Erica Jong compares Obama to George W.

Posted in dem primary, oh FFS, Opinion by yliza on May 17, 2008

The desperation of the Clintonistas is reaching new depths. Yesterday, Erica Jong posted an hysterical screed on The Huffington Post, with the jumping-off point being Obama’s unfortunate use of “sweetie” to reporter Peggy Agar of WXYZ-TV in Michigan.

Despite his penchant for saying “sweetie” to shut women up, Barack Obama does seem more likable than Hillary Clinton. But so what?

The press loved frat boy George W. Bush and hated nerdy Al Gore eight years ago. And look what we got? Endless war, economic meltdown, torture, a bigoted Supreme Court, the destruction of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, a desecrated planet. Will Americans never learn that who they think is a “nice guy” is no reason to elect a president? Apparently not.

The lack of any substantive logic to get from “sweetie” to George W. is worthy of the Lee Atwater school of politics. I don’t understand how Clinton surrogates can tout change when their tactics are straight out of Karl Rove’s political handbook.

But as if that wasn’t bad enough, Ms. Jong continues:

So here we go again. NARAL loves the new boy on the block — even if HRC was there at its founding. So does John Edwards. And Ted Kennedy. The fact that Barack has little experience makes him the hot new ingénue, whereas Hillary is old like your mother.

The truth is we know about her — and we know very little about Obama. That alone makes her detractors scream: Get Out! Off the stage with you! Give us that hot new boy! Give us that sepia Brad Pitt! Old women are so over!

OK sweetie, we’ll step aside. Watch your own cauldron bubble. You’re in a heap of trouble — and you don’t even know it.

Oh no you didn’t. You did not just refer to the first African American presidential candidate as “boy”, not once but twice. And the veiled threat…how very unifying for the Democratic party.

Ms. Jong sounds like a spoiled kid who didn’t get her way. The entire post is a temper tantrum, ending with taking her ball and going home.

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  1. Kid Funkadelic said, on May 21, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Greetings, mind if I repost part of your article ? I will give you credit and be respectful,later.

  2. yliza said, on May 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Please do, I don’t mind at all. It’s rather flattering to be cited 🙂

  3. Francis L. Holland, Esq. said, on May 22, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Here’s my opinion of Erica Jong’s behavior in the context of this presidential race. I was moved to write about her by an op-ed she wrote criticizing Obama in the Washington Post.

    Billary & Co’s Color-Aroused Stereotyping Angers and Alienates Democrats

  4. Francis L. Holland, Esq. said, on May 22, 2008 at 10:57 am

    She called Obama Boy?! Twice?! I’m going to send this to every AfroSpear and afrosphere blogger I know.

  5. Yobachi said, on May 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Defeat has made the Clinton hacks, hysterical.

    And not hysterical as in funny, hysterical as in losing their shit, going bonkers, crazy!

  6. yliza said, on May 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Francis: Yes she did go there. She’s been backpedaling on the veiled threat to not vote for Obama (see this post ) but she conveniently ignores the use of the word “boy”.

    Yobachi: Yes, they are going crazy, otherwise they’d lock Geraldine Ferrarro in a closet until the primary is over instead of letting her spread her lies on national TV.

  7. eastendinfidel said, on June 7, 2008 at 3:46 am

    There’s a nasty sub-current behind the comments of Jong. I hope it isn’t too divisive or counter-productive if I flag this up but it has to be said. In their ranking of entitlements, Jong and people like her cannot deal with the fact that any black person, could be preferred, on the basis of ability, to a middle class white woman. In Jong’s case this incredulity is augmented by the resentment that no Jew, or any non christian for that matter, is likely to be ever considered for president in the foreseeable future. Rather than join with people to fight such discriminatory attitudes the likes of Jong add to them.

  8. yliza said, on June 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Good observation. Her dismissal of Obama as a “sepia Brad Pitt” is a pretty good example of that. No mention, of course, of the fantastic campaign he ran, or his bottom-up strategy.

    And welcome to Ylizaville!

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