Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Working Class Hero


Jodi Kantor, in today's New York Times, writes:

Somehow, a woman who has not regularly filled her own gasoline tank in well over a decade, who with her husband made $109 million in the last eight years and who vacations with Oscar de la Renta, has transformed herself into a working-class hero.
As someone who supported John Edwards, and listened to people object to Edwards's bona fides as a populist - he was too rich, had too big a house, spent too much on his hair - it strikes me as bizarre that Hillary Clinton is succeeding in selling this new image to America.

A recent poll shows that 7% of Americans think Barack Obama is a Muslim, and I'm guessing some of those people are among the following Hillary has assembled in her last desperate attempt to steal the nomination. He is an elitist, and she is the savior of the working class, giving her stump speech from the back of a pickup truck. She feels your pain, really she does.

“She’s a working mom,” Tracy Zettel, who works for a health insurance company, said Saturday while waiting for Mrs. Clinton to appear in Cary, N.C. “That’s what I am.”

“A good ol’ girl,” Clyde Swedenberg, owner of a small jewelry store, called her in Lakeside Park, N.C.
Perhaps the most telling quotation in this gem of a story, from a teacher named Sharon Glenn:

After a rally on Friday night, Ms. Glenn said: “I’m going home and doing laundry at 1 a.m. She’s not doing laundry.” Still, she said, Mrs. Clinton seems more connected to her concerns than Mr. Obama.

“I’m not sure how that happened for us,” Ms. Glenn said.
Let's hope this ends tonight.

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