Sunday, April 13, 2008

Obama Insults Cultural Conservatives, Apologizes

It 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.

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At Sunday, April 13, 2008 9:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually what Obama said is true. Jobs are lost, workers go to McDonalds and see Mexicans doing the road building/repair jobs, the contruction jobs, then they get to hear "Vote VALUES, not your pocket book! Stand for God and His VALUES" and so on. Romantic visions of 'yester year' don't put food on the table and neither will handwringing conservative outrage over trivia like this. This is trivia and it and McCain are you all you got.


At Sunday, April 13, 2008 7:20:00 PM, Blogger groetzinger said...

"Played right"always something sneaky!

At Monday, April 14, 2008 5:35:00 AM, Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Of course, Hillary was lying through her teeth about her position on guns.

Look at the May 9,1999 New York Times article I just posted.

Obama may has said it wrong, but he wasn't lying.

Hillary blatantly lied...again.

At Monday, April 14, 2008 5:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, anonymous poster #1, but you and your boy Obama are wrong. People in small towns (and many other parts of this country) are religious and believe in gun rights because they want to. It has nothing to do with their economic situation. Obama seems to be suggesting that 25 years ago, before their "jobs were lost," they were a bunch of atheist gun-control advocates. Uh, no.

Obama, a socialist who most likely does not believe in God, was simply expressing the standard Marxist interpretation of human religiosity. Marx refused to believe that people could be sincere in their beliefs; he was confident that their religiosity was a pathological manifestation of some inner, unexpressed anger. Many leftists to this day accept this. The notion that people believe in God with full sincerity is simply foreign to them.

In a room of like-minded people, Obama let his guard down and expressed how he truly feels. Unfortunately for him, most Americans don't feel the same way, so it will hurt him politically.


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