Daily Editorial: Democrats get ugly
Vail CO, Colorado
No sooner did Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama make history by becoming the front runners for their party’s nomination, than they fell into an ugly spat over race.
We hope this bickering over the legacy of Martin Luther King ” and which people of what color did most for the civil rights movement ” goes no further.
A pulling of the race card by either side not only threatens to sully Clinton’s or Obama’s historic achievement ” when one of them becomes the Democratic nominee ” but would give the lie to the Democrats’ promise to unify the nation after what they see as the divisiveness created during Bush era.
That’s not to say race and gender aren’t still issues here in the 21st century. They clearly are, as indicated by the rotten joke made at a Denver banquet last week when a Colorado businessman said the White House’s name will have to change if Barack Obama is elected.
The party’s standard bearers should be above ” far above ” such useless, backwards talk. They should be talking about gender and race but not about each other’s sex and skin color. They should be talking about the problems minorities still face in this country ” like a lack of health insurance, like the disgrace of the response to Hurricane Katrina.
If they have to talk about gender, they should be talking about preserving a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body.
And instead of wasting time talking about whether Martin Luther King could have achieved what he did without President Lyndon Johnson’s signature, the Democrats owe it to their supporters to show how they are going to change the country’s course.
We hope the candidates’ promise to drop such racially tinged talk is real because bickering over race and gender isn’t much of a change. It’s what this country’s been doing for most of its existence.
” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board