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Hillary Clinton Responsible for Ted Kennedy’s Stroke!

May 17, 2008
If she would have just dropped out of the race, unlike Kennedy in 1980 who had far less delegates at the time of the Democratic Convention but forced the fight to go all the way, then Kennedy would not have to justify why he went against his constituents and endorsed Obama, (Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted for Clinton in the primary) and would not now be suffering from a stroke. Distasteful and tacky you say? Oh come on, you know it is just a matter of hours before the media blames Clinton for Kennedy’s health. If that bitch would have just made it all easier.

All kidding aside, I hope (no pun intended) for Kennedy’s speedy recovery.

Nevertheless, there is a very revealing article over at No Quarter. Here is a small taste.

Adolph Reed Jr. is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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I’ve never been an Obama supporter. I’ve known him since the very beginning of his political career, which was his campaign for the seat in my state senate district in Chicago. He struck me then as a vacuous opportunist, a good performer with an ear for how to make white liberals like him. I argued at the time that his fundamental political center of gravity, beneath an empty rhetoric of hope and change and new directions, is neoliberal.

His political repertoire has always included the repugnant stratagem of using connection with black audiences in exactly the same way Bill Clinton did—i.e., getting props both for emoting with the black crowd and talking through them to affirm a victim-blaming “tough love” message that focuses on alleged behavioral pathologies in poor black communities. Because he’s able to claim racial insider standing, he actually goes beyond Clinton and rehearses the scurrilous and ridiculous sort of narrative Bill Cosby has made infamous.

It may be instructive to look at the outfit where he did his “community organizing,” the invocation of which makes so many lefties go weak in the knees. My understanding of the group, Developing Communities Project, at the time was that it was simply a church-based social service agency. What he pushed as his main political credential then, to an audience generally familiar with that organization, was his role in a youth-oriented voter registration drive.

The Obama campaign has even put out a misleading bio of Michelle Obama, representing her as having grown up in poverty on the South Side, when, in fact, her parents were city workers, and her father was a Daley machine precinct captain. This fabrication, along with those embroideries of the candidate’s own biography, may be standard fare, the typical log cabin narrative. However, in Obama’s case, the license taken not only underscores Obama’s more complex relationship to insider politics in Daley’s Chicago; it also underscores how much this campaign depends on selling an image rather than substance.

One Comment
  1. Anna permalink
    May 19, 2008 9:11 pm

    “image rather than substance” – important food for thought. In many respects this describes much of American culture even apart from politics. We are country of suckers who go for the quick fix, the easy answer – we want to swoon – we do not want to think. There is so much about this campaign that is practically begging us to THINK – but are we?

    Your post has put me into a pondering, philosophical mood.

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