Tales from the Trail

If you have a job, Clinton may not be for you

May 17, 2008

supporter.jpgLORETTO,  KENTUCKY  -   Sen.  Hillary Clinton, campaigning in rural Kentucky, on Saturday blasted critics telling her to drop out of the presidential race as America’s advantaged and well-heeled trying to tell the rest of the nation what to think and do.

“All those people on TV who are telling you and everybody else that this race is over and I should just be graceful and say, ‘Oh, it’s over,’” she said in Loretto, Kentucky. “Those are all people who have a job. Those are all people who have health care. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump.

“They’re not the people I’m running to be a champion for,” she said after touring a bourbon distillery. “I’m running to be a champion for all of you and your children and your grandchildren.”

Clinton, facing calls to quit in favor of Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama, has adopted a populist appeal in her bid for her party’s presidential nomination, especially as she has sought support in the rural Midwest and South.

As her campaign accused Obama of being an elitist, she drank a shot of whiskey before a crowd of photographers, posed with the driver of a large pickup truck to oppose high gas prices and campaigned at a farm equipment dealership and an auto race car hall of fame.

Recent primaries have shown Clinton faring better among voters with less education and less income in rural areas than Obama who is doing better among more affluent, more educated voters in more urban areas.

Later on Saturday, at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Clinton continued in the same vein.

“I think we have a problem because too often, folks who are sitting in Washington or on TV sets tell people what you’re supposed to think and what you’re supposed to do,” she said, “and I don’t believe that’s the best way that America can work. The strength of America comes from our people.”

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Photo: Reuters/Chris Keane (Clinton supporter in West Virginia )

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So did she drink a shot or not…another report says she didn’t.

Not that it matters, but it seems to have the press’ attention: Did she or didn’t she sample the bourbon??????

Posted by joywinnie | Report as abusive
 

She still hasn’t got it.
If she really wants to help the people she claims she wants to, then she really should throw in the towel, and throw her weight behind Barack Obama’s batle against McCain.

Posted by jangel | Report as abusive
 

Hillary can stay in till the end of these primaries…but I have noticed that her tone of voice changed to not attacking obama, so she is going to compete but to continue with grace and I applaud her for that….she should tweak her tone a little more for her fans to back the democratic nominee whoever that might be….so if its Obama, vote obama

Posted by Oregon4obama | Report as abusive
 

I and other are increasingly befuddled by Senator Clinton’s continual pursue of the democratic nomination. She is a determined, powerful and tenacious woman who is now appearing rigid and inflexible.

A populist appeal seems to be stretching given the amount of pac and special interest monies in her campaign coffers. I do believe her message but she has not had faith that ordinary folks would support her campaign so any campaign promise she makes will be compromised.

Yes, stay in the contest but perhaps with an honest assessment of her campaign strategy. This really would be helpful for her supporters who are almost rabic in their protestations that sexism is the major factor in this race. Regardless of the outcome, give them that gift – stop being a victim but a person who like all of us makes mistakes.

Posted by Roaming Buddha | Report as abusive
 

I’m offended. I am a jobless, childless layabout who cannot afford gas or healthcare, and I TOTALLY think it’s over.

 

I can’t help be enjoy Ms. Clinton’s spunk in this primary. Although the odds seems against her, I wish her the very best of luck. She represents people like me! she is fighting hard for something she believes in. I support Barack Obama because he has earned the majority of delegates in this democratic primary, however, Ms. Clinton is the underdog and I like for the underdog to win sometimes. We need someone in the White House who is not a yes man and someone who goes against the grain sometimes. Best of Luck Ms. Clinton, keep the fire in your heart.

Posted by D From Dallas | Report as abusive
 

here’s what I see, Obama wins the race McCann will become our next President No way in hell will Obama become President, maybe in his country but not mine. Otherwise I’ll be moving to Europe!!!!!!

LETS WIN THIS HILLERY MY SON’S LIFE DEPENDS ON U

Posted by buffee gabrielson | Report as abusive
 

I think that anybody who votes for her at this point, is a cruel tease.

Posted by CC | Report as abusive
 

HILLARY CLINTON IS THE GREATEST CAMPAIGNER IN AMERICAN HISTORY !!!

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BEST WIN IN NOVEMBER:

IT’S ABOUT ELECTABILITY !!!

It’s time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania, and loss in Indiana and West Virginia makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Sen. Obama has zero chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources without Hillary Clinton. Zero chance.

It is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say’s that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Sen. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Sen. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Sen. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton’s have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Sen. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Don’t be fooled by the pledged delegate, and math arguments. Neither candidate has the necessary pledged delegates. The entire delegates counts, and votes from Florida, and Michigan are not even being counted. Plus the democratic caucuses, and primarys have been heavily corrupted by fraud, and vote cheating. The only relevant question now is who can best WIN IN NOVEMBER and take back the Whitehouse for the American people. And the answer is HILLARY CLINTON. Everyone knows that now.

