From a recent post by the perennially unhinged Republican Michelle Malkin comments about Barack Obama, Snob-ama disses pro-gun, religious, anti-illegal immigration activists in Penn. By Michelle Malkin • April 11, 2008 04:50 PM
Now, we don’t need to guess anymore what he’s thinking when he’s on the campaign trail in rural and small-town Pennsylvania. Instead of hard-working, patriotic, faithful Americans, he sees “bitter,” “frustrated,” resentful scary people whom he’ll readily diss while sipping Chardonnay in Baghdad by the Bay. (emphasis mine)
Does Malkin not comprehend plain English or does what Senator Obama actually said make any difference, Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter
Here’s how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn’t buy it. And when it’s delivered by — it’s true that when it’s delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama (laugher), then that adds another layer of skepticism (laughter).
But — so the questions you’re most likely to get about me, ‘Well, what is this guy going to do for me? What’s the concrete thing?’ What they wanna hear is — so, we’ll give you talking points about what we’re proposing — close tax loopholes, roll back, you know, the tax cuts for the top 1 percent. Obama’s gonna give tax breaks to middle-class folks and we’re gonna provide health care for every American. So we’ll go down a series of talking points.
But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of 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. 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.
Um, now these are in some communities, you know. I think what you’ll find is, is that people of every background — there are gonna be a mix of people, you can go in the toughest neighborhoods, you know working-class lunch-pail folks, you’ll find Obama enthusiasts. And you can go into places where you think I’d be very strong and people will just be skeptical. The important thing is that you show up and you’re doing what you’re doing.
Obama says he finds “enthusiasts” in those communities. Malkin’s rabid right-wing brain chews on that for a second and regurgitates it as Obama finds these people “scary”. I searched around for the post in which Malkin criticizes John McCain for saying something very similar but couldn’t find one, McCain Said It, Before He Attacked It
Anti-immigrant passion also owes much to the disproportionate influence of a few small states in the nominating process. National polls show that, as an issue, immigration is far behind the Iraq war, terrorism, the economy, and health care as a concern to most Americans; a recent Pew poll shows that, nationally, only six per cent of voters offer immigration as the most important issue facing the country. But in Iowa and South Carolina, two of the three most important early states, it is a top concern for the Republicans who are most likely to vote.
“It’s the influx of illegals into places where they’ve never seen a Hispanic influence before,” McCain told me. “You probably see more emotion in Iowa than you do in Arizona on this issue. I was in a town in Iowa, and twenty years ago there were no Hispanics in the town. Then a meatpacking facility was opened up. Now twenty per cent of their population is Hispanic. There were senior citizens there who were–‘concerned’ is not the word. They see this as an assault on their culture, what they view as an impact on what have been their traditions in Iowa, in the small towns in Iowa. So you get questions like ‘Why do I have to punch 1 for English?’ ‘Why can’t they speak English?’ It’s become larger than just the fact that we need to enforce our borders.”
Obama and McCain in their own way are interpreting the mood of the people they talk to. Many people do in fact look at their economic situation, the way the cultural landscape is changing and thye’ve expressed concerns. Each candidate in their own way is acknowledging those concerns. In Malkin’s world that’s a thought crime.
Malkin had to throw in one of the Right’s favorite rhetorical devices, the hackneyed attempt to associate Obama, with God forbid our sister country France (pdf) with the reference to Chardonnay. Anyone that consumes products from France like Rush Limbaugh’s for instance who besides a fetish for Cuban cigars a thing for Chateau Haut Brion Bordeaux and has been known to pay two thousand dollars for a bottle. If we’re talking about elitism let’s talk about former Republican Senator, now a lobbyist Trent Lott’s discovery that regular folks have to pay for their own lunch. Want to talk about arrogance. Vice-president Dick Cheney could care less what the people want. This is part of what Obama was talking about, a government that doesn’t respond to what they want,
RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.
RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?
CHENEY: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.
Media Research Center has some strange ideas about what constitutes “media excellence”, Chris Matthews Wins!…an “Outrageously Biased” Award
Former FNC anchor and White House press secretary Tony Snow was honored with the only non-tongue-in-cheek award, winning the William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.
This would be the same Tony Snow that most people know as a serial liar who has all the journalistic ethics of a cockroach,
Guest-hosting the March 28 broadcast of Westwood One’s The Radio Factor, former White House press secretary Tony Snow distorted Sen. Barack Obama’s voting record, falsely claiming that “since [Obama has] been in the United States Senate, he has voted present more often than any other member of the Senate.” According to The Washington Post congressional vote database, Obama has never voted present during his time in the U.S. Senate, unlike other senators. Snow also claimed that Obama “has described” Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, who recently retired as pastor at Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, “as one of his key political advisers, and he said that he didn’t make any key political decision without consulting him”; in fact, Obama has specifically stated that Wright “has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor.”