Clyburn: Democrats Losing Because They Haven’t Nuanced Racial Politics Enough or Something

Posted by on Nov 04, 2014 at 8:36 am

The racial recriminations begin.

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on Tuesday that Democratic candidates have suffered this election cycle because they haven’t been able to properly address questions of race.

“I just think we’ve had some good candidates whose campaigns have suffered because they have not had good advisors on questions like this,” he said on MSNBC.

He had been asked whether Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes alienated African American voters by refusing to say whether she voted for President Barack Obama in 2012.

“Well, certainly, I do agree with that. The fact of the matter is, I don’t think her numbers started to plummet until after she botched that question so significantly,” he said.

Obama’s radioactive and no Senate candidates wanted to be within a hundred miles of him.

“I didn’t say that they would not win because of race, what I did say, Joe, was a lot of the campaigns have suffered because they have not been able to answer some questions about the racial matters sufficiently in order to nuance these things,” Clyburn replied. He added that racial questions have come up in races outside of the Deep South and other states with difficult racial histories.

Democrats have spent the entire campaign playing the race card in a number of states. So when it doesn’t work it’s a matter of nuance. Thanks for clearing that up. Perhaps if they moved past race and onto substantive issues, er, nevermind. It’s all they’ve got.

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2 Responses to “Clyburn: Democrats Losing Because They Haven’t Nuanced Racial Politics Enough or Something”

  1. jwb7605 on 4/04/14 at 9:19 am

    This might be overly optimistic, but with the impact that
    Elbert Guillory (Louisiana Republican, Free At Last PAC) seems to be having with his commercials, a pendulum seems to be ready to swing back the other direction.

  2. Kirk on 4/04/14 at 12:06 pm

    Translation: If you hire me and my pals and spread some $$ around, we’ll share the secret sauce that’ll get you the all-important Black Vote.