Clyburn: Clinton/Obama racial tensions in SC are ... Huckabee's fault? Update: Backlash against Billy Jeff among blacks?

Yeah, turns out the month-long series of cracks about shucking and jiving and Obama dealing drugs was water under the bridge until Huck popped off a week ago about the confederate flag, a moment of jackassery so fleeting that it hardly affected the GOP primary (if at all) let alone the Democratic one. Granted, blaming Republicans for all the world’s evils comes with the territory of being a Democrat, and granted, Clyburn’s wise to worry about lingering hard feelings within his party after the nomination, but he’s not fooling anyone with this pathetic bit of scapegoating — not Obama, not the press, no one. Well, except for Joe and Mika, who politely declined to press him on it.

Update: Will it be Huckabee’s fault the next time Billy Jeff throws a tantrum, too? Note well:

Advisers to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton say they have concluded that Bill Clinton’s aggressive politicking against Senator Barack Obama is resonating with voters, and they intend to keep him on the campaign trail in a major role after the South Carolina primary…

Mr. Clinton is deliberately trying to play bad cop against Mr. Obama, campaign officials say, and is keenly aware that a flash of anger or annoyance will draw even more media and public attention to his arguments. He will continue campaigning full-time for Mrs. Clinton after South Carolina in states with primaries on Feb. 5 where he is especially popular, like Arkansas, California and New York, they say.

They also see benefits in Mr. Clinton’s drawing the ire of the Obama camp, predicting that there will be a voter backlash against Mr. Obama if the former president looks like a victim in the cut-and-thrust of the race.

Update: Clyburn had better start pushing this “blame Huckabee” meme a lot harder because blacks have a crazy idea that the fault lies mostly with Bill Clinton.