Today’s New York Times contained an Op Ed article by Orlando Patterson, a professor of sociology at Harvard and author of several books on race in America. The article was about the 3 a.m. ad and the Clinton Campaign. I was stunned by this article. It literally took my breath away. I was especially stunned because I remember liking the ad and being pleased that Hillary was reminding us of her strength in crisis. The ad gave me a feeling that someone I trust would be there for us.
If you haven’t read this piece, here is the link: The Red Phone in Black and White
Remember, the 3 a.m. ad came out after the Texas debate where Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation for her strength of character in handling any number of crises. After the debate, journalists freely recommended that Hillary would be better running on her strength of character than on her experience.
When the 3 a.m. ad came out, it ran in Texas. That’s where the debate was. That’s where Hillary needed the most support because the race was the closest. I liked seeing Hillary answer that phone at 3 a.m. . . . still at work . . . still in the oval office. Very much like Hillary.
I saw the ad as being about Hillary and her strength for the American family. After all, she has supported families all through her career. I didn’t see it as being about Barack Obama. I was, in fact, surprised when he jumped on it with an attack ad. It was about Hillary responding to the call to capitalize on her strength of character.
And now this article. Is it possible that as an expert on sociology and race that Mr. Patterson is reading far more into this ad than was ever meant to be there? I think so. And perhaps Barack Obama is as well. It seems that the Obama campaign plays the race card when it suits them . . .like when they accused Bill Clinton of racism when he reminded the media that Jessie Jackson won in South Carolina. Huh?
I’m so tired of Hillary Clinton being accused of every form of hatred imaginable. This is a woman who people hug when they meet her! She generates love, not fear. It’s the media’s image of her that generates the fear. As for the twelve point swing of white votes in Texas that Mr. Patterson attributes to this ad, could part of that vote be because volunteers from all over the country rushed to help Hillary win Texas and not because of a single well-intended ad?