Saturday, May 3, 2008

Bill Clinton... does he know what he is saying?

Over the course of Hillary Clinton's campaign, good ol' Bill has been there to campaign for her and reiterate what she has said. In my opinion, he's done more harm than good, and hasn't really paid any attention to the campaign at all... only the items that were exposed by the media. We all remember the Bosnian sniper fire that Hillary had said she endured. Bill said that Hillary was tired at night when she made the statements, but she had said it on three different occasions according to ABC News. But I wont go into the details of this story.
Hillary Clinton sat down with Bill O'Reilly a couple of days ago. There was a little discussion about taxes. O'Reilly is asking how high Clinton will raise taxes, she said about 36-39% for those making more than $250,000 and O'Reilly acts like he is complaining (or maybe he is) about it and trying to get her to slip up. Later during the tax convo, this is what happens:

Clinton: No, I'm not waffling. I'm saying I'm not going to impose additional burdens on middle-class families. And there are a lot of people...
O'Reilly: But I'm not a middle-class family. I'm a rich guy.
Clinton: Well, and you know what? Rich people, God bless us. We deserve all the opportunities.

When I heard that, (thank god for DirectTV), I hit the rewind button. I listened to it over and over, and yes people, she said that. Ok, so we now get a sense of the "elitist" side of Hillary Clinton. You can view this part of the interview here.
In West Virginia, while campaigning for his wife, Bill said this:

"The great divide in this country is not by race or even income, it's by those who think they are better than everyone else and think they should play by a different set of rules," he said. "In West Virginia and Arkansas, we know that when we see it."
(Thank you to Yahoo! news for the quote.)

Let's look at this for a minute. Of course, we know that he is referring to Barack Obama. The first thing I will point out is the "who think they are better than everyone else" line. Hillary's comments on O'Reilly proved this to put the Clintons into this category. (That was simple to put that one into perspective!) And now we have the "think they should play by a different set of rules" line. At the beginning of the election season when Michigan and Florida moved up their election dates, and violated DNC rules, they were punished and their delegates wouldn't be seated. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and everyone else agreed not to campaign in these states, heck Obama's name wasn't even on the Michigan ballot.
Now, Clinton wants the delegates in Michigan and Florida to be seated. She had agreed to the rules before, but of course, she wants to break them now because she is losing. That places Clinton into the potential "wanna-be" rule breaker party. So all Bill Clinton did was describe his wife, while trying to take a jab at Obama.

I think it is time for Bill Clinton to just sit back and let his wife handle things. He's caused a lot of controversy with the statements and actions of his wife - and it's hurting her campaign -- I know with all of this happening I'm very likely not going to vote for Clinton come November. (If she even gets the nomination that is)

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