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.