Like so many of Dean’s words, his quote was a bit inartful (perhaps NASCAR stickers would have been a better issue). Mind you, it was fine the dozens of times he said it before he was a front-runner, but the losers suddenly objected. Dick Gephardt, who for a time seemed Dean’s greatest threat in Iowa, responded that “I don’t want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.” He wasn’t. Kerry, for his part, opined that “I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA.” He was. Kerry engaged in a broad generalization; at least Gephardt had the integrity to spurn these fulcrum voters.
These working class, southern pride types were just too dang stupid to realize that they should be Democrats, after all. Don’t you realize that there’s something the matter with them? Kerry and Gephardt didn’t want such voters, they told Democratic voters. Nosiree. It’s not the Democrats’ problem if people won’t vote Democratic…it’s the voters’ problem. At least during primary season.
Then the general election came, and either these voters became smarter and better suddenly, or something was fishy in the primary. Suddenly, John Kerry found a love for huntin’. Suddenly, John Kerry discovered a love for NASCAR. Once the nomination belonged to Kerry, these working-class white became
useful valuable smarter different.
We seem to have a pattern developing. Just as a Republican earns his party’s nomination on the back of immigrants, so do Democrats win nomination on the back of white working-class voters.
Today, we have many Obama-ites similarly sneering at Clinton’s supporters, donors, and funders. They revel in the racism that declares that her supporters don’t count, and would never vote for a Democrat anyway.
Then, once the nomination is in hand, what do you think Obama will do? Think there’ll be more blue jeans, more basketball photo ops? Do you think he’ll wander into event wherein people drive in circles?
More to the point, do you think the people here who hate Clinton’s pandering to this bloc of voters will mind it when Obama panders?
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