the blithering talking heads
by tarheel74, Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 12:02:36 PM EDT
Many people eager to defend Obama have been posting a short clip from CNN where Jeffery Toobin, Jack Cafferty and unknown lady stands up for senator Obama. I ask you do you really need this type of defense?
First let's talk about Jack Cafferty where after going through his usual sardonic way of excoriating everyone for taking Sen. Obama to task for his elitist and insensitive remarks adds this hidden nugget:
The people are frustrated. The people have no economic opportunity. What happens to folks like that in the Middle East, you ask? Well, take a look. They go to places like al Qaeda training camps.
Let's see what you said Jack, people in midwest who have lost jobs had they been in the Middle East would have become terrorists? Really? Well how many of these people have become terrorists here? Why is there an increase in Latino population of rural NC and I do not see increase in hate crimes against them or for that matter an increase in midwestern terrorists? Hit the road Jack, if all you can do is open your mouth and speak something so incredibly idiotic...hit the road. I wager here that in a few days the howls of outrage over this comment will resonate so much in CNN hq that Jack Cafferty will offer an on-air apology.
Next Jeffery Toobin. He embellished Obama's bio more than Obama does. Did Obama grow up in a single parent family? Yes, but since the age of 10 he lived with his grandparents. Were they a family of limited means? I don't know but what I know that they sent him first to a private prep school, and then to Occidental college and he transferred from there to Columbia. I have looked and found no mention of scholarships. It is alright for Toobin to admire Obama but to selectively embellish his biography to excuse this elitist comment is something he does at the peril of losing credibility.
Obama's problem is his disconnect with average voters, the conservative democrats, the Reagan democrats. His strength lies with the academics, the African-Americans and the liberal elites. He has boxed himself thus and words like this further compartmentalizes him in this box. If what he said was not bad enough where he said it in what context will be played over and over from now all the way to the GE.
None of what he said really makes sense anyway. I have friends in NC, hell I will talk of this little petite Southern Girl who is well educated and works here and she owns a bloody arsenal in her house. She likes going to the shooting range for fun and on Sundays she goes to church as a matter of faith. My girlfriend's dad is well respected lawyer who likes to hunt and is very active in his church. There are millions of people like this, not necessarily in rural America, who likes their guns, their hunting and they are also deeply religious. What he said was beyond condescension, he basically painted these folks as xenophobic, psychological wrecks. It's as if in Obama's mind Linus grew up in the midwest, outgrew his security blanket and turned to his gun instead. How ridiculous and clueless is that?