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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Well, Thank Goodness.

Barack Obama's campaign, faced with irrefutable evidence from the exit polls and results in Pennsylvania, has finally admitted the problems he will have reaching out to white working-class voters if he becomes the nominee. The presumed Democratic front-runner took the first steps towards Democratic Party Unity by stating,

"You know, I realize that despite my intense concern for the working families of America, I have sometimes come across as if I didn't care. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I will be working very hard to convince the voters of this great country that I, in the inimitable words of Bill Clinton, feel their pain."

I applaud this savvy statement from Senator Obama. First, he admits there's a problem and that it's no one's fault but his own. Second, he throws in "this great country," which helps firm up the perception that he actually does love America. Third, he finally says something nice about the most successful and popular Democratic President most Americans can now remember. Great job, Senator!


Just kidding! That's what an ELECTABLE candidate would do. John Kerry was Bill Clinton compared to this guy.

Here's the latest "gaffe" from Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Axelrod. "Mind-blowingly idiotic" is a kind way to describe it.

"The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years [emphasis mine]. This is not new that Democratic candidates don't rely solely on those votes."
Here's how Bill Clinton won, you ridiculous, lying little snake. HE WON WHITE WORKING-CLASS VOTERS. Of course he didn't rely solely on them to win, but the fact that they "swung" to him made his win possible. That's what the expression "swing state" means. You. Idiot.

Now, I do understand that Barack Obama's strategy is to expand the electoral map in a previously unseen way. He brags about his Republican and Independent support, which I continue to believe is based on no evidence whatsoever. (Crossovers in the Democratic primaries and caucuses do not count. Republicans are known to vote strategically, and often they vote for the opponent they would like to run against.) He wants to count on some of the "red" states, such as Virginia, to carry him over the top. But has he really looked at who John McCain appeals to? Has he seen the effect his dismissive, insulting campaign has had on Hillary's voters? About 50% of those voters will not vote for him in the fall. Honey, there aren't enough young and African-American voters in the world to compensate for that loss.

I ask in despair, what did the Democratic Party ever do to deserve Axelrod and Obama? Haven't we been punished enough by seven years of the Worst President Ever? Do we really need to shoot ourselves in the foot once again by trying to shove an inexperienced, charismatic neophyte down America's throat?

I guess when Obama loses 40 states to John McCain in November, the Obamans will console themselves that they were prophets, misunderstood in their own time, and that all the core Democrats who wanted to vote for the more experienced, more qualified, and more electable candidate were just evil monsters and Republicans at heart. But frankly, they will be the only ones surprised. The rest of us have seen this movie before.

And once again, the ending will be tragic.

1 comment:

Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

40, hunh? that'd be pretty convincing.
Could be...
Nobody ever lost an election (or a nickel) by overestimating the fear of the average White Murkin for the desserts owed them/us by Blacks and others whom they/we've systematically oppressed all these years...
I reckon that, when the curtain closes (elderly metaphor, i know), large numbers of white, mud-dull murkins will succumb to their training and tab McStain...