I don’t know. Something about this 1995 statement by Hillary Clinton regarding white working class Democrats comes off to me as– what’s the word?– oh, yeah… elitist:
Screw ‘em. You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.
This coming from a woman who, at the age of 31, moved into the governor’s mansion and hasn’t left her bubble since. Yeah, she’s in touch.
The media is trying to pass this off as old news. Michael Calderone at Politico mocked HuffPo for “rehashing old quotes,” saying, “…ever since [Bitter-gate], it seems HuffPo writers are busy digging up any negative comments the Clintons made about working class whites–even if already recounted in a newspaper or book over a decade ago.”
Right. Old news. Just like Hillary’s 1996 trip to Bosnia was old news. Just like Reverend Wright’s five-year-old sermons were old news. But here’s an apparently too-complex-to-grasp facet of journalism that Calderone seems to be missing: Old news becomes new news when placed in a new light by current events. The current events in this case would be Hillary Clinton attacking and magnifying Obama’s recent misstatement on small town voters for nearly a week straight, calling them ”elitist” and “out of touch,” when she herself made a deliberate statement that is on an order of magnitude worse.
So is this quote news? Simple answer: Imagine if Barack Obama had said anything approaching that in his lifetime.
As for the underlying argument of electability here, I think we’ve reached the point where everyone should realize that whatever electability issues Barack Obama has– be it misstatements, dubious associations, ethics questions, or whatever– Hillary Clinton matches them with several of her own, often more. Which means that all this vetting for the sake of preparing the Democratic nominee for the Republicans is really just doing the Republicans’ work in the fall for them.
If the Democrats were smart, they would realize that both their candidates have electability issues and agree to place a freeze on any further intraparty attacks, if not just end the race and pick a nominee now. But they’re not smart. That’s why they’re Democrats. And that’s why they’ll continue this process of weakening both their candidates in preparation for a general election that two months ago they were set to walk away with.