Barack Obama's shellacking of Hillary Clinton was obviously the big news of the weekend, and Obama showed up on This Week to discuss his victory, and Bill Clinton's race baiting. In one of the Clinton campaign's most naked references to Obama's race, the former president tried to downplay an Obama victory in South Carolina by reminding reporters that "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice, in 1984 and 1988." Obama let it roll off his back, sticking to the message of change his campaign adopted early on.
"Well, Jesse Jackson ran historic races in 1984 and 1988, and there's no doubt that that set a precedent for African Americans running for the highest office in the land. But that was 20 years ago, George, and I think that what we saw in this election was a shift in South Carolina that I think speaks extraordinarily well not just for folks in the South but all across the country. I think people want change, I think they want to get beyond some of the racial politics that has been so dominant in the past."
It should also be pointed out that Obama pulled in nearly a quarter of the white vote this weekend, a feat Jackson never got close to in '84 or '88.
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor that he is, knows full well what the Clintons are capable of. "There are not two people who are better at street fighting politics than Bill and Hillary Clinton," Huckabee told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, adding "I've been telling people a long time, â€˜Don't underestimate the scrappiness with which they'll approach this race.' So no, I'm not surprised. And in fact, I think the one thing you have to keep your eyes on is that tactics will change, but the goal will never, ever fade, and that is win, what it takes to do it."
Rudy Giuliani was on Face the Nation, deconstructing the more unfair sections of the New York Times's attack on him in its editorial endorsing John McCain.
"I was a mayor of New York City that I think brought about the biggest turnaround in the history of the city. Crime, welfare, the economy of the city, unemployment went from 10.5 percent to 5 percent, 600,000 people removed from welfare. I changed some of the rules, some of the social norms, some of the ways in which people look at things. The Times opposed most of my initiatives; they saw them differently than I did."
John McCain was on Meet the Press, and used his time to explain just what he meant regarding Mitt Romney's record on Iraq.
"Republicans and the Democrats were saying that we've got to withdraw, we have to have, 'timetables.' Timetables was the buzzword at that time, and there were--and it was a defining moment. It was the low point in my political career. And we--Lindsey Graham, I, the president and others--said this is what needs to be done, no matter what the consequences are. Governor Romney obviously said there had to be, 'timetables,' although they had to be secret because we weren't going to tell the enemy when we were leaving. I mean, that's--that's just a fact. â€¦ In one of the debates, he said the surge is 'apparently working.' It was working. It wasn't apparently."