Sen. Barack Obama's response to his original elitist remark about middle America only makes matters worse. And Patrick Hynes of Ankle Biting Pundits
hits a bull's eye with this analysis:
By refusing to acknowledge that the lumping of Americans of faith together with racists and xenophobes is empirically insulting, he essentially restates his position and digs in: Religion, racism, xenophobia are just “refuges” (his new word) for people who are not as privileged as he. Really repugnant stuff.
Yesterday we learned that Obama told a crowd of fat cats in San Francisco that he understood the reasons why simple-minded Americans in Pennsylvania had come to "cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who [weren't] like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment" or anything else under the sun.
You see, they were bitter, yes bitter, over the economy; and it was all Bush and Clinton's fault.
Well, like Ben Smith of Politico
observes, "That's a pretty broad list of things to explain with job loss." But not if you consider that they're all a bunch of stupid racists who know nothing about the audacity of put downs from the Chosen One.
By the way, in the same post, Hynes contextualizes by walking down memory lane and recounting an earlier Michelle Obama comment
and then responding:
“Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”
Yep, that’s us: Just a bunch of uniformed racists who hate everyone who isn’t just like us and cling to our God and our guns because we didn’t get to go to Princeton or Harvard Law School. They know us so well.