Hillary’s Racial Politics

Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2013

Hillary Clinton began her 2016 march to the White House last week, and it wasn’t a promising debut. The former first lady and Senator used her first big policy speech since leaving the State Department to portray American election laws as fundamentally racist. The speech was longer on anecdotes than statistics, so allow us to fill in some of the holes.

“In 2013, so far, more than 80 bills restricting voting rights have been introduced in 31 states,” Mrs. Clinton told her political base of lawyers at the American Bar Association. She portrayed these laws as part of an effort reaching back years to “disproportionately impact African-Americans, Latino and young voters.” And she threw the Supreme Court in as part of this racist conspiracy, assailing its recent decision finding the “preclearance” section of the Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional.

She claimed the High Court had “struck at the heart” of the law, though all it did was eliminate a section that had forced such states as Mississippi to meet higher legal burdens for election laws than other states with a worse current record of minority voter participation. “Now not every obstacle is related to race,” Mrs. Clinton added, “but anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.”

No one thinks racial discrimination has vanished from American life or the human condition. But as for minority voting, Mrs. Clinton is the one who hasn’t been paying attention. In particular, she must have missed the May 2013 Census Bureau study on “The Diversifying Electorate—Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012 (and Other Recent Elections).”

The study, based on data from the November 2012 Current Population Survey, shows that minority voter turnout nationwide has been rising—dramatically so. Take blacks, who as recently as 1996 had a low voter turnout rate of 53%.

{snip} In 2012, black turnout as a share of all eligible voters exceeded the turnout of non-Hispanic white voters—66.2% to 64.1%. Nearly five million more African-Americans voted in 2012 (17.8 million) than voted in 2000 (12.9 million). In both 2008 and 2012, black voters even exceeded their share of the eligible black voting age population. In 2012, blacks made up 12.5% of the eligible electorate but 13.4% of those voting.

Having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket no doubt helped this black voter mobilization, but the trend shows that the surge preceded his candidacy. Remember when liberals portrayed Bill Clinton as “America’s first black President”? The black turnout surge accelerated after Mr. Clinton’s last election. Such a large increase in black voter turnout over 16 years would seem to refute the claim by Mrs. Clinton that racial obstacles to voting are increasing.

Mrs. Clinton ignores all of this and focuses instead on anecdotes, while raising alarm about the voter ID laws that have passed in the last decade. She specifically raises fears about North and South Carolina. Yet the same Census Bureau study shows that black turnout exceeded non-Hispanic white turnout by statistically significant rates in both Carolinas, and was higher in most states east of the Mississippi River outside of New England.

North Carolina, she says, has this year “pushed through a bill that reads like the greatest hits of voter suppression.” But that supposed horror show merely reduces early voting by a week, and bars same-day registration and extending voting hours by political whim. {snip}

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The disconnect between these facts and Mrs. Clinton’s assertions suggests that she is the one playing racial politics. The current narrow Democratic majority is largely a coalition based on gender and racial identity. It requires big turnout among single women and non-whites. As the Obama era winds down, the fear among Democrats is that these voters won’t have the same enthusiasm.

Mrs. Clinton can play the “first woman President” card, but she also needs large minority turnout. If she can’t motivate that turnout based on rising economic optimism or opportunity, which is hard given the Obama economic record, she and Democrats will play to racial fears to drive it. She wants a racially polarized electorate.

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  • Madame President has this pretty much in the bag. Do you know of any republican candidates willing to hit hard?
    I don’t either.
    I see a weak Dole-McCain-Romney clone with his pet Hispanic running mate.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Coming 2016 the GOP proudly presents the Cruz-Rubio ticket . . .

      • Any minority on the GOP ticket will have me voting straight ticket democrat until this version of the Republican Party fades away for good.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I dream of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Pennsylvania Representative Lou Barletta, but that’s probably all that is, a dream. The big money influence has to be disrupted before that can happen.

      • RHG

        I think Tom Trancredo and Joe Arpaio would be sweet. But of course that would never happen.

        • RisingReich

          Tancredo is running for the top spot in the State of Colorado.
          I’ll vote for him b/c I hate demorats, and I hate illegal squat monsters even more, and the illegals hate Tancredo b/c he has plans to flush the toilet on these turds.
          Having said that about him, he’s also a pro-Israel stoodge.
          Gotta start somewhere I suppose.

