Clarke Attacked for Posting
Last Friday, the day before the runoff election for Place 3, the Austin Review
distributed an e-mail attacking Margot Clarke. One of the allegations criticized
a posting that Clarke had made on Howard Dean's Blog for America
in January 2004 during the Presidential campaign:Perhaps Clarke's posting to the Howard Dean website referring to "President Bush and his gang of destructors" is most revealing. For one thing, it is not clear who she thinks the "gang of destructors" is - just the Cabinet or the entire military. Clarke's elitism is evidenced when she urges Dean to "bring our people out of their self-imposed darkness." It's the same government-knows-best attitude that motivates Clarke to shut down Wal-Mart and Lowe's, even though many people without her means work and shop there.
Clarke may have earned the dubious distinction of being the one of the first candidates for public office attacked for a posting that she made on a forum or bulletin board. There has been speculation for some time as to when this might happen. It is not surprising that it has occurred now, after the 2004 campaign when the web came into its own.