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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What is inaccurate about what he said?

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM

I read a lot of the same kind of comments at Politico and Huffpo…and just had to scratch my head. Do y’all really not get the the insult and hypocrisy? Is the only reason to like guns, believe in religion, or be against illegal immigration is because you are clinging to something? I don’t think I am clinging when I like, or am for those things.

Obama credits religion and is against free trade. Is he clinging? Or, y’all understand that he is just saying those things to get the ignorant redneck votes.

No integrity, no honor, no honesty…is this what y’all want to represent your democrat party?

These are the things you use to describe Bush. And y’all have to twist yourselves into pretzels to find something that can be lied about to argue your point.

But, in the case of Obama, or Clinton, the it is their words and actions that leave no question as their morality.

cozmo on April 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Is he against the impoverished people in the small villages in Africa like he is those in PA? Why?

JiangxiDad on April 11, 2008 at 6:42 PM

It’s really not about being for or against. It’s about looking down at people. He puts Africans on a pedestal but Pennsylvanians…not so much.

Meawhile, I can’t wait to hear him claim he knows as much about Pennsylvania as he does about Africa. He’s been there you know!

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM

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

What an ass you are. Free trade != Free trade in peoples.

ninjapirate on April 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Can you imagine his wife screaming at him on the phone calling him a stupid schmuck, and him saying he didn’t mean to say it, and they’re jumping on every word he says. Priceless.

JiangxiDad on April 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

It is elitist and condescending. Is KP saying that what Obama said is the liberal view? I.e. one she shares? Shiver.

Clinton’s rebuttal would have been better if she hadn’t said it like she was talking to elementary school students (they just played the video on Hume’s show).

Spirit of 1776 on April 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Quick note: The quote in my previous comment got borked. The “Is it non-elitist to label people who you don’t agree with?” quote is from nonfactor and I was responding to his idiocy.

jasnell on April 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

How long will it be before the Obama campaign releases a photo of Obama with a shotgun in one hand and a dead animal in the other?

Mark1971 on April 11, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Yes! He owes everything he has to the white race. What an ungrateful black man.

Nonfactor on April 11, 2008 at 6:09 PM

LOL! You are such a dork! LOL!

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 6:56 PM

I think we need a Guess The Jedi Mind Trick. What false equivalences will he use? What narrative will he hijack? What relative will he throw under the bus. Where’s Chewbacca?

ninjapirate on April 11, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Right now, Cyndi McCain is choosing the colors for the White House drapes.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 7:01 PM

How long will it be before the Obama campaign releases a photo of Obama with a shotgun in one hand and a dead animal in the other?

Mark1971 on April 11, 2008 at 6:55 PM

His PR people are scheduling a hunting trip in PA right now. He even will borrow John Kerry’s official fowl carrier so that the animal rights activists won’t see him holding his quarry. Then he will reminisce about the audacity of it all.

Nosferightu on April 11, 2008 at 7:02 PM

“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.”

Someone really needs to do an intervention with Kirsten. The girl is lost but the brainwashing may be wearing off.

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 7:03 PM

And thus he loses Pennsylvania, and the Democratic race drags on for a couple of more months. Rove, you execrable genius!

Baphomet on April 11, 2008 at 7:03 PM

“Everyone who subcribes to the white working class don’t…doesn’t want to vote for the black guy.”

I think he HAS listened to a few sermons from rev wright.

Les in NC on April 11, 2008 at 7:04 PM

lobosan5 on April 11, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Enough of that business..

nothing can save Obama, from his own biases and foolishness.

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Obamessiah would make a horrible President. To think that the MSM totally ridiculed and marginalized Dan Quayle who was far more qualified to be President then Obama is now.

Hilts on April 11, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Of course, Clinton would have a hard time arguing she’s just like those small-town Pennsylvania voters. She and her husband’s newly released tax returns showed they earned nearly $110 million since leaving the White House, compared with the Obamas’ meager millions earned in the same period.

Why is Fox News trying to help barry diffuse the situation?

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 7:12 PM

What’s most offensive?

I think that has got to be one of the most difficult questions ever asked by AP. There’s so much to choose from it’s almost impossible to decide.

