Sunday, April 13, 2008

Small-Town, Small-Time Politics

By now, Barack Obama has learned to avoid sociological commentary during a presidential campaign, after unleashing the Clinton-McCain attack dogs with his observations at a San Francisco fund-raiser.

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest," he said, "the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them... And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

McCain's spokesman pounced: "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."

Hillary Clinton was shocked, shocked and evoked her own Lincolnesque, Annie Oakley childhood, recalling how her father taught her how to shoot when she was a young girl and her faith as "the faith of my parents and my grandparents,” presumably unlike that of you-know-who's Muslim forebears.

The Clinton and McCain little houses on the prairie in Chappaqua and upscale Arizona are a rebuke to the Obamas' elitist life style in Chicago and should serve as a reminder to the candidate to stay in touch with the realities that voters face every day.

No matter how bad things get in Bush America, it's not a good idea to knock guns or God, especially with Charlton Heston still warm in his grave.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Straight-talking John McCain stopped here in Michigan awhile back and told us "Friends, those jobs aren't coming back."

Wow! No sh---, Sherlock! Thanks "dad", for being straight with us. Now what?

Living in a small town in the Midwest, I can tell you Obama's basically correct. After having been relegated to "fly-over country" the past 25-years, it's good to hear somebody running for office who gets it.

Just like the new economy, the Clintons picked up and left Arkansas, left Illinois, and headed for the coast and that "old farmhouse" in Chappaqua.