Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Hillary Clinton: Minion of Satan

The House "has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," said Clinton, D-N.Y. "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

Let's forget for a moment that the substance of what she's saying about the way Congress is now run is basically right on, and that I agree that the Bush administration is one of the worst in American history.

That said, what's up with the language? Is a plantation really the best metaphor for a situation in which "nobody with a contrary view has... a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard"? (one wonders if she bounced the phrase off her husband, "America's first African American president," before including it.) Of course it isn't, and what an insult to the memory of the slaves to claim that it is. By those lax standards of comparison, why not compare Congress to the Gulag Archipelago, Auschwitz, or a white slavery compound in Dubai? Because using the word "plantation" in front of a black audience is Hillary Clinton's quid pro quo to African Americans and certain elements of the white left in exchange for their support for her presidential bid. Quite a bargain for Hillary and the ad consultant wing of the Democratic Party! Particularly when you consider that that's all her supporters are going to get from a hypothetical Clinton II White House. No significant changes in labor laws, trade agreements, or health care (maybe another horrendous, incomprehensible insurance industry welfare plan) are likely to come down the pike, so just be content with her firebrand language and the fact that the wingnuts spit blood whenever they hear her name.


Blogger sexyretard said...

In fairness to Mrs. Clinton, slaves could not introduce legislation, so she is quite correct.

Over the past week, we have a Democratic mayor declaring the wrath of God and pining for the days of "chocolate New Orleans," and now this plantation speech coming from a church (I thought you weren't supposed to mix church and state).

Can't the Democrats just let the Republicans suffer through Abramoff without shooting themselves? It's as if they want to fail. Has Shrum been hired yet for the campaign of "dumbass '08?"

Indeed, the best weapon the Republicans have right now is the alternative.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

Good Lord, she is hideous.

3:43 PM  
Blogger RaginCajun said...

The wagons have circled, however. Too bad Obama isn't offering anything different:

Obama Backs Clinton's Criticism of GOP

The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 18, 2006; 9:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barack Obama and other black Democrats are defending Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's description of the House of Representatives as a "plantation." First lady Laura Bush says Clinton's remark was "ridiculous."

Clinton, D-N.Y., a potential presidential candidate for 2008, did not retreat from the "plantation" remark, telling reporters the term accurately describes the "top-down" way the GOP runs Congress.

Obama said Wednesday he felt her choice of words referred to a "consolidation of power" in Washington that squeezes out the voters.

The Illinois senator told CNN's "American Morning" he believed that Clinton was merely expressing concern that special interests play such a large role in writing legislation that "the ordinary voter and even members of Congress who aren't in the majority party don't have much input."

"There's been a consolidation of power by the Republican Congress and this White House in which, if you are the ordinary voter, you don't have access," Obama said. "That should be a source of concern for all of us."

New York Rep. Gregory Meeks also defended Clinton.

"There was no race card played here. If any card was played here it was a joker, because that's who seems to be running the House right now if you look at the leadership," said Meeks, a black Democrat.

First lady Laura Bush, en route home from a visit to West Africa, criticized Clinton.

"It think it's ridiculous _ it's a ridiculous comment," Mrs. Bush told reporters when asked about the senator's remark.

Obama, D-Ill., told ABC's "Good Morning America" that under GOP control in Washington, "what one has seen is the further concentration of power around a very narrow agenda that advantages the most powerful."

Obama also said New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was correct to apologize for suggesting that the hurricane-ravaged city would be majority black again because "it's the way God wants it to be."

"If I'm the mayor of New Orleans, I want everybody to come back," said Obama, the Senate's only black member.

Clinton, who is seeking re-election this year, said during a Martin Luther King Day event in Harlem this week that the House "has been run like a plantation," in that "nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

Clinton appeared briefly in Washington Wednesday at a Democratic event, but quickly slipped out a back door far from reporters. On Tuesday night, she adamantly stood by the comments, saying "top-down" decision-making by GOP congressional leaders was bad for the country.

6:35 AM  

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