I think it is important that one recognizes the significance of every section of the electorate. Everybody counts, and neither candidates' supporters ought to diminish the others.
The disdain shown towards working-class, middle-income families by some of Barack Obama's supporters is affront to the Democratic Party in itself.
One would have thought that Obama's message of sweeping change and all-inclusive politics would have included working class voters. But he lost a central premise of his candidature when he made those comments about rural voters.
It wasn't my yardstick, I was referring to your yardsticks - one for Obama and one for Clinton.
Here's a parallel for you :
1. Obama votes for gas tax holidays. He later comes out against it and offers no other plan than a mere long-term goal of reducing the addiction to oil.
2. Obama votes for the Dick Cheney's atrocious energy bill, and now says that a new energy policy is badly needed in Washington.
3. Clinton votes for the Iraq resolution. Says on the Senate floor that it isn't an authorization for a preemptive strike. Now says she regrets it, and offers a detailed plan to get out of Iraq and tie Bush's hands now before he ties us permanently in Iraq.
No wait! Clinton cannot do that! Its purely an Obama prerogative to vote one way and then to say 'Oh, I learned'.
A poorer judgment in my opinion would be to just sit back idly and offer no plans to aggressively tackle the gas price, and just continue to launch a broadside against some ideas that are coming up.
I have read her proposal. She intends to impose a windfall profits tax on the oil companies to pay for it this summer. It is a necessary evil to ward off an outrageous $120 a barrel price at the markets. The eventual goal is to reduce the addiction to oil.
But that addiction won't happen overnight. You speak of crumbling infrastructure. I'm not sure if you have read her proposals to fix that. If you haven't please do.
I have read every bit of her plans, and I am convinced that she really gets it.
So before you attack my judgment, I suggest you counter my arguments with policy proposals offered by Obama.