Sharpton to Clinton: Please leave the stage

May 9, 2008

NEW YORK – Rev. Al Sharpton called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Democratic presidential race, likening her to an entertainer who doesn’t know when to leave the stage.

rtr20b1t.jpg“Not dropping out would mean ruining the party,” the civil rights leader told New York 1 television on Thursday night. “I think Barack Obama’s the nominee. I think he’s won. The majority of Democrats have already decided.”

Sharpton, a failed Democratic candidate in 2004, has yet to endorse any candidate for the November election though he has been actively courted by Obama and Clinton.

He has natural ties to both Democratic candidates: his National Action Network is based in New York City and Clinton is a U.S. senator from New York state. And he has also championed causes for African Americans, and if elected Obama, a senator from Illinois, would be America’s first black president.

But his latest words suggest an endorsement might not be necessary in the nomination battle.

“As you know, I’ve been in the ministry of civil rights all my life, but had dealings with entertainers because of James Brown,” Sharpton said. “The worst thing in the world is when an entertainer doesn’t know when the show is over. The audience is gone, the lights are down, you’re getting ready to cut the mics off and you are still on the stage singing. It’s over, it’s all right, it’s over. Come sing another day, but this show is over for Sen. Clinton.”  

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I always thought that losing one’s bearing meant, losing one’s way in a nautical sense. I think the intention of Obama’s response to McCain was to suggest that McCain has lost his moral compass, his ethics.

I dont see where there is an age component to the remark.
So I feel like it was a pre-emptive strike intended to
A. spin away from the real content of the reponse; ie McCain was unethical in his comment about Hamas
B. it was a pre-emptive strike intended to it dangerous for us to ask what McCain’s health is like
1. What are the treatments like for McCain’s cancer, and what are the side effects?
2. Does his apparent short term memory loss mean he has incipient Alzheimer’s?

Why are we supposed to have a candidate be considered seriously about whom we have reservations as to their health?
And no, McCain, we dont think you are ethical. We know that went out the window when you, a former prisoner, approved waterboarding prisoners.

Posted by bruce Becker | Report as abusive

It is a shame that reporters make opinionated statements instead of reporting facts. Hillary Clinton would make a stronger candidate against John McCain in Nov. John McCain is running a campaign that slightly resembles Hillary’s positions. Some say she is more of a Republican candidate then Democrat. Taking that into consideration McCain is talking to Hillary supporters across the country sharing his beliefs. If you connect the dots that spells trouble for Obama. Hillary supporters as many as 50% have already said they will vote for McCain. Looking at the numbers if the large voter turnout of Democrats go to the polls in Nov and say at least 33% of independents, and 33% of Hillary supporters along with Republicans go to the polls McCain will when in a landslide. So if you are a McCain backer as a reporter it is in your own self interest to report Hillary’s defeat. That puts McCain in an advantage to beat Obama. On the other hand Democrats are so blinded by the hero worship of Obama that they are foolishly believing they can win and that Hillary voters will go ahead and not cross party lines. But in a short history lesson look at Regan. He easily captured the democrats “Regan Democrats”. Are we about to engage in a new area of “McCain Democrats”. Polls suggest that this is very plausible. So if you are a Super Delegate what are you going to do in the best interest of keeping all these Hillary supporters with the Democrats? Hillary could put the Mayor of Philadelphia as her VP. That would bring a lot of Obama supporters to her side. I really believe that there has been a conspiracy to keep the Clinton name out of the Whitehouse. It all starts with the double standards of Kennedy and Kerry and Dean. Those three men are of the old party that did not reach the Whitehouse in their runs and used the Florida and Michigan to their advantage to quell gender biased opinions of their own. They have done everything in their power to not count these votes until the last minute. They have not fully considered the ramification of these disenfranchised voters who stated their preference of Hillary Clinton in record setting numbers in Florida. If a poll of Florida women were conducted reviewing voter registration party affiliation switching from Republican to Democrats it would be mind boggling. Those voters and many others who have been silenced by a Party that claims to represent all people of all classes and equality for all is disgusting. We are a nation of 48 states now in the Democratic Party. This tatic will not go unnoticed by the people of Michigan and Florida. The super delegates have been put in a very bad position because logic and polls tell them Hillary has the better support from the most crucial states but the medias biased reports have made a bad situation look worse. The media is stirring up black democrats and liberals to cry foul- she stealing the election. The party elders need to take a stand to quell this disenfranchisement and not be afraid to endorse the stronger candidate. Anyone who has been following the Chicago politics know it is very possible that the Governor of Illinois may get indited. Rezko may cooperate in exchange for information that will connect Obama to these problems. That is not good in an Election where Democrats can make a come back.

Posted by val sommerviile | Report as abusive

Clinton’s boy Weinstein attempted to bribe Pelosi yesterday and she rebuked him.
Clinton’s boy said Pelosi has to seat the Florida delegation and MICH too, as Clinton delegates, which would mean she would win it all.
Wow!

Weinstein threatened to end support for Congressional candidates. It is time for the 1 million Obama supporters to step up and help elect a Democratic Senate and House.

Posted by bruce Becker | Report as abusive

So now Sharpton wants Clinton to quit. I wonder what role he thinks he will play in an Obama government? This whole thing just gets stranger and stranger as the Democratic party melts down on what should have been an easy road to the White House. Hopefully, four more years of a Republican in the White House will convince the country that Hillary Clinton should get the nomination and will win in 2012!

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

Black racism cannot trump the Democratic nomination process. Obama’s lead in delegates, superdelegates and votes is largely due to the black racism against Sen. Clinton.

