Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cokie's comments

Cokie Roberts has taken a lot of grief for her comments about Obama’s Hawaii vacation:

[Obama] has certainly come nowhere near closing the deal. As we've talked about before, in this year that should be such a Democratic year, given all the other indices, he is tied in the polls in—stateside, in the polls—and going off this week to vacation in Hawaii does not make any sense whatsoever. I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii. And I know Hawaii is a state, but it has the look of him going off to some sort of foreign exotic place. He should be in Myrtle Beach and—you know, if he's going to take a vacation at this time. And I just think that this is not the time to do that.

Maybe her comments really were foolish. But I think it's worth pointing out that it was Roberts who said, way back in February (emphasis mine):

The only group she still really has is white women. And I do think that there's some possibility that you will see a sort of reaction among white women. I had the opportunity to interview Billie Jean King this week, and she said, you know, "I feel like everything I've worked for all of my life is going out the window." And there is that sense. I mean, here is this woman who's worked hard, she's done it all the way you're supposed to do it, and then this cute young man comes in and says a bunch of sweet, you know, nothings, and pushes you out of the way. And a lot of women are looking at that and saying, "There goes my life."

Tonight Hillary Clinton is the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Tomorrow her name will be placed in nomination and a traditional roll call for her will take place.

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