A Whiff of Condescension -- and Dislike

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Apr 11, 2008 10:06 PM
Sounds like a major gaffe to me.    At a San Francisco fundraiser, Barack Obama said the following:

"You go into 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. . . . 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."

Transcript and audio is linked above.

Obviously, such comments defy analysis -- and belief, for that matter. 

There's just one big question:  Are the Democrats getting ready to nominate a man who understands the people of small town Indonesia (and Kenya) better than he does those of small town America -- and likes and respects them more, too?

Newsflash: Most of America is made up of small towns.  Is this really what  Barack  thinks of the people he wants to lead?

In point of fact, the ignorant, unemployed bigots Barack is describing bear no resemblance to the small town Americans I know -- they are people who love their God, their family, their neighbors and their country.  They are wonderful, decent people.  (And what's that about "cling[ing]" to religion, anyway?)

Finally, note also Barack's comment "Obama's gonna give tax breaks to middle-class folks and we're gonna provide health care for every American. So we'll go down a series of talking points."  So much for the new politics of hope and idealism.