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  • SARAH PALIN: Inspired by Republic (Republic HS Graduation Class of 2013)

    06/01/2013 9:23:25 PM PDT · by onyx · 71 replies
    Sarah Palin Face Book ^ | June 1, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    Was honored and inspired by the community of Republic, WA today. Todd and I travelled to this incredibly beautiful northwest community to honor the Class of 2013 as they received their diplomas and headed out into the real world. Republic is a special place – it might be small, but it is big on the values that built this great country. Republic exemplifies what makes America great – and it was an honor to thank them for it. To the Tigers of 2013 – thank you again for inviting me and inspiring me. Always remember your roots and never...
  • Sarah Palin: Small towns is the soul of our country, despite the opinion of the Seattle Weekly

    05/30/2013 6:21:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 17 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Thursday May 30, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    Small town America is the soul of our country, despite the opinion of the Seattle Weekly’s Ellis Conklin and the lamestream media. Todd and I are on our way to congratulate the graduating class in Republic, Washington, this Saturday and I’m honored and touched by their ingenuity, tenacity, and invitation to speak to these young Americans about to begin their futures. Small town America is our heart; it may not be the Ivy Leagues or what Ellis and the media deem acceptable, but these students and this town represent what is good and right about America and the small towns...
  • Georgia Town Passes Law Requiring Residents To Own Guns

    04/02/2013 4:31:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies ^ | April 2,2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A small Georgia town on Monday passed a law requiring the head of each household to own a gun as a way to keep crime down.
  • Anger, frustration on rise in Gulf disaster

    07/02/2010 6:22:35 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | July 2, 2010 | Roland S. Martin
    "Rev. Edwards, with a black and gold Bible in hand, said it's time for President Obama to come to small towns like Pointe a la Hache and hear firsthand from the men and women who are scraping by, angry with the bureaucracy that is preventing the resources from flowing. He is still seething from a meeting last week with Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington, D.C. attorney President Obama appointed to oversee the $20 billion fund BP established to assist victims of the disaster. "This guy sounds like BP all the way," said Edwards, who didn't like what he said was Feinberg's...
  • Face of Defense: Small-town America Leads Marine to Big-time Success

    04/29/2009 5:00:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Cpl. Casey Jones, USMC
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., April 29, 2009 – All across the United States, from coast to coast and from border to border, you’ll find thousands of small, one-stoplight towns where livestock outnumber people. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Office 4 Rodney Freeman, a 40-year-old Clarks Hill, S.C., native, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense officer with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, talks to Lance Cpl. Robert Forsyth, a CBRN Marine, about the importance of having good leadership skills. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Casey Jones  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In these tiny towns...
  • Campaign workers attacked

    10/28/2008 6:04:41 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 36 replies · 2,005+ views
    Galax Gazette (VA) ^ | Oct 28, 2008 | By Ben Bomberger
    Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an altercation led to five Republican campaign workers being sprayed with Mace at their headquarters in Galax. Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to the Galax Republican headquarters on East Grayson Street when a caller reported someone had sprayed office workers with Mace. Responding officers arrested Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, and Cara Annis Hindman, 26, both of Galax. Meinecke was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault, Hindman was charged with five counts of misdemeanor assault. Galax Republican Chairman Mike Stevens said he was one of...
  • Frank talk of Obama and race in Virginia

    10/05/2008 7:14:35 AM PDT · by pennboricua · 81 replies · 1,380+ views
    LA Times ^ | Oct 5, 2008 | Peter Wallsten
    WHITEWOOD, VA. -- The isolated towns of Virginia's Appalachian coal region are home to strong labor unions and Democratic political machines that date back generations. Yet voters here who eagerly pushed Democrats into the Senate and the governor's office are resisting Barack Obama.
  • Palin's Small Town Snobbery

    10/02/2008 4:59:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies · 1,967+ views ^ | October 2, 2008 | Steve Chapman
    Americans disdain snobbery in all its forms except the most popular one: reverse snobbery. Joe Biden would never get up in front of a crowd and suggest that the citizens of Manhattan are morally superior to the residents of Possum Gulch, Ark. But Sarah Palin was happy to tell the Republican National Convention that the very best people come from the country. "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity and dignity," she declared, quoting the late journalist Westbrook Pegler. "They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America, who grow our food,...
  • Mark Warner Not a Small Town Mayor (Says we need an Administration that believes in Science?)

