Obama on small-town voters: Bitter, xenophobic, religious; Update: McCain camp unloads; Update: People “don’t need a president who looks down on them,” says Hillary; Update: Audio added; Update: Obama camp responds — weakly

posted at 4:44 pm on April 11, 2008 by Allahpundit

An outrageous Kinsleyan gaffe? Sure. But give it a day or so, to let the Jedi mind trick work its magic. Then the left will tell us what he “really meant”:

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…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.

What’s most offensive? The condescension displayed here by the intelligentsia’s candidate of choice? The sheer breadth of the stereotype, which would send Team Obama screaming from the rooftops if a white politician drew a similarly sweeping caricature of blacks? The crude quasi-Marxist reductionism of his analysis, which he first introduced in his speech on race vis-a-vis the root causes of whites’ “resentment” — namely, exploitation by the bourgeoisie in the form of corporations and D.C. lobbyists? Or is it the shocking inclusion of religion, of all things, in the litany of sins he recites? What on earth is that doing there, given His Holiness’s repeated invocations of the virtues of faith on the trail? Note the choice of verb, too. Why not just go the whole nine yards and call it the opiate of the masses?

If you missed the Standard’s post a few weeks ago on the various complaints about “distractions” that creep into Obama’s rhetoric, read it now. This is of a piece with it. Everything in the Obama universe, including gun rights evidently, that doesn’t fit his agenda is a byproduct of external forces conspiring to manipulate the masses to keep his agenda at bay. Exit question: How does Hillary leverage this? Does she dare get the video and stick it in an ad?

Update: She’s not going to get a video ad out of it. It wasn’t delivered as part of a speech; how could it have been, given the obnoxiousness of the rhetoric? He said it to a bunch of megarich donors in San Francisco last week. This is how he talks to the liberal elite.

Update: The best part of this story? It’s HuffPo, of all sites, that broke it. His disciples can’t even claim bias in the reporting.

Update: Here we go. Your move, Hillary.

Asked to respond, McCain adviser Steve Schmidt called it a “remarkable statement and extremely revealing.”

“It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking,” Schmidt said. “It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans.”

Follow the link for Jonathan Martin’s assertion that Republicans are itching to “play the elitism card” against Obama, which is journo-speak for “itching to show the public just how elitist Obama is in reality.”

Update: Score. Go for the throat, shameless liar!

“It’s being reported that my opponent said that the people of Pennsylvania who face hard times are bitter,” Clinton said during a campaign event in Philadelphia. “Well that’s not my experience. As I travel around Pennsylvania. I meet people who are resilient, optimist positive who are rolling up their sleeves.”

“Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks down on them,” she said. “They need a president who stands up for them, who fights hard for your future, your jobs, your families.”

Update: An intriguing quote from KP:

“It comes off very badly,” Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers said of the small-town America remarks. “They are things that I think in a liberal world sound totally normal, and outside of that world I don’t know that he appreciates how it sounds. And it just sounds very elitist, and it sounds like he’s looking down on people.”

Update: HuffPo’s posted the audio. Sounds like an accurate transcription to me.

Update: Obama answers. No denial, no clarification, just an awkward change of subject to McCain. When does he deliver the Great Speech on Condescension to get himself off the hook for this one?

“Senator Obama has said many times in this campaign that Americans are understandably upset with their leaders in Washington for saying anything to win elections while failing to stand up to the special interests and fight for an economic agenda that will bring jobs and opportunity back to struggling communities. And if John McCain wants a debate about who’s out of touch with the American people, we can start by talking about the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans that he once said offended his conscience but now wants to make permanent,”


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Change and Hope my ass

Lance Murdock on April 11, 2008 at 4:46 PM

You redneck sunsabitches….

I’m glad I don’t have to count on your vote, you bastards!

Mortis on April 11, 2008 at 4:47 PM

If I was her I would

Mortis on April 11, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Just keep it up, putz. They’ll stick sooner or later.

NeoconNews.com on April 11, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Um, isn’t Obama anti-trade as well?

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2008 at 4:49 PM

He’s turning into a black john kerry, just can’t help but show he’s just another rich liberal who doesn’t know his ass from his elbow

Defector01 on April 11, 2008 at 4:50 PM

He is just getting in front, and leading the charge against bitterness, xenophobia, and….uh….religion(?) so that we can begin a national conversation. And any attempt to paint him as elitist is merely a “distraction”, as are all the unpopular positions that St. Obama takes.

its vintage duh on April 11, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Just wait till the babyboomers start retiring, they’ll cripple all those smal town pensions…

Theworldisnotenough on April 11, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Sounds like a true, elitist Northern liberal…and/or Howard Dean…well, tomato/tomahto.

