This has been showing up everywhere, so we might as well discuss it here.<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>"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." (source)<p><hr></blockquote><p> How should a person unpack such an idiotic statement.<br><br>Let's start with the would-a-could-a argument. Republican partisans might argue that had a Republican candidate said the same thing, the conflation between "hard working" and "white" would have been brought up as an example of racism and the candidate's career would be hurt just like Sen. Trent Lott. (Trent Lott reclaimed a leadership position in the Senate and now lives comfortably as a lobbyist, but let's leave that discussion for later.)<br><br>I'd have to say, I agree. Republicans get harder treatment on statements that flirt with race because the ones that often do don't have a public record on civil rights to back them up. Trent Lott made his comments whilst cozying up to the most bigoted Senator in Congress historically (race) and contemporarily (homophobia). Does that really excuse Sen. Clinton though?<br><br>Just looking at her words, she clearly chose her words poorly. She likely meant to talk about her coalition between "working class" and white voters. In her praise for the working class, she mistakenly made it seem as though she believes that white people are exclusively hard working.<br><br>The thing is though, whenever anyone starts breaking down demographic groups in order to lay claims to them as voting blocs or at worst pander to them, they are invariably going to be demeaning, either to the people they don't mention or by over-simplifying the will of those people.<br><br>This quote from Sen. Clinton is not a racist slip, it's just an artifact of a political view that is slowly going out of style.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
All the arugments about Obama winning in a state that is gonna go GOP in the general election anyway is only relevent because of the antiquated electoral system. The system was introduced because the founding fathers didn't really trust ordinary people, and wanted to leave it up to a college to make the real choice. It's the modern world now. The president should be chosen by popular vote, because he is president of the whole country, not individual states. This overrepresentation is a good thing for states having their say in the senate, but not in choosing the executive branch. The way it stands now, the electoral college is heavily weighted to the GOPs advantage, because of the underpopulated red states overrepresented in the electoral college. The GOP would never stand for it. It would be great if the GOPs are decimated enough in the November elections that the Dems could push thru a constitutional ammendment. Doubt I am the first to think along these lines.<br><br>We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
The problem with a Constitutional Amendment is that 3/4 of the States must ratify it. Why would the small States ratify it?<br><br>If I recall correctly, I don't remember Bill Clinton and other Democrats advocating this one eight to sixteen years ago. Why would they want one now?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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