A Politician Shows Understanding & Concern Trolls Unite

Given that my esteemed colleagues tas and Kyle have already commented on Obama’s remarks in San Fransisco I’ll instead focus on the blowback. The fact is that Obama’s remarks have ignited a concern-troll feeding frenzy and, what’s worse, they can’t even see their own hypocrisy.

The blowup over Obama’s remarks in San Fransisco is, quite honestly, mind-numbing in its inanity. You have some idiots claiming this will has destroyed Obama’s campaign. Some, thankfully, don’t see what all the fuss is about. Me? Even if I weren’t already an Obama supporter the reactions to his speech would probably make me one. Self appointed and elitist remarks like those of his critics in this matter just piss me off.

Look, I’m part of the small-town, rural middle class. I work in a rural factory town. I’ve watched people’s jobs in my community get shipped overseas or replaced by low-wage immigrants (many of whom are illegal, btw). I’m also deeply distrustful of the federal government’s willingness to give a damn. I like my guns. The only part about Obama’s equation that doesn’t fit me is the fact that I have no religion and I’m from Wisconsin and not Pennsylvania.

Given this background I’ve got one thing to say to all of the chattering classes that are freaking out about Obama’s remarks: Grow up, you’re acting like fools.

He’s right. We are bitter. The fact that you treat us like we’re made of china, that we can’t speak for ourselves, is the ultimate form of elitism. We didn’t ask you to go into a collective fainting fit in our name. He’s right, and it’s about damned time a mainstream politician had the balls to say what he said.

Luckily Obama’s not taking these attacks laying down:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9PepjyDow[/youtube]

For those of you who can’t see youtube videos here’s a couple short excerpts from the clip:

At a rally here Friday evening, Mr. Obama drawing a standing ovation in a crowded gymnasium as he rebutted those charges and painted both of his rivals as entrenched Washington insiders.

“No, I’m in touch. I know exactly what’s going on. I know what’s going on in Pennsylvania, I know what’s going on in Indiana, I know what’s going on in Illinois,” Mr. Obama said, his voice rising. “People are fed up, they’re angry, they’re frustrated, they’re bitter and they want to see a change in Washington. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States of America.”

[…]

“Here’s what’s rich. Senator Clinton said, ‘Well I don’t think people are bitter in Pennsylvania. I think Barack is being condescending,” Mr. Obama said. “John McCain said, ‘How could he say that? How could he say that people are bitter? He obviously is out of touch with people.’ Out of touch? Out of touch? John McCain – it took him three times to finally figure out that the home foreclosure was a problem and to come up with a plan for it and he’s saying I’m out of touch?”

Some other reactions from around the sphere:

Donklephant:

Folks, consumer confidence is at an all time low. Prices for the basic goods are climbing every month. Our dollar is consistently dropping in value. People are losing their homes. More and more manufacturing jobs are being shipped overseas. Does anybody really believe that voters aren’t bitter? That they somehow feel that the people in D.C. really care about how they’re doing? And as a result, does anybody really believe that there’s not a fair amount of working-class Americans who allow wedge issues to define their vote because they think that’s the only thing they can control?

My guess is that the Obama camp hopes Clinton and McCain keep pushing this “bitter” meme and try to define him with it, because it’ll make him the Howard Beale of 2008.

alicublog:

After months of hearing that the Obama campaign has no substance, you might think these upscale Rushbelt commentators would welcome Obama’s bold, public analysis of how Republicans bamboozle poorer voters. They themselves talk about this sort of thing endlessly in their media control towers; were they serious about what they say, they would be delighted to see the conversation go, so to speak, mainstream and into the streets.

Of course, they aren’t taking the opportunity for discussion, but for politicking

Below the Beltway:

…in politics, all that matters is how people perceive situations. Obama’s intent in making the statement, although I frankly think it is indicative of an underlying elitism, don’t matter so much as how people, and especially people in Pennsylvania and Indiana perceive them. If they buy into the immediate reaction that the Clinton campaign is running with, then it will most assuredly hurt Obama in both of those primaries, and is likely to blunt his momentum in Pennsylvania at the very least.

[…]

If Barack Obama’s perceived dismissal of the values of small-town America become the story going forward, then he could have problems in the weeks ahead.

There is, for Obama, one saving grace in all of this. His opponent is Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the idea that the Wellsley College and Yale Law School-educated wife of a former President who has made $ 109 million since leaving office can connect with small-town America is, quite honestly, absurd.

