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! ;)