Some choice bits:
In New Hampshire, white Democrats turned out overwhelming to reject the uppity black man who dared to challenge the Democratic establishment.
“Overwhelming” in this case refers to a difference of two point five percent, the margin by which Clinton beat Obama. I understand that Erick is a Republican and as such is used to thinking that two point five percent is a massive triumph, worthy of, say, a Presidential mandate for whatever George Bush wants, but in the rest of the world, two point five percent is actually a pretty fucking close finish.
But wait, there’s more!
In South Carolina tonight, Democratic voters would rather vote for the rich, Southern, white man than either the black man or the female yankee.
My word, you mean a fairly local candidate from the Carolinas did better than two Northerners? That is unheard of. You know what else? Barack Obama is leading in Illinois! I know! And Hillary Clinton is leading in New York, despite the fact that there are black people in New York City! Alert the (non-biased portion of the) media!
(Also for amusement value: note that Erickson conflates “voters” with “people who aren’t black.” You know, because Obama won South Carolina. But, as has been witnessed before from conservative commentators, black votes are kind of fake, and not nearly so important as nice white voters.)
In fact, exit polling by and large shows that John Edwards, by staying in the race, is taking votes that would otherwise typically go to Barack Obama. Is this a racist ploy? Is John Edwards in league with the Clintons to make sure white voters, who don’t want to vote for Clinton, have a white alternative to go to, lest Barack Obama get more traction?
Now this is bit is just flat-out wrong, and I don’t mean “my god, how dare he utter such things” wrong, but “two and two is five” wrong. Exit polling by and large shows that John Edwards is siphoning away white male voters from Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama. It’s one of the reasons Obama won so hugely tonight: he only got a quarter of the white male vote, but did well among blacks and women, and Hillary lost ground with Edwards scooping up support that otherwise would have gone to her.
And what of the Clintons? Bill is out comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson. In fact, the Clintons have made race a sport in this primary election. They are reminding white Democratic voters that Barack Obama is black.
How can that tactic work? It seems it can only work if Democrat voters are, in fact, racist.
Bill is comparing Obama to Jesse Jackson because Jackson is a polarizing figure, much like Al Sharpton (a figure who, amazingly, has not endorsed Obama yet, and for that the Obama campaign is almost certainly very thankful). Jackson is a corrupt, philandering, self-important dickhead. Yes, racial politics are at play here, and Bill Clinton definitely gets asshole points for trying to link Obama to Jesse Jackson.
But guess what – if Obama is the candidate come the fall, you won’t be able to go two fucking steps without hearing Republican attack ads calling Barack Obama the new Jesse Jackson. (And a secret Muslim terrorist to boot!)
And again: number of black people who have run for President as a Republican: one. Alan Keyes. Who is batshit insane. The Democrats manage to put up credible black politicians in their presidential campaigns; the Republicans, not so much. You know why? Because if you’re going to say that one party or other is definitively racist, it’s gonna be the Republicans. Yes, Robert Byrd is a Democrat. Guess what: Jesse Helms is a Republican. So is Trent Lott. So was Strom Thurmond. So is (etc.)