Wednesday, April 16, 2008

"Bitter" - A lesson on Self-Medication

I've heard it. You've Heard it. CNN, Washington Post, and talk radio have all pounced on it.


Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's comments about small-town Pennsylvania voters have caused a small, but very vocal outcry from fellow democrat Hillary Clinton.

Despite her best attempts, Clinton's polling numbers seem to have actually declined.
Recent Polls by the Post have Obama building in his national lead, with voters preferring him as more electable when pitted against Republican John McCain. Hillary Clinton now trails nationally in the same contest.

Hillary's biggest problem is her own imagination, one possibly spurred on by Beltway Idiot Mark Penn. Now, I am not sure whose idea it was, but by calling Barack Obama an 'elitist'Clinton has only weakened the democratic party in the upcoming elections. Why feed the fire? Why aide the Joe Liebermans in tearing apart a fragile coalition of democrats, or better yet, WHY WOULD HILARY RODHAM CLINTON, A FORMER FIRST LADY, and YALE LAW GRADUATE, who has probably made more money this year than I will ever see in my life (including in pictures, TV and visits to the US Treasury) call Obama an elitist?

In her mind, she has nothing to lose. She is already losing, and despite her best attempts to build on her hefty lead in Pennsylvania, the public isn't buying it. Interestingly enough, Rasmussen shows Clinton's lead in Pennsylvania between 5-9%, with the greatest gains in Gun Owners, and for voters with positions closer to core republican values on gun control and immigration. But what happened to that insurmountable 20-25 lead going into the primary? How has Obama chiseled away, even with the 'bitter' comments?

It may just be me, but I really think that even with his words, Obama at least appeared to be somewhat genuine in his sentiments. Voters can and do respect that quality. Look at George Bush, he may be crazy, but most people agree that during the 2000 and 2004 election he at least cared and believed in what he was saying. Voters are starting to see what it means when someone who trumpeted NAFTA calls someone else an 'elitist.'


  1. very well done, RB. extremely sharp analysis and you raised a point i had not even considered; that "bitter" may not have been as damaging as it first read when it first broke.

    i look forward to much more in the future!

  2. Great analysis. Any time you can combine the passion and humor of a rant with facts and crisp analysis like you did here, it's gonna make a great post. And nicely done changing up the font on bitter, you're gonna have to show me how to do that at some point.