CP on April 11, 2008 at 4:50 PM

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.

Wasn’t Obama a member of some bitter religious group? I can’t remember. Refresh my memory.

And doesn’t Obama profess to be anti NAFTA?

And wasn’t Obama part of a religion that thinks people who are different (white people) are giving them AIDS?

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 4:52 PM

How does Hillary leverage this? Does she dare get the video and stick it in an ad?

Stick in an ad? It’s an ad all by itself. If the tape is good enough…just put “paid by hillary” at the end. It’s a laugher.

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Typical American people.

MadisonConservative on April 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

If we all had government appointed jobs, we wouldn’t need freedom of religion or the right to bear arms, borders or trade regulations. Sounds like an excerpt from the George Soros Marxist playbook.

Nice. People will actually vote for this guy.

tx2654 on April 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

How’s Hillary going to run ad’s criticising condescension? She would have to say that Obama didn’t have enough of it. She has 35 years of condescending to solve our problems because she is so smart that it is her noblesse oblige for her to tell us how raise our children.

And she would have to make up stories about how these burnt out towns didn’t used to be burnt out when she was First Lady. It was only when Bush reduced taxes and did they collapse out of the shear shame of not paying enough in taxes.

pedestrian on April 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

You know… I was thinking today at work what would happen if he said something like this. Apparently Obama thought the same thing. Lets see if he can walk (on water) away from this one.

AbaddonsReign on April 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

HUH? People cling to guns and religion?

WTF..

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Gee… and I thought one of this guy’s selling points was that he was smart.

thareb on April 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

He’s turning into a black john kerry, just can’t help but show he’s just another rich liberal who doesn’t know his ass from his elbow

Defector01 on April 11, 2008 at 4:50 PM

What does his race add to your otherwise pithy analysis?

The Race Card on April 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Well, he used some big words and sounded very eloquent. He said administration 3 times and antipathy once. I’m impressed.

Geronimo on April 11, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Wow. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

If anyone other than him said it, that would be game over.

brak on April 11, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Bitter, religious and xenophobic? Sounds like Reverend Wright to me.

trubble on April 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

What does his race add to your otherwise pithy analysis?

The Race Card

Just a statement of description o holder of the race card

Defector01 on April 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

If anyone other than him said it, that would be game over.

brak on April 11, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Yep.

amerpundit on April 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Well, gorsh…

Democrats actually don’t like small town voters because it’s harder to stuff the ballots with the deceased, precinct jumpers, multiple voters….

reaganaut on April 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM

He is like Clinton, he can not help himself.

Wade on April 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Barry O is a snot-nosed elitist underachieving loser of no accomplishment. Such people need someone to look down on.

No wonder he and Wright get on so well, they both need people to hate to ensure their self-approval ratings.

Note how Michelle-like he sounds here. They are cut from the same cloth and mind.

How disgusting we should have come to this, even from the Democrat Party.

Harry Schell on April 11, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Obama needs to explain whats wrong with being religious..

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:03 PM

“The Messiah” is turning into The Omen

Does he really, really want to lose Pennsylvania? This is an exceptional opening for John McCain.

newton on April 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

What the hell does Obama know about America? I suppose if I went to a racist/seperatist church for 20 years, came up in the grievence mongering post civil rights era, cut my teeth on the incestuous corruption that is Chicago politics, married an unbeleivably bitter, angry, black supremecist, and then got my praises sung to the heavens for having a higher melanin content then any other preidential nominee, I might view America like he does.

I hope this fool gets trounced in the debates with McCain. Hell, if it would guarentee he got nowhere near the Oval Office, I’d accept 4-8 years of Hillary.

VolMagic on April 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

This is why liberals will always lose presidential elections. They just can’t help but be sneeringly condescending to people who don’t live like they do. Read the Messiah’s backers on that post at PuffHo. Almost to a (wo)man they say, “Well, that’s true, he’s spot on. It’s all these small town people care about.”

He may not lose Penn to Hillary, but he’s kust lost it in the general. Way to go, doofus.

Badger in KC on April 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Obama seems to have a problem with religious people..

