January 22, 2008


Racial politics ensnare Democratic campaign: As Clinton seems to back away from the South Carolina primary - the first in which black voters are expected to play a major role - even minor moments on the trail become charged with tension. (Peter Nicholas, 1/22/08,
Los Angeles Times)

It was to be a show of unity: The two top Democratic candidates for president were to march to a rally Monday, passing in the shadow of a Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds, to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

But while Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama were on hand to make speeches at the rally, only Obama arrived in time to march through the streets of this Southern capital. And in a sign of how the once-cordial Democratic contest has become twisted by a debate over race, some African Americans in the audience took Clinton's absence as a snub.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 22, 2008 8:23 AM
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