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Well, at least she didn’t promise them coal mines

 

It was no surprise to anyone that Hillary Clinton would win the Moutain State, West Virginia yesterday in its Democratic primary contest. She beat Barack Obama by well over 50 percentage point and demonstrated once again that when it comes to appealing to ignorant, embittered, maginalized white folks, she can beat the Senator from Illinois.

There is a compelling case that many are making that due to the fact that Sen. Clinton does so well in rounding up votes from the rough-around-the-edges crowd (white folks in particular), she should be the nominee. After all, someone’s gotta beat McCain, right?

I wont deny that Clinton does well with lower educated white folks. The polls show it, the history indicates it and even some of the comments made from some of the people who came out less to vote for Hillary but to vote against Sen. Obama. Among their complaints about the man who could become the nation’s first black president, that he’s Muslim, hates America, doesn’t salute the flag.

These of course are all nonsensical. Sen. Obama is not Muslim, has lead the Senate in reciting the pledge (which is of course a pretty empty gesture) and also seems to embody something extraordinarily American, which is that someone from lower middle class origins can rise to prominence here and do well with a good work ethic and a thirst for education. That of course should be a selling point for any candidate, Democratic or Republican. Then again, when you’re dealing with hillbillies, it aint so easy to get these things across.

What should be exponentially troubling to most folks about the Clinton campaign is it willingness (purely Machiavellian) to play to the demographic of embittered, willfully ignorant, racist red necks. By saying that, I’m not implying that people who don’t vote for Obama are racist, but that in those hot under the blue collar contests that the junior senator from Arkansas…errr, New York has one, the specter of race, more particularly, the fear of a black man in the White House, is a factor. Just take the polling done recently. A good portion of those who voted for Clinton over Obama said race was a factor for them. Put simply, “we don’t want no nigger prezdent.”

Of course the polling firms don’t word it so strongly, but it doesn’t take an Appalachian linguist to know what they’re saying out there in West Virginia. Some folks just don’t want a black president.

The Clinton campaign however is desperate. They need to make a compelling case that the party needs to scrap Obama and they need to do it fast. Instead of arguing that the policies of their camp are more sound or that Hillary has a better voting record in the Senate than Obama, they play up their appeal among white voters. Hillary Clinton has come out and said it. She told USA Today last week that she does better not only among whites, but less educated whites. In other words, she polls well among the people that are more prone to believe Obama prays five times a day facing Mecca, that he refuses to put his hand over his chest during the pledge and that he fundamentally hates America. Ironically, however, Sen. Clinton polls way better than Obama among those who she has the least in common with. That is of course unless Hillary really is a stuck-in-her-ways banjo-picking, dirt track redneck. Knowing her penchant for trying to be all things to all voters, it’s not that hard to believe she’s considered that route.



In the end, Obama may not poll well among a certain section of white people. We all know that. I’m not a big fan of Barack Obama, but I’ll vote for him over Clinton and McCain any day. Why? Because I trust him more and find him more credible on the important issues of our day. I don’t have any advanced degrees (just a bachelors), but I can tell you that the ones who have the least to benefit from Clinton and McCain are those who work the night shift or pour coffee in a truck stop for a living. Why? Case in point and one that I always go back to; there can be nothing worse for working class America than the Iraq War. Not only is every dollar that we commit to that sham likely to come out of some project or initiative that could better help provide sound health care, education or economic opportunies that benefit most, the ranks of those who must fight it are from working class poor.

Of course there are those who will tell you that it’s working class people who are concerned about our freedoms so much that they don’t mind sending a kid off to battle to ensure our liberty. That’s nonsense though, as this war has done less to ensure our freedom and safety than it has to create an even more unstable situation in a part of the world we should aim not to rely on for anything. The more committed we are to Iraq, the less committed we are to ourselves and that is especially true of how we approach the growing number of Americans living in rural and urban poverty, without living wages and completely without health insurance and the ability to save money and make money.

