Saturday, April 12, 2008

Obama Under Fire After Fundraiser Remarks - New York Times

Obama Under Fire After Fundraiser Remarks - New York Times

Seven more months...

Obama said, in a wider context...
"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, an Illinois senator, said.

"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," he said.

Well, yeah, but then...
...Hillary Clinton, and ... John McCain both pounced ...
Isn't there a difference between pouncing and throwing spitballs?

Clinton's so-and-so
said in Philadelphia the comments showed Obama "looks down" on voters in Pennsylvania,... and that "They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families."

McCain's so-and-so
called the fundraiser comments "remarkable and extremely revealing."

"It shows an elitism and condescension toward hard-working Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking," said Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to the Arizona senator. "It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."

Obama responded by insisting he was not out of touch with voters ...

So naturally
... Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said in a statement that "instead of apologizing for offending small town America, Senator Obama chose to repeat and embrace the comments he made earlier this week."

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said Obama "arrogantly tried to spin his way out of his outrageous San Francisco remarks."

What jumps out at me is the well-studied language of the Clinton and McCain side. Formula stuff. Bullshit.

Arrogantly looking down with breathtaking condescension while outrageously refusing to apologize. Right.

Will people will be as hard on Mrs. Clinton as they were on Mr. Nader when Mr. McCain squeaks past Mr. Obama in November?

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