Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Just a Bunch of Slaves?

Has Hillary ever said something this harsh about the Bush Administration?

NEW YORK - Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted the Bush administration as one of the worst” in U.S. history and compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissenting voices are squelched.

Although the modern GOP may be fairly compared to a lot of of history's worst institutions, I don't think plantation is quite the right label here. On a plantation, everybody works but gets little in return. Only the owner prospers. In the GOP, everyone working "on the plantation" prospers. The squelching of dissenting voices that Hillary spoke of is certainly characteristic of plantation mentality, but it's not the key defining characteristic.

Hillary was clearly reaching for something to resonate with the predominantly black audience she was speaking to. She might have thrown out a clunker this time; black folks will always receive her warmly, but those moderate whites out there might recoil at her "plantation" reference.

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