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12 reasons 'bitter' is bad for Obama
Politico ^ | 4-8-08 | Mike Allen

Posted on 04/12/2008 3:25:14 PM PDT by Darren McCarty

The possibility of a Clinton comeback was looking far-fetched. But operatives in both parties were buzzing about that possibility Saturday following the revelation that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told wealthy San Franciscans that small-town Pennsylvanians and Midwesterners “cling to guns or religion” because they are “bitter” about their economic status.

Obama at first dug in on that contention Friday after audio of the private fundraiser was posted by The Huffington Post. Altering course, on Saturday in Muncie, Ind., he conceded that he “didn’t say it as well as I should have.” And he told the Winston-Salem, N.C., Journal that “obviously, if 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."

Here is what he said April 6, referring to people living in areas hit by job losses: “[I]t’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.”

The Obama campaign contends that coverage of the San Francisco remarks is overheated and distorted. One aide said that “any logical analysis” would make it obvious that the brouhaha will not “change the pledged delegate count” — the key to the Democratic presidential nomination.

In fact, this is a potential turning point for Obama’s campaign — an episode that could be even more damaging than the attention to remarks by his minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, since this time the controversial words came out of his own mouth.

Here are a dozen reasons why:

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bitter; cling; obama; smalltown
Obama ran his mouth in one of the richest parts of San Francisco. This is his base. This is his crowd. This is where he is free to speak his mind. This is a mentality from the left that you see from the handbook of Thomas Frank's "What's the matter with Kansas?" This is what you hear when people tell people like me and a lot of you that we "vote against your best interest." What Obama is telling all of us who lived in small towns is the following. "I don't respect you." That is the number one reason why this is going to hurt him.

We take care of ourselves out here. We do not need or want your "help." I do not cling to guns, although I do cling to freedom. You should know also know that on average, gun owners have a higher standard of living than non gun owners. Cling to religion? You of all people kept running your mouth about how religious you are. Bitter? No, we aren't except we do have no tolerance of people who claim to know what is best for us. That last part is the biggest problem with limosine libs.

1 posted on 04/12/2008 3:25:14 PM PDT by Darren McCarty
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To: Darren McCarty

Scroll down a couple of threads.....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2000676/posts


2 posted on 04/12/2008 3:27:07 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: Darren McCarty

3 posted on 04/12/2008 3:27:43 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Religion, guns, and xenophobia—the opiate of the masses in the Rust Belt.


4 posted on 04/12/2008 3:28:31 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Darren McCarty
4. Some people cling to religion not because they are bitter but because they believe it, and because faith in God gives them purpose and comfort.

Ouch. This applies to O'bama himself, and his Wright Wing. (Is he clinging to his religion because he's bitter? Looks like it).

5 posted on 04/12/2008 3:30:13 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I did a search. It took me awhile to write the post, so it was posted in tht window.


6 posted on 04/12/2008 3:30:54 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in - Michael Corleone)
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To: Arthur McGowan
This sounds like our doozy of a governor when she spoke at a wine-tasting fundraiser in Washington state and told them to never, ever buy Kansas wine. She gets such loving treatment by the Kansas press that it never occurred to her that some unenlightened reporter in Washington might actually print it.
7 posted on 04/12/2008 3:33:07 PM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Darren McCarty

It seems that the more he speaks, it becomes clear that he is the bitter one. He surrounds himslef with bitter hate-filled, people like his wife, “reverend”, friends, associates, etc. Bitterness you can believe in.


8 posted on 04/12/2008 3:35:22 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Kanzan

It couldn’t be any worse than Iowa wine.


9 posted on 04/12/2008 3:36:35 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: TornadoAlley3
Only after it's pried out of my cold dead hand.
10 posted on 04/12/2008 3:44:01 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Even it’s probably better than Florida wine. LOL


11 posted on 04/12/2008 3:44:52 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Religion, guns, and xenophobia


Those three elements are positives but often reviled by the ruling liberal elite classes.

What really keeps rust belt types hanging on are unions and govt checks.


12 posted on 04/12/2008 3:45:38 PM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: TornadoAlley3

He looks arrogant, like Mussolini.


13 posted on 04/12/2008 3:46:00 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Indiana makes one good wine.

