May 30, 2008

Permission? PERMISSION?

Lambert references this article in the TimesOnline (UK) which is primarily a hit piece on the Hillary Clinton and then opines that, regardless of the beating they took in the primaries, the Clintons will be good Democrats and give their full support to Barack Obama. The article covers what appears the latest trial balloon from the Obama campaign: It is not Barack Obama's responsibility to heal the rift in the Democratic Party, it is Bill Clinton's. Right.

Seriously, are you kidding me? This reminds me so much of the behavior of husband #1 who, after flipping furniture and slamming me up against the wall, let me know in no uncertain terms me that his behavior was my fault because I used the "wrong tone of voice" and that really, it was my responsibility to make nice and make sure it didn't happen again. Been there. Done that. Ain't doin' it again! If Obama was such a uniter, shouldn't he be leading the effort, not Bill Clinton? Isn't it the victor who is supposed to be gracious?

If Obama wants my vote, should he get the nomination, he's going to have to work for it. I have no doubt where Bill and Hillary stand on all issues of importance to me. I know that they respect me and my life. I do not know that of Obama, so until he does a whole lot of fence mending, he should not presume that I am a mindless bot who will do anything the Big Dawg grants me "permission" to do. Honestly. Are these people so tone deaf? Are they that stupid? From Lambert's post:

Readers, I am not kidding. Get a load of this trial balloon from the UK. Times Online. [I’ve deleted the lying liar material on Hillary’s remarks before the Argus editorial board]. And keep reading, because you’ll love the sweetener:
Barack Obama wants Bill to heal Hillary Clinton wounds

Barack Obama, the probable Democratic presidential nominee, wants Bill Clinton to help him heal the deep party rifts created by his wife Hillary’s divisive campaign…

“If anybody can put their arms around the party and say we need to be together, it is Bill Clinton,” a senior Obama aide said.
And Bill gets?

But look, I thought that Obama was the one with the Unity Pony? But now it’s Bill Clinton? Then why’d you smear him as a racist? WTF? Is Obama’s Unity Pony on back order too? Then how’d Bill Clinton get one?
“He’s brilliant, he has got heart and he cares deeply about the country. It’s tricky because of his position as Hillary’s spouse, but his involvement is very important to us.”
And Bill gets?
“Bill Clinton will give permission to Hillary supporters to come into our camp and become one party.
Er, no. We’re not a cult. Or a movement. We don’t “need permission.” You asshole.
"He is critical to this effort.”
And Bill gets? You’re going to love this:
Obama has an important bargaining chip which could tempt Bill Clinton into the fold. Friends say the former president is distressed by the rift in his relationship with the African-American community after he was affectionately described in the 1990s as the “first black president”.

William Galston, a former White House official and Hillary Clinton supporter, said: “One part of him [Bill Clinton] deeply regrets the schism that has opened up with the black community and he would welcome the opportunity to redeem himself.” Campaigning for Obama would go a long way to restoring good relations.
Lovely. So Obama smears Bill Clinton as a racist in the black community, and then graciously offers the opportunity for Bill Clinton “to redeem himself” — as if he needed redemption — by campaigning in the very same community where Obama smeared him.
And read the comments. Priceless! One in particular struck a chord with me. At the end of her comment Aeryl writes:
And look at the other implication, that Bill will campaign for him in the black community. Obama still doesn’t plan to do any outreach to this community. Absurd. The AA community has been royally screwed and ignored this election. Obama has them in the bag, so he isn’t putting any effort to them, and he screwed Clinton with the AA’s, so it’s been pointless for her to put any effort to them.


Mike said...

I wish people who support Obama
would follow his lead in not
chewing over past issues, and,
that they express and show respect for Hillary Clinton.

Probably can't get everyone on board with that, though.

I mean, look at that whacko "Father" from Chicago.

Zeke said...

i thought the GOP were the enemy?
Musta missed the memo.

carissa said...

It's getting kind of hard to tell these days Zeke, when the Obama campaign adopts GOP talking points and methodology.

The Red Queen said...

I like to think that the Big Dog spit out his coffee and rolled with laughter after reading that.

Why is that the people screaming about being "a uniter" or "unity" loudest are the least likely people to be able to bring everyone together?

Mike said...

God Bless our Republican brothers
and sisters!

(And, of course, Non-Partisans like myself.)

Nagarjuna: not this, not that, etc.