Who posted the blackface event at Hillary’s website?

posted at 8:05 pm on February 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Hillary Clinton campaign had to quickly scrub their Action Center of either a bad joke or a dirty trick this afternoon. The Rocky Mountain News noticed a strange invitation to a NAFTA rally next Monday, which suggested that Bill Clinton might appear at the Downtown Ritz-Carlton in blackface. No, really:

Inquiries from the Rocky Mountain News prompted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to remove a purported supporter’s “Bill in blackface?” event announcement from Clinton’s official campaign Web site.

The notice appeared in an “action center” section of www.hillaryclinton.com where average supporters are allowed to publicize local events that are not necessarily sanctioned by the campaign.

In this case, the notice promised “Laughter at NAFTA Rally!” on Monday in downtown Cleveland.

The description:

“We’ve hired some high-end comedic talent to ease the way into Primary Day! Want to see HRC in cat-scratch mode? Bill in blackface? How about Mark Penn doling out pizza crusts and doughnut holes to the volunteers? We’ve got it all!”

And what’s more, the RMN managed to cache the invitation before Team Hillary had a chance to, er, whitewash its site.

Now, the campaign itself doesn’t actually post these notices on the site. It relies on its community to promote events, such as this fundraiser. Bill Clinton had no intention of showing up in blackface. The event’s sponsor, “Dinah Feind”, doesn’t show up in any donor searches at Open Secrets. In short, someone wanted to make the Hillary Clinton campaign look … well, racist.

Who would want to do that? Republicans don’t have much motivation, because she appears on her way out already. The Mark Pen-pizza crust reference sounds like a disgruntled former supporter or campaign worker. It makes for a better mystery than the Democratic primary race at the moment …


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why would any politician let random users post things on their website? it’s way too ripe for abuse.

lorien1973 on February 28, 2008 at 8:15 PM

At least they didn’t use the name “Hussein”. That would call for public execution of those involved.

DaveHusseinS on February 28, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Don’t forget that in 2006, the tolerant/accept differing viewpoints Democrats suddenly opposed the guy they nominated for Vice President in 2000, for the crime of supporting the War on Terror.

One Leftist blog even published a photo of this man in blackface, standing next to the First Black President (TM).

But even though the tolerant Dems kicked him out of the Party for speaking his own mind, he won re-election as an Independent.

Del Dolemonte on February 28, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Red X on the pic. Was this intentional?

kevcad on February 28, 2008 at 8:22 PM

I blame Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the iPhone!

Sekhmet on February 28, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Sounds like an unpaid disgruntled former campaign worker!

Maybe this sounds crazy,but did anybody consider that
Hillary might of tried to pull this off,oh I dunno
she’s already used up the crying card,maybe she’s
hedgeing on playing the crazy card!

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 8:27 PM

And what’s more, the RMN managed to cache the invitation before Team Hillary had a chance to, er, whitewash its site.

Let’s see….who could be so black-hearted as to sabotage Hillary’s Action Center?

I’ll be here all week.

baldilocks on February 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Their tech people should be able to track the IP. Let’s see if this blows up…

Vizzini on February 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Hey if he did show up in blackface, saying he was the first black president would actually be correct for once. snort snicker oh the hell with it LMAO

limowilliam on February 28, 2008 at 8:57 PM

I understand John McCain is about to apologize for this, just in case. Press conference in 5…4…3…2…1…

Midas on February 28, 2008 at 8:58 PM

In the scholarly words of a one Homer Simpson…:

D’oh!

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 28, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Their tech people should be able to track the IP. Let’s see if this blows up…

Vizzini on February 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

So, you find a house with an open wireless network, what then?

TheSitRep on February 28, 2008 at 9:24 PM

So, you find a house with an open wireless network, what then?

Cry. Hard.

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 28, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Why would America’s 1st black president appear in blackface?

SouthernGent on February 28, 2008 at 9:38 PM

SECOND LOOK AT THE REVERAND EMANUEL CLEAVER

He is from Kansas City where I grew up. I don’t always agree with his politics, but he is a good man and isn’t a racist. Kudos, Rep. Cleaver.

African-American superdelegates said Thursday that they’ll stand up against threats, intimidation and “Uncle Tom” smears rather than switch their support from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama.

“African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.

“This is the politics of the 1950s,” he complained. “A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.”

funky chicken on February 28, 2008 at 10:38 PM

I recall that there was an open access problem with the Kerry campaign’s website in 2004?

funky chicken on February 28, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Oh gawd, what next? I have to admit though, this campaign season is down-right funny!!!!! Lemme guess, we are all going to wake up, realize it is still October 2007 and this was all a dream….

HawaiiLwyr on February 29, 2008 at 12:02 AM

SECOND LOOK AT THE REVERAND EMANUEL CLEAVER

He is from Kansas City where I grew up. I don’t always agree with his politics, but he is a good man and isn’t a racist. Kudos, Rep. Cleaver.

I still live in the KC area. Cleaver plays the race card plenty. Just another hypocrite reverend.

kongzilla on February 29, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Imploding.

coleporter on February 29, 2008 at 12:48 AM

SECOND LOOK AT THE REVERAND EMANUEL CLEAVER

He is from Kansas City where I grew up. I don’t always agree with his politics, but he is a good man and isn’t a racist. Kudos, Rep. Cleaver.

You’ve GOT to be kidding!!! Major corruption seems to follow Cleaver everywhere he goes!!! Didn’t he get caught with his hand in the till just last year??

landlines on February 29, 2008 at 1:15 AM

I caught an Obama supporter posing as a McCain supporter yesterday. He was using a similar tact. I think the Obama campaign is using racism accusations as a phony preemptive attack.

Connie on February 29, 2008 at 7:21 AM

it’s all part of the vast right wing conspiracy.

TooTall on February 29, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Test for login

kathy from austin on February 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM

OK! OK! It was me…just havin’ a little fun…and it’s working, too……Bwaaahhhaaaaaha!!

b4lucy on February 29, 2008 at 4:25 PM

The name is totally and obviously bogus. It’s like someone took Diane Feinsteins name and garbled it up.

Sultry Beauty on February 29, 2008 at 5:00 PM