I’d hoped the long-awaited Factor family reunion would be less tumultuous than this. Blame Hillary.

The problem with settling this debate is that some of the comments from the Clinton camp really have been distorted by the media — Billy Jeff’s “fairy tale” remark foremost among them, although Hillary also got a bad rap on the Obama/MLK comparison — whereas others, like Robert Johnson’s drug allusions, are exactly the sort of transparent attacks MM describes here. There’s no way to prove that Hillary’s behind the latter, just like there’s no way to prove she coordinated the Billy Shaheen drug snark or Andrew Cuomo’s “shuck and jive” comment. All we have to go on is her character, whether we think she’d stoop to something as cynical as baiting Obama with racial attacks to get him to respond by playing the victim, thereby polarizing the base by race and pushing her to victory on the backs of the white majority. KP’s willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Your mileage may vary.

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