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NYT Celebrates Hillary’s ‘Deep Roots’ In PA

From her campaign flacks at the New York Times:

A young Hillary Rodham in an old home movie.

One Clinton Hometown Sees Her in Images Befitting a ’50s Movie


March 10, 2008

SCRANTON, Pa. — She is about 3 1/2 years old, a prim little blonde in a light dress, road-testing her white anklets and Mary Janes. Her mother, slim and stylish in a 1940s fitted suit, hat and strapped white heels, clutches her hand and guides her down some outdoor steps.

Then the daughter breaks free and rushes exuberantly toward the camera, an uninhibited assertion by little Hillary Rodham that she is ready for her close-up.

The scene unspools in a grainy black-and-white home movie, circa 1951. Hazel Price, 82, who used to live next door to the Rodhams here on Diamond Street, recently dug it up, providing fresh evidence of the Rodham roots in Northeast Pennsylvania. It is destined, no doubt, for wider distribution in advance of next month’s Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

When Mrs. Clinton comes to Pennsylvania on Monday, her first visit to the state after winning Ohio and Texas last week, her first stop will be Scranton, where her familial ties extend deeper than they do in Park Ridge, Ill., the Chicago suburb where she grew up. Look for the image shapers to link the values of this gritty region — where her grandfather, descended from Welsh coal miners, raised his family — to her character and especially her perseverance.

“She’s tough,” Christopher Doherty, Scranton’s mayor, said in an interview. “That’s a real Scranton trait. That’s an anthracite trait.”

And look for the politicos to do everything they can to pump up enthusiasm here over the local girl made good — and perhaps displace “The Office,” at least temporarily, as Scranton’s claim to cultural fame (the television show’s fictional office is located in Scranton). Steve Corbett, a local radio personality, says the area is more “All in the Family” than “The Office” anyway.

The region is a major Democratic stronghold. Ed Mitchell, a Democratic consultant in nearby Wilkes-Barre, said it is central to the Clinton strategy for winning the state. “They need a big, big turnout here to offset the turnout for Obama in Philly and the upscale suburbs,” Mr. Mitchell said.

He said that even if Mrs. Clinton did not have local ties, the region would probably vote for her because its demographics closely match those of voters in other states who have supported her: white, female, over 50, Catholic, blue collar and on the lower end of the scales measuring education and affluence. Polling suggests that those voters favor her in part because of her goal of providing universal health care, her blueprint for the economy and the better economy during Bill Clinton’s administration.

Her supporters here hope that her local roots will help her do something she rarely does on the stump: connect the dots between those policies and her life.

The Clintons, who highlighted their connection to Pennsylvania only glancingly when Mr. Clinton was running for president, have been regular visitors here…

Mrs. Clinton’s great-grandparents came to Scranton in the 1880s in steerage from Wales. Her grandfather, Hugh S. Rodham, began work as a boy at the Scranton Lace Company, once the world’s largest producer of Nottingham lace, now a shuttered hulking behemoth, on track to be redeveloped as an arts space and apartments. Mr. Rodham and his wife, Hannah, raised three boys here, including Hillary’s father, Hugh E. Rodham, who went to Penn State University, where he played football (and made bathtub gin, according to his daughter).

“The Scranton of my father’s youth was a rough industrial city of brick factories, textile mills, coal mines, rail yards and wooden duplex houses,” Mrs. Clinton wrote in her memoir, “Living History.”

Her father graduated from college during the Depression and soon thereafter hopped a freight train for Chicago, where he found a job selling drapery fabrics. In her book, Mrs. Clinton says that the ostensible reason her father left Scranton was for work, but she speculates that the real reason was to escape from his overbearing mother. In any case, he would drive back to Scranton most weekends to give his mother his paycheck.

And once he had a family, he brought them back regularly, for holidays and summers. They spent parts of every August at Lake Winola, 20 miles north of here, at the cabin that her grandfather built by hand in 1910 or 1921, depending on who is telling the story. For a long time, it had no heat and no indoor shower, and the future first lady loved it, playing pinochle on the porch and learning to fish and even use a gun. “My father taught me to shoot a gun behind the cottage, and we practiced aiming at cans or rocks,” she wrote.

Today the house, which sits on a hillside across a two-lane road from the lake, is surrounded by others and its once-unobstructed view of the water is partially blocked by more homes. Inside, there are no traces of Mrs. Clinton’s life in the public spotlight save one: a framed yellowing newspaper article, hanging slightly askew, written in 1981 after Mr. Clinton had regained the governor’s office in Arkansas after losing it. The article was about how Mrs. Clinton, who had called herself Hillary Rodham, would be bowing to irritated voters and using her husband’s name from then on…

The Rodham family lake house 20 miles north of Scranton, Pa., has a view, now somewhat obstructed, of Lake Winola.

This is a typically meandering New York Times puff piece whose only purpose is to say that people should vote for Mrs. Clinton because of her local roots. And because she is just so human and loveable.

(Indeed, it would appear that the young Diane was quite cute before she became a dedicated Communist, which is a testimony to how that doctrine poisons both the mind and body.)

And of course along the way they manage to slip in a few outrageous lies about her and her husband’s record.

Unsurprisingly, most of the supposedly heart-rending details of her Pennsylvanian connections are hoisted straight out of Mrs. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton’s ghostwritten autobiography, “Living History” almost word for word.

But The Times pads things out with their own inimitable brand of shameless propaganda.

Her supporters here hope that her local roots will help her do something she rarely does on the stump: connect the dots between those policies and her life.

Huh? When has real life ever had anything to do with any liberal’s policies, let alone a Clinton’s?

Isn’t Scranton coal country? Weren’t Mr. Rodham’s people coal miners? Is that why Hillary wants to destroy the coal industry in our country?

Polling suggests that those voters favor her in part because of her goal of providing universal health care, her blueprint for the economy and the better economy during Bill Clinton’s administration.

What a laugh.

Remember, the Clinton administration assured us that unemployment could never reach 5%. And now our media attacks the Bush administration because unemployment is at the horrendous rate of 4.5%.

Moreover, one has to wonder if local roots are so important to Hillary and her minions at the New York Times, then how did she come to be a Senator from New York State?

After all, it has been reliably reported that Mrs. Clinton never spent a night in New York outside of the Plaza Hotel until she began her quest to be one of the state’s Senators.

(Thanks to NotSoYoungJim for the heads up.)

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