Former Survivor contestant and lone conservative voice on ABC’s all women panel talk show The View, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, was stripped of her credentials as a female by her co-hosts on Thursday’s show. Making the radical suggestion that people would support a presidential candidate based on his or her qualifications and stances on the issues rather than solely on his or her phenotype, the white Hasselbeck was first deemed non-black by co-host, comedienne and one-time Ted Danson lover Whoopi Goldberg. “It’s a very white way to look at it,” former failed radio talk show hostess Goldberg concluded, “In fact, that’s a very white male way to look at it.” The conversation quickly excluded Hasselbeck, a democratic vote was taken, and Hasselbeck was left to fulfill the remainder of her contract with the View as the lone conservative and the lone male voice on the panel. Hasselbeck’s NFL quaterback husband is contesting the results of the election.
In a final flurry of frantic campaigning on the day of the hotly contested Pennsylvania Primary, both hopefuls knock hard on each other’s campaign slogans in an effort to discredit each other’s bid for the Democrat presidential nomination. “It’s not enough to say ‘Yes we can.’, ” decries New York Senator and recovering duck-and-cover performance artist Hillary Clinton in a direct assault on Barack Obama’s audaciously hopeful refrain, “We have to say how we can.”
Official Clinton campaign sources are reportedly mulling over the 34th change to Clinton’s own campaign slogan to capitalize on the crowd’s warm response to her attack, contemplating a move from “I’m in it to win it.” to “How can we?” This apparent instability of message is chalked up as a strength, mirroring the rapid and revolutionary transformation of society promised by the candidate.
By contrast, staunchly firm and rigidly unwavering in his rock-solid, time-tested and changeless motto “Change we can believe in”, Obama, Senator and Trinity United Church of Christ absentee from Illinois, defended his slogan by noting how new and fresh his politics of bitterness were. “I’m asking Pennsylvanians to believe,” he reaffirms, “in me so they don’t have to cling to guns or religion.”