Steve here, reporting back for duty. I want to extend heartfelt thanks to Chad and Christy for the superb work they did filling in: I know it was a burden.
Even speaking as a Paul Krugman junkie (I’m reading The Conscience of a Liberal as we speak), I’ll confess to feeling a little irritation over his not so occasional slams on my preferred candidate, Barack Obama. I’m forced to admit, however, that Krugman did draw blood on one occasion a while back when he chastised Obama for coming a bit too close to advancing right wing talking points on Social Security.
Using right wing talking points is, indeed, an unpardonable offense for a Democratic candidate.
So, I’m looking forward to reading Krugman’s next couple of columns (the next one is due up in a matter of hours) to see what, if anything, he has to say about the Clinton campaign’s wholehearted embrace of the granddaddy of all right wing talking points: the one that accuses liberals of being elitists who are out of touch with average people.
A political tempest over Barack Obama’s comments about bitter voters in small towns has given rival Hillary Rodham Clinton a new opening to court working class Democrats 10 days before Pennsylvanians hold a primary that she must win to keep her presidential campaign alive.
Obama tried to quell the furor Saturday, explaining his remarks while also conceding he had chosen his words poorly.
“If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that,” Obama said in an interview with the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.
But the Clinton campaign fueled the controversy in every place and every way it could, hoping charges that Obama is elitist and arrogant will resonate with the swing voters the candidates are vying for not only in Pennsylvania, but in upcoming primaries in Indiana and North Carolina as well.
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At a campaign rally in Wilson, N.C., former state Democratic Party chairman and current Clinton adviser Tom Hendrickson said rural voters don’t need “liberal elites” telling them what to believe.
Bill Clinton was the featured speaker of the rally but avoided commenting on Obama’s remarks. When asked about it afterward, he said simply, “I agree with what Hillary said.”
Well, how about it. Paul? It’s clear you’re a Hillary backer. That’s your right. But are you also an equal opportunity smiter of Democrats who use right wing talking points?
I guess time will tell.