Talk about flip flopping

By Jack Hoffman

Almost five years has past since Rose Tirella, the publisher and editor, first approached me with the proposition of doing a political column. Make no mistake I was excited about the challenge since the closest I came to an op-ed was several pieces I had done on local politics here in Framingham. But I wanted to be sure I would be working with those that espoused the same progressive politics that I had over the years. I wanted to work with a true alternative progressive paper.

Throughout the years Rose and I had some differences of opinion. We never disagreed on the progressive ideals of the Democratic Party. Rose was not so happy with my support for Obama. But she never put me in a corner, or chopped and channeled some of my more inflammatory columns.

I always believed Hillary would be a lot of baggage for the party. Something that was evident from the conservative haters of the airways and press who fought her at every campaign stop- it was a clear and present danger signal that her winning would be great fodder for the Republicans and the big enchilada that awaited the Democrats if she was the nominee. But more importantly she ran a poor campaignwith lots of harm from papa Bill. When Obama was sure to be the nominee she began to show me a side I could not believe. If it wasn’t the nasty press and that bastard Chris Mathews etc, “It was the liberals who out of guilt voted for a black person.” I sought of let that last comment sit for awhile. After all it’s not so easy to digest that kind of comment coming from someone who has always shown support for whoever the democratic candidate was. She even admitted she might consider McCain. I figured that was enough for the time being -I went back to my Apple.

Last Friday when Sarah was nominated (don’t we all know her now in a more familiar way) I received a call from Rose, and in a celebrant tone, “Isn’t it great a women has been n o m i n a t e d ” . Critics from both the right and left began pounding away at this unknown that reminded me of a new Sara Oakley of the wilderness. After all who knew anything about her other than she could dress down a moose. Then came that eloquent speech that brought the crowd to a near frenzy. Of course she said nothing about Bush, Chaney or the issues that were drowning America. It was all about family values. The Ric Davis (campaign manager) plan make the campaign about personality not issues. And of course attack the media. I thought the speech should have been given at the annual Bull Moose convention. But give credit where credit is due. The campaign of distraction was on. They had the perfect firewall the governor of Alaska Sarah Pailin. Put her out there and protect McCain and herself from the issue orient questions that the press wanted to ask. Even McCain began using her to showboat this phenomenal political experience.

No sooner was the convention over when Rose called to tell me she was seriously considering voting for Pailin. Not McCain but Pailin. Again I queried this madness of her. Once again she went on I just don’t like Obama. Jack “he is only where he is because he is black” “Is it you would vote for any women?” “Do you care about the issues, especially the fact that Sarah is against all the important issues the women’s movement has fought so hard for.” “I don’t care I just don’t like Obama.” I’ll let the readers explore her reasoning. I said it to you and I’ll say it again show me one legitimate opinion story that Obama is where he is because he is black, not some barroom gossip you heard. Let’s not kid anyone the only way Obama will lose is because he is black, not because of some lying pistol-packing mama. Doesn’t it mean anything that you are negating all of what the philosophy of this paper has been about. The issues of the neglected middle-class like loss of jobs, and homes no-health poor, poor educational systems I can go on and on. Your turn about, or was it always there, is something you should be shameful of.

If and when you want to sit down or write about what’s at stake (issues no bull) in this campaign and not some personal feelings you may have lets get it on.

Oh! The comment about lipstick on a pig was first mentioned by McCain- May 2008- in addressing Hillary’s universal healthcare program. That never made the front pages. It came from the title of a book written by a former McCain advisor Just more of the campaign of distraction. I hope in your response your more honest than those you are cheeringfor.

Jackh5225[at]rcn.com