Editorial – 02:02 PM ET 02/06/2018 – Investor’s Business Daily
My cmnt: Hopefully (June 2022) we are finally done with the Clintons, especially the Wicked Witch of the West. I post this just to remind my readers of how awful the democrats were, are and continue to be.
Democratic Elitism: It was nearly 10 years ago now that Barack Obama uttered his infamously arrogant “bitter clinger” comment to explain why Democrats don’t win every election. It didn’t go well.
In April 2008, Obama was speaking at a private fundraiser in San Francisco and, assuming no one outside the room would hear what he had to say, stated the following: He said that jobs in small towns “have been gone now for 25 years. They fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate. And they have not.
“And,” he concluded, “it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
The remarks, captured by a Huffington Post blogger, created a firestorm.
Hillary Clinton, then running against Obama for the party’s nomination, seized on the comment to attack Obama for his unbridled arrogance. “I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small-town America,” she said. “His remarks are elitist and out of touch.”
That was then.
Now, Clinton is dredging up the same lame elitist, out-of-touch excuse to explain why she lost the 2016 election to underdog Donald Trump.
At a panel discussion this week at Georgetown University, Clinton said her loss was a reaction that was driven by lots of different motives, some of them having to do with people feeling insecure, frightened, disappointed, discouraged — name whatever emotion you want — about their lives and the ongoing globalization of the economy, which is leaving many people out.
“And we haven’t seen anything yet. Wait until robotics and AI, artificial intelligence, really takes off. So when people are insecure and anxious, they often defend against their own feeling by rejecting others. That often happens with minorities. It happens with ethnicities, races, religion and it also happens with respect to women …. it was an outgrowth of all this anxiety and insecurity that is playing on people and leading them in a hunt for scapegoats.”
All you have to do is add the word “cling” in there somewhere to see that it parallels Obama’s sentiment exactly.
Clinton’s own arrogance toward a huge swath of Americans came through during her 2016 campaign, when she called Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.”
How is it that Democrats keep getting cast as champions of the people when, in unguarded moments, they show such disdain for the needs and views of so many of them?