Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Machinists Union Goes All In

Tom Buffenbarger, President of the Machinist Union launched into a vitriolic diatribe last night in his introduction of Hillary Clinton.
“So now we have a decision to make. Will we rely on the Harvard Law Review editor? The silver-tongued orator from Kansas, Hawaii and Illinois? The man in love with the microphone?”

Taking off the gloves, he said, “Barack Obama is no Muhammad Ali. He took a walk every time there was a tough vote in the Illinois State Senate. He took a walk more than a 130 times. That's what a shadow boxer does. All the right moves. All the right combinations. All the right footwork. But he never steps into the ring.”

But it was Obama supporters for whom Buffenbarger saved his most vitriolic contempt, and he proved that the Democratic Party’s coalition is nothing if not fragile. Channeling Howard Beale from the movie "Network," he yelled into the microphone, “Give me a break! I've got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won't last a round against the Republican attack machine. He's a poet, not a fighter.”
Or, um,...the Wellesley educated Yale Law Review Editor?

And for the record, I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee, do not own Birkenstocks, and am not the beneficiary of a trust fund (I wish!), but I do enjoy a non-fat latte whenever I get the chance.

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