    10/02/2008 4:19:37 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 7 replies · 298+ views ^ | October 02, 2008 |
    Mark Warner Not a Small Town Mayor The Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech’s student newspaper and a Campus Politico partner captured this video:“You know, heck, I haven’t been mayor of a small town,” Warner jokes in a speech discussing his qualifications for the Senate. “But I can see Maryland out my window.”He goes on further to say "I don't know about you here but I'm looking forward to an Administration in 09 that actually believes in Science" Watch to the end for a peek at Warner’s soon-to-be-famous dance floor moves as he dances like he has already won the Senate...
  • Oh, That Joe! (No. 14 in a Series) - Biden Says Obama Won't Take His Beretta

    09/20/2008 2:35:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 75 replies · 215+ views ^ | September 20, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Sen. Barack Obama better not mess with his running mate Joe Biden's guns...or else. In an out-of-nowhere attempt to re-assure a southwestern Virginia labor crowd about gun owners' rights, Biden -- who regularly scores "F" ratings from the National Rifle Association -- warned Obama that if "he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem."
  • Biden: Obama Ain't Taking My Shotguns; He's Got a Problem If He Fools With My Beretta

    09/20/2008 2:25:07 PM PDT · by kristinn · 80 replies · 1,163+ views
    Saturday, September 20, 2008 | Kristinn
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware sent a stern message to his boss, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois to keep his hands off Biden's guns.As reported by ABC News and Fox News this afternoon, Biden was trying to reassure rural Virginia voters that they have nothing to fear about losing their Second Amendment rights under an Obama administration.From ABC:"I guarantee you Barack Obama ain't taking my shotguns, so don't buy that malarkey," Biden said Saturday at the United Mine Workers of America's annual fish fry in Castlewood, Virginia. "Don't buy that malarkey. They're going...
  • Our Sister Sarah Palin's Anti-Elitist Charm

    09/20/2008 4:57:30 AM PDT · by 4BoysMom · 30 replies · 433+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/20/08 | Ralph Peters
    I KNOW Sarah Palin, and so does my wife. Neither of us ever actually met the governor of Alaska, but we grew up with her - in the small-town America despised by the leftwing elite. One gal-pal classmate of my wife's has even traveled from New York's Finger Lakes to Alaska to hunt moose with her husband. (Got one, too.) And no, Ms. Streisand, she isn't a redneck missing half her teeth - she's a lawyer. The sneering elites and their mediacrat fellow travelers just don't get it: How on earth could anyone vote for someone who didn't attend an...
  • For Obama, Race Remains Elephant in the Room

    09/15/2008 4:37:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 155+ views
    Time ^ | 9/15/2008 | Michael Grunwald
    On a swing through Pennsylvania last month, John McCain visited a Manheim Central High School football practice — not to ingratiate himself with the players, who weren't even old enough to vote, but to identify himself with the gritty, down-home lunch bucket values of small-town football. "This is a blue-collar town," Manheim's coach said in his introduction of McCain. "We don't have a lot of flashy athletes. We don't come out with a lot of flash." But the coach explained that his team works hard, plays with discipline, and comes through in the end. "A lot like John McCain," he...
  • Actually, Mayor of Wasilla Counts

    09/12/2008 10:02:04 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 4 replies · 111+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 12, 2008 | Richard Miniter
    Maybe Sarah Palin’s small-town governing experience is more worthwhile than the press wants to admit....
  • Sarah Palin: Small Town Girl! (Vanity)

