Obama's inability to win over white-working class voters," as opposed to Clinton's problem with winning black votes. I agree that Obama's "problem" with a portion of the white demographic has been a focus of the race, and the more predominant one in the past few weeks. However, it is not "the" focus. Everybody knows that Hillary does poorly among African Americans - the race issue has been coveredm, in my opinion, ad nauseum by the press. Perhaps Hillary's performance at the polls with African Americans hasn't been mentioned as much lately because the more recent states do not have, numerically, as large of an African American population as earlier states. But when the states with large African American populations, especially South Carolina, were voting, there was voluminous press coverage over the overwhelming support African Americans gave to Obama.

Posted by: Ryan | April 29, 2008 11:51 AM

Countdown to Victory (correction)
296 Obama
433 Clinton
408 Elected (295) Supers to Go

Posted by: Delegate math | April 29, 2008 11:45 AM

I find the incredibly knowledgable "NC Voter in DC"s inability to spell Easley correctly in 5 tries quite hilarious.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 11:41 AM

Countdown To Victory

296 OBAMA
433 CLINTON
408 Elected 298 Supers to Go

Go OBAMA

Posted by: Delegate math | April 29, 2008 11:36 AM

Unfortunately, most folks don't really understand or know Mike Easely's position in NC politics. We fought hard for Gov. Easely as a party in NC statewide, but as soon as we began to stand with him he cut us all down. They call him a "moderate" because he represents a wing of the NC Democratic party that has its roots in the Southern Dixiecrat tradition otherwise referred to historically as "Yellow Dog" Democrats. These are Democrats who historically in NC have consistently voted locally on a state level for Democrats, but vote on national level for the Republican candidate. You ever wonder where Rush got the idea to tell Republicans to switch parties to vote for weaker candidates in the primaries? This concept comes directly from the Dixiecrat tradition in NC, headed up by none other than the former senator, Jesse Helms. Read the history. These are the types of voters Hillary is depending on to divide the Democrat party further, but the same she will not be able to rely on in the General election. Ask John Kerry about NC politics. I was a regional director in 2004 and saw these Democrats turn on him county by county. Mike Easely has also managed to upset his own party in the state house that there is a line they always say to him when they don't care for his opinion, "Go race your cars, Mike!" I invite you to take a look at NC political landscape before you weigh what effect Easely has for Hillary. The National Media sydicates may call him "popular," but the rest of us in the party can't wait for Easely to finally go race his cars.

Posted by: NC Voter in DC | April 29, 2008 11:35 AM

So does this mean Edwards isn't far behind? Will he change the game and back Hillary before the 6th?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | April 29, 2008 11:35 AM

Rev. Wrong and The Obama Swift Boat Tour
Endorse Clinton in Primary and McCain in General Election.

Posted by: SWIFT BOAT TOUR | April 29, 2008 11:34 AM

I also think its important for Sen Obama's supporters to address the propriety of Sen Bingaman defying the voted preference of his constituency by endorsing Sen Obama. I'm pleased we have established the precedent of approval from them for application next month when the superdelegates migrate en masse to Sen Clinton. It will be helpful in avoiding endless bitter whining that could prove divisive going into the general election.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 11:22 AM

Excellent! I'm relieved Mr Bacon's report of a significant endorsement of Sen Clinton manages to devote 60% of its content to caveats about the challenges she faces. That's Endorsement Post Rule #2, for those unfamiliar with the rules in effect for endorsement reporting: "Clinton endorsements are probably ineffective", Rule #1 of course being Obama endorsements are invariably expected to have significant effect.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 11:17 AM

Here's a hypothetical. A bricklayer works out in the sun all day,stops for $60 of gas,buys a small bag of groceres $45.Sits down and watches tv.A politician comes on saying "we are the ones we've been waiting for".What does he do smile or laugh?

Posted by: roncraw | April 29, 2008 11:16 AM

Good for Gov. Easeley!!!

The already fading Obama has been rendered irrelevent by his fond uncle Rev. Wright. He'll still do well in NC due its large back population, but Hillary is going to substantially narrow the gap in NC, which is still 75% white.

Posted by: Lynn | April 29, 2008 11:15 AM

Here's a hypothetical. A bricklayer works out in the sun all day,stops for $60 of gas,buys a small bag of groceres $45.Sits down and watches tv.A politician comes on saying "we are the ones we've been waiting for".What does he do smile or laugh?

Posted by: roncraw | April 29, 2008 11:14 AM

Smart Governor! There must be many SD's who now wish they'd waited before endorsing Obama. No-one is expecting Hillary to win in NC, so the Governor must be expecting her to prevail in the longer term. All the bullying from Donna "I'm neutral" Brazile and Howard Screaming Dean obviously didn't influence Gov Easley. There must be others who now fear that they will have damaged their own careers by hitching their fate to a fading star. They will have to take comfort in the fact that they can change their mind, and let's face it, flip flops may be all the rage this summer.

Posted by: MelanieL | April 29, 2008 11:06 AM

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