Edited by Kathy

6 Responses to “A Politician Shows Understanding & Concern Trolls Unite”

  1. You know, and I don’t want to talk too much to this because I don’t want to delude myself into actually thinking Aaron Sorkin actually is writing the script for this election, but you know, a part of me believes this is definitely some, “Don’t throw me in the briar patch stuff.”

    think about it, what will be happening exactly one week from right now?

    Yup, that’s right, the final debate before Pennsylvanians go to vote.

    Now, I would actually bet a paycheck Hillary’s going to try and hit Obama for this pretty hard, she may try and double up with this quote and Wright. And that alone is going to hurt her, her attempts to attack always do.

    But it’s going to give Obama the opportunity to rebut, and he’s going to lead with his speech on race, and he’s going to lead on his Indiana rally that you show in the clip above, but it’s going to be distributed to a wider audience, and more importantly focused towards the Pennsylvania audience.

    And that will be the last big news before the actual vote.

    Looking at it from a more strategical point of view; Obama is closing the gap with Clinton, yes, but at the same time, no one is expecting him to outright beat her. Not beating her is going to give her room to spin it that she should stay in the race, and let’s face it, it’s time to put an end to this thing.

    Now, Obama could play defense, take a small loss in Pennsylvania, and hope routing her out in North Carolina will knock her out, all the while still having to wage a campaign that is battling on two fronts.

    or

    He goes for the kill now. Tempt Hillary with an opening that she can’t resist, and when she gets caught reaching, knock her down.

    That’s not to say that he was hoping this quote would get out, but now that it is, might as well use it to his advantage. It’s what I would do.

    Okay, I’ve already said way more than I wanted to.

    It’s the weekend.

    I’m supposed to be resting.

    kthxbai

  2. Oh, and I did want to ask the question, you know, how is the least rich guy left in the presidential race going to be the guy that is out of touch? Really? McCain and Clinton both are way above the Obamas in personal worth.

    That’s obviously not to say that Obama is middle class, but he’s a lot lower in the upper class than his competitors.

    It’s a damn bamboozle…

    Ah hell…

    I’m riding the weekend. If this is even still news come Monday I’ll hit it again.

  3. who are you? says:

    Kyle E. Moore please define OBAMA trolls.
    Are you for Hillary Clinton?

  4. TRUTH OR LIE says:

    What is:

    Greffrey Garinnnnn: OBAMA’S Small-Town comments would Damage Him In…….

    What?

    BEN SMITH / BEN SMITH BLOGSL
    HILLARY HIT OBAMA ON FAITH, AND GUNS…

    TRADITION

    KYLE E. MOORE ARE YOU FOR HILLARY CLINTON?
    DEFINE:
    I’M RIDING THE WEEKEND. IF THIS IS EVEN STILL NEWS COME MONDAY I’LL HIT IT AGAIN

    IT THIS DESIGN TO ATTACK OBAMA?

    WHO THE TROLL FOR HILLARY CLINTON

  5. Okay, Truth or Lie, I’m going to tell you this once. I’ve kept most your stuff up mainly out of laziness, but some things for you to consider.

    If you’re asking who the TROLL is, as in the person designating themselves as TROLL, that would be you, you have the same email addresses anyway, so I’m going to go with the fact that you’re typing in all caps, using similar speech patterns, and, of course, using the same email address, that you’re all one person.

    If this is a surprise to you, well… er… yeah, I got nothing for that.

    Next, turn the capslock off, seriously. It’s not against the rules, but you’re already pushing the spam envelope pretty hard.

    Finally, yes, I am for Obama, though I will support Hillary Clinton should she get the nomination. And what I meant by riding the weekend is that I typically don’t write on the weekends, and wasn’t going to make a concerted effort to address this issue any further unless it’s still a big deal come Monday, then I would consider writing about it.

    Me being me, I’m already breaking that rule.

  6. hardworking says:

    If you like how Congress and the Federal Government is handling Fannie, Freddy and the financial crisis, vote for Obama because he wants the Federal government to be more involved in your health care decisions and college tutition decisions. If you like how Congress and the Federal Grovernment handled the Katrina and Ike disasters, then vote for Obama because he wants to Federal government to take and spend all your money. He is not being honest when he says he will not raise taxes. Use your common sense and do not be fooled by Obama’s empty promises.

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