The Obama Campaign Forgets The First Rule Of Holes
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in 2008 | Barack Obama | This Campaign Will Self Destruct In 10 Seconds — Comments (55) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Let's all focus again on the comment Senator Obama made concerning people in small towns:
"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 antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations," Mr. Obama said, according to a transcript on the Huffington Post Web site, which first published the remarks on Friday.
- Unlike the McCain "100 years" controversy, this current brouhaha is based on an entirely accurate reading of comments made by a Presidential candidate and the context in which those comments were made.
- People don't endorse Second Amendment rights or adhere to their faith merely because of economic problems. To say that they do and to reduce belief in religion and/or the Second Amendment to economic deprivation is just nothing short of silly and foolish beyond belief.
- I am sure that there are xenophobes involved in the debate over immigration policy. But of course, not everyone is a xenophobe and not everyone has xenophobic reasons for being concerned about the state of our immigration policies (this comes from someone who believes that we ought to have a liberal immigration policy to the degree possible and whose family benefited mightily from such a policy).
- Saying that people "cling" to beliefs is not exactly the best way to show respect for their intellects or for the nature of their worldviews--worldviews that perhaps outstrip Senator Obama's in terms of coherence and subtlety.
- This does not help:
Of course, we all know that CNN is in the tank for Obama and we know that Jack Cafferty is a moron--especially when it comes to his outlandishly foolish statements concerning trade policy. But never mind that for a moment. Note instead the comments made around the 3:10 mark. Evidently, Cafferty and CNN have chosen to defend Obama by arguing that if economic conditions continue the way they are going, the small-town hicks of America could eventually become something akin to al Qaeda terrorists.
And the Obama campaign sent this out in order to defend Obama's comments.
Just let that sink in.