It’s not only that I’m not ever going to vote for Hillary Clinton. It’s that the next person who tells me that her campaign isn’t using race as a lever against Barack Obama might get kicked in the face.

Remember when Hillary staffers were fired for circulating emails contending that Obama was a closet Muslim? Well, something tells me that’s not a firing offense any more. This story on Drudge claims Hillary’s campaign passed him this photo:

Obama looks terribly authentic doesn’t he? What with the ugly wristwatch and the Gap Khakis. Even Drudge points out that other world leaders have dressed in traditional costumes:

Hillary’s campaign is circulating this photo because despite how fucking awkward Obama looks, what makes the costume convincing to the ignorant observer is simply the color of his skin.

Obama’s singular venture into psychotherapy aside, his campaign has not engaged in fear-mongering, gender-baiting, or anything that could remotely resemble dirty pool (Remember that Rezko moment? All Obama had to say was “Marc Rich”). The Clinton campaign can only compensate for its horrifying mismanagement by using bigotry as a vehicle for character assassination, even as she lectures Obama about his “tactics”.

Incompetence, personal viciousness, character assassination, exploiting bigotry for votes, who does that remind you of?

And for those of you who want to argue that it’s Drudge, so it’s not believable, consider the fact that Hillary wants those guys as pals. In terms of how to run a campaign, they don’t disagree on much.

In fact, it’s safe to say that Hillary and Bill Kristol are pretty much on the same wavelength.

Why not just elect Bush for another four years, fuck it? What’s the difference?

UPDATE: The Clinton’s response:

Enough.

If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.

This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry.

We will not be distracted.

On a related note, Maggie Williams will be fitted for her bandanna and apron later this week.

  
UPDATE 2: Not to make excuses, but I generally refrain from “hankerchief head” type insults because I think they’re wack. When I wrote this post, I was furious, and these were the only words I found to explain what I was feeling.
What makes you a sellout is when you willingly participate in defending the use of race and racism to hurt another black person, when you know what that shit feels like. It’s not about being conservative, or a Republican, or whatever, since Williams is neither. It’s about embracing that crabs in a barrel mentality.

UPDATE 3: For those of you on this thread who are pissed we “linked to Drudge as a credible source,” what makes it credible is the non-denials of the Clinton Camp, which lead Josh Marshall to conclude the following:
Put it all together and the Clinton camp would appear to be unwilling to make even the most perfunctory denial that they are or were circulating this photo around.

We held up on this because we never want to take Drudge as a fact witness for anything. But I think the Clinton camp’s statement speaks for itself.

I follow my instinct on “bank shots”. No, I didn’t think that “madrassa” story came from the Clintons. But this? It has their fingerprints all over it. 

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