I’m Glad I Won’t Have to Vote for Them

If you think I’m hostile to the two mediocre, pandering Democratic Presidential frontrunners, read Crablaw (whose writer has just gotten a stint on Maryland Courts Watcher).

Now Bruce has two fresh reasons why both Obama and Clinton are scumbags. Obama teamed up with Orrin Hatch to pass a law that exempts religious tithing from bankruptcy restrictions; presumably, donations to Bobby Henderson’s pirate ship don’t count. It’s not that Obama doesn’t have a record to run on, but that the record he’s building paints him as a religious nut.

[Link] Congress has passed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that would allow a person to contribute to charity or pay religious tithing during the course of a consumer bankruptcy.

The bill, also sponsored by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., passed the House on Wednesday; the Senate approved the measure in September.


“For millions of Americans, charitable giving and tithing is an essential part of their lives,” Obama said in a statement. “And in a country where 37 million citizens live in poverty, we should be encouraging charitable giving, not limiting it.” President Bush is expected to sign the legislation.

For tens of millions of Americans, owning an SUV that gets 13 miles to the gallon and then complaining that gas prices are too high is an essential part of their lives. But the courts don’t let people in bankruptcy set aside money to buy a new Ford Explorer until they finish paying all their creditors, even though that’s as much the American way as donating to megachurches.

So much for Obama. HRC’s problem is not so much with separation of church and state as with freedom of speech. Steve Gilliard has the goods: instead of saying something about the fact that one of her constituents was shot by cops for having the wrong skin color, she’s spending time attacking violent video games, once again.

[Link] In an image that few expected to see this holiday, two of the loudest advocates against violent videogames, Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman, stood with ESRB President Patricia Vance, Best Buy President Brian Dunn and GameStop President Steve Morgan as partners. The unexpected alliance announced a new campaign aimed at educating parents about game ratings.

“We all share in the responsibility of making sure our children play age-appropriate video games, and I’m pleased that the ESRB and retailers are working together to educate parents about the video game ratings and make sure they are enforced,” said Senator Clinton. “As we enter the holiday shopping season, it is important that parents have the information they need to make informed choices that are right for their families.”

Of the two, Obama is obviously a better panderer. He panders to the religious fundamentalist sensibilities of large swaths of the US, while Clinton is making a conscious effort to forego the black vote and the youth vote. Obama is a not especially electable scumbag; Clinton is a scumbag whose only hope of winning is if the Republicans nominate Brownback.

4 Responses to I’m Glad I Won’t Have to Vote for Them

  1. Bruce says:

    Alon, thanks very much for the link, though credit must be given to Craig of Once and Future Craig, who was ahead of me on the bankruptcy issue.

  2. SLC says:

    Re Levy.

    One should be careful about accusations of pandering. Apparently, it has never occurred to Mr. Levy that Senator Obama may believe what he is saying, in which case, it can’t be called pandering. It should also be pointed out that Senator Clintons’ instincts are probably conservative. Her father was a Goldwater Republican and she was a Goldwater girl at the 1964 Republican convention. She didn’t become a Democrat until her marriage to former president Clinton.

  3. KH says:

    It should also be pointed out that Clinton most certainly isn’t “making a conscious effort [sic] to forego the black vote.” In fact, her previously prohibitive frontrunner status has depended in large part on her strength among black prospective primary voters, & Obama has frightened her political organization precisely because he threatens her with them.

    If this really were a reason for your hostility to Clinton, your hostility would be based on a bizarre error. You do get points, however, for sublime assurance.

  4. Alon Levy says:

    Even if she did enjoy strong support among blacks, she’s squandering it by not talking about the Sean Bell incident more. Police brutality is an important issue to several Democratic constituencies whose experiences with the cops are largely negative – blacks, young people, and I suppose also Hispanics. Not talking about a constituent of hers who got shot for being black is not only disgusting but also politically dumb, especially when running in a Democratic primary.

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