    09/11/2008 7:11:17 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 43 replies · 56+ views
    My video tribute to Governor Sarah Palin. Hope you enjoy it!
  • Why rednecks may rule the world (don't read if you've got a heart condition)

    09/09/2008 4:30:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies · 775+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 September 2008 | Joe Bageant
    During this US election cycle we are hearing a lot from the pundits and candidates about "heartland voters," and "white working class voters." What they are talking about are rednecks. But in their political correctness, media types cannot bring themselves to utter the word "redneck." So I'll say it for them: redneck-redneck-redneck-redneck. The fact is that we American rednecks embrace the term in a sort of proud defiance. To us, the term redneck indicates a culture we were born in and enjoy. So I find it very interesting that politically correct people have taken it upon themselves to protect us...
  • ABC's Lisa Fletcher: Can 'Small Town' Palin Deal With Putin?

    09/09/2008 2:36:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 66 replies · 458+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/9/08 | Scott Whitlock
    ABC reporter Lisa Fletcher interviewed friends of Sarah Palin for a segment on Monday's "Nightline" and grilled them on whether a "small town mom" will be able to "sit down with Putin and deal with foreign issues?" Fletcher, who herself was a small town reporter before joining ABC in December of 2007, mostly avoided friendly queries and instead grilled the Alaskan friends of the Republican vice presidential candidate. At one point she asked pal Sandy Hoest, "She's spent less than two years as the governor of Alaska. Why should Americans have any confidence whatsoever that this woman can fulfill the...
  • Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all -- (Good read!)

    09/08/2008 11:18:37 PM PDT · by GVnana · 19 replies · 163+ views
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 9/9/2008 | James Bennett
    Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all By James Bennett It is clear that few in America, let alone Britain, have any idea what to make of Sarah Palin. The Republicans' vice-presidential candidate confounds the commentators because they don't understand the forces that shaped her in the remote state of Alaska. John McCain and Sarah Palin Thus, most coverage dwells on exotica - the moose shooting, her Eskimo husband - combined with befuddlement at how a woman can go from being mayor of a town of 9,000, to governor, to prospective VP within the space of a...
  • Ain't nothin like the love of a Small Town Girl (Snowflakes Swirl) Steve Wariner

    09/08/2008 8:36:39 PM PDT · by txhurl · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Youtube, No Video, just track ^ | ten years ago | Steve Wariner
    I just thought this tune is Sarah to a T.
  • Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all

    09/08/2008 5:16:07 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 20 replies · 208+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/9/2008 | James Bennett
    Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all By James Bennett Last Updated: 12:01am BST 09/09/2008 It is clear that few in America, let alone Britain, have any idea what to make of Sarah Palin. The Republicans' vice-presidential candidate confounds the commentators because they don't understand the forces that shaped her in the remote state of Alaska. Thus, most coverage dwells on exotica - the moose shooting, her Eskimo husband - combined with befuddlement at how a woman can go from being mayor of a town of 9,000, to governor, to prospective VP within the space of a...
  • The week middle America bit back

    09/06/2008 11:45:47 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 22 replies · 697+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 7, 2008 | Paul Harris
    Last week's dramatic entry of Sarah Palin on to America's political stage did more than revive a flagging Republican campaign and give heart to John McCain. It provided graphic evidence of the deep cultural divide that shapes the country - and put God, guns and sex right at the centre of the election The small, pretty college town of Northfield, Minnesota, is only an hour's drive south of urban St Paul, site of the Republican National Convention, but it is a world away. A welcoming sign promises 'Cows, colleges and contentment'. Its main street bustles with shoppers and its town...
  • It's not red state vs blue state—It's red county vs blue county (small town America)

