April 16, 2008

IN FAIRNESS, IT'S NOT AS IF HE'S AMERICAN...:

For Democrats, Eggheads and Cheese Balls (Maureen Dowd, 4/16/08, Der Spiegel)

I’m not writing this just because I grew up in a house with a gun, a strong Catholic faith, an immigrant father, brothers with anti-illegal immigrant sentiments and a passion for bowling. (My bowling trophy was one of my most cherished possessions.)

My family morphed from Kennedy Democrats into Reagan Republicans not because they were angry, but because they felt more comfortable with conservative values. Members of my clan sometimes were overly cloistered. But they weren’t bitter; they were bonding.

They went to church every Sunday because it was part of their identity, not because they needed a security blanket.

Behind closed doors in San Francisco, elitism’s epicenter, Barack Obama showed his elitism, attributing the emotional, spiritual and cultural values of working-class, “lunch pail” Pennsylvanians to economic woes.

The last few weeks have not been kind to Hillary, but the endless endgame has not been kind to the Wonder Boy either. Obama comes across less like a candidate in Pennsylvania than an anthropologist in Borneo.


...after all, even setting aside his Kenyan/Indonesian background, he wouldn't be running as the candidate of Change if he liked the America that the rest of us have built.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2008 9:22 AM
Comments

Wow. I haven't read Dowd in years, but never would have thought her capable of such a no-nonsense piece. I guess that's why it was published in Germany, not the NYT.

Posted by: curt at April 16, 2008 12:11 PM

Wow. It was published in the NYT. Who would have thought.

Posted by: curt at April 16, 2008 12:17 PM

Open question for Maureen: Where the hell did you go wrong ... and why?

Posted by: Genecis at April 16, 2008 9:36 PM
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