And it’s not surprising then
they (1. small town rubes)
get bitter (2. bad attitude 3. unemployed),
they cling (4. irrational 5. emotional cripples) to:

6. guns
7. religion
8. antipathy to people who aren’t like them
9. anti-immigrant sentiment
10. anti-trade sentiment

as a way to explain (11. rationalize) their frustrations (12. can’t deal with life).

That doesn’t even count his overall perspective and condescension.

If this is the way he thinks he can to talk to wealthy donors in San Fran to get them to open their wallets, what does that say about the wealthy donors?

INC on April 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Of course, Clinton would have a hard time arguing she’s just like those small-town Pennsylvania voters. She and her husband’s newly released tax returns showed they earned nearly $110 million since leaving the White House, compared with the Obamas’ meager millions earned in the same period.

Well, this completely misses the point, doesn’t it. It one thing to be rich, quite another to specifically and publicly insult the proletarian masses.

Nosferightu on April 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Hopefully when these poor village folk finally have to sell their guns, there will be some sweet bargains coming…

I really really want a 6.5mm Swedish Mauser…

pseudonominus on April 11, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Interestingly, I have one of those, with a custom trigger set, new barrel, turned bolt handle, and Nikkon 3X-9X scope. Nail driver. Not for sale, or at least not to a bargain hunter.

a capella on April 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Anyone who does not think this guy is a racist is someone who can go swimming in Lake Erie and say they did not get wet. Please, not only that, but clearly he is either so arrogant that he really thinks that people are so in love with him he can say any dumb thing he wants, or he is so dumb that he does not understand what the hell he is saying.

One way or the other, the only thing keeping this guy in the race is the Dems hatred of Hillary. I am beginning to tthink the Dems hate Hillary more than the averager Republican

georgealbert on April 11, 2008 at 7:19 PM

He’s been saying some stupid things lately and he deserves to get beat up for it the same as his “Typical White Person” comment. I still support the guy but he has a way of putting his foot in his mouth. He isn’t McCain, he can’t expect to let the media just ignore it the way they constantly do for him.

Typhonsentra on April 11, 2008 at 7:20 PM

How long will it be before the Obama campaign releases a photo of Obama with a shotgun in one hand and a dead animal in the other?

Mark1971 on April 11, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Well, he’ll have to use the famous John F’n Kerry line,..”Where can I get me one of them there huntin’ licenses?”

a capella on April 11, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Why is Fox News trying to help barry diffuse the situation?

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 7:12 PM

That really bugged me to. It also misses the point.

It’s not about how much money the candidates have. It’s about disapproving of people for being religious, or defending the Second Amendment or believing in national sovereignty – as if one only does very American things out of bitterness.

Also, If you listen to the audio that’s been posted you can hear the audience laugh heartily at statements that were not in the least bit funny.

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Of course the audience was laughing; they aren’t the little people being ridiculed, they’re the smart people.

Bishop on April 11, 2008 at 7:24 PM

He’s been saying some stupid things lately and he deserves to get beat up for it

Which might just be reflective of himself and his world view.

Spirit of 1776 on April 11, 2008 at 7:25 PM

we need to keep track of all the gifts that team Obama keep giving us.

“Typical white person.”

“First time in my life that i have been proud of my country”

“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.”

“we’re a country that is “just downright mean”"

“we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents.”

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM

The rust belt, blue collar Reagan Democrats of Western PA have a chance to heard all the way to Billionaire Row in San Fran-Sicko.

RobCon on April 11, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Two Americas. I wonder Obama didn’t pronounce this epiphany to voters in rural PA, and instead talked about this phenomenon to the billionaires in San Francisco? Surely, if he’s trying to deliver hope he’d tell the rubes they are bitter, religious gun-toting xenophobes to their faces.

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 7:32 PM

McCain seems likely to win by a margin like Nixon in 72 or Reagan in 84. I don’t see any reason to bother trying to get the votes of the anti-McCain zealots of the right. Hell, I may even not vote McCain over his immigration stance, since McCain pretty much has this election wrapped up. Of course, some future event could undo lead to Obama lucking into victory.

thuja on April 11, 2008 at 7:33 PM

That doesn’t even count his overall perspective and condescension.

If this is the way he thinks he can to talk to wealthy donors in San Fran to get them to open their wallets, what does that say about the wealthy donors?

