Barack Obama created a firestorm because he said this:
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.Of course he's right but it's not something you say on the campaign trail. This is what always worried me about Obama - he had never really been tested on the campaign trail. This is going to hurt him far more than Reverend Wright did. This will help Hillary now and McCain latter if Obama gets the nomination. The Rethuglicans have been trying to paint the Democrats as elitist snobs for 40 years and this just gives them ammunition.
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.
Of course as Oliver Willis points out the quote was taken out of context by the MSM and the horrible Hillary Clinton was quick to jump on the band wagon, but a good politician would have known they would do that. Now McCain can say all kinds on stupid and insane things a he gets a free ride from the corporate media but you are a Democrat Obama and you have to be very careful what you say.
Obama got a free ride from the media when they thought he might be able to bump off Hillary but the ride was over when they figured out he could actually win in November. If the corporate media has to settle for a Democrat in November they would much rather have a corporate militarist like Hillary.
I'm with John Cole:
Hillary Clinton and her asshole supporters are now perfectly aligned with the Powerline, and Jeffrey Toobin is right- Hillary Clinton is an embarrassment, and I simply can not face the prospect of four or eight years of her syrupy, two-face, condescending, smarmy bullshit.It is obvious that the Clintons don't give a damned about the Democratic party or the country. While Obama needs to watch what he says I can't imagine voting for Hillary Clinton at this point. For starters I don't believe a word she says and at this point I think the occupation of Iraq will end in 2009 even if McCain is elected.