The big turd in the punch bowl for the Clinton campaign is the two obvious arguments that are being missed here. The first is that Democrats will generally speaking vote for Democrats (it’s unfortunate sometimes) and whether the nominee is a white woman or a mixed-race black man, the lever they press will have a D next to it. The second is that people who hold on to racist notions often hold on to other discriminatory ideals. If it’s not Senator Obama’s race that will become a factor it will be Hillary Clinton’s gender. West Virginia is the state that brought President Bush two elections. It’s likely for the third straight election they’ll go for a Republican. There’s no need to pander. There’s no need to bend the ideals of the Democratic party to fit the whims of a percentage of willfully ignorant rubes in that state. You can sell your soul, but in the end it is required of you.

I don’t make any claims that Obama is a great politician. But one thing is refreshing about him and that is that he has come out and said things to various constituencies that may not like it. Case in point, he told voters in Indiana he thought ethanol was a bad idea because it drives up food prices and that a federal gas tax holiday was a bad idea because it doesn’t account for real savings or ensure that there wont be price goughing. Refreshingly, many people in Indiana with white skin understood that argument and agreed with it. Some even cast their ballot for Sen. Obama.

In the end, we can’t continue to pander to hillbillies. Doing that has only gotten us in enough trouble. A hillbilly’s wet dream currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and we’re worse off because of that. That said, we can’t simply nominate Hillary Clinton because she can, by virtue of pulling in the hillbillies, bring home the vote. It should be the merits of her argument that propel her to office, not her ability to stand on a flatbed or visit a speedway to give a speech. Obama may not poll well among less educated people, but in the end, why should we embrace people who hold idiotic views on what it means to be a secure and thriving nation. I for one believe that no matter what happens in November, you can’t cut off your nose to spite your face. If you pander to assholes, you’ll have to deliver for assholes. Of course, in saying this, I could be simply reflecting my own Muslim, plege-hating and anti-American views.

Better yet, vote for HillBilly. She can win the hillbillies.

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6 Responses

  1. Why not post some pictures of the black population that so overwhelmingly support Barach Hussien Obama. “Once a Muslim, always a Muslim”

  2. Case in point (read above)

  3. Yes, of course. Typical upper middle class, elitist banter. All working class white people are racists. Why? Well, by virtue of the fact that we’re white and working class, of course.
    I’m white. I’m working class. And I didn’t vote for Obama. Why? Because his policy proposals are tepid and weak, he’s done virtually nothing during his brief, pathetic ‘career’ in politics, and, frankly, I have no vested interest in voting for another morally flexible, centrist Democrat (I didn’t vote for Hillary either). I s’pose that makes me a racist . . .
    Mind answering a question for me? What exactly is a ‘white’ person? An Anglo-American? An Irishmen? An Italian-American? A Slav? Because I can’t remember the last time we had a presidential nominee with a last name like Surgovich, Kucinich, Sadkovich, or, well, anything ending in ‘ich.’ Can’t say the same for Obama, however.
    And since when does Obama come from ‘lower middle class roots?’ He attended the most prestigious prep school in Hawaii, whose annual tuition easily trumps my annual salary. His mother was a PhD and his grandmother was the vice president of a bank. He attended two, count ’em two, Ivy League universities. That’s your definition of lower middle class? And I’m the delusional one?
    One last question: What is your definition of an ‘ignorant, embittered, ma[r]ginalized white’ person? Light skin tone? Low income? No college education? From what I can gather, you would have us believe that any ‘white’ person — black people, of course, are excused — not pulling in a six figure salary and not possessing a college diploma is automatically an ignorant, embittered racist — but not a sexist (Hillary is, if you haven’t noticed, a woman; ignorant rednecks don’t generally vote for women). And you wonder why we’re not voting for your candidate? Classist asshole. Keep it up. You’re not gonna win our vote by insulting us, and your precious, upper middle class candidate is going to lose in November as a result. We, the ‘white’ working class, are, after all, a much larger voting bloc than you, the so-called ‘educated’ class, are. You’re the ones who are marginal. Not us.

