David Gergen Speaks Truth – Denounce Racist Vote
Please blog this, tweet this, and digg this. Let’s get some legs under what really was an historic moment in TV.
Because I no longer watch CNN, I missed seeing this live, but it’s entirely possible that David Gergen has just restored my faith in some pundits and the media, while speaking the truth about tonight’s Kentucky vote. In the video clip below, Gergen says what many have been thinking for the past week: What on earth is Hillary Clinton thinking, courting the racist vote as a last-ditch effort to win the nomination?
He goes further, after hearing the appalling Kentucky statistics rattled off by Wolf Blitzer, challenging Hillary Clinton to take a step back and tell the racist voters that if they voted for her simply because they won’t vote for a black guy, she doesn’t want their vote either. He mixes in her sexism complaints and suggests that for someone who is complaining about sexism, she should be speaking truth about the racism inherent in the exit statistics, denouncing it, and not allowing it to be legitimized in our culture. Watch it here:
Thanks to NattheDem (natthedem on Twitter) for the links, and to liza (aka blogdiva on Twitter) for calling attention to one of the few pundits who isn’t afraid to be intellectually honest and speak truth, even when it goes against what he wishes were truth.
David Gergen may have restored CNN from the place I buried it.
Update: Stefania at MOMocrats wrote something similar a few days ago:
If I were Hillary Clinton, rather than stand up and say that she’s a more viable candidate because a certain segment of the white population seems to prefer her, why doesn’t she stand up and say, “What the fuck is wrong with this country that in this day and age this is still an issue?”
Maybe Gergen is secretly a MOMocrats reader? Stefania has this advice for Senator Clinton:
Hillary, as Gergen says, it’s time to “take the high road” in this campaign. Stop being so smarmy. Add actively courting racists to constantly referencing the Michigan and Florida votes and the referencing of Karl Rove’s maps saying she can beat Obama, and what have we got? A president? I think not. Is contributing to the racial divide so you can fight on for 2 more weeks really worth it? You’ve already lost. So take the high road.