As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama struggle toward resolution of their tedious nominating contest, they are outdoing themselves in rhetorical stupidities.
Early on Senator Clinton said she and Chelsea were in a blaze of sniper fire on the tarmac at Tuzla. More recently — in May — Senator Clinton offered (1) the Robert Kennedy assassination reference and (2) extensive talk about the white vote. For instance, in an interview with USA Today she referenced an Associated Press story, saying: “Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again,” and “whites” in Indiana and North Carolina without college degrees are “supporting me.”
Then (3), most hilariously, she has attributed her lagging effort to sexism in her genderistic party and in that ol’ Hillary-hating, chauvinistic press: “It does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by comments and reactions of people (i.e., leftists and Democrats) who are nothing but misogynists.” Maybe they’re all closet members of her imagined “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Yet Barack Obama likely will take the nomination, so — given these two gaffers — he is the more important.
Who can forget (1) his wife Michelle testifying to her lifelong lack of pride in being an American? Or (2) his San Francisco observation that lower-class Americans cling to guns and religion in ignorant bitterness over their plight? Or (3) the Rev. Jeremiah Wright whom Obama calls “uncle” — the reverend clearly a loose-tongued ethnic nationalist who delights in combining the name of the incumbent Secretary of State with a street term for prostitute (“Condoskeeza”) to refer to Condoleezza Rice?
Senator Obama has a tall tale matching Senator Clinton’s oft-told story about the origin of her first name. She frequently has related that her mother decided on “Hillary” after Sir Edmund Hillary scaled Mt. Everest — albeit years after she was born.
Obama has a similarly dubious story. On this year’s anniversary of Selma’s bloody Sunday civil rights march, he said: “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So (my parents) got together and Barack Obama Jr., was born.” Trouble is, Obama’s 1961 birth came four years before Selma’s 1965 Bloody Sunday march.
And now, his idiot teemings on issues and policy.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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