Lefties starting to wonder: Why hasn’t Hillary said anything about Ferguson?

posted at 3:21 pm on August 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

I couldn’t care less, but I’m happy to amplify liberal hand-wringing here in the interest of making her squirm.

Via the Free Beacon, you’ll see Marc Lamont Hill make the same point below. What they want or expect her to say, I don’t know. Any half-decent PR spokesman could write a perfunctory politic statement about Ferguson: It’s a terrible tragedy, we must be cautious and wait for the facts, a robust investigation is needed, we pray for the family. Maybe, if she’s feeling daring, she’ll throw something in there about PDs examining their procedures to make sure they’re not using double standards against minority citizens. Hayes and Hill and other lefties all know that’s as much as they’re going to get, so why bother asking for it? The point, I guess, is to make her show that she cares enough about the shooting to suffer a few hours’ worth of agita from critics who’ll inevitably pick apart her statement after she puts it out. Or, possibly, this is just a trap in which progressives themselves will pick apart her statement to prove that she’s not progressive enough and therefore Elizabeth! is the only solution. They’re concern-trolling her, basically. If she says the politic thing, no one will care. If she says something bolder, she’ll be beat up for it. She’s in the same position, in some ways, as Obama himself is.

But it’s perfectly obvious why she, among other Democrats, is keeping her mouth shut. Josh Barro:

You can start with the fact that blacks and whites tend to view the situation in Ferguson very differently. According to a poll conducted this month by the Pew Research Center, 80 percent of black respondents say the shooting “raises important issues about race,” but just 37 percent of whites do. Whites are much more likely than blacks to have confidence in the police investigation. A New York Times/CBS poll on Ferguson released Thursday finds a similar divide.

Democrats win elections by building coalitions of white and nonwhite voters, and for decades, Democrats have used “tough on crime” stances as a way to build support with whites. The Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, spent 16 years as his state’s attorney general as a strong proponent of capital punishment.

Democrats have bad memories of the Willie Horton ad and other Republican campaign messages that used “law and order” issues to consolidate white voters. So faced with a policy issue that places a crowd of angry black people on one side and the police on the other, it’s not surprising that Democratic politicians would be wary of siding with the crowd.

Not only is there a sharp black/white divide on Ferguson but, per YouGov, it got wider as the protests wore on. Hillary’s dilemma is that if she puts out a statement that seems to side with the protesters, she risks alienating some whites. If she doesn’t put out a statement, she risks alienating some blacks. I think she’s calculated, rationally, that it would be worse to alienate the former than the latter for the simple reason that the latter, as dependable Democratic voters, will turn out and vote for her anyway in 2016. They may not turn out in numbers as high as they did for O, and they may not vote for her in quite as lopsided a manner as they did for him, but she’ll have plenty of surrogates, including Obama himself, to help goose turnout among blacks when the time comes. The special appeal of the Clintons to Democratic power brokers is that they can play with whites, especially working-class whites, nationally in ways that few other Democrats can. Hillary shifted emphatically to a strategy aimed at whites near the end of her 2008 campaign against Obama, and it paid off. If Democrats are destined to see a falloff in black turnout in 2016, then they need someone who can make up the difference by pulling votes from demographics that are more competitive. That means whites, and that means Hillary is going to lie low on Ferguson — especially since no one knows what’ll happen if Darren Wilson isn’t charged or is acquitted at trial. If she says something now that’s foursquare on the side of Wilson’s critics and then they riot, she’ll pay for it in 2016. I think she’ll have no choice ultimately but to cave and issue something pro forma, just to appease progressives like Hayes and Hill, but otherwise she’s staying far, far away from Ferguson. Wisely.


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What difference, at this point, does it possibly make?

Good Lt on August 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Why nothing about Foley’s beheading?

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Maybe she’s someways tie-ard?

Flange on August 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Damn she is looking old. I’m talking about civil war cast iron old. There will be another Democrat running.

Oil Can on August 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Maybe she just doesn’t give a damn.

meci on August 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Billy didn’t even attend Brown’s funeral.

