Somebody get this guy a latte

Remember Tom Buffenbarger, the machinists’ union blowhard who unleashed a hilariously unhinged anti-Obama rant on Hillary Clinton’s behalf during her post-Wisconsin-primary rally back in February? I’ll refresh your memory:

[During his speech introducing Clinton,] Buffenbarger derisively dismissed Obama as a mere "wunderkind," a
"man in love with the microphone," and "a poet, not a fighter." He
repeatedly and pointedly called him "the junior senator from Illinois"
(as if Hillary isn’t the junior senator from New York?). He compared
Obama to "Janus, the two-faced Roman god of ancient times." And then he
really got going:

"The Barack Show is playing to rave reviews, sold out on
college campus after college campus, standing-room-only crowds to hear
his silver-tongued oration. Hope! Change! Yes, we can! Give me a
break!
I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius-driving,
Birkenstock-wearing, trust-fund babies crowding in to hear him speak!
This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine!"

… Buffenbarger [also made the] blatantly anti-intellectual argument — repeated twice
— that Obama can’t "fight" for the working class because he was "the
editor of the Harvard Law Review." I guess Hillary’s stint as an editor
of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action establishes her credentials
as a real union stiff?

Buffenbarger blustered so buffoonishly that I proposed a new verb to describe his actions: "to buffenbarger," meaning "to engage in an inappropriately vitriolic attack on a member of one’s own political party." (TPM Cafe contributor David Schlitt had a similar idea.)

Well, it turns out ol’ Tom is still buffenbargering after all these months:

Now is not the right
time for the [International Association of Machinists] to endorse Senator Barack Obama… Our members feel
the economy squeezing their family finances for every last dime, every
single week … But those meat and potato issues have not found a place
in the message frame developed by Senator Obama’s campaign. To us, hope
and change are not antidotes to the economic pressures blue-collar
families face
… In the Machinists Union, a predominately blue-collar
union, the impression continues to grow that Senator Barack Obama could
care less about folks like us
.

McCain-Buffenbarger ’08! ;)

4 Responses to “Somebody get this guy a latte”

  1. Joe Loy says:

    waw haw haw :}

    Hey, there’ll be No dissing the Organized Labor Movement, here ;>….

    (Union Goon, trying to Muscle shady circusboss Larson E. Whipsnade:

    “Ain’t choo nevvuh hoid o’ da Wagnuh Ack?”

    Whipsnade [WC Fields]:

    “The Wagner Act, yesss, they used to Work for me. Had to Fire ’em. Liquor addicts.

    ~ from, “You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man”, 1939 :)

  2. David K. says:

    Well I do drive a Prius, I’ll grant him that, but I don’t drink lattes, can’t stand birkenstocks, and haven’t got a trust fund. Where does that put me in the Buffenbarger hierarchy I wonder…

  3. Sandy Underpants says:

    Well nobody ever accused Machinists of being too smart for their profession.

    Nader ’08.

  4. Condor says:

    The problem with machinists is that they’re too smart for their profession.