Ms. Clinton is arriving in Mississippi today to attend a Democratic fundraiser being held in Canton this evening. I can't wait to see what happens. Of coarse all the Madison County people are just peeing all over themselves with nicey, nice comments about "Senator Clinton." Then...it gets better...Senator Obama's campaign is gearing up to make her answer for what she said in Iowa. Like I said...I can not wait for this day to draw to a close. :) So much live entertainment...so little time :)
This is what she said:
"I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress. There has got to be something at work here," she said, theorizing it may be the risk-averse nature of a state built around agriculture.This is the best reply (he's much nicer than I could ever be to her) to it that I can find:
"I think not only do I have to bring people to me, I have to maybe reassure people here maybe more than I do in New Hampshire, which has had a woman governor," she said.
"I think Iowa poses a special burden, or a special obstacle to me because when you look at the numbers, how can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That's not what I see. That's not the quality. That's not the communitarianism, that's not the openness I see in Iowa."
Chip Pickering, a Mississippi congressman and one of McCain's Southern co-chairs, offered lengthy outrage:
"Sen.Clinton clearly doesn't know the people of Mississippi, the people I represent. Her comments were inappropriate, inaccurate, and unnecessary. A candidate for President of the United States should not use stereotypes to define a region of the country. It is sad that a leader like Clinton doesn't understand a state and neighbor, or she simply believes the south is close-minded and lacking in community and quality. Those who seek to lead the entire country should be strong and confident in themselves and in our people."
"Mississippi has a diversity of culture, politics, life, and business — we have leaders across a vast spectrum of backgrounds. Currently Dr. Martha Saunders serves as president of the University of Southern Mississippi and we have elected outstanding female mayors, supervisors, and supreme court justices as well as two lieutenant governors, Amy Tuck and Evelyn Gandy. We lead the nation in the number of African American elected officials."
"This is a state whose generosity, according to the IRS, is consistently higher, per capita, than any other state in the nation with charitable contributions. A state who had the first ever heart transplant, lung transplant, and kidney autotransplant. A state who has produced more awarded and honored writers than any other. Mississippi is the birthplace of the blues, of famous athletes, and entertainers."
"After Katrina, we proved the strength and quality of our communities as a unified, strong, and resilient people. You would think that old stereotypes and myths should be put aside after such an event. This shows the difficulty Democrats will have in Mississippi when a leader like Clinton shows no understanding and no respect for the region."
"To overcome this misunderstanding and prejudice, we invite Sen. Clinton to visit anytime. We are the hospitality state. I'm sure she'll be impressed with our spirit, resilience, generosity, and strong communities. We weathered Katrina with those character traits. We will forgive her old thinking and give her generous grace. We only ask for her to give us an open mind in return."