Sunday at a rally in San Francisco Barack Obama made some controversial remarks about small town Americans and small town Pennsylvanians. He said,"And it's not surprising 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."
Those comments landed him in hot water with people in Pennsylvania and some in the media who decided to do their job and report it. Though the issue aside from Barack Obama's obvious disconnect with the average American majority is the obvious double standard in the media. MSNBC and NBC jumped all over Bill Clinton's comments about his wife's Bosnia story yet they didn't once touch the Obama story. It's kind of odd that Bill Clinton comments, that in no way were as controversial or serious as the Obama comments were the top news story for the Today Show and MSNBC, yet the Obama remarks were made last weekend. That's enough time for a responsible news media outlet to report on. But then again we're talking about MSNBC; home to such shows as Hardball with Chris Matthews, who once described a feeling he had for Barack Obama as a "thrill running up his leg". So Chris Matthew's erection aside, let's get to the real problem.
Barack Obama is playing right into the role he had hoped he would keep secret. The role as the liberal elitist whose so far out of the mainstream that it really makes people second guess whether he's "the great uniter". This is the same man whose suppose to have integrity and judgement, all the while having a friendly relationship with William Ares and Bernadine Dohrn of the Weather Underground, a terrorist group from the 1960s.
This guy is unraveling right in front of our eyes at the most critical point in his campaign. It's as if all Hillary Clinton's scenarios for staying in the race are coming true. As a Hillary supporter I honestly feel good about Obama slipping up because I don't think he's good for the country, I think he's a progressive elitist that teeters on the brink of Saul Alinsky and Michael Dukakis. I think he's both. So far he's mislead people about the taking money from oil companies comments, he distorted John McCain's comments about Iraq, by the way ever since McCain and his staff brought that up Obama has since backed off. He also distorted John McCain and Hillary Clinton's economic and foreign policy credentials. Whether it was Hillary and NAFTA or him saying that McCain will sit by and do nothing while families lose their homes. McCain has said, like Obama and Clinton, that the government should help those who were victims of predatory lenders.
Senator Obama is sorely mistaken when he claims that middle class and small town people are "bitter" toward the elites Obama hangs with in Chicago. They aren't jealous of his Harvard buddies. The real truth is that average Americans are angry but they aren't bitter. They get up everyday and they work hard because theres no use whining and feeling bitter and not doing anything about it. That's something Barack Obama, of all people should know. A man who struggled with personal identity most of his life and got up and made something out of himself. So why the blatant misstatements and disconnect? Well, Barack Obama made many friends in the progressive world of politics. Whether it's William Ares or whomever, Barack Obama lost touch with the very world he came from. Unlike the Clintons Barack Obama and Michele Obama paint a view of America that's bleak and hopeless. An America only they can save and if not them then America is forever lost in it's ways, never to grow from our failures and move forward. They won't allow us to fail and learn from those failures because they prop themselves up as saviors.
The reason why Bill Clinton is so symbolic in the lives of so many lower income and middle class voters in America is because he felt their pain. He knew where they were coming from because he came from that. Hillary has that same reach on the middle class, largely due to her husband, but Barack and Michele Obama are just too aloof and out of the mainstream perspective of the majority of Americans in this country.
I think this will hurt him a great deal in the coming days leading up to Pennsylvania. This gaff, and not his poor bowling skills and obvious act he put on at that bowling alley will draw the final conclusion that he isn't that voice the average American voter is looking for. What good is change and hope, and a new kind of politics to a trucker or a waitress when you talk bad about them to your big money donors and affluent pals at banquets in San Francisco? But why do I feel so suprised each time he puts his foot in his mouth? I mean George Soros of all people donate millions to his campaign, whether it's through Moveon.org or Media Matters. Soros by the way is a secular-progressive billionaire who wants to create a barrage of smear ads against John McCain.
I look forward to a 10-16 point victory in PA. This was the exact misstep Hillary Clinton needed to get her husband's minor slip up out the news and minds of voters. If they even cared at all.