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Clinton: Time for Hillary's race speech?

The Wall Street Journal's Seib wonders if it's time for another race speech, this one by Clinton. "[I]t is Sen. Clinton who now has the greater ability to ease racial tensions within her party. Arguably, she also has the greater need to do so, for her long-term standing. Simply stated, her camp is the one now being accused of, or at least implicated in, using the race card. The most recent assertions came in the form of comments last week by Rep. James Clyburn, a black Democrat from South Carolina, who accused Sen. Clinton and, more pointedly, former President Clinton, of damaging the Democratic Party by using race to political advantage."

Is what Rev. Wright is doing to Obama similar to what Bill Clinton is doing to Hillary? The New York Times: "The question of what exactly Mr. Clinton's 'role' is in his wife's campaign has been a much-pondered mystery. As has been the case throughout his public life, Mr. Clinton's motives, agenda and apparent mistakes have been the source of great speculation outside the Clinton world and hand wringing within it. Inside the Clinton campaign, the general view is that Mr. Clinton's more provocative statements are not calculated as Mr. Clyburn and others have suggested… What is clear, among insiders, is that Mr. Clinton is playing a big — and some say expanding — role within the operation, one that might be sacrificing part of the accumulated prestige of his long public career for the cause of returning his wife (and himself) to the White House."

"In the early stages of Mrs. Clinton's campaign, Mr. Clinton often felt left out, according to friends. But after a series of staff changes, he has become a more visible and influential presence, associates said, and an advocate of aggressively confronting Mr. Obama. He is especially close to Cheryl Mills, a former aide to him in the White House who has taken on an increasingly influential position in Mrs. Clinton's campaign headquarters and provides him with a much more direct line into daily campaign deliberations and strategy decisions. Likewise, Mr. Clinton has settled into something of a "bad cop" role for Mrs. Clinton's campaign. It is not unlike that of a presidential running mate in a general election, the chief surrogate more safely positioned to attack the opposition while the candidate travels a higher road."

One other thing we learn in the piece: Bill and Ted Kennedy haven't spoken since Kennedy endorsed Obama.