What’s wrong with this picture? There is a history-making Democratic primary being contested in our state, and Hillary Clinton is insulting blue-collar workers. The media claims that her main support is from older women and blue-collar workers, while Barack Obama is being supported by the younger generation, African-Americans and the so-called latte group (those who are middle- to upper-class with college degrees).
The implication here is very clear. Clinton—with the mainstream media reinforcing this assumption—is claiming allegiance from these blue-collar workers and is assuming that these workers will vote for her because they aren’t educated enough to actually consider the important issues such as Iraq, health care, the economy and the environment. Thus her emphasis on non-issues such as “bitter gate.”
Let me make this very clear! Being a blue-collar worker should not imply that one is not intelligent. Circumstance and choice, much more often than not, decide what one chooses to do for work. There is no doubt in my mind that blue-collar workers will make their choice for president of the United States based on knowing and understanding the important issues, and thus, will vote for the candidate who is better equipped to deal with these issues. They will not be persuaded by old-school rhetoric—which implies that they aren’t smart enough to understand what’s really at stake for this country in this year’s presidential election.
— Michael Simon