Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Obama/Clinton: Politics of Hatred

On my PennsylvaniaforJohnMcCain site today, I write about a common practice in PA (and many other states): Democratic vote-buying.

This is Samantha Power, the Obama advisor who had to "resign" because she called Hillary Clinton a "monster." She said a whole lot more than that, and it indicated the white hot hatred between the two candidates. Samantha is an academic who has quite a "potty-mouth." I'll be writing more about her later today (Wednesday).

I didn't know how exactly how one "resigns" from a volunteer role, but here's the contrite (and, I believe, hypocritical) statement she made:

"With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today. Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign."

She added, "And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."

For a young woman, Ms. Power expresses herself in a profoundly pompous way. Why not just "variance" rather than "marked variance?" Why not just the "spirit" of the Obama campaign rather than "spirit, tenor, and purpose?"

Power's original condemnation of Hillary Clinton went far beyond merely calling the New York Senator a "monster.' Here's what she said, according to the Guardian publication, focusing first on Clinton's win in the Ohio Primary: ""We f----d up in Ohio. In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win. She is a monster, too - that is off the record - she is stooping to anything." (Note: Power had earlier agreed that everything she said would be on-the-record.)

Power also added, "You just look at her [Hillary] and think, 'Ergh'. 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."

Power's comment about the "obsessed" people of Ohio probably won't go over well in the Buckeye State. Given her entire comments about Senator Clinton (including the "Ergh"), Power's supposed "admiration" for Obama's rival rings very hollow. (In her writings, Power has concentrated on condemning the Bill Clinton Administration for not responding decisively to genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia.)

In fact, Power has worked up a good deal of hatred for Senator Clinton. After 14 months on the job as an advisor, her animosity can't have come as a major surprise to Obama or her staff.

With the national media, we don't expect them to convey any sense of what's really going on in political campaigns. One wonders how much Samantha Power reflects the Obama Campaign's deep dislike -- call it hatred -- of Hillary Clinton. Ms. Power let us look under the rock and, lo and behold, there were a host of creepy crawlies. Yes, she resigned, but we have to wonder if she wasn't just "taking one for the team."

On Thursday, I'll be writing about racial dimensions ("The Democratic Race: Racial Politics") of the Democratic primary campaigns. The report Tuesday night is that Barack Obama won 90%-plus of the Black vote in Mississippi. At the same time, Hillary Clinton won 72% of the White vote, while Obama got about 27%. My questions are these: (1) Why is Obama getting such an overwhelming percentage of the Black vote? (2) Why is Hillary Clinton getting approximately three-out-of-four White votes?

I'll be looking into Geraldine Ferraro's comments about Obama being "lucky" that he's a Black male candidate. Ferraro's statements horrified the prissy cable media, which is easily horrified. I believe both Clinton are using race to gain political advantage. Both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama are using the "race card" to their advantage -- and to the disadvantage of Black people.
Sadly, there's nothing unusual about the approach they're taking. Democratic politics is about three things: race, gender, and redistribution of income.
"The combustible issue of race threatened to detour the race for '08." (Candy Crowley, CNN)
I got the following information from MSNBC, which got it from Hey, everything has to start somewhere.
From NBC's Domenico Montanaro

"Geraldine Ferraro defended her remarks and went even further in another interview with the Daily Breeze, where Ferraro's original comments appeared. This time SHE claimed to be the victim of racism and said, "Sexism is a bigger problem." ...

"But far from backing off from her initial remark, Ferraro defended it and elaborated on it."

" 'Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,' Ferraro said. 'Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?'...
"Ferraro said she was simply stating an obvious truth, as seen in exit polls that show Obama taking as much as 80 percent of the black vote in the Democratic primaries." [Note: In Mississippi, Obama got 92% of the Black vote.]

" 'In all honesty, do you think that if he were a white male, there would be a reason for the black community to get excited for a historic first?' Ferraro said. 'Am I pointing out something that doesn't exist?' ...

"She also said she is familiar with [Obama adviser David] Axelrod from his work for minority candidates in New York."

" 'He knows damn well that the best thing to do in a situation like this is to come back and hit with race,' Ferraro said, adding that the response is a sign that the Obama campaign is 'worried' about the first-term senator's lack of experience."

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