Sometimes it’s fun to just sit and watch people make fools of themselves. The best part is that sometimes it doesn’t take long for them to shove their foot so far into their mouth that they actually swallow their belt.
I’ve pretty much stayed away from criticizing Barack Obama too heavily because 1) he’s new to the national political arena and 2) I don’t want to come off as racist. He’s only been a U.S. Senator for a couple of years now and really has too little experience to be president. That said, my second reason for leaving him alone is because when I go after someone, I want it to be mainly on principles, not because of gender or race. I did criticize him for not owning up to the Jeremiah Wright gaffe as he should have but that was because Wright’s comments are racist. Believe me; John McCain will receive his fair share of abuse from D.E. Carson when he screws up. He just hasn’t done it a lot yet. I have already criticized McCain on McCain-Feingold and McCain-Kennedy. He’s a politician and he’ll screw up again and when he does, I’ll come after him.
But back to Obama. On April 6, Senator Obama stood before a crowd at a private fundraiser in San Francisco and made the following statement:
“[I]t’s not surprising, then, that [people living in areas hit by job losses] 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.”
Obama was hoping that the little room in San Francisco was all the further that remark would go. But, on Friday, April 11, Obama found out what a fickle and traitorous machine the American political machine can be.
When faced with the Wright incident, Obama utilized The Huffington Post to publicize his statements against Mr. Wright. On Friday, The Huffington Post turned on Obama the way vipers turn on each other. Someone over at Huffington posted to that blog the audio from Obama’s little statement and all of a sudden it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at the Clinton camp.
So on Saturday, Obama back-pedals, telling the Winston-Salem Journal:
“[I]f I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that. ... The underlying truth of what I said remains, which is simply that people who have seen their way of life upended because of economic distress are frustrated and rightfully so."
Well, Senator, if that’s what you meant to say, then why didn’t you say that? Why did you have to accuse middle-class America of turning to guns or religion or racism to explain their frustration? Perhaps the real source of the frustration is the fact that we are all smarter than you think we are and we are sick and tired of be talked to like we’re a bunch of kindergarten ragamuffins that need the government to hold our hands. If you fools in the government would just leave us alone, we could manage just fine.
It will be no surprise if this week, Hillary begins to pick up steam going into the Pennsylvania primary. Had Obama made his comments in Philadelphia and followed them up with some sort of empathetic “I feel your pain and plan to help you,” he might have a better shot. But contrary to what one Obama aide said, “any logical analysis [will] not change the pledged delegate count.” It may not change the currently pledged count, but it might have an effect on the Pennsylvania delegates and it might keep Hillary in the race, as she put it “all the way to the convention.”
The Democrats are poised for a major fracturing of the party anyway. The split may come in Denver at the convention. If neither candidate can muster the delegate count needed and if neither one concedes to the other, it’s going to be a long, long summer. The middle class is tired enough of the Democrats talking down to them. Come November, they’re liable to just throw up their hands in disgust and vote for John McCain as a way to show the Democrats who’s still in charge.