    09/06/2008 7:23:52 AM PDT · by StAntKnee · 30 replies · 619+ views
    Vanity | Nov. 16, 2004 | Vanity
    Map of the US after the 2004 presidential election shows where the winning votes have to come from. Victory comes from counties and small towns. McCain and Palin have to carry them all plus enough from the cities to reach the tipping point. THAT is why Palin's small-town roots are spot-on. Sorry, no USA Today link accepted but maybe below will help. Prepare to see red.
  • Small-town residents boo media with McCain

    09/06/2008 7:01:07 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 99 replies · 558+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2008 | Joe Curl
    Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly...
  • Sarah Palin brings 'Palin mania' as McCain woos small town USA

    09/06/2008 3:11:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 33 replies · 281+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 6, 2008 | Tim Shipman
    Sarah Palin mania transformed John McCain's presidential campaign as the Republican duo made their first appearances after claiming their party's White House nominations. In a sweep through the swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin, Mr McCain was met by the kind of near-hysterical crowds previously seen only at campaign events for his Democratic rival, Barack Obama. More than 6,000 exultant supporters turned out on Friday night in Sterling Heights, a town in Michigan's Macomb County, home of the Reagan-Democrats, the small town blue collar voters who propelled Ronald Reagan to the White House in the 1980s and hold the key...
  • Honor Your Word, or This Banker May Call Mom

    07/18/2008 11:12:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 170+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/19/08 | RON LIEBER
    Honor Your Word, or This Banker May Call Mom By RON LIEBER Just a few years ago, it was easy to write off the local community bank as a relic, a quaint reminder of an age when you actually needed to visit a branch to manage your money. Who needed a local banker when a mortgage broker could easily connect you with financing from some faraway lender? Internet banks offered savings accounts with interest rates far superior to community banks’ pathetic payouts, and brokerage firms created fee-free checking accounts. Like many of you, I suspect, I haven’t set foot in...
  • McCain Slams Obama for Opposing Gun Ownership

    06/26/2008 10:58:41 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies · 98+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 26, 2008 | Penny Starr
    ( - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Second Amendment provides individuals the right to bear arms was a "landmark victory" and that his Democratic rival is on the wrong side of the debate. "Unlike Senator Obama, who refused to join me in signing a bipartisan amicus brief, I was pleased to express my support and call for the ruling issued today," McCain said in a statement issued by his campaign following Thursday's 5-4 ruling. "Today's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller makes clear that other municipalities like Chicago that have banned handguns...
  • "Bitter" Small Town Pennsylvanians HATE Obama

    06/25/2008 10:15:20 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 18 replies · 43+ views
    Go to and enter zip code 18702 (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a city of 50,000 or so that is almost entirely blue collar DEMOCRATIC in terms of its politics). The map shows Unite for Change events within 50 miles. Unite for Change events in Wilkes-Barre: ZERO Unite for Change events in Scranton (90,000 people): ONE In other words, the Obama campaign could not find one single person in DEMOCRATIC Wilkes-Barre who would associate his or her name with this phony smile on top of an empty suit. In nearby Scranton, which also is blue collar Democrat, only one person was willing...
  • When Wal-Mart Moves In, Neighborhood Businesses Suffer. Right?

    06/24/2008 4:28:02 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 77 replies · 79+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2008 | Ylan Q. Mui
    "But the pharmacist said not much has changed in the year since the behemoth from Bentonville, Ark., threw open its doors. His loyal clients have not strayed. They like the fact that he delivers for free and remembers most of his customers' names." "...But local proprietors and community leaders say the fears have not panned out."
  • Obama:"I share small-town workers' values" (Friend and foe are dousing Obama's campaign in petrol)