Brown Country Vista Red. The best wine.


14 posted on 04/12/2008 3:47:17 PM PDT by JRochelle (Obama on small town America: bitter, cling to guns or religion, anti-immigrant people.)
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To: Darren McCarty

This shows how Karl Rove is ahead of the curve. He’s been talking about Hussein’s arrogant streak during the last several weeks.

The recent opiate of the masses bs proves it.


15 posted on 04/12/2008 3:47:53 PM PDT by JHBowden (Give peace a chance! Kill Terrorists!)
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To: Army Air Corps
Bitterness you can believe in.

Bitterness for change! ; )

16 posted on 04/12/2008 3:48:55 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Darren McCarty

Obama is pulling a Dean, I’m waiting for the scream.

BTW Darren, great win by the Wings today!


17 posted on 04/12/2008 3:48:55 PM PDT by MIT-Elephant ("Armed with what? Spitballs?")
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To: Darren McCarty

This is what Obama was saying.

You shouldn’t turn to your religion when times get tough!

Turn to the government to heal all your ails!

Trust me, not God.


18 posted on 04/12/2008 3:50:49 PM PDT by JRochelle (Obama on small town America: bitter, cling to guns or religion, anti-immigrant people.)
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To: EGPWS
Here is a guy who says he should not be stereotyped, but yet he stereotyped us.
19 posted on 04/12/2008 3:53:11 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: Darren McCarty
No, we aren't except we do have no tolerance of people who claim to know what is best for us.

We have a deep resolve to maintain individual thought and to take care of ourselves as we see best to do it.

God gave us capability of reason and not an equal peer on the face of this earth is going to take it away!

20 posted on 04/12/2008 3:56:10 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEYVxKS07Mw

Red State Update’s tribute to Heston

21 posted on 04/12/2008 3:56:51 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: Darren McCarty

The Clinton commercial writers are as happy with this as Rove was with “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”


22 posted on 04/12/2008 3:57:49 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Here is a guy who says he should not be stereotyped, but yet he stereotyped us.

He should be d@mn glad that he's not a conservative Republican for if he were he would be heading to the unemployment line after such a statement.

23 posted on 04/12/2008 3:58:50 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: MIT-Elephant

Wings win, Ave’s lose. I’m happy. :)


24 posted on 04/12/2008 3:58:53 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in - Michael Corleone)
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To: Darren McCarty

all great points, but I still do not understand how he got away with “Typical white person “ on much the same ground.


25 posted on 04/12/2008 4:02:57 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Darren McCarty
That's why I want Obama to be nominated. I want the country to see up close what a liberal is really like.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

26 posted on 04/12/2008 4:06:18 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Darren McCarty

Obama’s follow up comments are as bad as his “bitter” one.

He has since said “I said something that everyone knows is true.”

Too dumb to stop digging. Dangerous.


27 posted on 04/12/2008 4:06:46 PM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

And since this is Primary season, he is talking about those people he expects to vote for him.


28 posted on 04/12/2008 4:12:59 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: Darren McCarty

It’s not the statement that they are ‘’bitter’’ that is the problem. It’s the suggestion that’s why they embrace guns and God.

As though those things are bad.


29 posted on 04/12/2008 4:13:26 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Darren McCarty

Why is antipathy toward “free trade” used as the cause of all the ‘bitterness’?

Growing union demands & rising taxes in the U.S. have led to capital flight, not “free trade” Agreements per se.

We should be mad at Labor Unions & Govt (high taxes) - not “trade.”

Thanks, Unions & Gov’t.


30 posted on 04/12/2008 4:20:12 PM PDT by 4Liberty (U.S. Income Tax laws are enforced... but Immigration laws aren't = global tax.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Though the Obamanation is an elitist racist ant-American idiot ... he’s a frigging genius compared to the abject imbeciles who would support his sorry ass


