Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hillary refuses to pander to elitist economists

Hillary is sure getting a lot of mileage out of this anti-elitist stance and continuing to paint Barack as an elitist. I just saw a Reuters article by Andy Sullivan entitled "Clinton dismisses 'elite' economists on gas tax plan" informs us that:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday dismissed the "elite opinion" of economists who criticized her gas tax proposal, using a term that has dogged rival Barack Obama in recent weeks.

Yes, Barack is technically correct that the gasoline tax holiday is technically "a classic Washington gimmick" and technically "You're gonna save about 25, 30 dollars, or half a tank of gas", but this is precisely how an elitist would look at a "pocketbook" problem of average, working-class Americans and of what to do in the short-term and fails to address the dynamics of addressing so-called "pocketbook isues" of average, working-class Americans.This demonstrates how out of touch Barack is with average, working-class Americans and how impecable his elitist credentials really are.

Further it clearly demonstrates that he is a lot more comfortable playing "old politics" and trying to smear his opponent with a negative attack rather than remain "positive" and promote his own policies on their own merit. He does in fact have his own policies, but he painfully aware that his policies appeal more to his fellow elitists rather than average, working-class Americans.

The article goes on:

Clinton raised questions about Obama's ability to connect with working-class Americans while dismissing economists who have said her plan to suspend gas taxes over the summer would do little good.

"I'm not going to put my lot in with economists," Clinton said when asked to name an economist who backed her proposal.

"We've got to get out of this mind-set where somehow elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans," said Clinton, a former first lady who would be the first woman president.

Critics have painted Obama as elitist for a comment he made about job losses causing some small-town Americans to become bitter and to cling to guns and religion.

That perception hurt the Illinois senator in the big blue-collar state of Pennsylvania, where Clinton won a crucial victory last month in the protracted Democratic contest.

Now, the big question is whether Barack is going to recognize his problem and compensate for it. So far, he has shown no sign of remorse for his hard-core elitist leanings. That offers Hillary an excellent opening that she will continue to exploit.

-- Jack Krupansky


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