INC on April 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Hey, but he says that he can Unite the entire COUNTRY!
While bashing “typical white people” in the small towns! LOL

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Rage here. Blood pressure, sky high! Let me be clear, I fully support the second amendment (just refinished an SKS stock this afternoon), believe in God, and believe in the sanctity of the U.S. borders. The sanctimonious, far-left paternalist elitism that Obama has espoused (without, apparently, any understanding of his elitist views) makes me retch. I have a B.A., an M.A, and a J.D. and believe my beliefs are subpar (and no greater), to no one, especially to some effete twit who’s never lived outside a large city. His belief that because I believe in God, guns, and country, I am less than him, is absurd. He can stick his latte where the sun doesn’t shine. America is a great country precisely because we recognize that all people are created equal. Apparently, B. Hussein Obama has never grasped that essential concept. God help this country if he is elected.

second digit on April 11, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I just got here but from what I briefly heard just now it sounds like what we all know. WHAT WE KNOW, and that is….
Obama, B. Hussein Obama dislikes anyone and everyone who is NOT a black person from the inner city who also dislike America and true American values ( Judeo-Christian{real Christian} values).

shooter on April 11, 2008 at 7:34 PM

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Obama at an event in PA.. “Hey you Rubes you stupid white hicks! Vote for me or you are ignorant racist xenophobes!”

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Of course, some future event could undo lead to Obama lucking into victory.

Like crist, grahm or huckster for vp.

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 7:36 PM

what does that say about the wealthy donors?

He doesn’t have any. He’s invented a new campaign funding model that gets all its money from individual donors.

NeighborhoodCatLady on April 11, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:36 PM

It’d be more like:

Hey hicks, could you please put down your guns and bibles long enough to vote for me, if you aren’t illiterate that is. I’ll restore your job that was taken by Paco, and get your bacon making job back from Canada.

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 7:41 PM

The master sophist will just give another speech full of doublethink and wait for the media to make excuses for him. Crisis averted.

V15J on April 11, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Well we all knew it was going to be very tough for a Republican to beat a Democrat in 2008. Luckily, it looks like the Democrats are going to beat themselves.

Keep talking Barry. You too, Michelle.

AZCoyote on April 11, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Ironically, this is an area–foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Buy Danish I tried to make this known a few days ago and no one cared. It’s so significant that this little no one of a novice believes himself an expert on such a gigantic topic, based on nothing. He’s really full of himself, having been pumped up by his ‘adorable’ wife, and those billionaire funders.

The sheer hutzpa is incredible. The other two should jump on it, with myriad good reasons.

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Obama’s starting to remind me of Fred Thompson. Back when Thompson was running, no one knew why he wanted to be President. Looking at Obama’s latest, his pastor, and his wife’s statements and you have to wonder why he wants to be President of the United States.

rjjago on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 7:41 PM

oh yea, the NAFTA thing.. >:}

Mr. Protectionist.

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 7:32 PM
Obama at an event in PA.. “Hey you Rubes you stupid white hicks! Vote for me or you are ignorant racist xenophobes!”

Chakra Hammer on April 11, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Oh here we go again. That is clearly not what he said, although most of what he meant to say is true.

The truth hurts, Middle America is bitter as hell, and they have every right to be.

A bunch of PA candy factory jobs got shipped to Mexico today – should we celebrate??

When people lose their way they turn to God, as they should. They also tend to place blame on those who deserve it the least.

Just as The Left blames Bush for everything, The Right blames allot on illegal immigration.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM

….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,”

Well now, that’s gonna scare the McCain camp.

tgharris on April 11, 2008 at 7:47 PM

And when I say The Right I mean Conservative types, not just Republicans.

I was including Reagan Blue Collar Dems under that umbrella.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 7:48 PM

That is clearly not what he said, although most of what he meant to say is true.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM

That’s a keeper!

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 7:48 PM

What’s most offensive?
I think that has got to be one of the most difficult questions ever asked by AP. There’s so much to choose from it’s almost impossible to decide.

And it’s not surprising then
they (1. small town rubes)
get bitter (2. bad attitude 3. unemployed),
they cling (4. irrational 5. emotional cripples) to:

6. guns
7. religion
8. antipathy to people who aren’t like them
9. anti-immigrant sentiment
10. anti-trade sentiment

as a way to explain (11. rationalize) their frustrations (12. can’t deal with life).
That doesn’t even count his overall perspective and condescension.

