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Hillary’s Jumpin’ the Shark April 13, 2008

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts.

Obama said:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them.And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.”

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Hillary said:

“Now, like some of you may have been, I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small town America. Senator Obama’s remarks are elitist and they are out of touch. They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans.”

So what message, exactly, is she sending? Is it that people should not feel bitter about the loss of economic prospects? I thought the Democratic message was they ought to be damned pissed about it.

Or is it that they have a right to be pissed but are perfectly justified in taking their frustration out on immigrants, gays, or whatever? But I thought the Democratic message was that we’ve had enough bigotry primed and pumped by politicians.

Or is it that people are pissed about the loss of economic prospects but never take it out on immigrants, gays or whatever? So where does the anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-trade sentiment come from then. Has it disappeared? I thought the Democrats portrayed themselves as the reality based community.

If Senator Clinton were a Republican I would know where this is coming from and what message was being sent. But I thought she was running on the Democratic ticket.

I have not been persuaded by “the tell Hillary it’s time to leave crowd”. She has a lot of support and the voting is not over.

But as I rummage through the pack on the back of Buridan’s Ass, I think I’ve come across the last straw.



1. Huan - April 16, 2008

Felt sympathy for Obama after reading about this, now that I know it was Hilary who attacked him for it I despise this political game even more.

Do I think any worse of Hilary? I don’t know, I suppose she would have been a stupid politician to actually pass up on that opportunity.

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