Friday, April 11, 2008

J. Horatio Christ, even CNN talking heads are disgusted

A McCain surrogate and Clinton have both jumped on some remarks by Obama to portray him as an elitist. I would think that someone who spent part of his childhood in a developing country, was raised by a single parent, and was involved in community organizing might not make your best candidate for an elitist.

Steve Schmidt of the McCain camp:
"It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking," Schmidt said. "It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."
"Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them, they need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families."
Barack responds:

"Out of touch? Out of touch? I mean, John McCain—it took him three tries to finally figure out that the home foreclosure crisis was a problem and to come up with a plan for it, and he’s saying I’m out of touch? Senator Clinton voted for a credit card-sponsored bankruptcy bill that made it harder for people to get out of debt after taking money from the financial services companies, and she says I’m out of touch? No, I’m in touch. I know exactly what’s going on. I know what’s going on in Pennsylvania. I know what’s going on in Indiana. I know what’s going on in Illinois. People are fed-up. They’re angry and they’re frustrated and they’re bitter. And they want to see a change in Washington and that’s why I’m running for President of the United States of America."

And the CNN crew are even unanimous in finding this rather shoddy:

Two observations:

1. With the money and fame the Clintons have acquired and the wealth Cindy McCain brought to that family, where do these folks get off calling Obama an elitist? Sounds like the sort of serious hypocritical asshattery one would expect from the New England aristocrat who poses as a Texas cowboy--even though he's terrified of horses--to me.

2. Why am I watching an alleged Democrat join forces with Republicans to trash the likely Dem nominee instead of watching both Dems tear the Gooper to shreds? If Hillary wants to make the case why she should be our nominee she should be able to do it without sniping at Barack. She did get some jabs in at McCain the other day; I suggest she turn her energy back to that.

I'm trying to keep my calm here during the primary and I refrain from saying anything 19 times out of 20 but whenever I sense an effectual (I do not say "intended," I say "having the effect of") alliance between McCain and Clinton it makes my blood boil.

And this latest bit is pure bullshit. But it will now be picked up and bruited about.

I call bullshit.

And so do the talking heads.

Going to bed with my crankypants on tonight.

h/t to Susan G for most of this and to paddy henry for the CNN video.

UPDATE: The NYT picks up the story.

--the BB


The Cunning Runt said...

Hillary just gets more annoying by the day, and counterproductive to the agenda which I espouse. If she gets the nomination I'll vote for her in the general election, but not with a whole lot of enthusiasm.

I hope you were able to wriggle out of those cranky-pants this morning. Mine seem to be stuck to me for some reason...

Grandmère Mimi said...

And I call bullshit, too, Paul. I try not to trash either Democrat, but Clinton has crossed too many lines and taken the low road too many times against a fellow Democrat for me to think kind thoughts about her.

Obama rocks as a speaker, doesn't he? Well, he rocks in other ways, too. What a pleasure to listen to him after seven-plus years of hearing Bush's massacre of the English language.

Paul said...

Have not read politics yet today, CR, but cannot say I have doffed the crankypants yet either. It should be an interesting week, though I will be paying more attention to taxes and less to politics for the next two days.

Yes, Mimi, he rocks as a speaker. Nice to see someone who actually sounds like a president. Now, sounding like one is not enough, but I think he has the rest or knows how to get it.