Friday, May 9, 2008

Hard working...

The USA Today reports the following from Hillary Clinton, who cites an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me." 

Well, this is nothing new to those with eyes to see and ears to hear - not only from Clinton but also from Obama.  Race and gender have been worked positively and negatively by both campaigns - this is politics and no surprise.  At least it shouldn't come as a surprise, but the liberal networks and media at-large are acting as if the comments from Sen. Clinton, noted above, are playing or introducing the "race card."  This is absurd.

All day I have watched MSNBC twist and spin Hillary's reference to the AP article, which states the facts and can't be disputed, as an assault against Barack Obama, African Americans, and the Democratic party.  Again, this is absurd.  While I knew her comments, referencing AP, would be fodder for the political hosts, analysts, insiders, and pundits who are seemingly Senator Obama's chief cheerleaders, it is the media which has chosen to play the race card, not Senator Clinton.

It is clear to me that, while the phrasing could have been better, "hard working Americans, white Americans," is a reference to class and not race.  Since time and memorial the Democratic party has made it their business to address class and use "hard working" as short hand for issues of class and economics - the disadvantaged.  (Of course, well paid Americans of all races and all genders may take offense, as they are hard working, too)  The fine point of the AP snippet was to her base, to recent exit polls... where is the problem? 

The media onslaught misses the point and, I would suggest, does so intentionally.  Hillary Clinton's track record, The Clintons track record, is clear in their support of African Americans and all minorities.  Are her critics that obtuse?  I don't think so.

As often happens, when critics carry their arguments beyond the scope of reality and credibility, they commit offenses that are suicidal to character.  This, sadly, is the case with my channels of choice - MSNBC and CNN.  


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