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Friday, March 7, 2008

I Must Be Psychic.

Remember my Hillary-as-devil picture from a couple of days ago? I must have been reading Samantha Power's mind.

"In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win," Power is quoted as saying. "She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything."

Power issued a statement Friday in which she acknowledged the comments but said she "deeply regretted them."

"It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms," she said in the statement. "I apologize to Senator Clinton and to Senator Obama, who has made very clear that these kinds of expressions should have no place in American politics."

[I am stopping here to guffaw loudly and snarkily at the thought of Obama, Mr. "Hillary Is a Racist," making it clear that negative campaigning is bad bad bad.]

Obama's spokesman Bill Burton said in an e-mail: "Senator Obama decries such characterizations which have no place in this campaign."

[Well, at least he "decried" it. Snicker.]

Though Power immediately attempted to withdraw the remark, the newspaper insisted she had agreed in advance that her interview — part of a book tour — would be conducted on the record.

"You just look at her and think, 'Ergh'," Power is quoted as telling the newspaper. "But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."

So let me see now. Hillary is now a monster. Of course, she also makes you want to vomit when you look at her. Sure! Looking at a racist monster will do that to you. And then of course, she has to lie - unattractively - to gullible, dumb-ass poor people in order to get votes. Hey, when you're a racist monster, lying is just another facet of your general horribleness!

From the very beginning, Obama has been trumpeting his moral superiority to Hillary Clinton and the other candidates who voted for the AUMF. He has done this on the basis of one speech in 2002 that was given in a very liberal district in Illinois, where he would have been taking a risk supporting the Iraq War.

When he became a Senator, he voted exactly the same way as Hillary, and admitted that he might have voted for the AUMF had he been in the Senate at the time. Never mind, though, he has superior judgement and morality because he gave a speech in 2002. Never mind what he did after that, when he was in a position to act on his supposed beliefs. Don't compare him to Russ Feingold, who has consistently voted against funding for the Iraq War and who also voted against the AUMF. These are not the droids you're looking for.

Obama's totally NOT cult supporters have swallowed this line of BS hook, line and sinker. As a result, like their candidate, they have been going around with an air of unbearable smugness and arrogance. I for one have been completely turned off by them, and the way they jump on every statement and action of Hillary's as if it were the WORST THING EVER, while acting as if their candidate, because of a speech in 2002, could do no wrong.

I ask again. Who went negative first in this campaign? Who is practicing the politics of personal destruction? Who has been dividing the party and dissing its most reliable members?

Let me tell you something, Samantha Power. I am not poor, not that there would be anything wrong with that if I were. I am a liberal New Yorker who makes a good living. I am the fucking base of this fucking party too. And I am really, really sick of having my chosen candidate demonized by you.

I know Hillary can forgive a lot - after all, she was the one to float the first trial "Clobama" balloon - but boy, she must be a freaking saint if she can still consider teaming up with Obama after Ms. Power's comments.

Or, you know, maybe she's just a politician who wants to win the Presidency, and so is Obama. Can we finally, finally admit that both candidates are imperfect, ambitious, and will do just about anything for the job? (Heaven knows why, you couldn't pay me enough.) And that these characteristics do NOT make them unsuitable for the job, but in fact, make them more likely to succeed in it? And that either one would make a far, far better president than McCaca, Giant Green Lizard forbid?

Or is that just too "monstrous" for the Obamans to realize?


Dirk Gently said...

[Well, at least he "decried" it. Snicker.]

but did he "reject" it?

as our friend the dependable renegade says, don't blame me. i voted for the elf. the key is that When he became a Senator, he voted exactly the same way as Hillary - there is very little differnce between them politically, which leaves folks deciding on race, gender and personality. or the perception thereof.

madamab said...

there is very little differnce between them politically, which leaves folks deciding on race, gender and personality. or the perception thereof.

As usual, you and I agree. I am just very tired of the demonization of Hillary, and a lot of it is coming not from the press as usual, but from her Democratic opponent. Yet only recently has the press been giving his negative campaigning the slightest bit of notice. Guess that's what happens when you're the front-runner. No one could have predicted it, of course.

And as to your other comment...I love your chart, which is wonderful. :-)

John Brown said...

Personally, I think Hillary is a monster. At the very least, she's monster-ish.

That being said, Power knew right after the Scotsman piece ran that Obama was going to cut her loose. She said she was under the guillotine in a radio interview before the story really broke stateside.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that Samantha resigned.

Obama is walking the walk on this whole civility thing, like him or not. Clinton did the same thing with her NH guy's druggie remarks, to her credit.

It's hard for me to imagine her cutting loose a key adviser for having an off the record quotation used in an article in a paper with a questionable history in these matters (ask Jonathan Turley or Tucker Carlson about the Scotsman).

Hell, her lackeys are doing some slightly more nuanced namecalling every day and Howie "Son of Wolf Man" and Mark Penn are still plotting whatever one-day sinister scheme is coming next. Personally, I'd rather be a monster than Ken Starr.

I think this whole thing makes me feel a little warmer and fuzzier about Obama. He's actually willing to enforce the civility thing. Clinton, meanwhile, thinks that "kitchen sink" bullshit and cheapshotting is the "fun part".

Whether you agree with me about the justification for considering Hillary monster-ish or not, it's hard to beat up on Obama on this one.

Yours truly,
John Brown

madamab said...

John Brown,

Since your argument is that Obama did not fire Samantha Power for her offensive remarks, then you certainly cannot also claim he was "enforcing civility."

Face it, your candidate is just as guilty as mine of negative campaigning. That is my point, and saying it is not "beating up on Obama." It's a valid criticism.

Vote Democratic in 2008, is all I'm asking.


Timmy B said...

Joe pesci voice/"Lethal Weapon"
Ok ok ok ok ok

More Republican office gossip!

Overheard phone conversation of the biggest cheese Republican.
"With this war thing the way it is, I'm not really sure about McCain. I could never vote for Hillary, but I'm thinking seriously about Obama."
It took me 20 minutes to find my jaw it dropped so far.