by Mdm Prz 08, Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 02:19:04 PM EDT
Obama has once again revealed his elitist disdain for Reagan/lunch-bucket Democrats, and Midwesterners. While speaking at one of his San Francisco fundraisers he had this to say about small-town PA and the midwest in general:
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of 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."
In one fell swoop Obama basically characterized small-town PA and the Midwest as racist, xenophobic, gun toting, fanatically religious, Archie Bunkers. And why are they like this all-knowing Obama? Well it's because they don't have jobs.
So, gun owners only own guns because they are bitter over job loss, not because they believe in their Second Amendment rights, are seeking to protect themselves, or perhaps enjoy a good hunting excursion? People turn to religion due to bitterness over job loss, not because they feel a spiritual connection and moral conviction to some higher power? And every body in small-town PA and the Midwest is a racist, xenophobe?
Obama clearly does not understand nor connect with the individuals who make up the backbone of America: working class, small town people. These are the people who need a president who will be a steward of the economy, who offers policy specifics, who will provide affordable and universal health care. Wealthy elites can afford to buy into empty rhetoric, platitudes and vague promises; working class people can't. Hope isn't going to put food on the table. Hope isn't going to pay the hospital bills. Hope won't fill up the gas tank.
When these people hear his vague message of "change", they think he's talking about nickels and dimes. These individuals Obama chose to slur, like so many of us, are the ones who need a president who will look out for them the most...and he wonders why he will not be getting their vote.
Update [2008-4-11 19:7:1 by Mdm Prz 08]:Hillary gets it:
"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."