In the thread following Chit-chat at the Clothesline (before Barb's bunny poem -- a palate cleanser, I presume) there's been talk of how to treat Hillary, now that she's the presumptive non-candidate, with "do unto others" being my theme.
But also some flip-floppin' on my part about whether in fact Hillary has a point when she says she's more well-suited (read, willing to morph into whatever persona the moment demands) to beat John McCain. Can the Dems win without that great body of testosterone known as the working class white male? Or, in Hil's words, the "working, hard working Americans, white Americans . . ." (As opposed to whom, exactly? Don't go there.)
E.J. Dionne Jr. takes that on this morning in the WashPost, citing the recent election of Democrat Don Cazayoux in a race for an open congressional seat in a traditionally (33 years) Republican district. Cazayoux's opponent was long-time Repug state house legislater Woody Jenkins, a solid Christian conservative known for displaying plastic fetuses to gain attention to his strong anti-abortion stance.
Dionne points out that Cazayoux overcame the Repub ads that claimed a vote for Cazayoux was a vote for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Apparently the spectre of either of those "liberals" was less frightening than the reality of George Bush and his so called conservative henchmen who've recklessly taken us to the brink of national collapse.
One thing we know for sure about the Obama campaign. It's incredibly well-run and well-funded. If Barack can stay on the high road, at least most of the time, without coming across as high-minded or, gasp, elite, and if Rev. Wright's docs announce that Wright suffered a stroke, thus actin' crazy (as friends of mine who were married by Wright think is the case) these voters can be won over, or at least enough of them to win.
As voters in Louisiana, but also in N. Carolina -- and many more in Indiana than I expected -- made clear, they're sick of scare tactics. Perhaps the GOP's oppression by fear is nearing an end. Now if someone would just get the message to the media.