Saturday, March 01, 2008

Hillary: bigot or power hungry at any cost?

I've never liked Hillary Clinton and I've never quite trusted her, but I've never loathed her. But I'm starting to. My senator seems bound and determined to eradicate every last shred of respect progressives have for her.

It's bad enough that she's a corporate tool, the favorite candidate of lobbyists and special interests. But now, she's apparently lowered herself to exploiting Islamophobia.

CNN reported that a photo's been circulating of Barack Obama in traditional Somali Islamic dress. This was from a trip the senator took last year to east Africa.

The Obama camp accused the Clinton camp of circulating the photo. The Clinton camp offered a tortured smokescreen but refused to deny the allegation.

Obama is Christian but his father was Muslim. Both the far right and Hillary's camp are keen for this to be more widely known. This is why the Obama camp rightly accused the Clinton camp of hate mongering, of pandering to Islamophobia.

Maggie Williams, Hillary's Karl Rove, offered this lame obfuscation: “Enough. If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed... This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry."

You can easily envisage a Bush-esque smirk on her face as she's saying this.

Now this diversionary huffing and puffing begs the question: if a photo of Obama in Islamic clothing during a visit to an Islamic country is a non-story, then WHY DID THE CLINTON CAMP CIRCULATE THE PHOTO?

It's really no different than the far right fearmongers who insist on using Barack Obama's middle name (Hussein). And then when challenged, they accuse critics of being Islamophobic saying "Gee, why do you object to his full name?" This, when they don't use the middle name of any other candidate....

(Let's bear in mind that if Rush Limbaugh or someone of his ilk had circulated a photo of First Lady or Senator Hillary in Islamic garb, they would've gone ballistic, raged about the right-wing smear machine and whipped out the martyr card yet again)

The mere fact that she's so power hungry that she'd pander to hatred and bigotry to obtain it should automatically exclude her from presidency.

We've spent the last eight years with a divisive, corporate-owned, fear mongering president with a gargantuan sense of entitlement. The last thing we need is another eight years of it.

The counterreaction to fear mongering torpedoed the Rudy Giuliani campaign. Hopefully it will do the same to Hillary's.


Anonymous said...

As far as I am concerned she has done nothing for NY, and now I am wondering if she doesn't get the nomination what is she going to do for the next 5 years? We all know she only ran for the job because she had one thing on her mind;President.
Now she has nothing to shoot for.

Anonymous said...

All eyes on Tuesday. Victory or Death!

Mark said...

I believe my finger slipped. The last note was mine.