I can't say it any better this morning than my blogger pal Marc Cooper did in his latest post, so I'm just going to reproduce his comments here. By the way, the latest New York Times/CBS poll finds that an overwhelming number of voters think that candidates calling for a gas tax holiday this summer are acting to help themselves politically rather than to help ordinary Americans. Perhaps a lot of people are finally wising up.
I write to you from a Bay Area airport after spending some time at a New Media conference at Yahoo and then a few days visiting with my daughter. Before hitting the road tonight, I unfortunately caught the live broadcast of Hillary Clinton's speech to the Indiana Jeff-Jackson Dinner.
We are quickly approaching the nadir of the campaign. That special moment every four years when one or more Democratic candidate ratchets up the populist Little Guy rhetoric and evokes images of Frederic March's brilliant, blustering performance of Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit The Wind.
Listening to the $109 Million Baby rail and fulminate against oil companies and push her McCain-inspired and totally bogus gas tax suspension was particularly revolting. We're mired in a war in Iraq, we're edging toward war with Iran, we've got 50 million without health insurance, a record deficit, a faltering economy, and Hillary's promising relief on the scale of 30 cents a day. It would be more transparent if she simply promised to send a crisp Benjamin to anyone craven enought to vote for her.
Does it get any phonier than this?
As she cranked through her speech, Clinton essentially urged Indiana workers to vote for her by voting against all of her policies.
Hillary Clinton is running against herself.
She stigmatized China for its trade role with the U.S. but it was Senator Clinton who supported MostFavored Nation (PNTR) trade status for China.
She vowed to oppose free trade policies but, let's not kid ourselves, she was a full-on supporter of NAFTA (which was the first issue on which Bill Clinton triangulated his own party in Congress).
She said she would end, once and for all, the No Child Left Behind program -- which she supported.
She denounced the war in Iraq and promised to bring home the same troops she voted to authorize sending there in the first place.
She denounced a web of Washington special interests which is the same network that finances her.
She ridiculed Wall Street hedge fund managers who make "$50 million" a year when her husband has just bagged $25 million from the Yucaipa investment firm in which he was a partner with Ron Burkle (and while Baby Chelsea builds a career precisely as a Wall Street investment manager).
And while Hillary was onstage, promising to "roll up her sleeves" and fight single-mindedly for the Little Man, Slick Willie was planning a ten-stop tour on Monday in western, rural North Carolina -- a direct appeal for, um, the White Man's vote.
What unbelievable, disgusting burlesque. I felt my IQ dropping by the moment as I watched her performance.
Marc Cooper Mon, 05 May 2008 07:00:57 +0000