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Hillary’s Playground Politics

Here she goes again. Obama makes a thoughtful, perhaps politically inexpedient remark about how the right has been propagandizing working people into “values” voting – an articulate depiction and refreshing to hear (and similar to an argument made by Bill Clinton made during his first run, ironically.) Then the multi-millionaire Hillary turns this on its head, calling Obama a patronizing elitist.

If you haven’t seen Obama’s speech, here’s the part that’s under attack:

“You go into some of 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.”

Pretty honest stuff. But Hillary twists these important words to score cheap political points, saying that we “don’t need a president who looks down” on workers, who “need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families.”

Crikey. This is playground politics of the worst kind. And then to top it off here comes Hillary the sharpshooter, killing every duck in her sights. I bet she’d be great to have a beer with, too. And we know the importance of that criteria when judging presidential candidates.

I do hope the good folks of Pennsylvania recognize the desperation out of the Hillary campaign and put us all out of our misery on April 22 .

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April 14, 2008   |  Filed Under Political   |    Permalink


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