Obama does not have the requisite number of delegates for the nomination; he has no presumptive lock on the nomination. The Democratic nomination process is still in progress and concludes when all of the remaining states have voted and the superdelegates select the best qualified candidate using their independent judgment. Sen. Clinton is the best qualified presidential candidate and she must continue her fight for the future of America.

Using black racism to swipe the nomination from Sen. Clinton with the premature end of the nomination process is a subversion of the Democratic nomination process and this will result in Obama crashing and burning in November and the Democratic Party a train wreck in November. I will vote McCain. McCain will be president.

Posted by crat3 | Report as abusive

I agree the show is over for Hilary Clinton she needs to step down and put her clout behing Obama. Hilary let go of you ego and do the party a favour because as it stands you are hurting your own party and for what to be defeated anyway

What a jerk.

Posted by Ellie | Report as abusive

Sharpton is the last person to take advice from. Wake up people, The Duke fiasco and Brawly bangwagon

Posted by Luther McCall | Report as abusive

Sharpton has no objective or legitimacy injecting himself in the debate except as a racial advocate. He’s not a political analyst, statistician or strategist. Sharpton hasn’t spent years of his life and $11M dollars in an historically close primary contest. He’s simply expressing the kind of reflexive racial adversarialism against Clinton’s candidacy, that we’ve been listening to all campaign season.

Posted by Annette Keller | Report as abusive

Al Sharpton, Hillary has the right to stay in the race. For your information the audience is NOT gone. The Clintons always will have audience……

Posted by Ivan Zdero | Report as abusive

Mrs. Clinton need to show some self-respect and dignity, she must learn to loose with pride, by revolting and acting like a scorn woman does not help the party, she must be smart and focus her energy and invest the money from others in a non-futile cause.

To spend her energy racing against Senator Obama is FUTILE.

By trying to show that the next states that have 91% of white population will vote for her, she will ruin the reputation of this states to be self-labeled as racist, because it is the way the world will interpret. No tourist will visit this states. She only care about her ego and herself.

Hillary should continue. There is no valid reason for her to drop out now. What is Obama afraid of? It will be better to find out as much as we can about him before the general election and not suffer buyer’s remorse afterwards. The Republican’s are certainly going to vet him with more vigor than Hillary’s people and they will not be gentle with him. He and his supporters had better get used to it. Incidentally, many of us Hillary supporters are unlikely to change our minds about not voting for Obama. Also, I am tired of those African Americans who think that Obama is entitled to be the nominee because of his race. Furthermore don’t threaten us with your “displeasure” should he not be the nominee. If you want to have a black president, perhaps you should find one who is qualified. There are many out there who would be great presidents. Just not Obama!!!!!

Posted by nonna | Report as abusive

Funny, We’ve been asking Al Sharpton to leave the stage for years.

Posted by Jeff Illinois | Report as abusive

If anyone knows about staying past his welcome, it is the abhorrent race-peddler known as Al Sharpton. It’s no wonder that he would force out a candidate that half this nation supports because the other one happens to have a brown skin tone.

Posted by Bob | Report as abusive

Wow! If Al Sharpton is saying that, maybe she should listen. Maybe not.

GOBAMA!

Posted by CC | Report as abusive

The Clintons have been good for this country overall. But we can’t go back in time. You have to move forward and turn the page on a new day. Our country is changing. If we seize the opportunity and come together to defeat the Neocons. We can change our country for the better. Just think about the effect of another Neocon president appoints more conservative Supreme Court judges.

VOTE OBAMA 08

Posted by NotSuprised | Report as abusive

AMERICAN TO SHARPTON LEAVE THE COUNTRY!

Posted by Willie Ray | Report as abusive

Hillary owes it to her investors to go on till to the convention: If you dance with the devil you have to dance till the music stops….. . The sad thing is that the superdelegates are unable to turn off that music, because they don’t want a man of colour telling them what they have to do.

Posted by maz hess | Report as abusive

Although i agree with sharpton re:hillary….he should gulp down a dose of that advice

Obama won, everything else to the contrary is wishful thinking.

Posted by KD | Report as abusive

Who cares what Sharpton says – Hillary can stay in the race as long as she wants!

Obama and Clinton have both been “actively courting” Sharpton for his endorsement???

Now I don’t wanna vote for either of them!

Posted by John Kratz | Report as abusive

Black racism of 98 % black vote..Thats what this is all about,,its a shame …media love afair with Obama, not saying one negative thing for months and months until just a month ago, when they had to after being chastized for doing nothing. This has been racism and media monopoly to get Obama in….shame on you, she is the strongest candidate..Whites will backlash and vote for Mcain because Pelosi , Dean, Obama, the media have been dishonest in getting to where we are now…Obama has blocked the redoing of votes for Michigan and Florida,,,this has not come out…what a piece of crap

Posted by tino | Report as abusive

To Bruce Becker – I’m from Michigan and I want my vote to county – Hillary got alot of votes in Michigan – it is unfair not to count them!

to KD – Obama didn’t win everything – he doesn’t have the delegates necessary!

It is funny how you all seem to have your opinions but don’t think Sharpton is entitled to one. You see the only difference is that he has a voice in the mass media that has handed you all your opinions and you don’t.

Posted by Rob | Report as abusive

- Posted by crat3

Black racism cannot trump the Democratic nomination process. Obama’s lead in delegates, superdelegates and votes is largely due to the black racism against Sen. Clinton.

