And," he concluded, "it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."Barack Obama - The End of the Trail Speech. I'm feeling you, Senator.
The remarks could be political dynamite, with the Keystone State voting in just 10 days.
"Pennsylvanians 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," Clinton blasted.
"As I travel around Pennsylvania, I meet people who are resilient, who are optimistic, who are positive, who are rolling up their sleeves," she added. "They are working hard every day for a better future, for themselves and their children."
Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, described Obama's statement as "remarkable" and "extremely revealing."
Click my post title for the full Monty on Senator Obama's slight regard for all of us American Villagers.
Barack Obama was not only speaking to 'small-town' America, but the small towns that exist in Big Cities as well - we call them neighborhoods: Obama was talking to Dorchester, Queens, Staten Island, Pilsen, Canaryville, Brighton Park, Edison Park, Norwood Park, Evergreen Park, Morgan Park - hell every Park. Well, maybe not Hyde Park.
This was no Political Gotcha. This is Pure undiluted doctrine - Progressive doctrine. Obama lives this doctrine and it is from the heart - Words do matter. Barack Obama was speaking to his core constituency - Progressives. They are Gown elites - like his Hyde Park Neighbors in Chicago. Like Army brats, University Demographics - that's what smart types call people - tend to be transient - move around alot.
The Progressive demographic tends to be childless; Single or MNKs; college educated; transient; urban; spiritual but not religiously affiliated; professional; mistrustful of law enforcement and people who work in government; non-smoking; up-scale. Our Chicago Lakefront Wards and communities provide a good example - the trendier expensive neighborhoods, where much more disposable capital is enjoyed and where folks reside who make a lot of money - good jobs - and are not anchored to mortgages, schools and community roots, because they tend not to have children. Hence, an affinity for the Progressive Flagship like Planned Parenthood.
Progressives tend to look down upon the very religious, mostly high school educated, blue-collar, ethnic, close-knit, married people; who are, therefore, unfamiliar with the fitness gym/health club life style, due to raising many children in a thirty-year mortgage home, in these far less transient neighborhoods. The 'small town' places on big cities where the smoking ban is having a deep impact on bar owners: Norwood Park, Edison Park, Scottsdale, Mount Greenwood, Morgan Park Wrightwood & etc.
Progressives want Joe and Mabel Six Pack to not only recognize the ’shabbiness of their drab lives,’ but, also, agree with the Progressives that Abortion is a really good thing and that religion is the cause of most societal problems - that, and the fact of their being overweight- 'hate fat,!' under educated, under dressed and over populated. Progressives would rather see huge mastiffs in rastaurants, than Joe and Mabel's six kids. Joe and Mabel are told to keep their mouths shut while Obama conducts our 'current national debate on Race.' Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West will tell Joe and Mabel just how much like Obama's Granny they are - start to nodding!
Progressives are far less interested in who the precinct captain might be, but they are really interested in Global issues ( like Faux Gras -and so should every other community!!!!
BTW - on all that Progressive demographic stuff - Read Joel Kotkin's studies of the American City. He's a demographer and social scientist - I'm just a guy who works at Leo High School. Gotta site ideas - I'm no Jayson Blair.
Obama was having a good old fashioned elitist Jaw-Fest! Obama was speaking to his Peeps! Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and all the educated and tweedy stiffs who universally kiss their waxed rumps. Obama's words come from the Heart - he really means what he said. I'm feeling you. You feeling me?