Sunday, April 13, 2008

The latest smear on Obama

Have you heard the news? Barack Obama is a terrible, terrible person. He said that working class folks in places like Pennsylvania are bitter over the fact that none of the politicians listen to them. So, what does he say they do? They vote based upon other issues. They vote based upon gun rights, or religious statements made by politicians, or vote to attack illegal immigration, etc..

This prove that he's elitist and out of touch, right?

Because you know that everyone in Washington cares about working class jobs, right? We have careful economic management that protects unions, and good paying jobs that support a middle class, right? Oh, heh, silly me, no, the powers that be tend to ignore the plight of the working class folks.

Well, we know that people don't choose to vote based upon religion, right? We know that the NRA is this piddling little organization that does nothing but give marksmanship and gun safety lessons, right? And no one has heard anything about, oh, illegal immigration, or gay rights over the past few Presidential elections, right?

Frankly, I think it's pretty damned elitist to suggest that the first part isn't true: that people seen their jobs, and their families' jobs, and their friends' and neighgors' jobs, vanish, and they're angry about that. To ignore that issue is indescribably out of touch. And once you've taken their ability to make a living off the table, once you've made that a political non-starter because no one is going to do anything about it anyway, what's left?

So Obama said that the way he'd have to win in places like Pennsylvania was to go forward and show that he cared about the plight of the working class, and prove that it was more than just him saying that... he'd have to earn their trust.

This is not the position of an elitist.

Clinton and McCain, of course, are trying to make as much out of what he said as possible. But they know what he said is true. They just think they see a vulnerability. "We can attack him on this! What he meant, that doesn't matter. What matter is, we can twist his words in a mean spirited way."

He has a response. And yes, he punches back... but he doesn't twist words in punching back. He goes for actions.

The YouTube is here...

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