If this is the way he thinks he can to talk to wealthy donors in San Fran to get them to open their wallets, what does that say about the wealthy donors?

INC on April 11, 2008

It says that wealthy, democrat residents of San Francisco agree with this analysis of the folks who aren’t going to roll over and coronate the Obamassiah.

funky chicken on April 11, 2008 at 7:49 PM

AprilOrit, I love your comments, generally. On this topic, the Americans, of all political strides, have lots to blame on illegal immigration, first and foremost the laws on the books not being respected by politicians on both sides of the isle.

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Just as The Left blames Bush for everything, The Right blames allot on illegal immigration.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM

I think those drugs you are taking are very dangerous. Be careful, for petes sake.

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM

The Right blames allot on illegal immigration.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM

So, it’s inaccurate to say illegal aliens are straining the resources for our schools, hospitals and prisons? If they were not here, would we not have more funding for all these priorities? Yes or no?

Nosferightu on April 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Update: When does he deliver the Great Speech on Condescension to get himself off the hook for this one?

Doesnt the update spell Obama perfectly? Isn’t Obama avoiding any sort of specifics just to get elected? His entire campaign is meaningless platitudes?

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Middle America is bitter as hell? No, sorry, don’t see it.

I also don’t quite think voting for Mr. Hopeychange (gonna raise taxes and regulations through the roof) is gonna bring those candy factory jobs back to PA, and it appears that even democrat primary voters understand that fact.

funky chicken on April 11, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Well I guess we know what the Canadians have known for a while… Obama’s anti-trade stance are complete lies.

I mean- only the bitter would cling to those.

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2008 at 7:51 PM

The truth hurts, Middle America is bitter as hell, and they have every right to be.

The overwhelming majority of middle Americans have perfectly fine wonderful lives. Poll after poll shows that the vast majority of us are satisfied with our lives.

Most of those Americans who have lost their jobs find new ones and build new lives. They don’t sit around blaming immigrants or blacks or others for their plight; they get up each day and build their lives.

Obama’s view of Middle America is a caricature.

An insulting one at that.

SteveMG on April 11, 2008 at 7:56 PM

The truth hurts, Middle America is bitter as hell, and they have every right to be.

Bitter about what!
What can any president, Dem or Republican, do about jobs?
Not to mention the U.S. has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Western world.

terryannonline on April 11, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Update: Obama answers.

That’s no knife answer!

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 8:00 PM

More of the Obama “iceburg” becoming visable above the water line all the time.

Time to put Michelle back in charge of public relations….

Hog Wild on April 11, 2008 at 8:00 PM

So, who was the Hillary supporter that reported and then provided this audio to HuffPost?

Well done, top secret Hillbot. well done

funky chicken on April 11, 2008 at 8:00 PM

This screw-up is gonna hurt. It may not be determinative but it clearly raises the fundamental question of whether he is “of us.” Is he a normal American or is he a George Soros stooge? My guess, he’s a puppet on Soros’s string–and his arrogant “educated” attitude does not even permit him to recognize this reality. Punch another hole in his piroge boys!

second digit on April 11, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Hillary sabotage … Obambi is flaming out. He sure does have a knack for double talk, shuck and jive.

tarpon on April 11, 2008 at 8:03 PM

New bumper sticker:

Obama 2008
“This isn’t a parachute, IT’S A KNAPSACK!”

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2008 at 8:04 PM

That is clearly not what he said, although most of what he meant to say is true.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM
That’s a keeper!

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Listen, these people should lay the blame on The Clinton, not him. Bill Clinton is the cause of all of this, period. Be honest and put the blame on the person who caused the problems with these people to begin with – slick Willy and his wife.

I think those drugs you are taking are very dangerous. Be careful, for petes sake.

peacenprosperity on April 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Oh good ahead with the insults, yes I am on drugs, only one medication now as I am in remission from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Thanks so much for remembering, as I have posted about it. But my mental ability is sharp as a tack; thankfully – from me clinging to God in my hour of bitterness and frustration at my diagnosis – it hasn’t metasizised into my brain…yet.

AprilOrit, I love your comments, generally. On this topic, the Americans, of all political strides, have lots to blame on illegal immigration, first and foremost the laws on the books not being respected by politicians on both sides of the isle.

