by minnesotaryan, Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 07:48:04 AM EDT
Anyway, in this little snippet Obama gives a slightly more nuanced explanation of his thoughts on guns and the rural working class in America. "Bitter" certainly was a very very poor choice of a word (mostly because both Hillary and the Republicans are "clinging" to it as their only hope against his candidacy), but it's difficult to argue with his assessment of why the republican party has been able to compel so many voters to support candidates outside of their class interest.
This is by no means a comprehensive explanation of this theory(common to many besides Obama), but I thought it makes a lot of sense:
Oh and obviously this isn't breaking. I was just making fun of you (yes you).
by blackflag, Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 02:25:44 AM EDT
in their clear exasperation over the haughty words about bitter little people, the obamites cling to hillary having shot a gun.
yea haw, this here must be the ticket from this here connundrum we obamites are in, attack hillary.
it has worked before, why not now?
by JFK464, Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 09:12:18 AM EDT
Communicating one's thoughts, ideas and plans is what is known in philosophy as a social practice. We all know that the same word can convey different meaning to different groups of people. Cool means something entirely different to an air conditioning repairman than it does to a high school skateboarder.
by fogiv, Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 05:02:31 PM EDT
Crossposted at DailyKos
So this is what all the fuss is about:
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," 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.
-- Senator Barack Obama
by rhetoricus, Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 02:59:11 PM EDT
...and if you'd emerge from your multimillion dollar lifestyle, and your "experience"-filled, corporation-shielding, lobbyist-choked DC bubble once in awhile, you'd feel the chill.