Obama does not have the requisite number of delegates for the nomination; he has no presumptive lock on the nomination. The Democratic nomination process is still in progress and concludes when all of the remaining states have voted and the superdelegates select the best qualified candidate using their independent judgment. Sen. Clinton is the best qualified presidential candidate and she must continue her fight for the future of America.

Using black racism to swipe the nomination from Sen. Clinton with the premature end of the nomination process is a subversion of the Democratic nomination process and this will result in Obama crashing and burning in November and the Democratic Party a train wreck in November. I will vote McCain. McCain will be president.

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Thank you! My thoughts EXACTLY!

Posted by Kary | Report as abusive

Sharpton should have stayed out of it. He is not a politician. Why does everything have to be commented on?
Let the contest run it’s natural course. Sen. Clinton has the right to stay as long as she sees fit to stay. Sen. Obama hasn’t said get out. Certain politicians have called for her to leave, but they are colleagues and are only speaking from a political standpoint, I have no problem with this. Rev. Sharpton is not a politician, and should have kept his mouth shut. It is not necessary to comment on every little thing. The Democratic Party will need the energy of both candidates to stop this Republican machine that is firmly established in Wash.,D.C. Can we please end the hatred?

Posted by Indigenous | Report as abusive

val sommerviile, I SO concur! I have been stating that from the beginning. I will be one of those, independent, non-party voters, MORE THAN LIKELY swaying towards McCain, AND he knows it. It is exactly what the Republicans are counting on, they have stated that countless times! I am kind of surprised by the Dems’ behavior in congress, I find it hard to believe that a group of people, as such, can be so blinded.

Obama has showed me nothing that depicts he is capable to run the country. His frat-like popularity party will soon be over.

Posted by Dawn | Report as abusive

Yes, Bill, please leave. By the way, “Take Al with you.”

Posted by Sam Boykin | Report as abusive

Sure, Al is entitled to his opinion, just as we all are. I just don’t see why his is deemed more valuable than anyone else’s.

Posted by John Kratz | Report as abusive

Al Sharpton is not a spokeman for Obama, no more so than Jermeiah Wirght was. Also, Sharpton might well take his own advice and “leave the stage.” He continues to believe that he holds some special place as The leader of the black community, or that he is in some way a prominent Leader in America. He in fact is implying that this is or should be a Racial issue, which it is NOT and should not be.

Posted by mike | Report as abusive

Al Sharton is a fool. I am voting John McCain if Hillary Clinton is not on the ballot.

Posted by RoseAnne | Report as abusive

Black Racism against Hillary Clinton who black people voted for her huband 90% or better…..

Blacks cant be racist towards whitess because black people dont have the power in the USA… And black people have supported how many white democratic canadiates….. Now when blacks support Barack Obama its black racism…. so I guess the majority of America is white racism because most whites vote for white canadiates….

Black people have fought and got everything fair and square and we are the only group in America who has had legislation against us as a race…

Its ok for blacks to support the Democratic party but its black racism when they want to runt he party… Get use to it because you are going to see a lot more black racism]

The Democratic Parties Chickens Have Come to Roost….They used up the black vote for years and now blacks are supporting one of their own… I knew white racism would come out as soon as a black man got this far….. No whites are looking for an excuse to be racism… I guess black americans really enjoy opeing up history books and seeing 400 years of slavery and 43 straight white men hold the office of President and VP…. well if its black racism, you white americans have given up the blue print…

Show my one law in the US History similar to Jim Crow, 3/5 Comprimise or voting polls that opressed you white folks who cry because blacks are progressing…

America is headed to a civil war because if anything happens to Barack… it will be far worst than the two King Riots

Im black and long live Barack Obama… because I am 25 and I voted for Gore and Kerry now we get a black canadiate who has ran a better campagin that hillary and you white want to use the rac ecard

Blame the 98% white population of Iowa or North Dakota for this you white racist democrats are about to get exposed….

Posted by Bobby | Report as abusive

All these people seeing “black racism” as the reason for Obama’s success… is that your explanation for his victories in Iowa, Idaho, Wyoming…?

And you’re not seeing any “female sexism” as part of Hillary’s support? There’s a lot more women than blacks in this country, why isn’t she winning?

The fact is, if Hillary were a man, she’d be nowhere in this election. But if Obama were white, he’d still be an outstanding communicator and the most ethical candidate in this race. Take away race and gender, and he’s simply the best choice.

Posted by drizzle | Report as abusive

Sharpton, if anyone needs to get off the stage, it’s you.

As a Hillary supporter, I can tell you that if she is not the Deomcratic candidate I will be crossing party lines to vote for McCain, as will so many of my friends, family and co-workers. Obama is not electable.

Posted by CJ | Report as abusive

How can we get this woman off the stage? She is now just making a fool of herself! It’s pathetic. Now she is falling behind in supers and the curtain is coming down.

Posted by lyra hussein | Report as abusive

Brother Al,
Would you be so quick to speak out if the tables were turned and your boy was trailing by a slight margin??didn’t think so.

Posted by Jerry | Report as abusive

Take it to the floor of the convention. By August it will be undeniably clear to the only ones that matter, Superdelegates, that Hillary Clinton is the best nominee to fight McCain.

Posted by Colin | Report as abusive

White people calling black people racist is laughable. The “oppressor” doesn’t have the right to call the “oppressed” racist. That’s like calling the Jews racist for having some issues towards the Nazis. Black people still deal with racism every day in this country.

Yeah, we’ve made some inroads but a black man got drug to death behind a truck within the last 10 years in east Texas.

There is still plenty to fear out there in America.

So white people, quit trumping up charges of black people
being racist, please.