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM

I agree, I am not pro illegal immigration. I believe that it should be enforced. But it started long ago and it wasn’t caused by Obama, is my point. I watched Rudy not enforce it here, he embrace them and slapped the Feds in the face. so please.

This crap has been going on for years – and yes people are bitter. Americans are bitter, it’s the truth. Anyone who is bitter turns toward God in their hour of need.

He looked down on no one, he spoke the truth.

Hmmm, let’s see who is the elists with the 109M salary…ahem. She’s an idiot.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Keitho is defending Obama right now. He’s saying that the Obama comments were “full of context” and that his opponents reaction is akin to “starving lions”. And MSNBC still wonders why people think they are in the tank for Obama.

SoulGlo on April 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM

OPERATION CHAOS ALL THE WAY TO DENVER!!!! YEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Keitho is defending Obama right now. He’s saying that the Obama comments were “full of context” and that his opponents reaction is akin to “starving lions”. And MSNBC still wonders why people think they are in the tank for Obama.

SoulGlo on April 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM

And why are you watching Keith Olbermann?? Switch over to CNN and they are in the tank for the Clintons, the kool-aid fountain runneth over, they’re rolling in it and speaking in tongues.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Michelle Obama is pissed that Barack didn’t let her bash hard working blue collar folks.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Americans are bitter, it’s the truth

Sorry, I just completely disagree: the vast majority of Americans live wonderful rich lives.

Every poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans think the country is off track but that their own lives are on track.

The day when Americans become a bitter vengeful people is the day that this country is over.

SteveMG on April 11, 2008 at 8:13 PM

CNN Headline: OBAMA SLAMS SMALL TOWN AMERICA

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 8:13 PM

It’s so significant that this little no one of a novice believes himself an expert on such a gigantic topic, based on nothing.

The sheer hutzpa is incredible. The other two should jump on it, with myriad good reasons.
Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Here is McCain’s response:

“When John McCain travels on official business, he meets with presidents, prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers, members of parliament, human rights leaders, N.G.O.’s, business leaders and journalists so that he acquires a full understanding of the country he visits and the issues at stake in our relations,” said Mark Salter, a senior adviser to Mr. McCain. “Oh, and as Senator Obama may know, he has actually spent some time living abroad as well.”

Read the whole thing to see about how his poor friends from Pakistan are doing – among other notable paragraphs.

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 8:14 PM

What is it with Democrats and their obsession with trying to elect elitist snobs into the White House? Clinton (both of them), Obama, Kerry, Gore, etc., elitist scumbags every one of them. That’s not to say every GOP candidate has been a “everyman” type either but the Democrats certainly take it to whole new level IMO.

Yakko77 on April 11, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Dang CHOSEN, wish I’d said that!

second digit on April 11, 2008 at 8:15 PM

I feel the hand of Rove here!

Rove, you magnificent bastard!

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 8:15 PM

The bitterness of small town america explained!

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8888028?source=rss

The San Jose Democrat on Thursday proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That’s an increase of about 1,500 percent.

lorien1973 on April 11, 2008 at 8:18 PM

The cackles of the billionaire audience is quite frightening. PA may be a Clinton victory.

RobCon on April 11, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Here’s a guarantee that will make you all happy:

When Maverick wins this thing, Olberman will be history. Bet the family farm on it.

THE CHOSEN ONE on April 11, 2008 at 8:19 PM

or be against illegal immigration
cozmo on April 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM

He said anti-immigrant, not anti illegal immigrant. This compounds the accusation to far worse levels than it already was. He’s pretty much calling small-town voters racist. Based on the headline it looks like Allah caught it too.

Darth Executor on April 11, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Is Obama’s Campaign Over?

It may be. I don’t see how anyone known to have uttered these words can be elected President:

You go into some of 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. So it’s not surprising then that 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.

