Obama’s condescending remarks on small town Pennsylvanians get 2nd billing (and of course no links to the original story ) in today’s Boston Globe “Campaign Notebook”, which carries the headline “Bill Clinton remark renews controversy”.
One must wonder if the rule at the Globe is the more damaging the story the less visible the coverage. Recall that the Globe was completely silent about the 2004 Swift Boat Veteran charges against Kerry for 2 ½ weeks.
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. 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 toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
A McCain spokesman said Obama "shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking." Excuse me for not being shocked breathless by finding such condescension in Obama when it is so common in academia and the media. Fortunately, that attitude does not do well at the polls.
Obama has just shot himself in the foot. The McCain campaign may not be savvy and ruthless enough to make him pay for it, but (fortunately for Republicans) the Clintons surely are. They have 10 days to work him over with this before the Pennsylvania primary. These next 10 days could be an enjoyable spectacle for Republicans.