Apparently there’s a special place in hell for Democratic politicians who criticize Barack Obama as insufficiently progressive. And a special place in heaven for politicians who have accepted $133,246 from the private-prisons industry but tell Black and Hispanic voters at a debate shortly before the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary that they want to end the private-prison system.
10:47 PM – 11 Feb 2016 Twitter
What worries me more than anything else about a Clinton general election campaign is her propensity to say obviously silly things. Elsewhere in that speech, in Clinton, IA on Friday, she again repeated her (and her daughter’s) complaint—without any hint of recognition of irony—that Sanders’ single-payer healthcare insurance plan would kill Obamacare. As if it weren’t the very purpose of a single-payer healthcare insurance system to eliminate private healthcare insurance for the benefits that the single-payer plan provides. As if the purpose of Obamacare was to create some living monument to Obama, rather than to provide healthcare insurance to people who had no access to it, and provide decent insurance to people who had policies that provided almost no coverage. [Italics added.]
— Is it just me, or is the Clinton campaign’s take on how to appeal to African-American voters really demeaning, Me, Feb. 3, quoting myself in a Jan. 24 post.
Okay, good. It’s not just me. It’s also New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. And David Strauss of Politico, who at 9:57 last night posted a short article titled “Clinton namechecks Obama over and over again.” There was still an hour left in the debate then, so make that “Clinton namechecks Obama over and over and over and over and over again.”
But, hey. All three of us are white. And Black folk might not get what she’s doing. And any who think they do would be wrong. Like all of us women who mistakenly thought Clinton had, throughout her campaign, bludgeon-like, been asking women to vote for her because she’s a woman.
All those incessant Pavlovian references to women? And last week, her declaration that Sanders must be the only person who thought she was a member of the political and economic establishment, because she’s running to be the first woman president and by dint of that fact clearly has no connection whatsoever to the politically and economically very, very powerful? Or even to the slightly powerful? She disabused us last night of the misconception that she was asking women to vote for her because she’s a woman. Instead she was asking us to vote for her because she has no connection to the politically and economically powerful.