Is This Old Dog Learning New Tricks Just a Tad Too Late? Bill Campaigns, Quietly, in Jersey

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From the NY Times:

Mr. Clinton made no specific references to his wife’s main rival for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama. Nor did any of his comments seem likely to provoke the criticism the former president generated during the South Carolina primary, when some Democrats accused him of being racially divisive in an attempt to weaken support for Mr. Obama, who is biracial.

Too little, too late?

I truly believed that neither of them could admit their mistakes and retool. Or if it would do them any good at this late date. Or if we could forgive them if they somehow managed to swallow their Big Gulp-sized pride. I’m thinking that I’ll need to see an actual acknowledgment of race-baiting and an apology (a quick “my bad” would suffice), however weasel-worded. Do they have it in them? We’ll see.

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