Pan-der-er (n.): "One who caters to or exploits the lower tastes and desires of others."
Hillary Clinton (proper n.): One who gives this kind of speech to people she hopes will vote for her:
Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted the Bush administration as "one of the worst" in U.S. history and compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissenting voices are squelched.
Speaking during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, Clinton also offered an apology to a group of Hurricane Katrina survivors "on behalf of a government that left you behind, that turned its back on you." Her remarks were met with thunderous applause by a mostly black audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem.
The House "has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," said Clinton, D-N.Y. "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."
Yeah, they're clapping in Harlem, but how well is this kind of speech going to play in the heartland? This is the lowest kind of political demagoguery, and I'm rather surprised that Hillary, the most calculating kind of politician, would decide that this kind of speech is in her interests. I'm hoping that this is a sign that she's losing her tight grip over her political future, and that it's not a sign that she's figured out something about the 2008 electorate that the conservatives are missing.