Barack Obama’s arrogance has been evident for some time, and it’s no shock, perhaps, to learn that that he shares this bigoted opinion, common among urban liberals, of people who live in “small towns.” But to actually express it, in public, at a campaign event, is stunningly stupid. Nevertheless, Obama did it:

It sounds like Obama is scaling back on his effort to appeal to religious voters. And what’s this about the yahoos’ “anti-trade sentiment”? Would that be like opposing the Colombia trade agreement? Hypocrisy is not unknown among politicians, but Obama seems determined to set a new standard. (powerline)

Keemo on April 11, 2008 at 8:23 PM

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Say, in a big part of that bitter middle America you talk about, corn is between $5.00-$6.00 a bushel for the first time ever, and all the farmers are grinning widely. Is that the bitter you are talking about?

a capella on April 11, 2008 at 8:24 PM

He looked down on no one, he spoke the truth.

Hmmm, let’s see who is the elists with the 109M salary…ahem. She’s an idiot.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Dear April,

first, and foremost, I hope that you are doing better, and continue to tend to your health. Ignore those who don’t know better.

On your quote, in this comment, several items are true, and we can hold, at least some of us, several thoughts in one head. This is becoming a huge challenge for many people.

1. The Clintons are just as elitist and hypocritical.
2. This doesn’t excuse the Obamas.
3. Yes, he did say these things and it’s him we’re holding accountable, not the Clintons. We’ll deal with them on many other topics/threads.
4. He speaks with forked toungues, depending on who’s in front of him, or what he’s attempting to obfuscate. He’s surpassed the Clintons in triangulation.
5. The American populace is not “bitter” in general. Don’t make me list why. I travel much and there’s so much money being thrown around, literally and figuratively. I haven’t seen this kind of lifestyle in this country in a long time. They want change, but not the kind Obama and Hillary are talking about.
6. Obama has been winning in the red states. He fears, for good reason, they won’t be with him in the general. That’s what this is all about.

p.s. can all who attempt to debate here keep from making personal insults, like the ones against April.

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Folks, the way I see it, this isn’t just an election, it’s a vote for a way of life. If you believe in rugged individualism, personal responsibility, and American exceptionalism, a vote against B. Hussein is a must. I know that a vote for Jaun McCain may be tough (he was not my first or second choice) but America’s back is against the wall and he is the only choice. I do believe he still considers himself an American, inspite of his McCain-Feingold and border policies. Not voting is a vote for Obama. Voting against McCain or not voting is a vote for liberal Supreme Court judges. Even as an NRA member, I’m clamping the clothes-pin over my nose and voting for McCain and against the democrap-communists this election.

second digit on April 11, 2008 at 8:24 PM

I’m fascinated, watching Obama-Obama/Clinton-Clinton unravel, right before our very eyes.

Oh wait…I’m sittin’ on my dead ass during the next election…nevermind

franksalterego on April 11, 2008 at 8:25 PM

This was posted anonymously on politico, PRICELESS;

Hey, blue collar workers of America Obama wants to help you, not because he can empathize with you, since nothing in his life experience compares to yours, no, he wants to help you because he pities your angry, bible-thumping violent inability to change your lot in life for lo this last quarter century. You poor ignorant slobs need Barack to lift you up and out of the muck that is your life.

That’s a keeper!

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Fake but accurate!!! Sadly it is more of the same urbanite arrogant bourgeoisie mentality.

jdkchem on April 11, 2008 at 8:27 PM

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:06 PM

That is clearly not what he said, although most of what he meant to say is true.

How do you know what he meant to say?

Listen, these people should lay the blame on The Clinton, not him. Bill Clinton is the cause of all of this, period.

What’s “this”? Losing blue collar jobs? Being an elitist?

Buy Danish on April 11, 2008 at 8:27 PM

“They are things that I think in a liberal world sound totally normal…”

Whether she intended to or not, KP has completely outed the American left. This is exactly what they think about the non-white wine drinkers. This is what they say in private, when they think no one is listening. And to them it feels normal to say this stuff. This is why they get into trouble, because when they act otherwise they are not being true to themselves…and so, they slip up.

Blaise on April 11, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Somebody needs to photoshop Barack’s empty head onto John Kerry’s body -on that common touch sailboard- and put it scooting down the middle of a street in Allentown or Scranton or Harrisburg, with the caption:

BARACK SPEAKS!

“…bitter [Pennsylvanians] cling to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”

OBAMA- KNOW WHO YOU’RE VOTING FOR!

profitsbeard on April 11, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Americans are bitter, it’s the truth
Sorry, I just completely disagree: the vast majority of Americans live wonderful rich lives.