Please get over your own racism, and face the realities, and be a good sport, and back up the eventual democratic nominee if you actually are a democrat.

Posted by Shane | Report as abusive

If Sharpton is such an expert on knowing when to leave the stage, why hasn’t he?

Posted by Rich | Report as abusive

Sharpton is using Obama to further his own career. We need to quit listening to anything he has to say and focus on the race.

If it is that you are loyal to the Democrats and really do not want to see a continuation of the Bush years, WHY EXACTLY would you switch and vote for McCain? Think of it, the only reason is racism. If you said you would refrain from voting I would understand. However, it can only be hatred that would lead to you to choose the very thing you do not want. Only a racist desposition would lead you to force upon your country more years of Bushism because you do not want Barack Obama in the White House.

I am from the UK and we are watching. Indeed, the rest of the world is watching.

Posted by Mary Barrady | Report as abusive

Hillary should stay in the race. I feel that she is running for me. This is not a racial issue. If Colin Powell was running, this divide wouldn’t be happening. Powell has experience and the stature required to be president and he happens to be black. Blue collar whites, the so called Reagan Democrats, would be in favor of him–regardless of the party line. Of the three above mentioned traits that Powell has, Obama has just one: he is black. If he was in the Senate for longer and had done more for our country, I think he would be a great candidate. However, I am sick of women being told to move aside to let a man of any race and less experience have the job. Hillary, stay in through the Convention. You would be the best candidate to beat McCain.

Posted by Amy | Report as abusive

Please let Hillary Clinton keep running. I understand that she intends to ask the Obama campaign to relieve her debt in order to get her to quit. NO WAY DO I WANT A DIME OF MY MONEY TO GO TO HILLARY
I want her to keep running and running and running until she runs out of money (HERS and BILLS) And, I want her to keep getting angrier and more mean spirited until she puts her foot in her mouth. Why? So that all of her supporters can realize that not only is she not presidential, she is not vice presidential. It has nothing to do with her qualifications. IT has to do with morals and ethics. NO WAY should Barack Obama take her into the White House. He’d have to hide the knives and the poison. Also, he’d have to sleep with one eye open to keep Bill Clinton away from his daughters.

Posted by Nelson Peebles | Report as abusive

Al Sharpton is a cartoon character. I am thrilled he has joined the fray. That way, people can be reminded of what is in store for us with Obama and Co. as the Democratic nominee.

Clinton OR McCain
but Nobama

Posted by valerie | Report as abusive

History has shown that great societies (Greek, Roman, etc.) have fallen, due to foolishness and barbarism. Does anyone else see America headed that way? The only good thing this election did was show just how racist and sexist Americans are.

I am a die hard Obama supporter and the idea that so many Hillary supporters can’t bring themselves to vote for Obama (the only logical reason for most people is because he’s Black), shows America’s sad ignorance.

On the other hand, if Hillary were a man, I doubt that people would so critical of her. John McCain appears to be at that pre-alzheimer stage, and says things that make no sense, but people would rather vote for him than a Black man or a woman. That’s ignorant racism and sexism.

Hillary supporters seem to blame Obama for Hillary’s own shortcomings. He simply beat her at a game she should have played much better. He treated her with the respect a former First Lady deserved, but ran a much, much better campaign. Anyone else would have dropped out months ago, but Hillary chose to divide the party (just listen at yourselves).

Because of her tactics, if she gets the chance to run in 1212, there will be a massive effort to stop her. She may not even get re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

Both Clinton and Obama have similar policies and I think they will support one another. It’s the ignorant supporters who seem to be unable to put their personal prejudices aside. If McCain wins, the democratic party will be ruined forever, and with it- any chance that anything other than a white man will ever be elected.

Let’s use our common sense and vote for our common interests. As Dems, it certainly would not be in our interest to vote for McCain. His reversal of Roe V Wade would produce enough new citizens for WWIII when his policies produce it. Stop being emotional and vote rationally. The future of American society depends on it.

Posted by Dean | Report as abusive

Uh, SHANE,
Sorry to burst you jessie and sharpton bubble but if you read all of the papers ( not just the ones your leaders tell you to) you will find plenty of instances of black on white violence ( or is this ok becasue we are paying for our ancestors sins?) The Jenna six trial started because a bunch of black guys hauled off a white boy and beat the @@@@ out of him and he wasn’t even the guy that put the noose in the tree!!! Your vitrolic hatred towards whites without even knowing the people you are hating is getting quite tiresome for many whites. We don’t feel responsable for what happened by our forefathers and never will…and if we are going to be hated by blacks because of our skin color don’t be surprised when we fight back

Posted by Jerry | Report as abusive

If Clinton is not the nominee, my husband and I will be voting for McCain–our first time ever voting Republican. Hillary is the strongest candidate of all and it’s too bad that the superdelegates don’t see that.

Posted by janet | Report as abusive

The Clinton are the heart of the Democratic party, they brought back the Democratic party after 12 years of Republican rule. Without them it doesn’t make any sense to vote Democrat. Thanks in part to the media, DNC, Kerry, Dashcle, Kennedy and other selfish individuals who put their own interest first above the interest of this country. If Mrs. Clinton is not the nominee. I will vote for Mr. Nader to go again CNN and Msnbc and nbc and other big corporations who keep us stripped from our hard earned money that includes doctors too.

Posted by alice newton | Report as abusive

Uh, Jerry,

I am also white. I request you get off it and rise above this.

I really don’t see any vitriolic hatred towards whites in anyone’s protests to Hillary’s comments.

