Hillary strip mines the Democratic party

by lestro

In the opening of her victory speech last night, Hillary Clinton dropped this little nugget and it got me thinking:

There are some who have wanted to cut this race short. They say “give up, it’s too hard, the mountain is too high,” but here in West Virginia, you know a thing or two about rough roads to the top of the mountain. We know from the Bible that faith can move mountains and, my friends, the faith of the Mountain State has moved me. I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign until everyone has had a chance to make their voices heard.

In a place known as The Mountain State, her speech writer must have been particularly proud of that bit, but one can go even deeper into Hillary’s mountain metaphor.

The biggest industry in West Virginia is coal mining and the newest thing is called “mountain top removal” which involves blowing the tops off mountains and dumping the dirt into valleys, burying streams, communities, whatever and is, as one might expect, absolutely horrendous for the environment:

Mountaintop removal involves clear cutting native hardwood forests, using dynamite to blast away as much as 800-1000 feet of mountaintop, and then dumping the waste into nearby valleys, often burying streams.

While the environmental devastation caused by this practice is obvious, families and communities near these mining sites are forced to contend with continual blasting from mining operations that can take place up to 300 feet from their homes and operate 24 hours a day.

Families and communities near mining sites also suffer from airborne dust and debris, floods that have left hundreds dead and thousands homeless, and contamination of their drinking water supplies.

It’s an absolutely horrible process, one the Bush EPA has looked the other way on for years while the Bush Administration has actually been trying to expand the practice.

So here’s the deeper metaphor drawn from Hillary’s speech: Instead of doing the hard work of actually building herself up to climb to the top of the mountain, the Clinton Campaign has been doing everything it can to slice the top off that mountain and bring it down to their level by knee-capping her opponent.

Meanwhile, in doing so, she has completely poisoned the surrounding party environment and vastly hurt their chances of taking back the White House, all in the name of her own, sick profit.

The Clinton Campaign is also doing everything they can to make some hay out of her victory yesterday. It is truly baffling how big a deal is being made about West Virginia and its five electoral votes (which $20 says go to McCain no matter who the dem nominee is).

“Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a supporter of Mrs. Clinton, said “superdelegates have to have second thoughts” after West Virginia, speaking in an interview Wednesday morning on CNN.”

Really? West Virginia? Those are the demographics the Democratic party establishment should pay attention to in picking a nominee? Ninety-five percent white, only 15 percent went to college and 10 percent below the national average of high school graduates. Yeah, those sound like Democratic voters.

Besides, they voted for Bush handily the past two times, let’s not be so hasty to let them pick the next president. They voted for Bubba because he sounded more like them than either opponent and it was the same with Bush (though admittedly he was tougher to hear with that coal industry cock in his mouth).

Meanwhile, Iowa has a broader demographic and more electoral votes (seven) AND is more likely to go democrat, but they don’t matter to the Clinton Campaign.

Not to mention Virginia, which has 2 1/2 times the electoral votes (13) and is a battleground state in this election, especially since major Dem pick-ups recently.

Or, for that matter, Colorado, with its nine electoral votes and swing state demographics.

In fact, of the states considered “swing states” (West Virginia, by the way, is not one of them) in this year’s election (and let’s ignore for now the remaking of the political map that obama is attempting by actually *gasp!* campaigning in places Establishment Democrats usually refer to as flyover country), Obama has won eight to Hillary’s six (the count does not include FL and MI, both swing states).

And even though Hillary won the two biggest (in terms of electoral votes, PA and OH), some quick math reveals that the total electoral votes of the swing states won by each candidate shakes out this way:

Obama 82
Clinton 70

So is the focus on West Virfuckingginia really that important? It is if you are running the classic Nixonian Southern Strategy of trying to win the south by exploiting racial biases and anxiety among white voters:

“The number of white Democratic voters who said that race influenced their choice on Tuesday was among the highest recorded in voter surveys in the Clinton-Obama nomination fight. Two in 10 white West Virginia voters said that race was an important factor in their vote, and more than 8 in 10 of them backed Mrs. Clinton, according to surveys of voters leaving the polls.”

Yeah, be proud of that, Hill. You are doing your party proud by attempting to negate everything they fought for over the past 40 years. They should totally pick you to carry their banner in the fall…

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