I just saw the video clip. I’d read about it, but nothing had the impact of seeing Bill Clinton in the waning moments of the of the South Carolina campaign he had so pathetically botched, compare Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson in a naked appeal for racial votes. It shouldn’t surprize anyone if Obama won South Carolina, Clinton said, because, “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice”, thus attempting to reduce Obama to a “race” candidate and insulting voters both black and white, for and against Obama, who didn’t make their judgments based on race.
The one thing I always admired about Clinton was the heartfelt adherence he seemed to have to the spirit of the Civil Rights movment. In the utter ugliness of his South Caroina remarks he flushed his legacy down the sewer.