    • shmo123

      Nonsense. It’s a long three years to the next Presidential election, and that’s a long, long time in politics. What did she accomplish as either Senator or Secretary of State? Name one thing. Her record is as empty as her rhetoric, and it’s going to be a long, cold campaign to gather the support necessary to follow up on Obama’s pathetic record. Madame President? What a horrible thought.

      • Tacitus1

        No Hillary is not impressive, but neither is Obama. Yet he gets elected twice. crazy country !

    • MBlanc46

      If what you mean is, say, Christrie/Rubio, yes, they could beat her.

      • Hillary wins because the GOP is afraid to go on offense.

        • MBlanc46

          It wouldn’t be a slam dunk on either side, but I think a lot of the electorate have Clinton fatigue. She is definitely beatable.

    • Luca

      I’m afraid you’re right. I believe what pushed Obama over the top last time was that speech Slick Willy gave at the DNC. Now just imagine the tag team of Slick Willy, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey stumping for the Hillary.

      The Republicans could run Jesus Christ and he’d lose.

      Our elections have sunk to the point of a celebrity, rock concert, popularity contest.

      Most of the sheeple are not interested in complex things like the economy, national security or energy independence. They are more interested in diversity, gay rights, social justice, Food stamps, EBT, pornography, the Kardashians, and Justin Beiber.

    • cancerous bananna

      There is no “choice” in the matter..
      First ou get a black, then you get a woman, then you get an open homosexual, then a mestiso.
      Its All stated clearly in the collapse of the USA.

  • MekongDelta69

    Oh c’mon – Hitlery would kill her own daughter to gain power.

    • Spartacus

      Please do not insult der Fuhrer by comparing him to this thing. Hitler made mistakes, but his intentions were for the good of his people. It’s the opposite with Hillary…

      • Ngati Pakeha

        I like a lot of what you say Spartacus but Adolph? Really?

        • Spartacus

          Yes, really. I don’t like him myself, mostly because he chopped up my country in the Vienna Diktat, but I still would’ve preferred if he had won the war, and not they-who-must-not-be-named .

      • Hitler was never after the good of the German people. He used them as a vehicle for his own desires. Their lives never mattered one iota to him.

        • Spartacus

          See my reply to Pakeha .

    • So CAL Snowman

      Hitler was not an anti-White bull dyke liberal.

      • newscomments70

        He killed millions of slavs. That passes for anti-white.

  • Sailer solved this mystery. Elderly black women were the surprise high turnout demographic in 2012, and most of the polling missed them. They turned out precisely because Obama was scaring them with conspiracy theories about Republicans disenfranchising blacks, using plain language from the civil rights movements which many of them probably still remember. HRC is just continuing the meme to keep elderly black turnout high, and presumably to head off any challenge to herself from the next great mulatto messiah hopeychanger, e.g. Cory Booker.

    • Luca

      She’ll probably offer Booker the VP spot.

      • IstvanIN

        If Chris Christie doesn’t beat her to it!

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    This woman disgusts me. I can tell she wants to be a man real badly.

    • MekongDelta69

      I thought (s)he was… (!)

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Yep, sure do, also this one “You Know What Ahm Talkin Bout!!”

        • Greg Thomas

          Jesus Bon, LMAO!

      • CourtneyfromAlabama

        LOL! Yes, that was absurd! I was in middle school when she became first lady the first time, and I remember thinking she was real pretty. Little did I know that she would one day want to be more than first lady…….GROSS!

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Hillary supports men: as long as they’re the right men.

      Bon

  • Funruffian

    This closet Lesbian has been trying to bilk the Pro-minority gravy train for decades. That primrose path of Anti-White liberal doctrine is wearing thin and she will lose in 2016.

    • Lagerstrom

      ‘Young’ voters too. Whatever that means. Why doesn’t some journo just put their hand up and ask, ‘What the hell do you mean?’

  • sbuffalonative

    For a party that claims they want racial healing, they sure do a lot to stir up racial paranoia.

  • bigone4u

    The hatred I feel for this phony sociopath cannot be put into words.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I can put it into words but it wouldn’t make it past the moderators here.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    She’s a liblefty cookie cutter demoncrat. What to expect?

