You’ve no doubt heard about “Screwemgate“, the story about a meeting in which Hillary was to exclaim about working class white southerners:

“Screw ’em,” “You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

I didn’t really think much of this. Off hand comment in a closed door session talking politics. Many things get said not for general consumption.

Today, however, we get some additional context by someone who was there and it’s pretty damning:

I vividly remember at the time finding it impressive that Bill Clinton (not Hillary Clinton) showed real empathy for the ordinary people whose motives and supposedly misguided choices were under analysis. Ironically, just as Barber reported, Bill Clinton was the one who combined analysis and empathy, much as Obama himself did in his full San Francisco remarks.

Theda ends her post with something I’ve been hearing more and more of by those who “were there”:

Over and out. I am going to try to find a way to preserve in amber my better memories and feelings about the Clintons, so as not to lose altogether the sense of admiration I once felt, but can no longer.

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