No, Bill and Al aren’t paring up for another run. But Hillary and Al both took some serious swipes at the Bush administration and the Republican congress yesterday.
Hillary Clinton gave an MLK Day speech in Harlem, that probably got more than a few “amens” with this zinger.
Speaking during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, Clinton also offered an apology to a group of Hurricane Katrina survivors “on behalf of a government that left you behind, that turned its back on you.” Her remarks were met with thunderous applause by a mostly black audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem.
The House “has been run like a plantation, and you know what I’m talking about,” said Clinton, D-New York. “It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard.”
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that Clinton is merely serving the words of a former GOP leader back to the majority party.
How long before the media mentions that Newt Gingrich, just before becoming Speaker of the House, made the same comparison in 1994:
“I clearly fascinate them,” Gingrich said of the Democrats. “I’m much more intense, much more persistent, much more willing to take risks to get it done. Since they think it is their job to run the plantation, it shocks them that I’m actually willing to lead the slave rebellion.” [Washington Post, 10/20/94]
There’s an MSNBC poll on whether Hillary’s remarks were too harsh. Here’s how it was running when I voted this morning.
As always, I encourage readers here to vote; early and often.
I’m a bit late in jumping on the blog bandwagon, as everyone else was on this yesterday (I still tend to hold back when it comes to stories that all the major blogs are already covering), but Al gave a major speech yesterday in which he took the Bush administration to task over wiretapping.
Here’s the beauty part. It wasn’t an exclusively liberal event. Al was introduced by none other than Bob Barr, the former Republican congressman from Georgia who gave us the Defense of Marriage Act. Barr can hardly be called a raving liberal lunatic. The event was jointly co-sponsored by the Liberty Coalition. Again, hardly a left-wing organization.