    I hated that woman back when I was a libleftard. Some things never change.

  • libertarian1234

    To me she comes across as a nobody….a no talent, just another face in the crowd without any charisma. And an evil little girl.

    She came across as a little kid during the hearing on Benghazi, stupidly asking in her wimpish way why it matters, as if she didn’t have a brain at all.

    And, oh, was she lauded for by the press who declared her performance brilliant, showing up the “ill-prepared” GOP who “didn’t do their homework.”

    That she is a viable candidate for president in 2016 speaks volumes about how far this nation has degenerated.

    • bigone4u

      You have put into words some anti-Hillary thoughts I could not quite articulate. Thank you. Apparently, a large swath of the country believes that the country is sexist for not having yet had a woman president. ABC, Anybody But Clinton.

  • exLibtard

    I fully expect Hillary and the liberal media to exploit her female privilege to deflect all legitimate criticism: You’re just saying that because you’re a sexist!

    • So CAL Snowman

      Man I have BINDERS full of women.

  • Skip Wellington

    She needs to spread the news about the recent hate-crime involving
    Orca Wimpy’s saga of being denied access to a high-end hand bag.

    That’s one of my favs!

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I’m thinking that if the shopkeeper had sold Orca the expensive handbag, her story of “racism” would be: “OMG, there were other, less expensive handbags that were just about the same, but she made sure to sell me the most expensive! She took advantage of me!!” Ugh, I think my tax dollars went toward making “The Butler” #1 this past weekend.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Hey Hillary, why don’t we talk about how your husband Bill, was SUED for voter disenfranchisement and racial profiling while he was governor or Arkansas?

    Governor Bill Clinton Was Sued for Intimidating Black Voters in Arkansas

    “In 1989, then-Gov. Bill Clinton was sued as one of three top Arkansas officials responsible for the intimidation of black voters in his state as part of a legal action brought under the 1965 Voting Rights ActAnd a year earlier the U.S. Supreme court ruled that Clinton had wrongfully tried to overturn the election of a black state representative in favor of a white Democrat.

    In a related 1988 case, Clinton had tried to replace a duly elected African-American state representative with a white candidate, only to be stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    ‘The court, by an 8-0 vote, ruled against an appeal by Gov. Bill Clinton and other Arkansas officials that had challenged the election of Ben McGee as a state legislator,’ the Associated Press reported on Dec. 12, 1988. McGee is an African-American.

    The Supreme Court ruling came as the then-governor was fighting another court battle to preserve racial profiling in his state, a tool that Clinton later criticized while president as a “morally indefensible, deeply corrosive practice.”

    But a decade earlier he approved the profiling of Hispanics by Arkansas State Police as part of a drug interdiction program in 1988, the Washington Times revealed in 1999.

    ‘The Arkansas plan gave state troopers the authority to stop and search vehicles based on a drug-courier profile of Hispanics, particularly those driving cars with Texas license plates,’ the Times said.

    Then-Gov. Clinton, however, not only criticized the profiling ban; ‘at one point, [he] threatened to reinstate the program despite the court’s ruling,’ the Times said.”

    And how about explaining THIS, you hypocritical witch:

    “You all remember Mahatma Ghandi. He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.”-said during a speech at a Democratic fundraiser (CNN, 01/04/04). Senator Clinton was later forced to apologize.

    Don’t worry, Hillary, the press will NEVER question you about your utter hypocrisy, Vince Foster, Benghazi….

    Bon

    • Sick of it

      Fascinating information. Never heard of the above before.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “And she threw the Supreme Court in as part of this racist conspiracy . . .”

    Well she’s not wrong as the Supreme Court could not possibly be anymore racist towards the White man, restrictive covenants, FORCED integration, etc.

    “Mrs. Clinton added, “but anyone who says that racial discrimination is
    no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.”

    Wow the broken clock strikes the right hour once again! Yes Mrs. Clinton I agree that White racial discrimination is completely ignored by everyone.

  • dd121

    Trying to insure that a person is legally eligible to vote hardly rises to the level of suppression. More demagoguery from the smartest woman in the world.

  • din_do_nuffins

    No matter if she loses and an Old White Dude from the GOP is elected, everything will only get worse for us, and faster.