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Obama is such an arrogant elitist who reflects the wealthy socialists who call themselves democRATS. Out of touch with reality.

jencab on April 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM

The problem with this guy is he is from a large city. People who were born and raised in a large city don’t know jack. They drive by a construction site and truly don’t understand what has gone into that construction prior to the construction of said building. Logging for lumber; that’s a big no-no. How about mining to get the different minerals to forge steel. Mining is a big no-no, too. It upsets the environment. How about drilling for oil to power the trucks and cranes and whatever. How about the generation of electricity to run the power tools? Can’t burn any fossil fuels because that leads to carbon emissions and global warming.

Liberals live in big cities and can’t relate to anything. How about the food they eat. Don’t understand the first thing about milking cows. Don’t know anything about raising beef, pork, or poultry. This stuff just somehow shows up on the grocery shelves and absolutely no idea how it got there.

Liberals is idiots.

cjs1943 on April 11, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Liberals is idiots.

Sorry, liberals are idiots.

cjs1943 on April 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

This is what Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco limousine liberal crowd really think about small town America. If all these unwashed slobs just had a good government job, provided by us, of course, they would just become good reliable Democrat voters.

Government is their church.

rockmom on April 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

o holder of the race card

Oh, that was classy. I don’t hold a race card, and that comment got my attention too.

surrounded on April 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Imagine if he’d taken such a condescending attitude toward Reverend Wright’s insanity…

blue13326 on April 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Kiss my country boy a$$!

MarkoMancuso on April 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

I hope this fool gets trounced in the debates with McCain..
VolMagic on April 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM

McCain didn’t seem like a good debater. He didn’t win the nomination because of his debating skills. And he hasn’t shown much proclivity to attack Clinton or Obama head-on–although that might be purely strategic at this point. Let’s up so. There’s an endless supply of red meat. But McCain may not use it if he’s depending upon not upsetting so-called centrist and Dem voters for a victory.

JiangxiDad on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

What is inaccurate about what he said?

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Republicans will bury Barack beneath his stupid remarks, his wifes gaffes, and his shady associations with racemongering, anti-american preachers.

Lunkinator on April 11, 2008 at 5:12 PM

A fool, an absolute fool.

JonRoss on April 11, 2008 at 5:12 PM

What’s most offensive?

Tough to choose, but I do believe I have to go with religion.

Behold the audacity!

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

I’m clinging to my gun right now. hehehe. Well sort of… But I’m not frustrated, though.

JimK on April 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Maybe Barack will Punish people by having babies.. >:{

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Update: The best part of this story? It’s HuffPo, of all sites, that broke it. His disciples can’t even claim bias in the reporting.

Wanna bet? Ben Smith’s comment section:

Ahh.. the Huffington post as a source. Such credibility.

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY POSTING FOWLER?

Mayhill Fowler = anti-Obama troll She’s bad-mouthing him at every chance. Take everything from this woman’s hitjobs with a grain of salt.

Mayhill—Hillary Clinton supporter. Mayhill is also over 60 years old. Maybe she is misrepeating like Bill Clinton said about Hillary-Tuzla.

amerpundit on April 11, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Lets paraphrase what he said, shall we?
“Your jobs are disappearing. No wonder you’re a bunch of gun-toting, racist, religious nut bags!”

What’s inaccurate? Come on!

AbaddonsReign on April 11, 2008 at 5:14 PM

What is inaccurate about what he said?

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

People do not cling to Religion because they are bitter!

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Bitter, religious and xenophobic? Sounds like Reverend Wright to me.

trubble on April 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Obama must think people in towns smaller than Chicago are bitter about the wrong things, haven’t converted to Islam and don’t want to.
Lack of bitterness about black suffering under affirmative action and their loss of income for white Americans failing to pay reparations is just plain wrong!!
[/sarcasm]

Right_of_Attila on April 11, 2008 at 5:15 PM

What is inaccurate about what he said?

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

People do not cling to guns because they are bitter, i like to
hunt and shoot trap.. Obama needs to shut his trap!

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Those that aren’t attacking HuffPo are saying it’s not newsworthy, Obama’s 100% accurate, or are attacking Ben:

ben you are biasted piece of sh*t. p.s. i hate you with every fiber of my being.

Don’t get out of the city much, do you, Ben?

Ben, Quit with the bolding of the text to emphasize and try to twist us into thinking what he said was bad. We’re not stupid!! It’s the truth.

