So, Here We Are, Hillary

Wed, April 23, 2008

Making Our Political Voices Heard

Alright, NOW what do we do?

I know I said I thought we’d be able to breathe today, but I was wrong. Yeah, that happens from time to time.

I’m not entirely surprised that Hillary Clinton was able to pull out the double-digit victory in Pennsylvania. Having grown up in the Keystone State, I have a pretty good feel for how people are feeling there these days and which way things might break.

In a way, Hillary’s win is a good thing. She’s a fighter and at least her tenaciousness can be seen as a good quality in a woman running for president.

But why the big surge in Pennsylvania as opposed to another state? Everyone is spinning this today — it was the women, it was the “working class.”

The double-digit factor in Pennsylvania is because of the economy.

While many have been focused on the race and gender aspects of this contest, there has been less focus on economic bias in our country, which is definitely there. Hillary has been doing better, as a general matter, with voters like my parents, who wonder from week to week whether their grocery budgets are going to reach because the price of cupboard staples have gone up so much.

The media are so busy focusing on divisions over race and gender, that we’re forgetting the one thing so many of us loved about John Edwards’ candidacy — a commitment to those who aren’t shopping at Whole Foods. But my parents aren’t. I hear about it weekly. As a semi-retired couple, how they’re going to get through the month is always topic number one.

Since we’re going to have more talk anyway since the race is moving forward, how about if the

candidates shift their focus to the economy in a meaningful way. Don’t do the John McCain pander thing about a summertime gas price respite. Barack and Hillary, focus on the economic divide and why, in 2008, my parents have to be worrying about the price of frozen waffles. I know neither of you do.

My parents, who are farmers, and their neighbors aren’t going to be contributing to your campaigns — they’ can’t afford to — but can you take a little more time to listen to their voices and talk about what you’re going to do so that fewer people go to bed hungry in this country, not more?

Because whoever can come up with a real plan for that is the person who should be our next president. Maybe that’s how the super delegates should decide.

Cross-posted from MOMocrats.

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2 Responses to “So, Here We Are, Hillary”

  1. the mama bird diaries Says:

    You make a very good point. And it would also be nice if journalists did their jobs and focused on the issues that matter to people… not always the horse race.

    I think this battle between Clinton and Obama is what democracy is all about. I don’t know why everyone is trying to squash the process.

  2. Amber Says:

    You are right on point with this. I am also from PA and I know of a few families who have switched jobs because they just could not afford the commute because of gas prices. Lets not forget the thousands of people already in pre-forclosure. I think its hard for the people of PA to jump on Obama’s vauge plan for “change”. He really needs to hunker down and get a bit more concrete with his plans and he may win some of these anxious voters.

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