    05/04/2008 8:38:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 154+ views
    The Times ^ | 5/5/2008 | Tim Reid
    Barack Obama insisted yesterday that he shared the same values as voters in white, small-town America, as the controversy over his former pastor’s incendiary remarks continued to damage his candidacy. Mr Obama – seeking to put the issue behind him during an hour-long televised interview – spoke as new polls showed Hillary Clinton pulling ahead in Indiana and gaining ground in North Carolina, before their next primary battles tomorrow. The surveys showed Mrs Clinton drawing overwhelming support from white, blue-collar voters and signs of growing alienation to Mr Obama among the group in a Democratic race more polarised along race...
  • Barack Obama's hopes fade in blue-collar ghost towns

    04/20/2008 6:09:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 88+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | April 21, 2008 | Alex Spillius in Clairton, Pennsylvania
    Barack Obama's prospects of sealing the Democratic Party's nomination in Pennsylvania tomorrow have apparently evaporated in the state's ghost towns. In Clairton, a once-thriving community, where The Deer Hunter was filmed in the mid-1970s, the population has shrunk by two thirds in the past 30 years. Jobs at the huge steel mill beside the Monongahela River have steadily disappeared. Mr Obama and rival Senator Hillary Clinton are pursuing blue collar votes in places like Clairton that could decide the primary and the most closely fought nomination battle in living memory. If the young Illinois senator wants to expand his support...
  • Small Town Conservatives: Bitter or Better?

    04/20/2008 5:30:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 94+ views ^ | April 20, 2008 | Ken Connor
    If you happen to be a conservative in a small town, you might be chafing at Senator Barack Obama's recent comments at a fundraiser in San Francisco. Obama described small town blue-collar workers as "bitter", saying that 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." In plain English, Obama was saying that small town folk (among whom he apparently wasn't polling too well) are red-necked, xenophobic, gun-toting, Bible-pounding bigots who don't have a clue about how markets work in the real...
  • Who’s Bitter Now? (Social Issues are the Opiate of the Elites not Small Town America)

    04/17/2008 7:22:42 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 229+ views
    New York Times ^ | 17 April 2007 | LARRY M. BARTELS
    Last week in Terre Haute, Ind., Mr. Obama explained that the people he had in mind “don’t vote on economic issues, because they don’t expect anybody’s going to help them.” He added: “So people end up, you know, voting on issues like guns, and are they going to have the right to bear arms. They vote on issues like gay marriage. And they take refuge in their faith and their community and their families and things they can count on. But they don’t believe they can count on Washington.” This is a remarkably detailed and vivid account of the political...
  • Mainstream Media Oblivious to Relevancy of Many Obama-gates

    04/17/2008 4:56:42 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 4 replies · 37+ views ^ | 04/17/08 | david limbaugh
    The dirty little secret about Barack Obama's indictment of flyover country is that he said what liberals, including Hillary Clinton, believe. Sufficient proof of this can be found in the liberal outrage at Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where Obama was pressed both by the moderators and Clinton to explain Bitter-gate, Wright-gate, Ayers-gate and Flag pin-gate. Consider the uncannily similar reactions of columnists Tom Shales and Stephen Silver. Shales expressed indignation that ABC News moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos would dare ask Obama to justify his insulting remarks about small-town Americans and his relationships with certain anti-American people. Shale's...
  • Barack Obama to Rural Voters: I Can’t Believe in You

    04/15/2008 12:09:05 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 30 replies · 429+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 15, 2008 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned by Democrats from this week’s “bitter” brouhaha is that when you get advice about how to hook rural, white, blue-collar voters from a guy named Mudcat, you’d best listen. Dave “Mudcat” Saunders—Democratic strategist, bluegrass enthusiast, and general pied piper of the “Bubba vote,” as he calls it—had a little-noticed fight with liberal bloggers back in June 2007 that perfectly presaged this week’s controversy. “I have bitched and moaned for years about the lack of tolerance in the elitist wing of the Democratic Party, or what I refer to as the ‘Metropolitan Opera Wing.’...
  • Obama calls elitism attack "political silly season" (Not elitist, ignorant of Small-Town America)

