Sunday, April 13, 2008

GOP Turns Up Heat on Democrats Over Obama “Bitter” Remark

Howling Latina made the earlier call.

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.

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.

Neither man has declared for Hillary or Obama.
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.

Do you honestly believe Obama's comments were in the least bit elitist? I mean, quite frankly, he's making the exact same observation Thomas Franks made in 2004, and Howard Dean made in 2003.

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.
Jamelle, you're leaving out most of what Obama said, the most offensive part - the part where he basically says that small town people are bigots who use the crutches of guns and religion because they are bitter. The only reason Obama is now talking about "bitter" is because he's trying to spin what he said and misdirect people away from the most offensive part. Just like what he did with Jeremiah Wright, which he responded to by making a race speech. But nowhere in that speech did he address what offended so many people - the anti-Americanism. These things won't go away, no matter how much some dems try to make it so. These are huge gifts to John McCain. And he won't care if Obama falsely accuses him of being a racist.
Be that as it may (yes I'm conceding that part of the argument and ignoring the stuff about Wright), It's still not in the least bit good for Democrats to attack each other with right-wing frames.

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.

People need to make up their minds about these comments. Did Obama really intentionally insult the majority of his own voters? Or did he mean to say that people tend to rely even more on their faith and religion when times are bad? And that with all the crime, we are more concerned with personal security and our guns? And that people often show their worst sides with intolerance and bigotry when they are worried about their jobs and their kids' future? Everyone agrees that this does happen, and it's not a slam on religion or guns, it's just reality. It's unfortunate that Obama grouped all these issues together, but if small town and blue collar people are bitter, they certainly have good reason to be upset about the Republican policies that have sent jobs overseas. Again, that's not elitist, it is historical fact.
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