Ben Smith, racist hack strikes again. I don’t appreciate a gay New York City clown telling us here in small town America what to think. Ben’s a moron who’s never been out of NYC. He’s a clueless fool who calls himself a journalist. And he’s a worthless hack who is a disgrace to his profession.

amerpundit on April 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

AbaddonsReign on April 11, 2008 at 5:14 PM

When did he call them “nut bags”? Are you seriously equating the word “bitter” with the phrase “nut bags”?

I also love it when I see conservatives say “This will dooooom the Democrats!” Like before the 2006 election where everyone here thought John Kerry’s “joke” was the nail in the coffin for the Democrats taking back the House and Senate.

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

This was just discussed on Fox News

bluefox on April 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

He’s right, Allah, and you know it. Check out freerepublic.com or any populist right wing site on the web if you don’t believe him. Populist unease at outsourcing and globalized movements of commodities and labor is dressed up in the language of ethnic traditionalism (“Juan McCain,” “Jorge Bush” etc), patriotism, small town religious values etc etc.

I suspect it’s the accuracy of the meme you find offensive.

Grow Fins on April 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

What is inaccurate about what he said?

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Had to know a troll was going to show up. What’s inaccurate? The part where he says people end up as gun-toting, religion-grasping bigots because jobs are being lost?

amerpundit on April 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

What an arrogant, condescending jerk. I love rural America! I grew up with never having locked a door. We would go on vacation and not lock the doors! Yep, we are just a bunch of dumb hicks who went to church on Sunday, kept a shotgun in the closet and created our own work without the assistance of the likes of Obama. Yep, just a dumb country girl who could whup Michelle’s butt.

bopbottle on April 11, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Populist unease at outsourcing and globalized movements of commodities and labor is dressed up in the language of ethnic traditionalism (”Juan McCain,” “Jorge Bush” etc), patriotism, small town religious values etc etc.

Grow Fins on April 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

You’ll find most people changing McCain’s name because of his support for amnesty — not his position on global trade.

amerpundit on April 11, 2008 at 5:18 PM

This one’s over. PRESIDENT JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN…. Hit the music.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 5:18 PM

It may not seem like a big deal to inject race without cause when doing so causes no real harm. It’s not…once in a while. But after thousands of similar instances, it get’s old.

Of course most people thicken their veneer and ignore the small stuff. My point here is that one reason some people have a hard time getting over race, is because they are constantly reminded of it in ways that mirror past offenses. Lots of blacks just aren’t savvy enough about white Americans to tell the difference. The reverse is true in the case of many whites not being able to flesh out genuine black racism versus theatrical black venting. (Yes, those are fairly broad generalizations. Sue me.)

Most people do a crap job of reading others. That’s why 90% of stand up is about men not getting women and the races not getting each other. People are stupid. Between me and you reading this, one of us is stupid. The other one thinks it’s not him.

***
Think about how pissed or frustrated the average white, Christian, heterosexual male must feel on some days. The pressure of merely having to contend with a media and public poised against your very existence for the past couple of decades must seem insurmountable. Waa.

We’d better hope Republicans are never enslaved, the whining would never end.

The Race Card on April 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Great. Stereotyping is ok for liberals. Of course. ;)

I wonder how long it will take for you to see how if another community had been targeted, the liberal outrage would have been off the chart? (Think of a group that rhymes with flack).

VolMagic on April 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Obama gonna steal your guns!

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Please tell me there is video. There has to be video. For the love of god let there be video.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Lots of people WITH JOBS “cling” to guns, religion and THE LAW.

Obama does not like Americans any more than Rev. J. Dudley Wright likes Americans.

EJDolbow on April 11, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Grow Fins on April 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

You’re making the mistake the Jonah G. disspells in his book. The mythical “right-wing populist” is actually a socialist, and thus the “right-wing” moniker is a misnomer. Free-markets, free-trade, personal liberty. That is right wing.

VolMagic on April 11, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Obama is blasting people for “clinging to religion”? Isn’t that what Obama did for all those years in Rev. Wright’s Church? And how can Obama blast people for being anti-trade? Isn’t Obama the same guy who has made opposing NAFTA a part of his campaign?

SoulGlo on April 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:16 PM

No one here thought Kerry’s joke would doom the Democratic party in ’06. We believe it sunk Kerry’s battleship.

Which it did.

AbaddonsReign on April 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Small towns in PA and the Midwest, not small towns in the South with black voters.

JiangxiDad on April 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

What is inaccurate about what he said?

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Just as long as he keeps saying it, who cares?

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Well..Im pissed! I’m from PA and I have no doubt Pa voters will NOT be giving him this state!

