Monday, April 14, 2008

Elitism with a smile

Democrats who screeched with contempt over George W. Bush's winning personality as a formula for electoral victory ought to be embarrassed about now.

The only thing saving Barack Obama from political oblivion is a winning smile. It's not his lazy "intellectualism," his liberal pandering, or his sloppy wordsmithing.

If anyone else uttered this nonsense, they'd be in a political nosedive about now.

At an April 6 fund-raiser in San Francisco, this Obama explained to his non-blue-collar donors: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive Administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. 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."

The political damage thus far is unclear. If Obama holds on and wins the Democratic primary, this statement will be a wedge issue in Middle America. It's boilerplate leftist thinking, perfectly reflective of Obama's political heritage that is being partially disguised by the MSM.

Elitist? Not someone who works out at the tony East Bank Club.

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