Every poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans think the country is off track but that their own lives are on track.

The day when Americans become a bitter vengeful people is the day that this country is over.

SteveMG on April 11, 2008 at 8:13 PM

There are many polls, what you said is not entirely true.

I have done volunteer work with my Mom through-out Western Maryland, Western PA, and parts of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in 2006 – 2007. People there were/are not happy.

We are planning on traveling further into the South starting in June – through the Carolinas and West from there into TN, Kentucky and Mississippi, where my Aunt Beth and my cousins, her daughters, have been doing service, and people there are not happy.

But then again we are there to help what my Mom calls the salt of the earth, middle to lower class Americans.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Me tinks Osama Obama believes we’s all dis kine folk

Kini on April 11, 2008 at 8:32 PM

So, who was the Hillary supporter that reported and then provided this audio to HuffPost?

Well done, top secret Hillbot. well done

funky chicken on April 11, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Most likely an ‘Operation Chaos’ operative. Maybe a double, even triple agent. A supposed Obama supporter…who’s working part time for Hillary…but is actually the third trick mail room guy at E.I.B.

tgharris on April 11, 2008 at 8:32 PM

I’m fascinated, watching Obama-Obama/Clinton-Clinton unravel, right before our very eyes.

Oh wait…I’m sittin’ on my dead ass during the next election…nevermind

franksalterego on April 11, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Sit on whatever you want, but know this, your “opting out” is a vote for Obama. You can’t wash your hands of this.

second digit on April 11, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Buy Danish, thanks for the link. I did read it. The idiots at the NYT don’t focus on the meat of the meeting, who the gathering was, and what he said. It’s a semi endorsement of his ‘wisdom’.

My favorite, one

Mr. Obama, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, made the disclosure Sunday night while speaking to (his billionaire) supporters at a fund-raiser in San Francisco.

I fixed it for the NYT, and the rest of us.

And my favorite number two, how Obama conveniently left out his trip to Pakistan from his two biographies. I never forget a single country I traveled to, and I’ve never even written a journal entry, never mind a biography.

OBAMA- KNOW WHO YOU’RE VOTING FOR!

profitsbeard on April 11, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Yes, wake up America. You wish CHANGE? Open your eyes to see clearly what is coming.

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Say, in a big part of that bitter middle America you talk about, corn is between $5.00-$6.00 a bushel for the first time ever, and all the farmers are grinning widely. Is that the bitter you are talking about?

a capella on April 11, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Count me in for the 15 dollar beans too!
That will pay off the Kinze no till planter I just bought in one freakin year!!

ArmyAunt on April 11, 2008 at 8:35 PM

There are many polls, what you said is not entirely true.

I have done volunteer work with my Mom through-out Western Maryland, Western PA, and parts of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in 2006 – 2007. People there were/are not happy.

We are planning on traveling further into the South starting in June – through the Carolinas and West from there into TN, Kentucky and Mississippi, where my Aunt Beth and my cousins, her daughters, have been doing service, and people there are not happy.

But then again we are there to help what my Mom calls the salt of the earth, middle to lower class Americans.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Whew, thanks for posting this April. For a second there I thought your claim that Americans are all bitter wasn’t based on science!

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Friendly request – if someone finds the link of those billionaire homes from San Francisco, linked here the other day, please add to comments, here. Thanks ahead,

Entelechy on April 11, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Look guys, I still think it’s better to run against Obama in the Fall, than Madam Kankles.

AprilOrit on April 11, 2008 at 8:37 PM

There are many polls, what you said is not entirely true.

I’m sorry, I think you’re projecting your own personal anecdotes or experiences for the entire country.

The polls all show that the vast majority of Americans are happy with their lives. To be sure, there are periods like now during economic downturns where some Americans go through difficult times. And the numbers expressing concern or dissatisfaction bounce up. But these numbers go up and down almost overnight.

We have 5.1% unemployment. Five-point-one. The average American has a life that his parents could only dream of having.

Again, most Americans know that if they can’t make it here, they won’t make it anywhere.

I don’t wish to sound arrogant, but please think outside of your own narrow experiences. If the vast majority of Americans believe the way you think they do, people like Obama would win in a landslide.

And that’s simply not going to happen (unless something unforseen happens).

SteveMG on April 11, 2008 at 8:37 PM

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