When we think about this election with regard to the common good in politics, there are certainly some interesting moments.

We can remember former president Bill Clinton invoking race following the Obama’s large win in the South Carolina primary: “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88,” Clinton said at a rally in Columbia. “Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here.”

We can remember the Clinton campaign giving the “elitist” label to Obama after he clumsily repeated the thesis of a best-selling political book from 2005.

We can certainly remember the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story.

And now we have another memory.

The USA Today interviewed Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, and yet another slice-and-dice remark was made. When asked how Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, Hillary offered this gem:

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on… Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again… There’s a pattern emerging here.”

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

There are two things to process with this statement. The first – that the white American vote is worth any more than the black American vote. Excuse me? Senator Clinton seems to be forgetting that she lost nine out of ten black voters in Indiana. She’s making the argument that her 61 percent of the white vote in Indiana is worth more than the 92 percent of the black vote that Senator Obama secured.

The other thing about this statement that astonishes me is the equivalence of hard-working Americans with white Americans. Sure, when you read it in the quote above, you could argue that Clinton was saying they’re two different groups. But I encourage you to follow the link to the USA Today website and play the recording of the quote on the left. There’s no separation in the statement. Sen. Clinton links the two adjectives as if they’re one.

It’s subtle compared to 1950s and 1960s rhetoric. But it’s there. And the fact that the racism is there disgusts me and makes me question why superdelegates are allowing this vitriol to remain a presence in this race.

Ms. Clinton obviously does not understand Obama’s appeal and is still somewhere in the 20th Century. These are precisely the kind of comments that do not belong in a common good politics.

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