Good thing he isnt in Altoona today!

becki51758 on April 11, 2008 at 5:23 PM

We need to have a national conversation on antipathy!!!

Obama will be the one who can lead us towards pathy!!

exhelodrvr on April 11, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Funniest part? Obama said this in San Fran, while at a fundraiser given by Gordon Getty. Yeah, the guy who inherited, and now stands at the top of, Getty Oil.

But I thought those oil tycoons (and their little boys who inherit their money) were the bad guys. Not if they have deep pockets and blue (read: Democrat) blood.

Pope Linus on April 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

PA Voter: “Hey Barack, you had me at “Hello”, then you said what…?”

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.

Hillary should be all over this. McCain has already struck back I see.

CliffHanger on April 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

I gave a friend of mine a lecture about this once. Just because we from the country don’t mean we stupid. We know when people are being condescending. We know when people are treating us like we belong in a modern version of “Deliverance.” Just because we don’t live in a big fancy city doesn’t mean we don’t understand the issues surrounding politics and the world.

Obama is making the same mistake that countless Hollywood types have made. Denigrating the “salt of the earth” only makes said salt of the earth really really mad. Just ask the Dixie Chicks how well they’ve done in fly-over country since their remarks made it to us. Or George Clooney or Sean Penn.

We may talk slow and live life in a vastly different manner but that doesn’t mean that we need to be disrespected by a bunch of rich elitists who wouldn’t know the front end of a cow from the back.

mjk on April 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

This one’s over. PRESIDENT JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN…. Hit the music.

Let’s hope so.

Let pray from the books of Chomsky, Lenin and Carter… In the name of Stedman, Oprah we pray.

Claypigeon on April 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Great Obama cartoon here, perfect for just this situation.

Gilda on April 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM

He’s digging so fast, he’s about to turn that Mount Sinai he’s been propped up on into a gaping hole.

eeyore on April 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM

What about cities? My guess is that Detroit is good, but Boise isn’t. Just sayin…

JiangxiDad on April 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM

I’m really upset that Obama is giving us all his best stuff so early in the campaign. Part of me wishes he would have waited a little later…the other part is eager with anticipation to see what’s next!

Nosferightu on April 11, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Obama acts like he doesn’t know he has a general election to win. Imagine giving away PA. What a dope.

JiangxiDad on April 11, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Just a statement of description bro holder of the race card

Defector01 on April 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

FTFY

***
I get that it was just a statement of description. Do you get that sometimes being described by one’s race, in addition to being accurate, can be unnerving, annoying, offensive, unnecessary, provocative, unruly, etc?

Your statement was not offensive, not at all. Is my point offensive? I hope not. Seems like a simple transfer of ideas. There is no right or wrong.

The Race Card on April 11, 2008 at 5:28 PM

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.

How does Obama explain his wife’s and his Rev Wright’s bitterness and frustration?

RJL on April 11, 2008 at 5:29 PM

I wonder just how cynical and manipulative Obambi is for having gone to his America-hating church for 20 years, when he obviously disapproves of “clinging to religion.”

No I don’t.

Oh my goodness. Go check out the comments on Johnathan Martin’s blog post:

“Everything Obama said was true… and for ppl to hope there is a video because they think it can be spun into something… it just goes to show there is nothing of substance to say against Obama and, likewise, nothing of substance to say FOR McCain so ppl need to resort to distortions and sound bytes and cross their fingers that enough Americans are ignorant enough to fall for this stuff.”

“Wow! Now examine his whole thought, not just the bolded part. What did he say that you disagree with? There are people, living in rural America, that are exactly as his described…”

“I think everything Obama said was right on the mark. In terms of guns, Obama is not talking about violence. He’s talking how rural voters cling to the 2nd Amd like its the holy grail. When jobs leave these rural areas, hope leaves with it. Obama gave similar reasons to the black community in saying that inner city blacks should not turn their anger and despair towards immigrants because of perceptions that immigrants are taking their jobs. He’s speaking the truth people. Listen….”

misterpeasea on April 11, 2008 at 5:29 PM

While I cling to my religion and Benelli M4, I’ll do my best to forget how bitter I am about my 9-5 programming job in the Bay Area and pretend I’m surrounded by dairies and orchards.

fanderbiles on April 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Hey, the man has to know the meaning of bitter considering who he’s married to. Michelle O is more bitter than the entire population of the Midwest small towns and she has no reason to be. Every day some other reason to hate this guy presents itself to the American public. What a putz.

