Sunday, April 13, 2008
GOP Turns Up Heat on Democrats Over Obama “Bitter” Remark
CQ Politics reports this morning that "remarks about 'bitter' small-town Pennsylvanians could make it more difficult for vulnerable House Democrats; and yep, these are very same Democrats who've yet to commit to the Chosen One.
Neither man has declared for Hillary or Obama.
A good portion of House members who have not declared their support are moderates and conservatives who represent swing districts dominated by small towns.
The targets of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee were a pair of freshman Pennsylvania Democrats - Jason Altmire, who represents small towns outside Pittsburgh in the state's 4th district, and Christopher Carney, whose 10th district covers the sparsely populated expanses of northeastern Pennsylvania.
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,” NRCC Spokesman Ken Spain said in a Saturday statement that echoed one aimed at Altmire a day earlier.Does anyone besides the howler get the impression that Republicans are going to attack Democratic candidates for condenscending, ill-timed remarks by Obama or Michelle in the fall...?
Expect to hear a lot more about "bitter clinging" and about getting more white people up front and about the United States of KKK.
Remember, it's not just the few but all Amerikkkans who'll be voting to elect a president and Congress in the fall; and this includes the all-important swing states of Michigan and Florida and Pennsylvania and Ohio and...
In other words, Obama's audacity of hope, Michelle's color coordinated scheme that she can be really, really proud of and Dean's stupid move to reject Michigan and Florida will hurt the party November.
Update: Here's an image of Obama that you can bet will be front and center in the fall.
It's not condescending to point out that people screwed by the system tend to vote for policies that seem to reinforce their identity. What's condescending is ignoring the very real bitterness and despair found in the Rust Belt.
Democrats should be defending Obama's remarks, not buying into the tired right-wing frames which have cost us election after election.
Just as Senator Clinton said last night at the faith forum, Democrats have been perceived as "elitists" for at least two election cycles now. We need to combat that frame, and the way to do it is not to buy into it, but to show where it's wrong.
The fact that Senator Clinton seems to have bought - hook, line and sinker - into right-wing framing, is damaging not just to Obama, but the Democratic Party.