Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters

Or does she?

Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama’s success.

“I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive,” Hillary Clinton said. “We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama.”

Right, Hil. Apologize if people were offended. Don’t apologize for the words. Apologize for people being too stupid to understand what Bill said. And no, it’s not patronizing at all to say that we can be proud of the two most successful African-American candidates for president in American history. That’s not the least bit condescending.

As first lady and senator, Clinton rarely cedes an inch to her critics. On the issue of her vote to authorize the Iraq war, for instance, she steadfastly has refused to apologize, coming close by saying she regrets it, despite calls from many anti-war voters in the party to make a more explicit mea culpa.

If Clinton had the ability to admit mistakes, she’d be in better shape to win this nomination. Kerry and Edwards both voted for Bush’s war in Iraq, but they admitted that it was the wrong vote. The Democratic base accepted the apologies and moved on to support those two.

Had she just simply stated that her war vote was a mistake, anti-Iraq war Democrats would have gotten over her vote and she would probably have the nomination locked up by now.

Hillary, doesn’t karma suck?

2 responses to “Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters

  1. Had she apologized for the Iraq vote, as Edwards did, I think she’d have had this thing wrapped up after February 5. First, people love nothing more than a politician who can admit error. Second, it would have effectively countered the image of Hillary as someone who is constitutionally incapable of admitting to error. After eight years of a President with that attitude, I think most of us have had quite enough. Third, she could have take some of the teeth out of Obama’s consistent opposition to the war. Certainly, he could still have pointed to her vote to use force as a profound lapse in judgment, but it would lose some of its bite if she had copped to the error.

  2. It’s so nice to see how Clinton’s political calculation on the war and stubbornness are leading to her loss.

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