A question for Hillary supporters
Since most everyone I know now favors Obama over HRC, I have to post this to a blog. I think it’s fairly obvious that anyone running for elected office craves power in some way. That doesn’t mean they aren’t motivated by a desire to do good, to help the community and country – but you don’t want the spotlight on you unless … well, you want the spotlight on you. But part of the reason that the kind of people who get elected tend to be “folksy” and “one of us” is that no one wants to SEE how brazenly political the candidates are. This almost entirely explains the appeal of our current president, I believe. (That is, to the 22% of people who still oddly approve of him.) And while I laugh at her pretending to be a gun lover, I get that. It's part of the game.
But not everything is. For that, check out below the jump.
I’ve always wondered about why folks can’t stand Hillary, and while some of the things she’s done this campaign thus far have helped explain it, I’ve never truly been disappointed with her until recently. Digging up dirt on Obama and flinging it around will, undoubtedly, road-test him for the general election, and while there are better ways of doing it than the Clinton campaign has, I can’t really fault them too much.
But lately, it’s really gotten sick making. The gas-tax holiday is a ridiculous pander. The fact that not only can she not name a single economist who thinks it’s a good idea, but that she justifies it by saying “I’m not going to throw my lot in with a bunch of economists” is jarring. This from a woman who wants to run on the success of her husband’s candidacy, which famously used an internal saying “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” This from a woman who recognizes that the economy is the single most pressing issue to most voters – she doesn’t care what economists think? Of course she does. She just knows this is nothing but a political pander. What’s refreshing is that Obama refuses to take the bait, and his framing of this has been brilliant and hopefully effective.
She doubles down in the idiocy department, however, by saying now that she’s going to get rid of OPEC. How, exactly, is she going to do that? (She’s not.)
It’s just an easy target, just like the gas tax holiday.
Now, of course Obama does this too – he seems to be in favor of a clean coal initiative in Kentucky which is poppycock, and like all politicians won’t readily admit that ethanol is a total waste of taxpayer subsidies. But the actual brazen craving of power that Clinton is showing right now looks very ugly.
Calling Obama an elitist is also just wrong...it tables it up for McCain and it is just preposterous to call HIM elitist when she's a rich white woman who went to Yale and who made over $100 million in the last seven years. It's pandering to the working class she pretends to be part of.
So, my question for Clinton supporters is – doesn’t this bother you? When coupled with the fact that she is trying to rewrite the rules of what counts (it’s delegates! No, wait…it’s popular votes! But only in states that I won!), doesn’t that just feel desperate?