April 12, 2008

What’s the Matter with Obama?

No one should be surprised by Obama?s remarks at a San Francisco fund raiser that because small towns in Pennsylvania and the Midwest haven?t had sufficient economic growth, 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.”

This is exact same thing he said in his much heralded race-transcending speech in Philadelphia where he attributed white ?resentment? to ?a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.?

According to Andrew Sullivan, Obama would end both all racial divisions and the culture war?  It?s now pretty clear how Obama thinks he can do it.

As soon as the unwashed socially conservative, xenophobic, and racist white masses get their universal health care and a more progressive tax code, they will have no reason to go to church, own a gun, be concerned about urban crime, or notice that their country is being taken over by immigrants.  They will immediately cease to be ?bitter? and ?resentful? and embrace the social values of the people who attend Obama fund raisers in San Francisco.

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