No one is asking anyone to pay for the sins of their ancestors.

As a white person, I would like to think we are beyond this and clearly we’re not…and that was the desired impact of the comments, to polarize and divide.

Look beyond the hype, if you are a democrat be a democrat and unite behind the nominee whoever they are. I promise I will.

Posted by Shane | Report as abusive

Sharpton telling Hillary to get off the stage. He should have gotten off the stage after Tawana Brawley but did he Noooo unfortunately no such luck.

Hillary run as an independent and show everyone.

Michelle Obama’s Writings Display Disturbing Racism

Americans must ask: ‘Do we really want this woman in the White House’?

By Pat Shannan

Just what kind of “change” is Barack Obama offering and just how much influence has his wife, Michelle had over him in their married life the past two decades? It appears that Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama does not look into a crowd of Obama supporters and see Americans. She sees black people and white people, eternally conflicted with one another.

In her senior thesis at Princeton University, Michelle LaVaughn, the future wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, stated that America was a nation founded on “crime and hatred.” Moreover, she stated that whites in America were “ineradicably racist.”

The 1985 thesis, entitled Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community, was written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn. Michelle Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society, never becoming a full participant.”

Not only does she see separate black and white societies in America, but emphatically elevates black over white in her world. As first lady, would she insist the White House be painted black? That’s been a standard joke in this venue since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but this next ominous quote from her thesis suggests that she would in fact urge her husband toward just such an extreme position.

“There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost.”

She seems to justify those feelings with what she claims to see on the other side of the issue: “Predominantly white universities like Princeton are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the white students, comprising the bulk of their enrollments.”

Michelle added in her thesis that to “whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, [I] will always be black first.” However, it was reported by a fellow black classmate, “if those ‘whites at Princeton ‘ really saw Michelle as one who always would ‘be black first,’ it seems that she gave them that impression.”

Michelle Obama’s poll of black alumni concludes that other black former students at Princeton do not share her obsession with blackness. But rather than celebrate, she is horrified that black alumni identify with our common American culture more than they value the color of their skins.

“I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility,” she wrote.

Most black alumni ignored her racist questionnaire. Only 89 students responded, out of 400 who were asked for input.

The thesis provides a trove of Mrs. Obama’s thoughts and world view seen through a race-based prism. For a potential first lady, this is a very divisive view that would do untold damage to race relations in this country in a Barack Hussein Obama administration.

During this presidential election year in which the term “transparency” has been frequently bandied about, candidates have buried a number of potentially revealing documents and papers. In Hillary Rodham Clinton’s case, there’s been a clamoring for tax records, White House memos and other material the candidate’s team has chosen to keep from release.

The 96-page, 1985 Princeton thesis, restricted from release by the school’s Mudd Library, has also been the subject of recent scrutiny. Commentator Jonah Goldberg remarked on National Review Online, “A
reader in the know informs me that Michelle Obama’s thesis is unavailable until Nov. 5, 2008, at the Princeton library. I wonder why.”

“Why a restricted thesis?” asked Pastor Louis Lapides on his website,
Thinking Outside the Blog. “Is the concern based on what’s in the thesis? Will Michelle Obama appear to be too black for white America or not black enough for black America?”

Will an Obama administration really offer constructive “change” or just an intellectually refined racism?

Pat Shannan is the assistant editor of American Free Press. He has been working in the alternative news business for more than 30 years.

Pay close attention to the 5th paragraph and you will see who is the true racist

Posted by Carl McQueen | Report as abusive

It’s amazing how people keep repeating the absurd statement that Hillary is the stronger candidate. The last time I checked, she was behind in the popular votes and the delegates count. She started as the front-runner candidate, but she couldn’t run a smart campaign and she lost the lead. Tell me how will you run the country effectively if with all the Bill Clintons around you your campaign still falters.

And to those haters who think blacks got Obama to where he is today. They need to give credit where credit is due. Obama ran an intelligent campaign. He did not have the support of most blacks until he won the white votes in Iowa. He beat Hillary on her own turf. Those intelligent white voters in Iowa made Obama the candidate not black folks….Think about it and stop the racial mugging!!!

Posted by Luckdress | Report as abusive

Correction Luckdress the media got Obama where he is

Posted by Carl McQueen | Report as abusive

I want to say some clear things here about Racism. Many of the comments posted has said that the only clear reason why Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama is because of a hidden racist feeling. Right off the bat, I voted for Hillary. And I am not racist. I am asian, Southeast Asian as a matter of fact. Southeast Asian, I will say, socially, are more leaned towards African Americans than white because many African American understand the pain and plight that many southeast asians had to endure during their own wars (supression, and treated badly by many peoples in government). And In America, it is a fact that African Americans were not always treated fairly. Thus, many southeast asians feels a bond with African Americans. However, to suggest that Hillary Clinton supporters won’t vote for Obama because of a racist feeling, that is just plain stupidity. Many of the media and many bloggers won’t say the obvious reason why Hillary Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama: We feel he is not ready and on John McCain we know he has crossed party lines and knows how the government works. Of course, there are always talk of trying new things bringing in new politics. That of course inspiring, but if you must talk about it, you must bring in substance. Ask any in the media, they will tell you, that Obama lacks substance. Fact has shown, there was a bias for Obama in the media and he has succeeded in most part, that no one can deny. Before Super Tuesday, we knew nothing about Obama because many in the media wouldn’t talk about Obama in a negative tone and then it all blew up. It is selfish to say for the mainstream media to write off the controversy of Obama because this is not the general election.

