You’ve probably been hearing about this new firestorm surrounding some remarks of Barack Obama’s at a fund raiser in Marin County:
“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,” Mr. Obama said, according to a transcript that appeared Friday on the Hufington Post Web site.
Predictably, the Clinton and McCain camps went apeshit:
“It’s being reported that my opponent said that the people of Pennsylvania who faced hard times are bitter. Well, that’s not my experience,” Mrs. Clinton told an audience at Drexel University. “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.”
“It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking,” said Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to Mr. McCain. “It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans.”
It was a perfect time for the other campaigns to spew fake outrage as has become so common in this campaign. Fake outrage is very much in vogue this election season, probably as campaigns have taken the lead from masters of fake outrage like Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Michelle Malkin. If Barack Obama is perceived to have thought or said something the least bit controversial, you can expect Geraline Ferraro or one of her ilk to express outrage and twist the situation.
I largely agree with what Obama was expressing, but I was worried about the potential damage those words could have on the campaign until I read and then saw Obama’s response:
“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.”
To get the full effect of his response, watch this:
Sure, the 527s are going to go after him on this one, just like they will on Wright, but I say, much as George Bush would: “Bring it on!”