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Clinton's Inexcusable Insult to Mississippi Shows her Political Obtusenes

Hillary Clinton's inexcusable, to Mississippians, handling of a question in Iowa four months ago, when she must have thought in her darkest nightmare, she would never have to visit the state, in order to plead for votes, may end up haunting her next week.The digging up of the quote, by the Obama campaign, a quote which I had forgotten, but I remember at the time thinking only someone Hillary so insensitive to the feelings of others, could have said it.

I can hear Lee calling this foul for cricitizing Hillary for something she had said months ago, but it is now bound to cost her....Next Tuesday, there are 40 delegates at stake in the Mississippi primary and the following quote of her's will surely be one of the main talking points. How could it not? Hillary must have been tone-deaf when she said it, but she did..

In October, Senator Hillary Clinton told the 'Des Moines Register' newspaper that "I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress. There has got to be something at work here...when you look at the numbers, how can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That's not what I see. That's not the quality. That's not the communitarianism. That's not the openness I see in Iowa."

This was a slightly more revealing part of Hillary's 'insult 40 American states' strategy of looking down on the smaller states, after Iowa and New Hampshire, states which were referred to by Mark Penn, their strategist/pollster as not significant, insignificant in other words. It is the classic 'kiss up /kick down' way of viewing the world, somehow not so popular with the normally powerless Democrats in the red state of Mississippi, in a late primary that wasn't expected to be important.

Mayor of Hattiesburg Johnny DuPree added,"It's that kind of dismissive attitude towards the south that has lead Democrats, Independents and Republicans in the south who are opposed to the Iraq war, or who agree that we should cut taxes for working families, to feel unwelcome in the Democratic Party. The last thing Mississippi Democrats need is to be told that once again, our state won't matter in a general election. Mississippi is the next primary, and she owes voters here an explanation for her comments."


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Comments (4)

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Well, first - no foul called - all is fair in love and politics, and I see nothing to call foul about by you bringing this quote to light Steve. I'm a little perlexed by your comment that I would be...

Second, here's a quote from Obama - let's see him live up to his word:

Obama made some comments about winning GA and MS. I found it's quite astonishing. Mark, Can you do some analysis on how realistic his latest claim is? Thanks.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2007/08/20/obama_says_black_voter_turnout_will_shoot_up_if_he_is_the_democratic_presidential_nominee/

"I'm probably the only candidate who having won the nomination can actually redraw the political map," Obama told a Democratic voter skeptical that he could defeat a Republican candidate.

"I guarantee you African-American turnout, if I'm the nominee, goes up 30 percent around the country, minimum," Obama said. "Young people's percentage of the vote goes up 25-30 percent. So we're in a position to put states in play that haven't been in play since LBJ."

"If we just got African Americans in Mississippi to vote their percentage of the population, Mississippi is suddenly a Democratic state," Obama said. He said Georgia would also turn Democratic and South Carolina would be in play.

Black voter turnout in Texas was less than expected, and while Obama is expected to win in Mississippi it would be great if he in fact can motive blacks in that state to vote in larger number than they have in the past - as he promised he would in the quote above.

If waving Hillary's quote in front of them helps, go for it.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Anywhere there is a powerful black voting bloc Obama will prevail. Mississippi has a huge african american voting bloc.

Haven't you guys caught onto that yet, or is each new African-American powered win for Obama a surprise?

Should I pretend I'm surprised, and kick the dirt and frown after Obama wins?

Would that make Obama's win in Mississippi more enjoyable for you?

Steve Crickmore:

Basically, it was because the comment was negative, but I thought appropriate to be brought into a campaign on Mississippi. Hillary has this splinter/ or blind spot sometimes (more than Obama) whoops moments, where she just says the wrong thing and usually unnecessarily as in this case. I think she has been around too many high-powered Democratic political types, veterans of the Deep South cultural wars, and this is why she doesn't do as well in the Deep South with whites as you would expect. I agree with Larkin, the 'ordinary' people there, sense that she see's them as rednecks or rubes and this sort of comment just fuels that.

I thought Obama brought out the black vote in Texas. There were many lineups, running out of ballots but that's all anecdotal evidence.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

At one point Tuesday night CNN reported that exit polling showed black voter turnout in Texas was significantly lower than expected.

I'll look for a link someday when my head isn't exploding from all of the bad news about Clinton, you fiend, *wink.


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