The Daily Punk

April 14, 2008

(Hillary Bitter Beer Face Edition)

In comments he later characterized as “inartful,” Obama said that many Pennsylvanians are “bitter” because the government has failed to meet its promises:

Here’s how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn’t buy it.

This is his opinion, of course, but it’s certainly closer to the reality I see than the Pollyanna America described by Republicans and the Hillary camp. But don’t listen to me, no less an authority than Bill Clinton agrees:

“You know, he [Bush] wants to divide us over race. I’m from the South. I understand this. This quota deal they’re gonna pull in the next election is the same old scam they’ve been pulling on us for decade after decade after decade. When their economic policies fail, when the country’s coming apart rather than coming together, what do they do? They find the most economically insecure white men and scare the living daylights out of them. They know if they can keep us looking at each other across a racial divide, if I can look at Bobby Rush and think, Bobby wants my job, my promotion, then neither of us can look at George Bush and say, ‘What happened to everybody’s job? What happened to everybody’s income? What … have … you … done … to … our … country?'”

So let’s see: We have the front-running candidate for the party hoping to reclaim the Presidency making the rather non-controversial statement that people are dissatisfied with the State of the Union; an opinion echoed by the last Democratic President.  So what’s Hillary’s response?

Why ignorance and hypocrisy of course!  So she jumps on his remarks as evidence of his “elitist”, “condescending” and “out of touch” attitude; dons a NASCAR cap; pulls out her needle-point; then tosses this hunk of hope into the peasant’s stew:

As I travel around Pennsylvania, I meet people who are resilient, who are optimistic, who are positive, who are rolling up their sleeves.  Pennsylvanians don’t need a President who looks down on them, they need a President who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families.

And, of course, just to show how utterly “common,” “humble,” and “with it” she is, she then joins the rabble for a shot of Crown Royal (a Canadian Whiskey FYI) and a beer:

Hillary Being Unelitist and Non Condescending

“Whoish calling at this hour? Three AM!? I’m sooo hurting. Let it go to voicemail.”

If you’re keeping score at home that’s: One Massive Mischaracterization, One Willful Ignorance of Reality, Three Utterly Galling Put-Downs, Four Pointless Platitudes, Five Empty Promises, and One Yaeger-Bomb.

Oh and a 20 point gain in the most recent voters’ poll.

This is simply too rich. Hillary Clinton (the daughter of a wealthy textile businessman, graduate of Wellesley and Harvard, recipient of a hand-delivered Senatorship, and earner of over $120 million in the last six years) chastizes Barack Obama (an African-American raised by a single mother) as an “elitist” because he dares to empathize with people’s anger.  Hillary, on the other hand, offers words as empty as her shotglass then claims Obama is “condescending.”

Now that is a bitter pill to swallow.

The fact of the matter is that, if Hillary somehow wins the nomination, she will be forced to side with Obama on this issue.  The Republican party’s success over the past twenty years has been fueled by the seemingly limitless belief that “Government sucks.” Hillary could, of course, engage that discussion in an effort to gain party ground.  But this isn’t about the party gaining ground; it’s about Hillary gaining ground.  So the self-described “Best Democratic Nominee” runs to the bar, slugs some shots, hugs some babies, mugs for the camera, and throws her party further under the bus by mischaracterizing the facts. And that mischaracterization — along with a slug of Crown — is worth twenty points more than the truth.

The great irony of this is that, by her actions, Hillary proved Obama right. The Government’s failure to deliver what Americans want is making us bitter. But it’s not jobs or handouts we’re asking of our Government, it’s something that is far harder to grant:

Honesty.

Obama has it; Hillary doesn’t.

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