Dems Discover NASCAR, Guns and Apple Pie

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by LarryO1970, May 6, 2008.

  1. If they're just discovering this, they have no clue, period.

    (Via Politico)
    Where's Annie Oakley when you need her?

    It's no secret that Hillary Clinton has eagerly transformed herself over the last month or so from a wonkish First Lady (who once mocked wives willing to "stay home and bake cookies and have teas") to a pugilistic working-class pol. In an effort to boost her bid by winning over even more of her--older, poorer, less educated--white voters, Clinton has, in the past few days alone, pumped gas into a Ford F-250 in South Bend, Ind.; shouted a speech, a la Fred Thompson, from the bed of an old red pick-up truck in Gastonia, N.C.; and stood alongside legendary driver Junior Johnson in Mooresville, N.C. to deliver a labored NASCAR metaphor. "It's an exciting race," she said of the Democratic contest. "You know, it's kind of like a big NASCAR... event. The biggest events in the history of sports, right? Well, this is kind of like the NASCAR of Democratic primary elections." After which she added "y'all" and sped away on a dirt bike.

    Perhaps Clinton's most entertaining working-class affectation appeal, however, arrived late last week in the mailboxes of voters all across the Hoosier State: a mailer demanding to know "where... Barack Obama really stand on guns" (above). Sure, there's something ironic about Clinton questioning Obama's Second Amendment cred; after all, she's long been considered a staunch proponent of gun control, having told the Newspaper Association of America during her 2000 Senate campaign that “there isn’t a more important task” than passing gun-safety laws. But the best part of the attack was the image itself. According to Ben Smith at the Politico, it's a shot of a high-end hunting rifle that was once popular with military snipers--the Mauser 66. The problem is, whoever designed the mailer flipped the picture--creating a non-existent left-handed model in the process. “The gun in the photo does not exist,” said Val Forgett III, president of Navy Arms in Martinsburg, W.Va, who added that the error would be obvious to sportsmen. “I find it laughable on its face. It’s like a picture of Babe Ruth hitting right-handed.” And to make matters worse, writes Smith, Clinton's Mauser is "an expensive German gun with customized features that make it clearly European." "It’s a $2,200 German import," adds Forgett. "It’s hardly typical of what the average workingman in Indiana uses."

    Shoot. Or, as Politico reader David Phillips put it, "what a latte-sipping, Gucci-wearing thing to do."

    Obviously, the gaffe is not Clinton's fault; despite her fond recollections of learning gun play with grandpappy Rodham in Scranton, no one actually thinks she knows the first thing about firearms (or that she designs her own mailers). But the error underscores how tenuous her cultural connection to the working class really is. Of course, Clinton isn't alone is this blue-collar charade. As we wrote on Friday, Barack Obama has been chugging every cold one he sees, and over the weekend, he eschewed arena rallies in favor of small-town photo-ops with wife Michelle and daughters Sascha and Malia (see, I'm a family man) in a Subway, a roller-skating rink, a local park and a barn, where he sat amid campaign-assembled hay bales. In Union Mills, Ind. on Friday, Obama delivered two apple pies to the Evers family farm and played what was portrayed as a spur-of-the-moment game of P-I-G in the driveway--even though, according to Melissa Evers, 37, the campaign settled on her house only after deciding a neighbor's place wouldn't work. "They wanted anyone who had a farm with a basketball hoop,” Evers said. “He wanted to play basketball. That was kind of planned.”

    Kodak Moments like these are Politics 101. Still, there's something a little absurd about Clinton and Obama's obsession with proving whose collar is bluest mainly through props and photo ops--especially when elementary errors (like the one Team Clinton made in the gun mailer) easily undercut such superficial "arguments." What's clear is that in a general election battle against John McCain, apple pies and pick-up trucks won't do the trick; the Arizona senator (white, male, war hero) is practically Larry the Cable Guy compared to either of this year's exotic Ivy League Dems. Which means that, come fall, Clinton or Obama will have to rely on policy, not personality, to appeal to downscale voters. Amid all this incongruous chatter about guns and NASCAR, one sort of wishes they'd start sooner rather than later.

    That said, if the Democratic nominee needs a boost with the good ol' boys in November, he or she'd better pray that Bill "Bubba" Clinton is still willing to work. Zigzagging across Indiana and North Carolina for the last two weeks, the former president has largely skipped the major cities, where blacks, students and transplants tend to congregate, in favor of tiny, far-flung rural towns that are heavily white and heavily working class. His message is simple: I'm one of you. According to the Washington Post, Bill has been sure to tell audiences that he "learned to work on cars" as a kid, "changing oil" for the first time when he was five years old. During law school, he's added, he "worked six jobs, but never more than three at a time." And when the scent of pepper and vinegar drifted his way at the start of a speech in North Carolina--two locals were barbecuing meat over hot coals nearby--Clinton couldn't resist licking his chops. "I can smell that pig pickin'," he said. "And you know I'm going to eat some later."

    Memo to Hillary and Barack: don't try this at home.
  2. Lol, I could hear it now........Hillary is coming down the straightaway in her pink Avon Ford......Dale Jr. sees her face is his rear view mirror.........looses control......and Hillary passes him in turn 2......

    LOL !

    Last edited: May 6, 2008

  3. FS00008

    FS00008 Сергей Иванович Мосин. Forum Contributor

    I really hope she don't even come close to winning. Don't care if she wins the Dem. primary, but I'm not voting for her for the real thing.
  4. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

    New York
    You know, things like this - Slick Hillary claiming Grandpa taught her how to shoot when she has a record that's solidly antigun; doing a beer and a shot in a bar when she was never photographed with a beer in hand before this year; going to a NASCAR race when I bet she doesn't know the difference between Tony Stewart and Dale Jr. - makes me wonder just how stupid she thinks the average American who does not live in a city and never went to college is. Obama's no better and is just as phony, but at least he does not have Slick Willy weighing him down, never mind eight years of Slick Willy weighing him down.

    I don't give a bleep if Slick Willy wants to portray himself as a good ol' boy who learnt to change the ile when he was knee-high to a grasshopper and know how to gap his plugs. I don't give a single, solitary bleep if he likes barbequed pork at a pig roast. He's not running for President. His wife is. And Slick Hillary about as down-home as the late, lamented Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was from a rich upper-class family, who married a Harvard graduate from another rich upper class family, and who did far more for this country as First Lady than Slick Hillary ever did.

    Definitely give The Who's "Don't Get Fooled Again" a listen and take the lesson to heart.
  5. Just discovering . . .

    . . . a new market in which to place their lies fueled by their bloated
    campaign budgets.
  6. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    This is the Clown Show during the overall nationwide Silly Circus. Y'all know what the esteemed Mr. Barnum said..... :09:
  7. ... much agreed Big Dog... much agreed.
  8. just_a_car

    just_a_car G&G Newbie

    Nah any of those drivers would either be dumb enough to put her into the wall or smart enough to know that if they tried, the SS... er, I mean the Secret Service... would put a bullet through their visor before they even exchanged paint.
  9. sell33

    sell33 G&G Enthusiast


    god i hope she doesn't get elected