31 posted on 04/12/2008 4:21:38 PM PDT by clamper1797 (It would be insane to vote for Hussein)
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To: Brilliant
It’s not the statement that they are ‘’bitter’’ that is the problem. It’s the suggestion that’s why they embrace guns and God. As though those things are bad.This MUST seriously hurt with the very group he has been trying to court. At the same time, he has been strategizing on how to win over pro-lifers. I think this mistake works in many ways -- discounting religious faith, portraying gun owners as bitter, San Francisco style elitism, disdain for the rural, small town poor. Of course, Michael Barone called the last group the modern Jacksonian Democrats as compared to the academic Democrats. Obama hasn't won over the Jacksonians and this will hurt him even more.
32 posted on 04/12/2008 4:21:52 PM PDT by Zechariah11 (Yeah, sure, Barack. . . . And Billy Graham "led me" to embrace Islam.)
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“small-town Pennsylvanians and Midwesterners “cling to guns or religion” because they are “bitter” about their economic status”

The fall TV ad featuring this will make Willie Horton seem like a boy scout. The words are bad enough, but posted on in ad with his own voice overlay is the nail in the coffin...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UMkQ6OPi3RU


33 posted on 04/12/2008 4:23:44 PM PDT by frankjr
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Love the way gun ownership is portrayed by BO as a sign of mental illness or a psychological disorder:

‘They’re stressed by job losses, and so - being depressed - they buy guns...’

My husband and I have both been fully employed over for three decades and — WE OWN SEVERAL GUNS.

Sheesh.

Try another excuse for gun grabbing - that one won’t fly...


34 posted on 04/12/2008 4:26:40 PM PDT by 4Liberty (U.S. Income Tax laws are enforced... but Immigration laws aren't = global tax.)
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To: 4Liberty

fully employed over for three decades
=
fully employed for over three decades


35 posted on 04/12/2008 4:27:40 PM PDT by 4Liberty (U.S. Income Tax laws are enforced... but Immigration laws aren't = global tax.)
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To: Darren McCarty

This proves that Hillary’s a tad smarter than Obama. She has the same sneering, condescending attitude toward small town folks as he does, but she’s smart enough not to exhibit it so directly.


36 posted on 04/12/2008 4:28:01 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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He conceded that he “didn’t say it as well as I should have.

He said it well enough for the people to get an understanding of his mind set.

What he meant to say in Indiana was he should have kept his mouth shut so you wouldn’t know what he was thinking.


37 posted on 04/12/2008 4:47:09 PM PDT by chainsaw ( No black racist Muslims in the WH.)
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He conceded that he “didn’t say it as well as I should have.

He said it well enough for the people to get an understanding of his mind set.

What he meant to say in Indiana was he should have kept his mouth shut so you wouldn’t know what he was thinking.


38 posted on 04/12/2008 4:48:43 PM PDT by chainsaw ( No black racist Muslims in the WH.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Another Senatorial dissertation.


39 posted on 04/12/2008 5:07:26 PM PDT by onedoug
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40 posted on 04/12/2008 5:32:16 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: Darren McCarty

The author of this article is advised to Dream On. Obama understands his base. The Dems don’t care about this stuff. He has the nomination in the bag and will become the winner of the 2008 McGovern Award. McPain will laugh himself all the way to victory in November.


41 posted on 04/12/2008 5:46:19 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: puroresu

Good point. HRC agrees with Obama in private, but in public she acts “shocked” like “there’s something rotten in Denmark.” And the American people, to borrow that old line from Admiral Stockdale in 1992, are “like observers at a ping-pong match”: clueless!


42 posted on 04/12/2008 9:40:59 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: InterceptPoint

Unless McPain does not let “feeling your pain” for the “little guy” mantra transcend being elected.


43 posted on 04/12/2008 9:42:12 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: Brilliant

Don’t quite a few of those small-town Midwesterners also supply the margin of victory for liberal candidates in district and statewide elections?


44 posted on 04/12/2008 9:43:29 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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"...they cling to guns or religion..."

So his attendance at a church is just a con. He's really just an atheist con man.

45 posted on 04/12/2008 9:57:05 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: JRochelle

I’ve had Missouri wine that wasn’t too bad. It seens to be of a higher viscosity than California...


46 posted on 04/13/2008 6:44:03 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Darren McCarty

I had just walked into a bar in Boston (on vacation in Beantown) when the Bruins scored in OT and the Sox are winning, so everything’s coming up good tonight.


47 posted on 04/13/2008 8:51:49 PM PDT by MIT-Elephant ("Armed with what? Spitballs?")
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