Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hillary, off to the Plantation.....

At King Event, Mrs. Clinton Denounces G.O.P. Leadership
[Don't ya just love the NYT headlines?]

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking yesterday at a ceremony honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissent is not tolerated.

Her comments, made before a predominantly black audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, drew a harsh response from national Republicans, but black leaders came to her defense.

At the ceremony, Mrs. Clinton, the junior Democratic senator from New York, said that Democrats were largely responsible for much of the nation's progress in areas like civil rights and women's rights.

But she suggested that things had changed in recent years with the Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, according to a transcript of her remarks.

Mrs. Clinton added that the House has been "run like a plantation" under Republicans. "And you know what I am talking about," she said. "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary point of view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument."

Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, accused Mrs. Clinton of using divisive and racially tinged language to score partisan points. "On a day when Americans are focused on honoring Martin Luther King, it is disappointing that Senator Clinton is focused on advancing her own agenda," she said.

But Mrs. Clinton's aides defended the comments, as did black Democratic leaders.

"As she said, under Republican rule the House leadership has stifled real and substantive debate, preventing Democrats from offering amendments and engaging in real discussion," said Philippe Reines, Mrs. Clinton's spokesman.

The New York State Democratic Party chairman, Herman D. Farrell Jr., who is black, said that he agreed with Mrs. Clinton and that it was the Republicans who had played the race card.

"They have been divisive since they got into power," he said.

Representative Gregory W. Meeks of New York City, who is black, also defended Mrs. Clinton, saying that Republicans were simply trying to divert attention from the issue she raised: that the Republican majority in Congress does not tolerate dissent. "The Republicans are trying to deflect the truth," he said. "And Dr. King stood for the truth."

Mrs. Clinton also used the occasion to criticize the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where many poor and black residents complained of being left to fend for themselves in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

The senator compared the mishandling of that emergency to the problems that have plagued the government's efforts to carry out a new drug benefit under the Medicare program for the elderly.

"You know, Hurricane Katrina may have been a natural disaster, but the new Medicare prescription drug benefit is a man-made disaster," she said. ."

I find something funny in this. Not the Plantation remark, there's nothing funny about that and I doubt that Queen pantsuit will be harmed by the remark.

What I find funny is that Hillary is saying there can be no descent in the Republican party yet when the Ice Queen herself makes a blatant racial remark, on MLK day, the democrats fall in line behind HER!

She could have made the point without using the word "plantation."

But to add the caveat "and you know what I'm talking about" as if to say 'You were all slaves once, and don't you forget it' was just par for her Heinous (yes, Heinous not Highness.). She has to remind all the little people of their correct place every now and again don't ya know.....

BTW here's the full quote.

"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

Poltical Teen has the video.