———–
Foley’s killer’s dad is in US custody. Is a militant who’ll be on trial for the double embassy bombings under Billy Clinton.

Abdel Bary’s father, Adel Abdel Bari, is believed to have been an associate of Osama bin Laden’s and was allegedly involved in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings. He was extradited to the U.S. in 2012.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Because Cankles?

(Sorry, that was just mean.)

Tsar of Earth on August 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Why was Brown’s funeral on TV?

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Ferguson is horrible for Hillary. It will make it much more difficult for Democratic black voters to transition from the black Jesus to a fat old rich white woman that’s led a life of white privilege.

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

#smartpower

everdiso on August 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 3:27 PM

As of now there is *zero* evidence that Brown “charged” at Wilson. None.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Because she’s white. /progtards.

nobar on August 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Way too late for her to put out a statement now. It will make it look like she was “forced” to make it just to cover that base.

Plus, she looks way old in that pic, really worn down and beat up.

Johnnyreb on August 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Because her and Bill are too Broke??

ToddPA on August 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Given that Ferguson is entirely a media/race-baiter creation, I salute her for avoiding a statement.

talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I couldn’t care less, but I’m happy to amplify liberal hand-wringing here in the interest of making her squirm.

I agree, but why would anyone care what a douchebag like Chrissy Hayes has to say?

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 3:33 PM

“Ah ain’t no-ways taaaahrd…”

Dexter_Alarius on August 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Eeeys aints nos ways tard.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Because she needs to get paid before speaking.

artist on August 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

If she’s got nothing to say about events as serious as Ferguson or Foley now, why should anyone think she would be able to lead the nation? She always has run a cynical, play-it-safe campaign, depending on privilege instead of ability, and I’m glad she’s being called out on it. Conservatives should have done so before this.

paul1149 on August 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Because she needs to get paid before speaking.

artist on August 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Quote of the week

faraway on August 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Given that Ferguson is entirely a media/race-baiter creation, I salute her for avoiding a statement.

talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Very true…AND she’s white.

Even the race-baiting left cannot escape their unavoidable, necessary requirement to pre-judge anything anyone says, even by those on their side, by the color of their skin.

Meople on August 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Slider off the outside corner. First base is open. Trade the probable walk for a little safety. Work on a hitter down in the order.

butch on August 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

“I’m no ways tirrreeeddd.”

BacaDog on August 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Maybe she should say something about Dillon Taylor.

Sven on August 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

She’s learned her lesson?

formwiz on August 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

That’s right. They forget, she’s not from New York, she’s from Bubbaville.

SailorMark on August 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Christopher Hayes @chrislhayes

It is downright bizarre that Hillary Clinton hasn’t at least issued a statement on Mike Brown.

Even more downright bizarre that that’s the least he expected. What did he want? Hillary linked arm in arm with marchers down West Florissant? It’s not the ’60s anymore. Attendance at the Brown funeral? Dem pols are distancing themselves from that race baiting fiasco faster than Al Sharpton can say: “Justice is going to come! Justice is going to come! Justice is going to come!” (YOU try being Al Sharpton and saying that three times real fast…)

Hillary won’t make a statement for one reason: demographics. She knows where her votes came from the last time she ran.

de rigueur on August 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

When they try to claim that the Gentle Giant was a saint or something, remember that this was Michael Brown less than an hour before he died…

http://www.americasfreedomfighters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/BROWN.jpg

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Hillary is puffy…

JohnGalt23 on August 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Just like her stint as S of S. Do nothing that will interfere or damage her run for the White House!

rjoco1 on August 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Why hasn’t anyone in the media asked her about it?????????

That is the question I would liked answered, who am I kidding. I could give a crap about her opinion on anything. But I’ll join with AP on the whole liberal hand-wringing thing.

Hey AP, anyone going to cover Barky’s speech before the American Legion today? I heard it was a real quiet when “teh one” got to an appearent applause line, several times in his 8 minute speech.

