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|Barack Obama, to a friendly audience in San Francisco [courtesy Powerline via Hugh Hewitt]:|
You go into some of 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. So it's not surprising then that 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.
So, middle-Americans' bitterness is why they cling to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to their Faith, and to the Rule of Law vis-a-vis immigration.
Q: Senator Obama, exactly WHY in the world do want to be the leader of a people, so many of whom you so clearly do not understand and despise?
Q: Senator Obama, are THESE the type of people you intend to "bring together"?
Q: Senator Obama, to use your logic, "they" cling to their bitterness and their religion because they haven't had jobs in 25 years; why do you, who have always had very good jobs and opportunities, cling as you have for the last 20 years to the religion of bitterness preached by Rev. Wright?
Q: Senator Obama, are you really comfortable describing such a vast swath of American society as bigots? Ah, but you did: ". . .they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them . . ."
What's remarkable, among the many things here, is that the original poster of this speech quoted Obama as an example of why he's failing to really connect with the working class. NOT, mind you, as a matter of abhorrent political demagoguery, but merely as a curious explanation for a political phenomenon.
In other words, the Huffington Poster saw nothing wrong, either, with calling middle America bigoted, bitter, armed and unstable.
There is, indeed, a huge divide in America today. And it is one that Barack Obama can no more bridge than he can leap tall buildings.
Oh, he'll get a [-nother] pass on this one from Democratic voters; this just won't play too well in the Fall, when those same Americans are faced with a choice between him and a genuine American war hero.