Everyone’s all in a dither about Hillary Clinton comparing the Republican-led congress to a plantation, saying that only a liberal could get away with such an insensitive remark. I’ve got my own theory, though, that I haven’t seen floating around.
As a lifelong New Hampshirite, I consider myself a bit of an expert on presidential campaigns. And Hillary’s remark is perfectly in line with her ambitions to return to the White House — this time with top billing.
One of the hallmarks of any presidential campaign involves the candidate pandering to all sorts of groups. One of the biggest photo-ops of a candidate at a farm, talking to farmers, and basically trying to convince that if the candidate had their druthers, they’d chuck all the politics and pull an Oliver Wendell Douglas.
It’s been a long, long time since Hillary demonstrated her mastery of the cattle market. In 1978, she managed to parley $1,000 into $100,000 in ten short months, with just a little help from some rather hefty contributors to her husband’s political campaigns. But that was almost 30 years ago — several generations, in political terms.
So now she needs to re-establish her affinity for farmers. Why not demonstrate how much she identifies with cotton growers, by likening the lot of congressional Democrats to cotton-pickers and sharecroppers of yore?
Mark my words, this was a very cunning, very canny move by Ms. Clinton. She now has the plantation owners firmly in her pocket for 2008 — and those votes could be the key to her success.