those san francisco nights

14Apr08

“….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.” – Barack Obama, April 6th, 2008

Comments like this have tremendous political ramifications. Republicans destroy Democrats with far less potent ammo than this c-4 that Obama spews. Look how Republicans are already using Obama’s remarks in down ticket races.

From The Washington Post’s The Fix page.

Within hours, the National Republican Congressional Committee had issued a release pushing Rep. Chris Carney — a vulnerable freshman Democrat from Pennsylvania — to condemn Obama’s remarks.

“It’s time for Congressman Chris Carney to step up and denounce Barack Obama’s condescending attitude about families who live in small towns and who hold a viewpoint other than Obama’s,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain.”

Oh and let’s define antipathy since the degree of intolerance it suggests has been questioned.

an•tip•a•thy, noun

1. a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion.
2. an instinctive contrariety or opposition in feeling.
3. an object of natural aversion or habitual dislike.

—Synonyms 1. disgust, abhorrence, detestation, hatred. See aversion.

Obama was standing before a crowd of upscale left coast liberals, people who had maxed out their contribution to his campaign of $4600 and were sitting at this couple of thousand dollar-a-plate dinner… so that they could contribute even more money to his campaign…. in San Francisco… and he was explaining another group of very far less well off Americans TO them… like a sociology professor would explain the behavior of some far off indigenous tribe of people to a classroom of well off university students.

Did I say this happened in San Francisco?

This happened in San Francisco.

The Illinois senator said that “these people” away back in the Midwest CLING to religion and guns and explain or essentially blame their own frustrations and bitterness with life on “those not like them” for whom they, apparently, have a shared antipathy.

He’s saying to these left coast liberals who, from San Francisco, already look down their noses at the ignorance of people not like them, that these Pennsylvanians and Midwesterners have GOOD reason for being the God and Guns, anti-immigration xenophobic bigots that they are.

Thanks a lot, Senator. With friends like you…

You see, that’s the problem here. He didn’t just say they were bitter. This one rambling sentence is an absolute buffet of problematic assertions to emanate from the mouth of someone who wants to actually win an election in this country.

But Obama steps into this mess largely because he is unseasoned and untested by being a presence on the national stage for any significant length of time.

He obviously doesn’t know that the inability to shake this effete out-of-touch elitist image that these very people he is talking about DO have of Democratic politicians has been the downfall of the party in presidential elections past and has enabled the Republicans to define themselves, incredibly, as being more in-touch with these vast numbers of middle-of-the-road Americans.

This is like that old family poison for the Democratic party. It’s literally an image that helped create the Reagan Democrat and it’s how and why Ronald Reagan won two elections and why his VP, George H.W. Bush, was able to extend the Republican reign to twelve long years by winning in ’88.

I said Obama will be the easiest take down in the history of American presidential politics. We’re all watching that happening whether we know it or care to admit it.

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8 Responses to “those san francisco nights”

  1. 1 Luke

    Really? Then why is his polling going up after this? Because people agree, thats why.

  2. 2 Lorraine

    >>why his VP, George H.W. Bush, was able to extend the Republican reign to twelve long years by winning in ‘98.<<

    Um, make that 1988. Clinton won in 98.

  3. 3 Lorraine

    Oops, there was no election in 98.

  4. 4 VMorris

    88 versus 98–an easy typo. I don’t know what polls you are looking at but here are the one’s I’ve seen and they say the opposite.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/56_disagree_with_obama_s_comments_on_small_town_america

    http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=d8b46eaa-c463-408e-98d2-b830eb122d39

    http://americanresearchgroup.com/

    The mainstream media is in Obamas back pocket so they are ignoring the polls that prove his fall from grace and trying to spin this as if it had no impact. But, Obama supporters if you want to continue to reside in the Great State of Denial, be my guest, but don’t be surprised if he Obama gets crushed in the General Election and follows in the footsteps of McGovern, Dukakis, etc., etc., etc….

  5. 5 VMorris

    In the third link posted, only the first poll shows Obama up a bit in North Carolina, but Hillary has gone up too, though still behind. But if you scroll down, she is handily ahead in PA and Indiana.

    Here is my point about the General Election (Post snobgate). If the election were held today, McCain would “trounce” Obama in Florida, but Clinton is virtually tied with John:

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/florida/election_2008_florida_presidential_election

  6. 6 jammerbirdi

    thanks on the date typo, lorraine.

  7. 7 Luke

    Indiana is up for grabs. Another poll showed Obama with a 5 point lead.

  8. 8 NURSERATCHET

    THE DNC BETTER WISE UP. OBAMA WILL NEVER MAKE IT THROUGH THE GENERAL ELECTION. ABC’S DEBATE SHOWED HIS WEAKNESS WHEN GIVEN THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. HE WILL FOLD LIKE A CHEAP UMBRELLA IN THE WIND. OBAMA JUST AIN’T GOT IT!!


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