Just in case you thought my support of Barack Obama would prevent me from criticizing his campaign, read carefully. Jesse Jackson Jr. decided (or perhaps it was a decision among the entire campaign, Barack included) to go on TV and suggest Hillary’s Tears would have been better placed at different tragedies in recent American history. Specifically, he cited Katrina.
Well, you know what? It’s worth questioning why Hillary cried and if that’s more important that she cried at all. But you’re never going to have that conversation, you’re only going to alienate women voters. Trying to cynically tie this discussion in with a black/white divide over Katrina in preparation for the South Carolina vote is beyond crude. Perhaps, if more time and care had been taken before making such statements, a question could have been formed in the minds of voters.
But that’s all gone now, and Barack will be needing to appologize publicly for this at the next debate, knocking his mantle of different-politics guy right off him. If she didn’t already have a nearly impregnable pass based on voter’s rejection of cynicism before, she does now. And why? Because Jesse Jackson Jr. is a fucking idiot:
This is a pathetic display that shows no compassion, nothing more than calculation, and it’s not going to play well at all. Nice job, guys.