April 12, 2008


McCain, Clinton Bash Obama's "Small Town" Comments (Jake Tapper, April 11, 2008, ABC News: Political Punch)

"Barack Obama apparently believes that for Americans less privileged than him, religion is an economic-based and not faith-based condition," Mark Salter, a senior campaign adviser for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tells ABC News.

"It is hardly news that Senator Obama's 'new' approach to politics is based on the presumption that voters are easily fooled," Salter continues, "but the arrogance and elitism he shows here is truly astonishing, and very revealing about how he would govern this country."

Salter was reacting to Obama's comments about the "bitter"ness of small town Pennsylvanians who then cling to their guns, or religion.

In Philly, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, implies that Obama "looks down on" these small town Pennsylvanians.

Senator Obama may be the most ingenious Rovebot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2008 7:01 AM

Was John Mellencamp an Obama supporter? Is he still?

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 12, 2008 8:29 AM

Mocha Adlai.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 12, 2008 10:48 AM

NYT journalists are said to be desperately trying to understand what the fuss is about!

Posted by: ZF at April 12, 2008 10:50 AM

So is Michelle.

Posted by: ratbert at April 12, 2008 11:20 AM

Ah, good old "antipathy toward people who are different." In Marin County, and similar places (law schools around the country, for example), that is also known as allowing the suggestion of a hint of a thought that sodomy might possibly not be quite the greatest and most beautiful of all human activities to flirt with the concept of tentatively thinking about forming an exploratory committee to evaluate the feasibility of crossing one's mind. It is a name in serious need of Lou Gots-ian rectification. Sort of like "a woman's right"; you know, that right which is constitutive of what it is to be a woman, the fact that the exercise of such right results in a dead baby being utterly beside the point.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at April 12, 2008 11:44 AM

We perceive what we want to perceive based on our previously formed ideas and arrogance. There is another way of seeing, but Obama is showing us how he wants to see things. See:

Posted by: Christian Prophet at April 12, 2008 12:00 PM

Maybe Obama wants us to be more tolerant of clueless politicians.

What's the over-under on Hillary's margin in PA now? Twenty? Twenty-five?

Posted by: Casey Abell at April 12, 2008 2:57 PM

Those rural PA votes already belonged to Hillary. The damage to Obama is national, not local.

Posted by: curt at April 12, 2008 6:00 PM