Hillary Clinton may not have meant to come across as playing the race card when she said that Barack Obama’s support among the “working, hard-working Americans, white Americans is weakening again,” but that’s how it came out.
Perhaps she meant to say something along the lines of Sen. Obama isn’t getting as many votes among white folks as he is among other demographics. That may easily be, and it’s not racism to note that. Exit polls are exit polls. But when she adds adjectives like “hard-working,” the implication is that white Americans are the only ones who are hard working. Some people could hear that and either agree with her or not, but there it is.
I doubt that she meant it to sound that way, and if she didn’t, she should say something along the lines of, “Gee, that was really a dumb thing to say, and I’m sorry.” No equivocation, no “if I offended,” no further explanation. Of course, if she did mean it and chose to make that point, that’s a whole other thing.