Obama Insults Cultural Conservatives, ApologizesIt is hilarious to see two liberals fighting over comments made that were directed at (and were clearly an insult to) cultural conservatives. The comments were made by Barack Obama (who has since apologized-sort of), and discussing Pennsylvania voters he said:
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said. "And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
For the first time in this campaign, I can now see eye to eye with something coming out of John McCain's campaign. Responding to the Obama remarks was McCain campaign hack Steve Schmidt:
The McCain campaign also (ironically) pounced on the report from the Huffington Post, a liberal blog. "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking," McCain adviser Steve Schmidt told Politico. "It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."
Hillary Clinton jumped on the issue through her surrogates in North Carolina, but it is said the issue isn't sticking among Democratic voters there:
But the issue doesn't seem to be sticking. Clinton himself has been silent on the issue. But at the first two events of the day, the campaign has sent one of Carolina's hometown boys out to push the issue before Clinton takes the stage. Tom Hendrickson, a Clinton supporter and former Democratic Party chairman, included a reading of Obama's comments in his introduction of Clinton.
"Senator Obama, don't pity us and think that we're bitter and frustrated," he said in Winterville this morning. "We are hard-working family folks who are smart, and we get it. We don't need pundits to tell us what to think."
I don't think the issue will stick-in the remaining Democratic primaries after Pennsylvania. Obama has managed to hand the McCain campaign a winning General Election strategy if McCain will use it. He can now successfully paint Barack Obama as totally aloof and completely removed from the realities of Middle America.
If this is played right, every little hamlet and country precinct in the Union has just turned fire engine red.