Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gail Collins On the PA Primary

Gail Collins must have been reading my mind today:

The clamor for Hillary Clinton to drop out of the presidential race has reached new levels of intensity since the Pennsylvania primary. Of all the things Hillary has done, Obama supporters find her tendency to win large elections in swing states as by far the most irritating. If she beats him in Indiana, they’ll be surrounding her house with torches.

Hillary's Smackdown

It's been a long couple of weeks of competing charges of elitism and, well, Ms. Collins continues:

Then out came Chelsea and a pink and glistening Bill Clinton, fresh from that peculiar radio interview in which he referred to a mysterious memo that he said proved the Obama campaign played the “race card” in South Carolina. When asked about it later, he accused the reporter of not caring about the issues.

Hillary's Smackdown

I thought maybe this elitism thing was because the charges of racism and sexism were becoming passe, but it looks like I'm mistaken. Thankfully, Collins can keep this in perspective, too:

If you want to worry about something, worry about the way both of them have been pandering themselves over the edge. There was the dreaded read-my-lips, no-new-middle-class-taxes pledge during the Pennsylvania debate. Then Hillary tried to demonstrate her toughness by announcing she would “obliterate” Iran if it messed with Israel. And when it comes to political piƱatas, we’ll always have Nafta. They both went into the tank on agricultural issues back in Iowa, so heaven knows what they’re saving for Indiana. Mandatory use of corn in highway paving materials?

Hillary's Smackdown

I can't wait for the general election, when the pandering goes large.

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