Most people after defeat or failure second guess themselves. It is hard not to look back and see where you failed. Asking, what should I have done differently? Where could I have done better? And it is an absolute must in politics. When you have a second chance to win the highest office in the land, you want to do the right things right and fix the mistakes. So, when Hillary Clinton looks back to her ’08 campaign, she must think she was not aggressive enough.
Fox is reporting
Down in Texas for a campaign event aimed at restoring her relationship with black Democrats who rejected her 2008 candidacy, Clinton said that laws requiring voters to show identification at polls were part of “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.” Note the language here. It’s not a misguided effort with an unfortunate result, it is a deliberate effort to prevent minorities from voting. That’s not just racist, that’s evil.
It is a sure sign of fear that such comments are already being made. If this is setting the tone for the general elections, then it can only get uglier. But, one can hardly blame Clinton. Just like last time, Clinton seems the shoe in for president. No one in her own party seems to be a threat, and she is leading mock polls against every opponent, but there is still a long way to go yet.
To make matters worse, Clinton has called GOP candidates by name.
Clinton even made it personal, saying potential general election foes Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry were “deliberately trying to stop” minority voters from participating. It’s language that might even give voter-ID opponent President Obama some pause, but Clinton tore into her topic with evident relish. In this candidacy, Clinton has seemed at times uncertain and usually vague. When it came to racially charged, partisan attacks, however, she was imbued with a new vitality and was nothing if not direct. In an ironic turn, Clinton accused Republicans of “fear-mongering about a phantom epidemic” as she intoned against urgent dangers to civil rights.
This is no more than Hillary pandering to a group within her own party. The problem that Hillary faces is the Black Caucus abandoned her in the 2008 campaign. It also seems inevitable that this will come back to bit her on the backside. Three-quarters of Americans actually wants the voter ID laws. Unlike her, these Americans want to ensure that each candidate is given a fair chance. The issue has nothing to do with the color of skin, but legal fair elections.
And the response of the GOP points out the foolishness of her statements
“Hillary Clinton’s rejection of efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat not only defies logic, but the will of the majority of Americans. Once again, Hillary Clinton’s extreme views are far outside the mainstream.” – Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc., in a statement.
“In Ohio we have 28 days. In New York, where [Clinton] is from, they have one day. Why don’t you take care of business at home before you run around the country using these demagogic statements that we don’t want people to vote?” – Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, on “America’s Newsroom.”
“Now, Hillary Clinton may not have had to show a photo ID to get onto an airplane in a long time… She just went into my home state and dissed every person who supports having an identification to either get onto an airplane or to vote.” – Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, on “Fox & Friends”
We can only hope that the American people will see the logical shortfalls of Hillary’s stance. It is no more than name-calling and fear mongering. Whatever it takes to win, I guess.