    04/15/2008 5:41:26 PM PDT · by Earthdweller · 29 replies · 225+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 15, 2008 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, accused of being elitist for remarks he made about small-town American voters, said on Tuesday the slap at his background is amusing and signals a nation in the midst of "political silly season." The Democratic senator, campaigning in Pennsylvania, dismissed the charges of being elitist and out of touch by fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton and by Republican John McCain as unfounded, given his background. "I am amused about this notion of elitist, given that when you're raised by a single mom, when you were on food stamps for a while when you were growing up, you...
  • Barack Obama Explains Our Bitterness

    04/14/2008 5:42:34 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 13 replies · 81+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | April 14, 2008 | Nathaniel Shockey
    People who are proud to point out their certainty about everything generally shouldn’t run for president. Because no one has it all figured out. Perhaps the worst part of this unfortunate situation is political rallies. A bunch of people crowd around a person running for office who explains to them what their emotions really are and why they are experiencing them. And everyone is supposed to leave saying, “Wow. This guy really gets me. It looks like someone’s finally going to add some zeroes to my bank account and heal this pesky rash on my calf.” And that’s what was...
  • 56% Disagree with Obama’s Comments on Small Town America

    04/14/2008 9:54:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 43+ views
    56% Disagree with Obama’s Comments on Small Town America Monday, April 14, 2008 Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide disagree with Barack Obama’s statement that people in small towns “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." A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 25% agree with the Democratic frontrunner while 19% are not sure. Partisan and ideological differences suggest that the comments are more likely to be a factor in the General Election than in the Primaries. A plurality...
  • Obama Nation [Spot On!]

    04/14/2008 7:17:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 45+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2008 | The Editors
    Election 2008: Is Barack Obama's small-town America really a land of bitter gun-toting, Bible-thumping racists? Or are they just God-fearing American patriots? Maybe we should ask his "typical white" grandmother. Many pundits call it a gaffe, but we see Barack Obama's remarks to a bunch of San Francisco Democrats about small town people in Pennsylvania as a revelation. The remarks of our first "post-racial" presidential candidate go a long way towards explaining how he could listen to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright talk about the "United States of White America" for two decades. Meeting privately with a group of donors in...
  • The Other Obama

    04/14/2008 10:13:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 46+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 14, 2008 | Masthead Editorial
    This has been a long Presidential campaign, but often usefully so. The Democratic Party fight is helping us learn that there's more to Barack Obama than the eloquent, post-partisan, disciplined purveyor of "hope" that he typically projects. There's also the Barack Obama who attended Rev. Jeremiah Wright's ("God d--- America") church for 20 years, the one who emerged from the Chicago Democratic machine with friends like Tony Rezko, the one with the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate, and now we learn the one with a Harvard-eye view of American angst. At an April 6 fund-raiser in San...
  • Obama Lets Slip Elite, Liberal Attitude Toward Middle America [Rush Limbaugh]

    04/14/2008 4:38:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 12,656+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Website ^ | April 14, 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Even without me, for four days, Operation Chaos is proceeding beautifully, ladies and gentlemen. A Democrat dream team is now in a total nightmare. It is a total nightmare. As Operation Chaos continues to draw Democrats into bloody bickering throughout the country. ... So, Barack Obama, talking to a bunch of elitist millionaires and billionaires in San Francisco on April 6th, basically reveals what we have all known that all Democrats think of the people who make this country work. They hold average people in contempt! They don't think average people are capable of overcoming the obstacles...
  • 56% Disagree with Obama’s Comments on Small Town America

    04/14/2008 4:05:45 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies · 34+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 14, 2008
    Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide disagree with Barack Obama’s statement that people in small towns “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." A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 25% agree with the Democratic frontrunner while 19% are not sure. Partisan and ideological differences suggest that the comments are more likely to be a factor in the General Election than in the Primaries.
  • Obama outburst in Pennsylvania Shame, shame, shame

