Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Working Class Hero (continued)Re: Bruce's excellent comment to my last post
I have mixed feelings about all this.
I started out liking Clinton over Obama - and Biden and Edwards better yet than either of the two now left standing. So my criticism of Hillary is not drawn from some long-simmering animosity.
I had also hoped the Democrats would focus on working families and their economic security. My support for Edwards was rooted in this thinking. While I would not accuse either Hillary or Barack of neglecting these concerns, only Edwards really made them the whole point of his campaign. When he dropped out, I feared that the other candidates would move to the right. So how disappointed can I be that Hillary has taken up this banner?
Two problems --
One: I don't believe her. I'm not alone. A recent poll shows only 34% of people think she says what she believes, while 62% say she tells us what we want to hear.
Two: It's too late. The legitimate race is over and we are now playing a dangerous game - and only playing because Hillary insists. Hillary plays the populist and frames Obama as an out-of-touch elitist, helping McCain much more than it helps her. She cannot win this race except by convincing superdelegates to overturn Obama's majority of pledged delegates in some smoke-filled room.
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Defend the bad against the worse."
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