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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