    04/13/2008 5:54:41 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 140 replies · 481+ views
    tribune-review ^ | salena zito
    Obama outburst in Pennsylvania Shame, shame, shame TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito ABC News is reporting that Barack Obama launched into a fiery offensive tonight in a speech before the United Steelworkers Union in Steelton, Pa. Obama, in response to Sen. Hillary Clinton criticisms of his 'bitter' remarks, said "Shame on her, shame on her, she knows better."
  • Faith out front: Democratic candidates try to reach religious voters

    04/13/2008 10:46:58 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 13 replies · 62+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Mike Wereschagin
    Faith out front: Democratic candidates try to reach religious voters By Mike Wereschagin TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, April 13, 2008 The God gap is closing. Both Democratic presidential candidates are expected to speak about their faith today at the Compassion Forum, a 90-minute event at Messiah College near Harrisburg that will be broadcast to more than 1,000 congregations next Sunday, two days before the Pennsylvania primary. In a stark break from the last two presidential races, the presumptive Republican nominee does not plan to attend.
  • The stuff Pennsylvanians are made of

    04/13/2008 10:38:43 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 28 replies · 63+ views
    The stuff Pennsylvanians are made of TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito Obama's statements have also put Pennsylvanians under the microscope of the country. No state's diverse population can be placed into one category, but a good insight as to what is important to most Pennsylvanians was found in our own newspaper today. ...If you want an insight into the stuff Pennsylvanians are made of, read ‘Fishmas Eve.'
  • GOP Turns Up Heat on Democrats Over Obama "Bitter" Remark

    04/13/2008 12:44:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 106+ views
    CQ Politics/Yahoo! News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Jonathan Allen
    Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's remarks about "bitter" small-town Pennsylvanians could make it more difficult for vulnerable House Democrats, many of whom remain uncommitted as superdelegates to the Democratic convention, to back Obama's campaign. A good portion of House members who have not declared their support are moderates and conservatives who represent swing districts dominated by small towns. Republicans, in particular, sought to use the remarks to put two politically-vulnerable Democratic House members on the hot seat. The targets of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee were a pair of freshman Pennsylvania Democrats - Jason Altmire, who represents small towns outside...
  • Obama, Now on the Defensive, Calls ‘Bitter’ Words Ill-Chosen

    04/12/2008 9:09:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 128 replies · 685+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2008 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and JEFF ZELENY
    Senator Barack Obama fought back Saturday against accusations from his rivals that he had displayed a profound misunderstanding of small-town values, in a flare-up that left him on the defensive before a series of primaries that could test his ability to win over white voters in economically distressed communities. For a second day, Mr. Obama sought to explain his remarks at a recent San Francisco fund-raiser that small-town Pennsylvania voters, bitter over their economic circumstances, “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” as a way to explain their frustrations. Acknowledging Saturday that “I didn’t...
  • NEW - Video from San Francisco - Obama jokes about small town hope

    04/12/2008 5:01:49 PM PDT · by renotse · 117 replies · 8,779+ views
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2008 | Ben Smith
    Here's a clip taken by somebody at the San Francisco event; it's the passage just before the lines everyone is now focused on, in which he talks about the skepticism he encounters: 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...
  • 12 reasons 'bitter' is bad for Obama

    04/12/2008 3:25:14 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 46 replies · 89+ views
    Politico ^ | 4-8-08 | Mike Allen
    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,...
  • Obama=Toast

    04/12/2008 2:09:37 PM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 20 replies · 142+ views
    vanity cry for help | april 12, 2008 | beebuster2000
    IMHO the "bitter, guns, god, small town" blow up is fatal for Obama. He can maybe still win the dem primary, but he is DOA in the general election.
  • Obama on small-town PA: Clinging religion, guns, xenophobia

    04/11/2008 1:08:33 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 411 replies · 1,663+ views ^ | 04/11/08 | Ben Smith
    <p>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.</p>