Hillary Clinton deeply cares for Mississippi, and she will continue to deeply care for Mississippi until Tuesday at about 8 pm.
“I’m well aware that Sen. Obama has an enormous amount of support here, as well he should,” Clinton said, as supporters held up their Obama placards. “Well you know, people are saying that Mississippi is most likely a state that will go for Sen. Obama. I said ‘well that’s fine, but I wanted to come to Mississippi to say that I’m in favor of Mississippi.’ I’m in favor of you!”
I’m not sure what it means for a candidate to be “in favor” of a state or its people, but maybe it sounded better in person. Meanwhile, from an AP story:
Speaking to radio station WJZD-FM in Gulfport, Miss., the former first lady said the comments she made about the state in the run up to the Iowa caucuses “were not exactly what I said,” even though they came directly from an interview she gave to the Des Moines Register in October.
Clinton was on a campaign swing through Mississippi before Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary.
The newspaper quoted the New York senator discussing Iowa and Mississippi being the only states that have never elected a woman governor or sent a woman to Congress.
“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,” Hillary Clinton told the newspaper then — a remark that prompted immediate criticism from Mississippi Republicans.
Kind of like when she told a New Hampshire radio show about the Michigan primary, “It’s clear, this election they’re having is not going to count for anything,” then had a change of heart after she realized that she was trailing in the delegate count. Suddenly soviet-style single-candidate elections became the apotheosis of democracy.
I don’t understand why people think she’s untrustworthy. She is entirely consistent: she will always — always — say whatever is most helpful to her at any given moment. If that’s not consistency, then I don’t know what is.