UnEasyRider on April 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

when this video comes out…the 527′s are going to have a field daayyyy, week, year

spacekicker on April 11, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Please tell me there is video. There has to be video. For the love of god let there be video.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Need video..

It’d raining McCain.. Hallelu Yah

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:32 PM

fanderbiles on April 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

I know how much you want to feel victimized and act like he was talking about you, but he wasn’t.

If you want to see a few substantial replies to this topic there are a few good ones at politico:

When a town dies because its businesses fail, and the frantic efforts to keep it going sputter and fizzle out, and then nothing else happens to provide hope for anything but holding on, the people who live there will feel very naturally that something or somebody has visited this situation on them as if it was a plague. The town didn’t die because of what the people who live there did, it was something outside. So when they see special benefits being “handed out” to illegal immigrants, or feel that somebody is trying to “take the second amendment from them”, or that some international deal is being cut to help Mexico when nobody is helping Pennsylvanians, they’ll react – and the reaction will be marinated in the bitterness that has surrounded the town for decades. Senator Obama has it right. And he might understand that words of hope aren’t going to move these people to vote for him now. And if he wants their votes next time, he’s going to need to deliver something that counts to these communities – something that makes hope more than another sweet-sounding word.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o25vDKhnWlY

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM

How does Obama explain his wife’s and his Rev Wright’s bitterness and frustration?

RJL on April 11, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Boo-YA!

It’s the WHITEMAN! THE WHITE DEVIL!

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 5:36 PM

If Obama is trying to say that only poor people cling to the 2nd Amendment and religion, he’s way off the mark. I make 6 figures a year, and haven’t hunted in close to a decade(I grew up on a farm, and have hunted deer, rabbit, bird, etc), but I cling to the 2nd Amendment becuase its so important. I also attend Catholic Church every Sunday. I also don’t like illegal immigration, but appreciate the spanish population in our town, the ones that are legal and illegal. They are all good people, I just don’t like how our government turns a blind eye to those here illegally.

So I guess maybe Obama doesn’t really know our population all that well.

Vincenzo on April 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

…the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them…

Is his holiness trying to imply that these small town Pennsylvanians have not worked for 25 years? Are unemployed steel mill workers the new welfare queens?

Kafir on April 11, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Do you get that sometimes being described by one’s race, in addition to being accurate, can be unnerving, annoying, offensive, unnecessary, provocative, unruly, etc?

Your statement was not offensive, not at all. Is my point offensive? I hope not. Seems like a simple transfer of ideas. There is no right or wrong.
The Race Card

If you feel such then I apologize for offending you
I was simply using a descriptive adjective and tied him into a fool of a politician whose elitism got him into trouble over and over again.

Defector01 on April 11, 2008 at 5:38 PM

ON that note, I wonder what explains how bitter Obama’s wife is. She makes 250 K a year and lives in a “progressive” city. So what’s her beef?

Vincenzo on April 11, 2008 at 5:39 PM

As a note, I don’t own a gun (will eventually) but I cling to the second amendment because any government that decides one amendment in the bill of rights is negotiable and ignorable then none of the bill of rights is safe from the government. I cling to religion as my guidance in this life and because it means something to me. And i’m a moderate republican from California.

Defector01 on April 11, 2008 at 5:41 PM

This will be Maverick’s revenge for the “100 Years” comment. A dish best served cold. lol

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I’m really upset that Obama is giving us all his best stuff so early in the campaign. Part of me wishes he would have waited a little later…the other part is eager with anticipation to see what’s next!

Nosferightu on April 11, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Don’t be discouraged. I read somewhere(probably here) that Hillary has another shoe to drop but she wants to wait till the week after the PA debate and right before the primary, so the moderator in the debate won’t be able to question her on it. Finger lickin’ good!

a capella on April 11, 2008 at 5:41 PM

HALP US, SENATUR OBAMMMA!

mikeyboss on April 11, 2008 at 5:41 PM

You Crackers with your guns, truck up on blocks in the front lawn and flinging boogers at the barn door…………

No wonder you need to be controlled and have your earnings garnished. You and your silly fears of criminal aliens…

Hening on April 11, 2008 at 5:42 PM

What a towering ego. Just amazing. The man is campaigning against himself.

spmat on April 11, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Um … Obama ….”anti-trade sentiment” is widespread among your urban supporters, also.

corona on April 11, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Hening on April 11, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Ah, yes, pitting whites against minorities. The best way to galvanize.

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:43 PM

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