As usual, the Hillary Clinton's campaign and supporters picked up the right-wing talking points to attack Obama again! Remember, according to Ann Coulter and the Obama-Hating Clintonistas, Obama threw his grandmother under the bus, made a racist attack by calling her a "typical white person", may be a muslim, or belongs to an anti-American racist church, and lacks experience to be commander in chief, etc.) NOW, Clinton/McCain are attacking Obama for saying that working-class people in PA are "bitter" because they have been screwed economically and politically by politicians. Surprise! 80% of Americans think the country is on the WRONG track! Obama was telling the TRUTH (something Hillary Clinton and John McCain cannot take!)
Here's what Obama said that was so "controversial":
"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," Obama said. "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."
Everthing in his statement is TRUE. What really pissed off the Clintonites was pointing out that even during the "roaring 90s" working class people were hit hard (remember NAFTA? etc.) People are bitter and frustrated because politicians keep promising to do something and they fail to keep those promises.
But compare the responses of Hillary Clinton and John McCain:
Hillary Clinton: "Pennsylvanians," she declared, "don't need a president who looks down on them. They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families."
John McCain:"It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking," Schmidt said. "It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."
Hmm, sound similar?
And the Clinton campaign is circulating these CONSERVATIVE quotes attacking Obama! The Clinton campaign emailed around harsh comments from two Republican pundits:
Grover Norquist: 'That sentence will lose him the election... He just announced to rural America: I don't like you.' "Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who leads an influential weekly meeting of conservatives, went as far as to argue that Obama's line would cost Democrats the White House. 'That sentence will lose him the election,' Norquist told ABC News. 'He just announced to rural America: 'I don't like you.'" [abcnews.com, 4/11/08]
Republican strategist Ed Rollins: Q: "On a scale of 1 to 10 how damaging is this?" Rollins: 'Ten.' [CNN, Lou Dobbs, 4/11/08]
The Obama camp has released the following statement, responding to John McCain, via spokesman Tommy Vietor:
"Senator Obama has said many times in this campaign that Americans are understandably upset with their leaders in Washington for saying anything to win elections while failing to stand up to the special interests and fight for an economic agenda that will bring jobs and opportunity back to struggling communities. And if John McCain wants a debate about who's out of touch with the American people, we can start by talking about the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans that he once said offended his conscience but now wants to make permanent."
Once again, Hillary Clinton is teaming with John McCain to ATTACK Barack Obama, while Obama is focusing his attack on John McCain! Who is REALLY standing up for the "working class"??
How ridiculous for two MULTIMILLIONAIRES who support "free trade" policies like NAFTA lecturing Barack Obama on being an "elitist"! Maybe Hillary Clinton will join the McCain ticket! Clinton/McCain have so much in common!
Now Hillary and her cheerleaders are praising the gun nuts who must represent the "working class" !! What a bunch of idiots!
Looks like Hillary Clinton is going to play the Republican "god and guns" political card, will she throw in the "gays" too? (This reminds me of Bill Clinton playing ads on Christian radio stations bragging that he supported the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act!) Yes, the Clintons are not above playing the dirty "culture wars" politics like good ol' Republicans!
Why are DEMOCRATS supporting this Karl Rove/Ann Coulter political swiftboating against Barack Obama????
(NOTE TO GUERILLA WOMEN: Egalia you should change the byline of your blog to FIGHTING FOR THE RADICAL RIGHT"!)