  4. Will, your bitterness really comes across on this one. You’re actually demonstrating my point, which is that you’re taking your working class background and projecting that in an emotional manner. You actually hold it against the guy that he went to ivy league schools and then insult me. Also, you’re equating working class folks with ignorant rednecks right off the bat, which is clearly based on your own insecurity. But, if you want to classify yourself as an embittered working class hillbilly, that’s cool with me.

  5. Wow. Someone took an Intro to Psych course in college. Last I checked it was you, not I, who was equating working class white folks with ignorant rednecks. Your ‘essay’ (i.e., your collection of jumped up, pseudo intellectual ramblings), speaks for itself:

    “She beat Barack Obama by well over 50 percentage point and demonstrated once again that when it comes to appealing to ignorant, embittered, maginalized white folks, she can beat the Senator from Illinois . . . when you’re dealing with hillbillies, it aint so easy to get these things across . . . What should be exponentially troubling to most folks about the Clinton campaign is it willingness (purely Machiavellian) to play to the demographic of embittered, willfully ignorant, racist red necks. By saying that, I’m not implying that people who don’t vote for Obama are racist, but that in those hot under the blue collar contests that the junior senator from Arkansas…errr, New York has one, the specter of race, more particularly, the fear of a black man in the White House, is a factor. Just take the polling done recently. A good portion of those who voted for Clinton over Obama said race was a factor for them. Put simply, ‘we don’t want no nigger prezdent’ . . . She told USA Today last week that she does better not only among whites, but less educated whites. In other words, she polls well among the people that are more prone to believe Obama prays five times a day facing Mecca, that he refuses to put his hand over his chest during the pledge and that he fundamentally hates America. Ironically, however, Sen. Clinton polls way better than Obama among those who she has the least in common with. That is of course unless Hillary really is a stuck-in-her-ways banjo-picking, dirt track redneck . . . There’s no need to pander. There’s no need to bend the ideals of the Democratic party to fit the whims of a percentage of willfully ignorant rubes in that state . . . In the end, we can’t continue to pander to hillbillies. Doing that has only gotten us in enough trouble. A hillbilly’s wet dream currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and we’re worse off because of that. That said, we can’t simply nominate Hillary Clinton because she can, by virtue of pulling in the hillbillies, bring home the vote. It should be the merits of her argument that propel her to office, not her ability to stand on a flatbed or visit a speedway to give a speech. Obama may not poll well among less educated people, but in the end, why should we embrace people who hold idiotic views on what it means to be a secure and thriving nation. I for one believe that no matter what happens in November, you can’t cut off your nose to spite your face. If you pander to assholes, you’ll have to deliver for assholes. Of course, in saying this, I could be simply reflecting my own Muslim, plege-hating and anti-American views.

    Better yet, vote for HillBilly. She can win the hillbillies.”

    You dug your own grave here, Freud.

    FYI, I’m a college student with a 3.5 GPA. I’m going to vote for Nader, not McCain, in November, and, believe it or not, I live in that there city down yonder (hrrreeee!!!). If that fits your definition of ‘hillbilly,’ then you truly are even dumber than your idiotic cyber-scribbling lets on — and that’s saying something.

    But, hell, at least ya got one thing right. I do play the banjo.

    I’m obviously wasting my time here. Have fun losing in November, twit.

  6. people like you in any race p[ut thats race to shame. if you listen to yourself for one second and stop having your ass do all the talking then maybe you will stop sounding like a dick.. so are the black that I now who wanted hilary in rascist against their race even though they make white jokes all day and take pride in their heritage… and if thats the case am I betraying my own race by voting for obama …..This country is melting pot of culture sorry to tell you rednecks, yankees, and old black rascists, I am pure hillbilly who voting for him because of skills, his leadership skills, you are scaring white people away my making white people think black are up to no good….so do me, ohama and every other person a favor and think before you shit out of your mouth.. You need to grow up immature…I will not think on your races because your a dumbass… god knows how many dumbass jerks like you are in my race… Remember America united will success(mlk knew that) america divided will fall look at our country now is it not falling now that we all our becoming divided…

    I am a Hillbilly, more educated then you. I vote for all races

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