Also, we must give our respect for Hillary Clinton for paving the way for women to have an easier ability to become president of the united states. 100 years ago, women in this country were being supressed for being women. Currently, in other parts of the world, women don’t even have rights.

Hillary Clinton supporters not only look at Hillary as a great candidate, we do our research. We do plenty of our research of both candidates and we simply feel that she is ready to be president. Remember, the presidency is the hardest job in the world. Everything is on your shoulder.

Lastly, I want to remind all those that wrote comments and readers to stay by your vote and take responsibility for the candidate you vote for. Example, do not point the other way if your candidate faults. Man/women up and take responsibility on your part for hiring that person to be the president. Recently, many blame Bush on the war and the recession. I don’t blame him. I blame the voters that put him int he office because those voters made the decision to vote for him. And also, to only blame hillary for the war is ludicrous. You must blame all those other politician and their voters for voting the same way. I voted for Hillary in this election and I trust that if she becomes president, she will end the war and be a great president. I am not ready to vote for Barack Obama, he hasn’t yet suggested any substance to his claim of new politics. The controversies that have stirred with him are self-inflicted (bitter, church, etc.) Do not blame hillary for that, many of Obama supporters have and they had to basis to blame her for that. A reporter asked her a question on how she will deal with that, she replied.

And as for the new voters etc. that Obama is bringing into the election, it is great to see. But we must also emphasize that they know what they are wishing for. Many would say many young voters are energized about Obama, but many young voters do not face consequences that comes with their wishes. I hope that these young voters will take responsibility. I remember in the 2000 election, many young voters voted for change and new kind of politics and we end up here now. So, like I said earlier stand by your vote, if your candidate faults, man/woman up and take responsibility.

Posted by Nate | Report as abusive

Hillary, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and many have said that you should run as an independent. I agree. Obama is not going to win in November. McCain is weak. The electorate is going to stay home in November because what’s the point. But, I believe that the electorate would get behind you because nobody feels safe with the other two. McCain will sink himself with his out-of-touch health plan that everyone can see through. Obama will sink himself because his inexperience is blaring and his arrogance is annoying. People are going to be looking for someone who can actually do the job. The party hasn’t done you any favors and has actually been working against you behind the scenes. You’ve had enough turncoat friends in the party…you owe them nothing.
Senator Leiberman has survived and done well as an independent after that idiot Gore snobbed him by endorsing Kerry. You would carry every constituency you now have with you even as an independent and lets face it, McCain or Obama can’t win without them. There is more than one way to skin a cat. Whatever you do, don’t accept the 2nd spot on the democratic ticket, because it will be a losing ticket. Those who supported you will not vote for a ticket with Obama in the number one position…people are pretty clear about that…and no, we won’t change our minds…You will never get the black vote, so forget about it and identify with the white working class as an independent…they will be there for you…the racial divide is what it is…the blatant racism against you is appalling…it won’t change…they couldn’t get beyond color and that is really unfortunate…it will probably take a few hundred years more…until they can let go of the victim mentality and stand up and take responsibility for themselves as we all have to, then they will remain locked in that victim mentality. Only leaders, like Bill Cosby, and others within the black community who stepped out of that victim mentality and claimed their equality, can lead their own community out of it. The Rev. Wrights of the world just perpetuate the victim mentality. Become a maverick and lead us out of this mess…we will be right behind you! The Democratic Party and the DNC is a mess and is so corrupt that it is impossible to get a fair shake from them. They are being held hostage by the black community and can’t make an objective decision because of the racism cry that would ensue…they would rather throw the election away that to talk honestly with a black man. This inability to talk honestly is the strangle hold that is choking the life out of the party. They will not be there for you, so you have nothing to lose. Leiberman did it and survived and won another term and so can you. Place yourself above the party crap and show them that you are a candidate that will not be jerked around and used, but can be the leader of a bipartisan movement that will take the reigns…women, white working class, hispanics and seniors and catholics will all be with you. Somebody has to start calling a spade, a spade, and name it what it is…racism! They will call you a racist anyway, so what do you have to lose…maybe the black community will grow from the wake-up call and start to emerge from the victim mentality…or maybe not…there is nothing you can do about it…choose the right moment to pull out of this primary and immediately start running as an independent….don’t let any time lapse…keep the light on ourself, declare that you are a victim of racism and run as an independent. The blogs support this!

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

“The majority of democrats have already decided.” What PLANET are you from? If it were not for caucuses, disproportinate delegate allotment and not counting 2 whole LARGE states, Obama would have lost! And if the Wright controversy would have come out during the January and February voting, he would have been out PERIOD!
Obama may have the “math” to win the nomination, but Hillary has the “math” to win the General Election. And it is Hillary, NOT Obama, that is qualified and a uniter. Obama is the most polarizing candidate in memory. And the most unqualified! And NO way he will unite those of us that see him for what he is! This is not about Hillary. This is about Obama. He loses in November and rightfully so. He is not qualified to run the largest and most powerful nation in the world nor call himself a “uniter” of all. He needs a dictionary. Maybe Wright will loan him one.

Posted by Core Democrat | Report as abusive

It is actually Al Sharpton who needs to get off the stage; we’ve had to listen to him whine for far too long and he never says anything new or interesting. I’m afraid that if Obama gets elected we’re going to have to hear Sharpton 24/7!

Posted by Linda Smith | Report as abusive

Susan,
That was brilliant!!! I won’t speak for others but I will say you have voiced everything I have felt about the situation. You have hit on every talking point I have had for the last few months including Hill running as an independent. You obviously have a sharp and constantly thinking mind…normally I would add my few cents worth but you threw in an entire dollar!!! way to go, I hope to read more from you.

