It’s the liberal version of the outrage over Wright’s “god damn America” comment: Hillary doesn’t actually have warm feelings towards the upper class, does she? I’m guessing no, that she used this phrase in the same way that an atheist like the big A has used it many times on this very site, as a way of saying that there’s nothing wrong with something. She was being challenged by O’Reilly for wanting to raise taxes on the top bracket; this was her way of reassuring him that she’s not a socialist with some sort of grudge against wealth per se. Fast forward to AOL blogger Tom Christopher on a conference call with her campaign team the next day:
First of all, Senator Clinton has been reaching out to blue-collar voters, most recently commuting to work with and pumping gas with a steel worker yesterday or the day before, but then on The O’Reilly Factor last night, she said, and I quote, “Rich people, God bless us. We deserve all the opportunities to make sure our country and our blessings continue to the next generation.” I think that that begs the question, is she trying to have it both ways…like, who is she really going to look out for?
“[T]he statement was clearly a wink to affluent voters,” writes Christopher, “a way of saying, ‘Sure, I want to help working stiffs, but don’t worry, I won’t hurt us rich folks too badly.'” Heaven forfend. The best part, though? Instead of dismissing the question as idiotic or pointing to the many, many other liberals worth tens of millions of dollars who don’t consider themselves “elitists” by virtue of that fact — Arianna and Mikey Moore are just two who pop to mind — Clinton aide Howard Wolfson actually lied through his teeth by insisting that Her Majesty had actually said “god blessed” us, transforming the statement from a normative into a merely descriptive observation.
Got all that? No? Doesn’t matter. Just watch the clip and file this away for the next time the left stamps its feet about insufficient attention to policy and “substance” in the media’s campaign coverage.