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February 4, 2008
Woman calls Bush "Bastard" - Hillary Smiles
This story will be an interesting counterpoint to an incident that occurred at a John McCain town hall meeting back in December.
At that time, a woman referred to Hillary Clinton as a "bitch." McCain never chastised the woman and the resulting media storm was interesting:
Burke's question -- and McCain's reaction -- has caught fire with political wonks across the nation, appearing on cable news and turning into the issue du jour for liberal commentators. Yesterday, a woman asked a question about the fictitious North American Union that would see the US, Canada, and Mexico under one government and referred to the President of the United States as a "bastard":
The blogosphere, that shadowy zone where even the most minuscule thing a candidate says is recorded, dissected, criticized and resent into the digital ether, is having a field day with it.
CNN's Rick Sanchez, unleashing his inner feminist, did an entire segment on it, asking if the incident would finish McCain's presidential hopes. For whatever reason, he sought Whoopi Goldberg's opinion on it, too.
On Thursday, Inside Edition called The Island Packet asking for a photograph of Burke. YouTube videos of the incident have been viewed more than 900,000 times. In short, the McCain campaign is getting B-slapped by the Hilton Head incident.
An elderly lady in the audience at Hillary Clinton's town hall outside of St. Louis prefaced a question about a rumored U.S.-Mexico-Canada economic union this morning by saying "Bush the bastard..." Now if I were a betting man, I would give you odds of 3-1 that calling the president a "bastard" will generate less than half the media scrutiny than calling Hillary a "bitch" did. I doubt whether there will be long segments on cable news devoted to the subject nor will there be celebrities out there denouncing Hillary for countenancing such language directed at the elected leader of the United States.
Hillary smiled, head bobbing slightly, and didn't say a word in dissent. The crowd roared in approval.
The woman, speaking during a question-and-answer session focused on trade competition and pocketbook issues, asked about a widely-circulated conspiracy theory that President Bush was pushing for the creation of a North American "Amero" currency that would replace the greenback dollar.
After all, according to leftist doublespeak, the woman was "speaking truth to power" and was therefore deserving of a pass.