1992 Confederate flag button comes back to bite Hillary!

A Confederate flag blast from a past Clinton campaign for president is echoing through a current Clinton campaign for president, and the current campaign trying to keep it all quiet.

Buttons surfaced on social media over the weekend (two were for sale on eBay) that featured the Confederate and pushing the 1992 campaign of Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

While the buttons’ provenance isn’t entirely clear, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is keeping silent on the whole issue, according to The Blaze.

TheBlaze left phone and email messages with the Clinton campaign Monday inquiring whether the button, and other similar designs sold on eBay, was part of the official campaign of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. TheBlaze also asked if the former Arkansas first lady opposed now or opposed then an act signed by her husband honoring the Confederate flag. The Clinton campaign did not respond to either question.

It’s entirely possible the current Clinton campaign doesn’t know a thing about the 1992 button — it’s entirely possible key Clinton staffers were somewhere between diapers and middle school in 1992 — but the former first lady herself should have some dim recollection of her husband’s first run for the presidency (besides “bimbo eruptions.”) She really should be able to put that that fake Arkansas accident and claim that “laws, yes, I remember that silly Confederate flag button, and my husband had NOTHING to do with it.”

Instead, her campaign is silent. The Washington Post couldn’t seem to find a way to clear the Clinton camp either.

In the 1980s and 1990s, buttons played part of the role that Etsy, Zazzle and Cafepress play now. Buttonmakers were never hard to come by, and anyone who wanted to could make his or her own, offering whatever sentiment they wanted to. So just because these buttons exist doesn’t mean they were sanctioned or approved by the campaign. It also doesn’t mean they weren’t. When Clinton was first running in 1992, his geographic background was a key advantage. Since Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, the act that hastened the South’s partisan flip, four Northern Democrats and one Southern Democrat had run for the presidency. Only the Southern one, Jimmy Carter, won — and he only won once. Clinton, a Southern governor of a state whose flag still alludes to its history in the Confederacy, needed to solidify support from nearby states to have a chance at unseating George H.W. Bush. He ended up winning Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. A button like the one at top wouldn’t necessarily have hurt.

It might not have hurt Bill Clinton and the “double Bubba ticket” in 1992, but it could damn sure hurt Hillary in the 2016 race.    

Democrats try to pretend that isn’t true.



Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


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