  • IstvanIN

    What can I say about this evil, no talent, coat-tail riding, two-faced, low-life that hasn’t already been said? She would no doubt be worse than Barry Sotero, and that is saying a lot.

  • tickyul

    End game politics…..the Demostinkers see the finish line. Hitlary is just following the tried and true game-plan that has served the Demorats so very well.

    When Texico becomes reliably Blue in 8-10 years, yes……the Demofilth will have their way almost all of the time.

  • RHG

    Hillary is deathly afraid that after Obama is out, that large numbers of blacks will go back to not caring who sits in the White House and sit the election out. So, she’s got to gin up the race baiting, plus she needs to divert attention away from the fact that with that idiot Joe Biden running the rat party isn’t going to be able to play that “Republicans are the party of old white people” game this time around.

  • IKantunderstand

    I feel like weeping for my country, that no longer exists. Neither does my weeping, by the way. Remember what our White Founders were willing to sacrifice. What we are experiencing now, does not come close to what our Founders had to tolerate. Can you imagine what Washington and Jefferson, and Madison, and the Adams, would have thought about what is currently going on? Just think about the blistering Declaration of Independence that would emit from Jefferson, at this point in time. Washington D.C. would be on fire. Something to think about. Of course, not Washington D.C. being on fire, but what would Thomas Jefferson have to say. You know.

    • jane johnson

      In their day, a soulless sociopath like HRC would’ve stood out like the proverbial “turd in a punchbowl” (and not because she’s female, either), but over the years Washington has become an entirely different type of bowl, and what it needs is a good flush.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Soulless and amoral, just like the old Communist bosses in China and the USSR — a dangerous combination indeed.

        Chairman Mao, who saw people only as means to his ends, was unmoved by reports that millions of peasants were starving to death. Instead, this ruthless megalomaniac calmly declared that, to further his global ambitions, ‘half of China may well have to die.’

        Same leftwing monsters, same murderous plans, different era.

        Bon

  • Evette Coutier

    Every time I see a pic of Hillary, I think Boris Karloff in drag.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Poor Boris!

    • Lagerstrom

      I dunno, looking at that pic above of her with the sunnies on, I think Bono will end up looking like her in ten years time.

  • WR_the_realist

    Watch millions of white women vote for Hillary in 2016 because she’s a women. It makes you want to gag. It is bizarre that the same group of people that are experts at getting food stamps, AFDC, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing are supposedly incapable of getting a valid state id for voting purposes.

    • Tacitus1

      great point ! If they can obtain all that government assistance, they can get an ID.

  • Tacitus1

    The Republicans should first concern themselves with 2014 mid-term elections. They have a genuine chance to regain the US Senate and thus make life miserable for Obama. If the GOP gets too complacent by looking ahead to 2016, then the Democrats will take the US House and rubber-stamp everything Obama wants.

  • ViktorNN

    One of Hillary’s biggest weaknesses is that she’s old. If she wins the Presidency in 2016 she will be the same age Reagan was (69). This means that she will be a weak executive, prone to letting the most strident politically correct and ideologically extreme types in her ranks to run amuck with their most ridiculous and destructive schemes.

    • MBlanc46

      Absolutely. It told against McCain and it will tell against Clinton, too. If I cared about things, and if it were up to me, I’d make 55 the maximum age to seek a first term.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    If Hellery is elected as President in 2016, grab your shovel and warm clothes, comrade. You’ll be off to the train station with the rest of them!!

    “It’s time to put the common good, the national interest, ahead of individuals.”

    It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few, and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity.”

    “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. ”

    “I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe.”

    “I hope we will come together as a nation and do whatever it takes to keep guns away from people who have no business with them.”

    “We have to build a political consensus, and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground.”

    “Too many people have made too much money.”

    “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”

    “(We) can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”

    “It’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in the entire economy, that they are being watched.”

    “The money has to go to the federal government because the federal government will spend that money better than the private sector will spend it.”

    Bon

  • MBlanc46

    There will be a 2016 presidential election. I’m quite willing to open a book on the event if there are those who are willing to bet against it.

    • evilsandmich

      I agree, but then again, they had elections all the time in Iraq.

  • candide

    HILLARY WAS OUT-NIGGERED IN 08; IT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN. OR WILL IT?

  • Paul

    Good old Hilarious Clinton. Can you imagine six years of her on top of Obama?