Hillary Clinton’s deceptive love-in with President Obama
Oh, how short some progressives’ memories are. I remember in 2008, when President Obama, the upstart Senator from Illinois, launched his presidential challenge against Hillary Clinton. History definitely repeats itself: First she ignored him, then she dismissed him, then she found herself scrambling and started to ‘diss him. We’re seeing a repeat here – but what’s most astonishing in its audacity is Clinton’s newly-found love-in with President Obama. I’ve been accused – by people I used to consider fellow progressives – of tripping down memory lane and delving into what they deem irrelevant “ancient history” to demonstrate Clinton’s blatant hypocrisy and political flip-flops today – but, as the past is the best predictor of the future, I’m going to be hard to stop.
Let’s start in the here and now, and work our way back. Just today, Rep. James Clyburn, a civil rights activist and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (in an effort to boost her support among African Americans) endorsed Hillary Clinton, stating that she’s the best bet for the nation going forward. That wasn’t always the case. In fact, in 2008, Clyburn sharply criticized the Clintons for race-baiting during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Thanks to the Huffington Post for this:
Representative James E. Clyburn, an undeclared superdelegate from South Carolina who is the Democratic whip in the House, said that ‘black people are incensed over all of this,’ referring to statements that Mr. Clinton had made in the course of the heated race between his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Senator Barack Obama.
In an interview with The New York Times late Thursday, Mr. Clyburn said Mr. Clinton’s conduct in this campaign had caused what might be an irreparable breach between Mr. Clinton and an African-American constituency that once revered him. ‘When he was going through his impeachment problems, it was the black community that bellied up to the bar,’ Mr. Clyburn said. ‘I think black folks feel strongly that that this is a strange way for President Clinton to show his appreciation.’
Mr. Clyburn added that there appeared to be an almost ‘unanimous’ view among African-Americans that Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were ‘committed to doing everything they possibly can to damage Obama to a point that he could never win.’
One needs to ask: What changed?