Posted by Jerry | Report as abusive

Wait until the repubs get Obama’s wife in their sites. They don’t need to go after him, once her racist thesis from Princeton gets out there in full force he is finished. They will keep Wright on the forefront and use her thesis to hit home what many of us know…if he is elected..it will be the first time in this century that an openly racist president and first lady will be voted into office, Even though the majority of blacks approve reverse racism, whites do not…as far as I know..blacks are still a minority…MCclone will get the job and we will be screwed if Obama becomes the nominee. I am not going to take any time going into Obama’s lack of qualifications…run as an independent Hillary…once the dust is settled, you will be the only one left standing to be our next president.

Posted by mark | Report as abusive

Dude!

I’d like to buy a clue for $500, please!! This isn’t a popularity contest. This isn’t for class president. It’s for President of the US of A (dude)!! Hillary has the required demographic groups to carry the battleground states in the general election (Hispanics, Jewish, white women, blue-collar workers, Catholic, elderly, lower income and the Reagan Democrats, not to mention that she’s carried the big battleground states, mostly by a 10 point margine because of this (Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, California and Arizona to name a few), and the winner in the general election has won in Pennsylavania, Ohio, and Florida–something Barack won’t be able to do. There’s NO WAY Barack will be on the map with McCain in the general election. If you think so, you’re deluding yourself!! No wonder the democrats lose–the democratic nominee is a popularity contest and not about who is most electible and most qualified. As far as “the math” goes, it’s totally BOGUS!! Mostly caucus wins for Barack (perceived reality–such a miniscule part of the whole state is represented), and to not count Florida and Michigan is RIDICULOUS!! What is the Obama camp so afraid of? If the Democratic nominee process was done the right way, Hillary would have won a long time ago. Hillary or bust!!! You GO, girl!!!!!!

I was just wondering who is funding Rev Wright’s media tour. Has anybody dug into that? My suspicion is that we would find out it has links to Hillary’s campaign, which would not be so surprising for a big liar and deceitful person like her.
Go Obama Go!

Posted by Rahu | Report as abusive

HILARY SHOW IS OVER PLEASE LEAVE THE STAGE, do not destroy the democratic party and this country any more. For all of those who say that Hilary will win againsts Mccain, wait and see when all the young generation voters INCLUDING YOUNG REPUBLICANS and INDIPENDENTS flock around the smartest most HONEST politician AMERICA has ever seen named Barack Obama. OBAMKA will kick Republican butt in Nov by getting OVER 75% votes from PEOPLE BELOW 40. Obama will get huge support from INDIPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS Which Bilary will never get in her life. Its time for Change, Its time for Honesty, Wisdom and it is Time for a new Leadership now.

Obama 2008

Posted by Shane | Report as abusive

You know you Americans are looking dumber and dumber everyday.You just can’t get over race in order to elect a very qualified candidate who happens to be black. And yes White America you are “responsible” for your forefathers acts because you are “reaping the benefits from it”. OBAMA has won fair and square. A black person has to work twice as hard as a white person in USA, and it is definetly showing now. If OBAMA had been white Billary would have dropped out a long time ago and supported him. If Bush had been black he would not have been in that White House. An ignorant Whiteman like him in the Whitehouse for 8yrs!!No way a blackman would of had that priviledge. Only Whites have been president in USA and look at the state the USA is in now. And you are so racist and afraid that you don’t want to vote for the qualified candidate who happens to have darker skin. (By the way this message is not for those White Americans who have had the honesty and intelligence to vote for OBAMA.Without the Whitevote along with the Black vote he wouldn’t be where he is. So there are White Americans who really want to see a change and are not holding the color of OBAMA’S skin against him..)I am in Switzerland by the way..The whole world is watching you…WAKE UP AMERICA….

Posted by Denise | Report as abusive

well said denise! I hurt sometimes when I read these blogs. we still have a long way to go. (deep breath).

Posted by dan | Report as abusive

[...] Sharpton to Clinton: Please Leave the Stage [...]

As I read these board messages, it disturbs me as an African American female. I am deeply saddened by the hatred that I read, and it touches me to the core, because when I looked at the candidates, race was not even a factor, and i think that applies to most people that I know black and white. We are one of the most powerful and wealthy countries in the world, and yet we still base our decisions on race. How much sense does that really make. When I looked at both candidates, my first thought was, who is being the most sincere, who do I believe can do the job, who can put my faith back into politics, who isn’t reaping benefits from my tax dollars, who has an open mind and is firm in their beliefs. This is something that we need to take into account, because the rest of the world is watching us, and if they think we are using skin color (and I leave out sexism, because TONS of other countries have female leaders) as a basis for our decisions, then we are in a sad place. People, black and white, male and female, all fought and died so that we could “have the pursuit of liberty”. My final question is, how many people have applied for a job that you had no “experience” in and succeeded even when most people doubted you? Keep that in mind,I think we as AMERICANS need to open our minds, and turn off our emotions a little and choose the candidate that really wants to help this country move in a positive direction so that out children can really be proud TO BE AN AMERICAN.

Posted by Melanie | Report as abusive

Haha. Very, very funny. I want her to drop out, too! I just don’t want her to be forced out and I want every state that followed the rules to be included. I strongly feel like she should campaign in a more positive manner though, so as to not damage the party.