Sincerely

Jacksmith… Working Class :-)

p.s. Cynthia Ruccia – I’m with ya baby. All the way. “Clinton Supporters Count Too.”

Posted by jacksmith | Report as abusive
 

The best show of the week

Its the Bill And Hillary denial tour.

Check out the new math, the Matrix (the movie makes more sense)

Don’t confuse Hillary with the facts, her mind is already made up.

Obama ’08

Posted by Cruzerdog | Report as abusive
 

The Dems are doing all they can to lose this election, even though Reps have tried to hand it to them. IMO “jacksmith” is correct, unfortunately. Though I voted for Obama, it’s become apparent that he’ll go down like McGovern. There are several states he must win to be president, but clearly won’t. Game over. Not sure Hillary is much better. Putting the two of them on the same ticket only shows that Dems are bad at math, as adding two negatives do not make a positive.

Posted by vade D | Report as abusive
 

She needs to be realistic, she is not going to win and it seems like she is the only one who doesn’t get it.

Posted by sol | Report as abusive
 

all the people on here who keep saying that obama cannot win against the republican attack machine are very mistaken. you haven’t even seen what obama is capable of yet. how do you think he won his first political race?….he went to court and sued everyone running against him cause he claimed their paperwork wasnt’ in order and got many of them knocked off the ballot. trust me he can be a badass when he wants to. he’s been holding back because he does not want to attack a fellow democrat too harshly. when it comes down to the general, he’ll eat the republicans alive.

Posted by jeff | Report as abusive
 

Clinton? – look up meglomaniac in the dictionary. Its all about a scary need for power, and nothing to do with public service. She spent more on her campaign in the history of the country to buy her Senate seat folks. Oh, and more was spent ($65 million) to determine ol’ Billy was a lier. Yeah, they’re quite a team. So if all you core supporters without an education believe she is supporting you, then better go get an education so you can also figure out whats really going on. It is scary, and thats why she won’t quit. JJWest

 

The problem with this country is the stupid journalists like Ellen Wulfhorst. A woman ready to bring down another woman. Seeing gender discrimination from the herd of journalists, reporters, political analysts and all the bulls in the media, there it is right in the middle cows like Ellen. All this herd instinct need to stop. How any people with common sense will say that Mrs. Clinton attracts only hardly educated people? When 75% of this country are blue collar workers. No presidential candidate candidate will win with only 10% of the elite. Mrs. Clinton attracts both period. Stop treating us readers like ignorants. Even teachers fall under the blue collar category. Warren Buffet the #1 billionaire of this country is supporting Mrs. Clinton, now he is educated rich and influential, no a wanna be with credit card debt and owing everything. College educated without common sense.

Posted by alice newton | Report as abusive
 

hillary is now more and more like another bush.
hillary ,no exit plan from a doomed campaigm,bush no exits from iraq
hillary still insists she is winning while clearly losing ,bush says he is winning in iraq.
her campaign is in deficit,he has usa in red.
she wants iran obliterated,hawkish like bush or mccan if not more.
fallen from an inevitable candidtate to now an uderdog
fallen from the height of 9/11 to now only 30 percent support rate
they all are overconfident starting,and now licking their wounds like a wounded animal.
and all these also reflect badly on their judgements.
so dont expect any change.
she is now simply a pathetic sight,a re run of bush country.

Posted by lim john | Report as abusive
 

Hillary’s rhetoric has shifted from criticising Obama to pitting the uneducated against the educated (see her speech above). This approach merely deepens the divide within the Democratic party and weakens the probability that a Democrat will get into office. Hilary supporters who have decided to vote for McCain instead of Obama are saying they prefer to keep the war going in Iraq than show flexibility in their thinking. This inflexibility will have the consequences of sending more young Americans to Iraq and ending progress toward improved healthcare. Most people would say that is way too high a price to pay for a moment of vengence taken in a vote against Obama.

Posted by Lynda from California | Report as abusive
 

Yea, get rid of Hillary and put the Communist Osama, er Obama in office. We’ll be walking once he puts the Global Warming taxes on your gas.

Posted by Rob | Report as abusive
 

Blowing in the wind….hillery is a piece of ….! What a user/ abuser…Her rhetoric is canted toward the audience she is in front of at the moment. Every group that is not supporting her is invalidated…Please go home to where ever you might find carpetbag comfort. I am SOOOOsick of her and her lies.

Posted by Docb | Report as abusive
 

Did you notice she categorically stated she was not running “to be a champion for” people who have jobs? What, she isn’t interested in any citizen who is employed?

If the passengers and crew on the mighty insinkable SS Clinton have any sense, they should be running for the lifeboats right now.

Posted by Slim | Report as abusive
 

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