Tina K. Russell

August 6, 2008

No, really, I’m not

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Tina Russell @ 12:46 pm

ABC News: Clinton Exclusive: ‘I Am Not a Racist’
When asked, “Do you personally have any regrets about what you did, campaigning for your wife?” Clinton, at first, answered, “Yes, but not the ones you think. And it would be counterproductive for me to talk about.”

But then he added, “There are things that I wish I’d urged her to do. Things I wish I’d said. Things I wish I hadn’t said.

“But I am not a racist,” he continued. “I’ve never made a racist comment and I never attacked him [Obama] personally.”

Okay, Bill, first rule: never, ever, ever, ever, ever say “I am not a racist.” Ever. Second rule is especially never do it when the other person has not volunteered the word. George Lakoff writes eloquently about this in his book, Don’t Think of an Elephant: as soon as Richard Nixon said “I am not a crook,” the public’s mind was made up. Nixon is hiding something. Oh, and he’s a crook.

Methinks the Bubba doth protest too much. Nobody ever accused Clinton of being racist–just racially insensitive–which is why he really never should have said this. And to think he was once so media-savvy…

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