D-fusit on August 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

When they try to claim that the Gentle Giant was a saint or something, remember that this was Michael Brown less than an hour before he died…

http://www.americasfreedomfighters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/BROWN.jpg

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Maybe he’s the patron saint of strong-arm robberies.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Classic Clinton triangulation.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Bills’ fingerprints are all over this silence.

He probably duct taped her mouth.

MichaelGabriel on August 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Why hasn’t anyone in the media asked her about it?????????

That is the question I would liked answered, who am I kidding. I could give a crap about her opinion on anything. But I’ll join with AP on the whole liberal hand-wringing thing.

Hey AP, anyone going to cover Barky’s speech before the American Legion today? I heard it was a real quiet when “teh one” got to an appearent applause line, several times in his 8 minute speech.

D-fusit on August 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

The media is not permitted to ask such things of The Queen.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Why was Brown’s funeral on TV?

Schadenfreude

It’s sweeps week?

Wander on August 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Hands Up!!!

Send the check to my assistant.

BacaDog on August 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Conveniently AWOL.

TimBuk3 on August 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

It is downright bizarre that Hillary Clinton hasn’t at least issued a statement on Mike Brown.

— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 26, 2014

It is downright bizarre that the media hasn’t asked Hilary for her opinion until peace has been mostly restored to Ferguson.

The story is beginning to wane, and this is the left trying to keep it relevant by fishing for new stories.

airupthere on August 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

never thought I would find myself in any way defending her but….why should she say anything?
she doesn’t have all the facts yet (nobody does really) and shes not in any official position.
so she kept her mouth shut for once, wish more politicians would do that.

dmacleo on August 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Why no statement? No money in it.

GarandFan on August 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

cuz she white

Sachiko on August 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

She got the word from Obama — don’t be hatin’ on a brother.

LashRambo on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Because she needs to get paid before speaking.

artist on August 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Quote of the week

faraway on August 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

lol!

rob verdi on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Why hasn’t Hillary said anything about Ferguson?

But she’s already told us thew reason! “It was that awful film director.”

MaiDee on August 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Because she can’t blame it on a video.

rocker98 on August 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

, but she’ll have plenty of surrogates, including Obama himself, to help goose turnout among blacks when the time comes.

no way, now how!! even if these two didn’t hate each other viscerally he couldn’t be less motivated to see a dem elected after him. any success, no matter how little will only amplify how horrid he has been.

chasdal on August 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

It’s because when she practices to do so she can’t help but channel a lousy Medger Evers. Her people go into fits when she does.

jake49 on August 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Because she’s a racist?

Ward Cleaver on August 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Who is Ferguson and why should Hillary say something about him?

Syzygy on August 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

She learned her lesson when she weighed in on the Israel-Hamas situation and wound up making excuse or Hamas hiding missiles and weapons in schools and mosques. From now on she’ll do like Fauxcahontas did when asked a question about something controversial. She’ll run away.

TarheelBen on August 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Because she needs the white moderate (sensible) voter. Duh ..

steveracer on August 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

“All of this is just faux outrage ginned up by the President’s detractors.”

- Stephanie Cutter

Maddie on August 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Because she’s drunk, and busy daydreaming about Huma’s lady parts?

Pork-Chop on August 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

..I can hardly wait to see this elephantine creature on the campaign trail, huffing away at the podium each day, saying sh*t like, “Ah ain’t no way tard!” and dodging the Benghazi softballs lobbed up at her from an adoring press corpse.

Is there an over/under on when when sill burst out of her pants suit yet?

The War Planner on August 26, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Was puzzled also about the lack of at least some photo bombing by the Clinton’s at the funeral, but then found out about an FOIA request of Baby Huey’s juvenile record. Maybe she knew something the other hustler’s didn’t. Something about a murder investigation that was not finished (and he was just a few months out of Juvie territory). I think there are going to be some more bombshells worse than the Liquor Store video and she wants in know way to be associated with it.

mandalis on August 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Holder would call her a coward. Hill should be asking, what else would she dodge if she’s elected leader of the free world. Amb. Stevens unavailable for comment.

Kissmygrits on August 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM