Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Culture wars redux - and can't we just get along?
Well, Kos brings to our attention last night's comments from Int'l Assoc. of Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger's while introducing Hillary Clinton (quoting from MSNBC):
ANNOUNCER: What do you think of Howard Dean's plan to raise taxes on families by $1900 a year?
MAN: What do I think? Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading...
WOMAN: ...body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freakshow back to Vermont. Where it belongs.
MAN: Got it?
ANNOUNCER: Club for Growth PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.
[I]t was Obama supporters for whom Buffenbarger saved his most vitriolic contempt, and he proved that the Democratic Party’s coalition is nothing if not fragile. Channeling Howard Beale from the movie "Network," he yelled into the microphone, "Give me a break! I've got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won't last a round against the Republican attack machine. He's a poet, not a fighter."His predecessor, William Wimpisinger, is probably rolling in his retirement. Looking at the comment, and the ad, imagine if somebody released an ad in California about Huckabee which read "I think he should take his Bible-thumping, Coors drinking, Wonder Bread munching, WWF watching, Ford Ranger driving, Limbaugh listening, illiterate ass back to Arkansas where it belongs."
Would everybody take it for a joke? Maybe. But I wonder if there isn't a double standard. I seem to recall a slew of salsa advertisements aimed at New York City. One of those ads was aimed at San Francisco, but I think the silliness of suggesting that nobody in San Francisco knows how to make salsa came down on them pretty quickly. But again, if a New York based company was to advertise making fun of whatever pizza comes out of Texas, it would be universally vilified as elitist at minimum. Not that Hollywood/NY cultural elitism doesn't slip through. But it does have to be a little more discreet about it.
Meanwhile, the Teamsters and Boilermakers are endorsing Obama.
Addendum: McCain should take care. He may get just what he asked for.
Let us remember the funding for this outfit came in great part from our own Robin P. Arkley II.
The name, Vikki Iseman may become a household word - unless, of course, the liberal media has stocked up on a Reagan-sized supply of spray on Teflon for this one.
I wonder if Cindy's still feeling proud?
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