â€œYou 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…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.
â€œAnd 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.â€
After reading this, people are saying Obama is elitist, condescending, etc. Yeah, okay…if you read this as him saying he’s better than voters you could have a point. But he’s clearly not. He’s explaining how the American experience has gotten steadily worse because of the bitter partisan battles we’ve been fighting throughout the last three decades.
Folks, consumer confidence is at an all time low. Prices for the basic goods are climbing every month. Our dollar is consistently dropping in value. People are losing their homes. More and more manufacturing jobs are being shipped overseas. Does anybody really believe that voters aren’t bitter? That they somehow feel that the people in D.C. really care about how they’re doing? And as a result, does anybody really believe that there’s not a fair amount of working-class Americans who allow wedge issues to define their vote because they think that’s the only thing they can control?
But hey, I’ll let the guy respond for himself…
My guess is that the Obama camp hopes Clinton and McCain keep pushing this “bitter” meme and try to define him with it, because it’ll make him the Howard Beale of 2008.