In her latest outburst to USA Today, Hillary Clinton has made the most explicit use yet of the argument that she and she alone can appeal to white voters.
"Senator Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans is weakening again," Clinton said, apparently citing an Associated Press article, which also found "how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."
The boos that followed that remark from the Daily Show's audience were just the sound of "the country healing," Jon Stewart said Thursday. He and correspondent Rob Riggle delved into their "analysis" of Clinton's statement.
"Obviously, those words from Senator Clinton struck the Obama campaign as deeply, deeply true," Riggle deadpanned.
"Right now he only has two choices: One he can quickly get lots of white people to finish college," but there's probably not enough time for that.
"This leaves him with choice number two: Convince white people to stop working so hard," he joked, "become the kind of non-hardworking Americans that make up Obama's base."
Stewart asked what other options Obama might have to "dig himself out of his apparently hopeless first-place hole."
"The thought is he can beg her to take his money," Riggle said, referencing Clinton's massive debt and personal loans to her campaign. Event that might not work, though. "He'd have to put something else on the table, a cabinet post, maybe the vice presidency."
Would Clinton accept such a proposal?
"At this point she would be ready to accept Barack Obama as vice president, or secretary of state," Riggle joked. "And in my opinion he should take the deal.
"Otherwise it's three more months of her talking shit to whitey."
This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast May 8, 2008.