The Clintons And Minorities

When push comes to shove, the minorities tend to get shoved:

The Defense Of Marriage Act is an example of President Clinton's refusal to risk political capital for a minority group that -- he probably figured -- had nowhere else to vote.

A similar example can be found regarding Senator Clinton's view of federal sentencing. Hillary Clinton opposed retroactivity of the reduced crack sentencing guidelines, and she has criticized Obama for opposing federal mandatory minimums. In both cases, she has had to move farther to the right than most conservatives. No informed, intelligent person I know opposes either of those things, but it's an apparent act of blatant, unprincipled self-protection.    She is exploiting the vulnerable to avoid criticism.

See a discussion of those issues here and here. And as you'll see, Obama's taken the exact opposite position on both.