Amanda Carpenter

There’s been no shortage of stories to strengthen the “hypocrite” label that’s dogged John Edwards’s presidential campaign, but that doesn’t mean the other Democrats running for the White House haven’t been acting holier-than-thou.

Here are few liberal campaign follies you might have missed because you were watching the Johnboy’s “I Feel Pretty” YouTube for the 100th time.


Last month, Barack Obama traveled to Detroit, Michigan to chastise auto industry officials for not producing as many hybrid vehicles as he’d like. In the Motor City, he praised Japanese hybrids for averaging 45 miles per gallon. Listeners were stunned when Obama criticized that Americans “were spending their time investing in bigger, faster cars” while “foreign competitors were investing in more fuel-efficient technology.” He said, “Whenever an attempt was made to raise our fuel efficiency standards, the auto companies lobbied furiously against it spending millions to prevent the very reform that could’ve saved their industry.”

The Detroit Free Press’s Mark Phelan reported that the Obama family auto isn’t a hybrid, though. Obama packs his wife and two daughters into a V8 Hemi-powered Chrysler 300C that gets about 25 miles per gallon. “Obama’s choice proves once again that fuel economy is seldom the No. 1 factor when Americans buy cars,” Phelan wrote.


Members of the anti-war group Code-Pink take pride in the number of times they get arrested outside of Hillary Clinton’s office or at her campaign events. This is ironic because as a 1969 Wellesley graduate, Hillary made the cover of Life magazine for a speech she gave celebrating the right to protest. Her caption underneath her feature photo? A quote from the fresh-faced radical’s address that said, “Protest is an attempt to forge an identity.” At the time, she said protest allowed people to come “to terms with our humanness.”


Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter is the author of “The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton,” published in October 2006.
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