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14 04 2008

Filed under: Barack Obama, Snob-ama, Elections, 2008, Politics, Liberalism, Elitism

UPDATED – 10:00 PM: Ed Morrisey breaks down the comments…Scroll for updates.

A bit behind on this from last Friday, but hey, been busy fundraising.

Barack Obama just doesn’t get America. Nor Americans. Last week, at an elitist-only fund-raiser in San Francisco, Obama, now affectionately known to Americans as “Snob-oma,” said this, according to a HuffPo writer:

“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,” 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.”

Thanks, to Michelle Malkin and Hot Air for making this great design available on t-shirts and mugs.

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I’ve got one of each on order. And the phrase couldn’t be any more accurate.

The best part has been watching Snob-ama squirm in his own vile over the weekend. First, he got defensive about who is more out of touch. Then, he tried to bail water: “I could have said it better.”

Even bench-warmer, Newt Gingrich has entered the game on this one:

If you go to the most expensive private school in Hawaii and then move on to Columbia University and Harvard Law School, you may not understand normal Americans. Their beliefs are so alien to your leftwing viewpoint that you have to seek some psychological explanation for what seem to be weird ideas.

They can’t really believe in the right to bear arms.

They can’t really believe in traditional marriage.

They can’t really believe in their faith in God.

They can’t really want to enforce the law on immigration.

Therefore, they must be “bitter” and “frustrated.”

This is the closest Senator Obama has come to openly sharing his wife’s view that “America is a mean country”. Not since Governor Dukakis have we seen anyone so out of touch with normal Americans. It makes perfect sense that it was in a fundraiser in San Francisco that he would have shared the views he has so carefully kept hidden for the entire campaign.

The more Obama is one-on-one with Americans, the more his interview is going south. Can Americans actually expect a sheltered aristocrat like Snob-ama to have an inkling of understanding for commoners? Absolutely not. The best part is, he is shooting holes in his own ship … while we get to watch him sink himself. I wonder what Snob-ama would think of a concept of a government that “derives their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Oh, wait, that is what America is. Yeah, he’s so far out of touch, he’ll never reach in time.

UPDATED – 10:00 PM: I’m amazed that some people either choose not to see or simply don’t want to see the patronizing in Snob-ama’s comments. I didn’t think any further explanation was necessary for otherwise normally intellectual blog readers, but I guess in this case it is. Maybe they have been sucked in by his flute-playing. Ah yes, the Pied Piper plays on.

Ed Morrisey breaks down the insults, line by line:

  • [T]hey cling to guns…” Cling to guns? Americans have “clung” to guns since the founding of the Republic. It’s such a core value to this nation that its founders placed it second on the Bill of Rights, right after freedom of speech and religion. Speaking of which …
  • or [they cling to] religion …” People don’t become religious because the economy hits a few bumps in the road. Obama may have chosen his religion based on politics, but most people follow a religion out of a deeper sense of spirituality. I can’t think of a more condescending and contemptuous analysis of religious dedication than this statement.
  • or [they cling to] antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment…” Small-town voters are bigots and xenophobes; there’s no other way to read the first part of this statement. The second part, about them being “anti-immigrant”, is a non-sequitur. They may be anti-illegal immigrant, but that’s a far different issue. Obama offers no proof that small-town voters are xenophobes, but the Frisco audience didn’t demand any, either. It’s part of their own bigotry that makes them see middle America in those terms.
  • or [they cling to] anti-trade sentiment …” And this is just jaw-droppingly hypocritical. This comes from the same candidate who opposes the Colombian free-trade agreement and wants to throw NAFTA out the window. Who’s clinging to anti-trade sentiment? Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Big Labor.

I didn’t think a presidential candidate in this country could be this condescending. But Snob-ama has more than surpassed my expectations. It IS an elite thing. You wouldn’t understand.

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