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Bill Clinton's Message to Rural America
ABC News ^ | May 10, 2008 | Jake Tapper ABC News Senior National Correspondent

Posted on 05/10/2008 1:28:14 PM PDT by mdittmar

As Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., avoids any real campaigning in West Virginia, the former president of the United States is out there ginning up resentments.

Bill Clinton has the right to say whatever he wants, of course. But he's a smart man. Brilliant, even.

He can do the math. He must know that it's quite improbable that his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will be the Democratic presidential nominee.

So what purpose does it serve for him to barnstorm a state like West Virginia and tell rural voters that Obama and his elitist political/media cabal allies are mocking Appalachia?

He's using the kind of language Democrats typically use against Republicans -- as in, stuff you say when you don't want voters to vote for the other guy under any circumstance.

This is tough stuff to walk back from.

Per ABC News' Sarah Amos, this is what the 42nd president of the United States said Friday in Ripley, W.Va.:

"Hillary is in this race because of people like you and places like this and no matter what they say," Clinton said. "And no matter how much fun they make of your support of her and the fact that working people all over America have stuck with her, she thinks you're as smart as they are. She thinks you've got as much right to have your say as anybody else. And, you know, they make a lot of fun of me because I like to campaign in places like this, they say I have been exiled to rural America, as if that was a problem. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be here than listening to that stuff I have to hear on television, I'd rather be with you. There is a simple reason: You need a president a lot more than those people telling you not to vote for her."

In Madison, W.Va.:

"It is very interesting, from the very beginning of this race there has been a sharp divide in the vote -- the people who need a president, who need to turn the economy around, who need to restore the middle class, who need to give poor people a chance to work their way into the middle class, who need to give our children a better future, who need to restore our standing in the world and the war in Iraq, but do it in a way that rebuilds our military and stands up for America's security and standing around the world -- they have been for her from the get-go."

And on and on... Ginning up the resentments and the class divide (and maybe other divisions). ... His message to these voters: Obama and the media are laughing at you and think you're stupid!!!

Obama has a clear problem with white working class voters. This kind of rhetoric exacerbates it. Clinton knows that -- he's trying to drive up turnout to maximize his wife's popular vote argument to superdelegates. He has every right to do so -- the race is not over, no nominee exists yet.

But this is what keeps Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi up at night.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: hillary; rural; ruralvote; wv2008

1 posted on 05/10/2008 1:28:14 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
Actually, I have to give grudging respect for that stump speech.
Not bad.

I still think that the Clintons are now angling for a shot at VP, and despite the dreams and fantasies of many naysayers, I see nothing to disprove that she is doing exactly that.

Its a big boy's game and winning is everything and losing is just losing.
We shall see how smart Obama is.

2 posted on 05/10/2008 1:47:11 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: bill1952

The word is now “Rhododendron”,I repeat,”Rhododendron”.


3 posted on 05/10/2008 1:56:35 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: mdittmar

I’m sure that means something...


4 posted on 05/10/2008 1:59:30 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: bill1952; mdittmar

It’s the code for “Operation Chaos.”


5 posted on 05/10/2008 2:04:09 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: bill1952
Always credit enemies their strength, and keep a clear eye.

President Clinton was not an honorable man, but he was a shrewd man, and managed to hold the White House for 8 years.

I wondered when the triangulation was going to come out, and in which direction.

We've seen it now. The dims are about race and class.

/johnny

6 posted on 05/10/2008 2:06:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: bill1952

“...I still think that the Clintons are now angling for a shot at VP....”

Nah, they’re positioning for 2012. They know The Magic Mulatto has the Dim nomination sewn up. What they are trying to do is muddy and soil the guy so that he’ll lose to McCain, and that would allow Hillzilla to come roaring back in 2012 with an “I told you so!”


7 posted on 05/10/2008 2:07:18 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: bill1952
Not to mention that the smarmy SOB is actually likable in some ways, and does a good stump speech. Pandering, yes, Marxist, always.. but he does move some of the little people.

I'm just really glad that the impeachment sidelined him as far as it did, and made him tainted.

Untainted WJC would be a real problem for conservatives this year.

/johnny

8 posted on 05/10/2008 2:12:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: bill1952
I’m sure that means something...

It's a type of a flower or plant of sorts.

9 posted on 05/10/2008 2:12:56 PM PDT by danmar (Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today!)
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To: mdittmar
His message to these voters: Obama and the media are laughing at you and think you're stupid!!!

Slick is right on that one.

in a way that rebuilds our military

That Clinton decimated, of course.

Lastly anything that keeps Demented Dean and Puke Pelosi up at night is a good thing.

10 posted on 05/10/2008 2:20:54 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I didn't leave the republicans, they left me.)
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To: mdittmar

Oh NO
Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean may not be sleeping well at night?
Two of the most disgusting folks I’d never care to share a meal with?
GOOD.


11 posted on 05/10/2008 2:29:35 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: mdittmar
Per Bubba: Hillary doesn't think you're stupid...

Under her breath: Everyone is stupid except me.

12 posted on 05/10/2008 2:42:00 PM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: mdittmar

Rosebud?


13 posted on 05/10/2008 3:47:33 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder. [Arnold Toynbee])
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