Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hillary and the White People

Well, by now we've all heard the tape of Hillary Clinton saying that the "hard working Americans, white Americans" still support her and not Barack Obama, the black guy.

What actually struck me first about this statement was that Hillary was equating "hard working Americans" as "white Americans" by any standard understanding of sentence construction. For a more elaborate explanation, click here. But setting aside nerdish English rules of language construction, I definitely heard loud and clear that "we all know that it is you blue collar white people who are the real Americans."

Famous White Lady Hillary Clinton

in Traditional White Woman Clothing

Here is the actual quote from USA Today:

I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."
"There's a pattern emerging here," she said.

Here are some of those poor, white, Indiana voters she was talking about:

This is the base she's bragging about?

Frankly, there is so much wrong with this statement that I don't know where to begin. She is correct though, when she states that there's a pattern emerging here. And it's not the one she wants us top see. It's a pattern of a bad person doing bad things.

So she continually points out, twice in one sentence here, that "white" voters like her. You know, because BARACK OBAMA IS BLACK! HE'S BLACK YOU FOOLS! ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO NOMINATE SOME BLACK GUY? I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT HIM. HE'S BLACK FOR GOD'S SAKE!

She is so twentieth century. She reminds me of the movie Blazing Saddles.

" Where's da white women at?"
Cleavon Little - Blazing Saddles

She also reminds me of those old 60 Minutes routines that Mike Wallace used to do, where he would catch mechanics breaking people's cars on purpose so they could charge them for repairs. She tells us that the poor, stupid white people won't vote for a black guy, right after she went in and got them all stirred up about how the black guy was going to mess up their health care and let Osama Bin Laden invade Pennsylvania at 3:00 in the morning.

She broke it, and now tries to hold us hostage by saying that she's the only one who can fix it.

Except that a lot of us don't really believe her story. I think that the old and stupid white people will vote for Obama. He's not just inspiring, but he has principles. A man who goes on a journey to discover and learn about the father who abandoned him as a baby is someone who respects his elders. That's the 6th Commandment. He will reassure the oldsters that he will take care of them. And while it's always hard to predict what the poor white people will do, because they have a habit of voting against their self interest, John McCain is no common Joe. He won't do well with them.

For more fun info on white people, click on the blog Stuff White People Like in the column on the right side of this page.

You will like it, I promise.

Word of the Day - Raskolnikovian

Pretension still reigns supreme at The New York Times, and that is where our word of the day comes from. From Dick Cavett's blog, specifically.

"Raskolnikovian" - Perfect. Ask 10 people and I'll bet none can define it.

But look at it closely and it's actually pretty easy to sound out and pronounce. At least for those of us in the age group where we watched The Little Rascals as kids and Nickelodeon as parents.

And this is one that I'll bet the oldsters, with their classical educations, will get faster than our more recently educated youth, whose schooling disdained "dead white men" authors in favor of computer science and other vocational training. You remember, the "relevance" revolution and all that nonsense.

Well, anyway . . .

Mr. Cavett made this word up to describe a kind of secret that would be terrible to confess. Raskolnikov is a fictional character who murders two women, then is driven nearly mad by guilt, until he confesses to a prostitute, and then to the police. It's from Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a long dead Russian. Russians are not known for their feel good novels and this book is a good example of why not.

The Little Rascals

More words to come.