Posted by Miss Me | Report as abusive

Hillary is preaching racism and thi sgeneral election is a fools talk don’t lose now an dsay you can win later we have to be puredy retarded to beleive that along wiht this land in mexico I have for sell

Posted by mik dee | Report as abusive

HOW can Clinton be president when she can’t even manage her own campaign funds she is 20 MILLION IN DEBT WHAT IS THAT YOU HILL FOLLOWERS? She will place this country in debt

Posted by mik dee | Report as abusive

This is completely ridiculous. I don’t get how Democrats are saying that if Obama wins that they will vote Republican. Hillary pulls the race card, that she can win more a greater percentage of the white vote and we should all suddenly for vote Hillary? I’m a 21 year old black woman who rarely ever deals with racism in my personal life, but sure it happens. I’m also not a sterotype, I do not live in the ghetto, do not talk half english, I go to college, have never been pregnant and have never received any form of public assistance. However, I can still recognize racism when I see it and makes me sick to my stomach when white people (and no, I’m by no means racist) say that blacks should stop whining about being treating unfairly when we can’t even win a presidental election because those same whites who claim we’re treated as equals won’t vote for Obama simply because he’s black. Please say what you mean and don’t mask behind being politically incorrect. We know what you mean and what you say. Its unneccessary to say it after we’ve turned our backs. Say and out loud and say it proud so we can have a real conversation for once. “I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE’S A BLACK MAN AND I DO NOT THINK ITS MY EQUAL AND I WOULD RATHER SEE A WHITE WOMAN WIN THE PRESIDENCY THAN A BLACK MAN IN THE YEAR 2008, 200 YEARS AFTER SLAVERY ENDS”. Man, I’ve been needing to address that for quite some time!

Posted by Vawn | Report as abusive

I am a Barack Obama supporter and I want Clinton to stay in the race. I don’t want anyone saying she was forced out. I am dissappointed but not surprsised that she resorted to playing the race card. Hey she started this race playing the gender card.

Hillay Clinton by aturday Night Live

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/v ideo/play.shtml?mea=250052

Posted by MrUniteUs | Report as abusive

So where, in any of these blogs, does it state that a particular individual will NOT vote for Obama because he is black? I’m missing something…I’m not voting for him because he has not convinced me that he CAN run our country. To me he seems very green, immature, and sways his beliefs to go with which ever way the wind blows. I just don’t get that warm fuzzy feeling…PLUS we do not know much about his wife, except for the few alarming issues she has with racisim. Yes, the red flags are flying high! If he would say something that had substance to it, I would vote for him regardless of color! I am REALLY tired of having it shoved up my arse that JUST BECAUSE I am not voting for him I am racist. Recheck your own issues before trying to start ones for those of us that do not have any.

Posted by Dawn | Report as abusive

WOW…Some of you bloggers sure have exposed yourselves!LoL I actually have NO problems with the Clinton’s.I think Bill did a good job in office.But, that doesnt mean Hillary will.People use common sense and stop being racist.For years and years blacks have been trampled on by this Country.And to “Carl McQueen”…That paragraph does not prove anything.(you kind of people are hilarious)!She basically said that she would take care of her people as a priority.Whats wrong with that?I noticed that (racist )whites are getting threatened by OBAMA and pulling the race card.You should be…See the only difference in the past elections is that a large population of blacks did not vote.You better bet your last piece of land that the majority of all the black communities will be voting for OBAMA.

Peace

Posted by Sam | Report as abusive

It is not fair to simply say Hilary is the better candidate and not Obama and that African-Americans are displaying racism against her because she’s white. How proposterous does that sound when African-Americans are a people that have experienced unwanted racism for hundreds of years. It’s not fair to say Hilary is the better and most marketable candidate because of the color of her skin. America finally has a chance to redeem itself from the negative ideology that the world has about us. We need to give the potential first black president a chance. After all, he is pulling in the lead fair and square. And it’s not fair for Clinton supporters to want to vote for McCain versus Obama because if Clinton was pulling ahead and won the democratic nomination, I would damn sure vote and support her. We as Americans really need to get it together and realize that it is a new day and not every president we elect has to have similiar ideologies and white skin. America needs a drastic change. A change that eliminates dirty politics and politics that keep its people in the dark on so many issues. Take a stand for the best change America.

Posted by fdatwash23 | Report as abusive

And another thing, Michelle Obama’s thesis on black alumni hailing from Princeton only reflects her personal experience as an African-American women who like so many others liker her have experienced disenfranchising and discrimination in this country. African-Americans have gradually been put in a position to have a mentalality that being black is a disgrace to this country. So when she askes black alumni from Princeton to identify with the black community more, she is simply saying that we must first love and appreciate ourselves despite all of the abuse and racism that we have experienced, so that we can grow and move on. It’s not right for blacks to forget where we have come from because it keeps us clueless of why we experience some of the discriminations that we experience today even though some of the discriminations are more subtle than others. Blacks will always stand out in this country, no matter what we do. And if no other nationality in this world is willing to stand up for our equality, then we must do it for ourselves, and we must do that by sticking together as a minority in this country until everyone else decides that black people are worthy of achieving in this nation just like everybody else. So again her comments are not racist, they are simply a reflection of the disenfranchising that blacks experience in this nation.

Posted by fdatwash23 | Report as abusive

Ok. My point was missed, again. Let’s try THIS another way…What Has Obama Stated Or What Has He Done To Make Him The Better Candidate To Run Our Country?

Posted by Dawn | Report as abusive

wHY ALL THE FUSS OVER Obama’s flag pin. Most say he is un-

Why all the fussover Obama’s lapel pin. Most say he is un-American. Will those who are “all-American” not vote for him simply because of race?

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