Friday, April 11, 2008


Obama gave what I consider to be unremarkable comments about Americans who have been left behind not only by Bush but also by Clinton:
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.

I don't see any smoke here, let alone fire, but the wingnuts think this is terrible. Malkin thinks Obama's comments are "snobbish, condescending, and arrogant," AssRocket thinks they are "arrogant" and "bigoted" and Mark Armbinder informs us that:
Republicans sense an opportunity in the developing storm over Barack Obama's remarks.

His comments have been distributed to allies on Capitol Hill, to members of the Pennsylvania press corps, to talk radio hosts across the country, to Republican state parties and to the congressional campaign committees. The National Republican Congressional Committee is using the statement to whack Chris Carney, a vulnerable frosh member of congress from Pennsylvania.

Sadly, Hillary piles on and that's another reason I hope she doesn't become the nominee.

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