Obama says that people in Pennsylvania are bitter and frustrated about the economy; politicians don’t respond to the economic frustrations; so, the people turn to things like immigration or guns or antipathy to people who are different from them as a way to express their frustrations. John “son of a son of an admiral” McCain, whose family wealth is estimated at about $100 million, calls Obama an “elitist.” Hillary calls him “out of touch.” Obama responds deftly:
I doubt it was planned, but that response almost looked like he was playing a rope-a-dope; fishing in McCain and Clinton before taking their heads off. (If I might mix a few metaphors.)
Meanwhile, Evan Bayh, concern troll, chimes in:
â€œThe far right wing has a very good track record of using things like this relentlessly against our candidates, whether its Al Gore or John Kerry,â€ Bayh said, â€œIâ€™m afraid this is the kind of fodder they might use to harm him.â€
Might I suggest that if certain DLC members of the Democratic Party weren’t so busy putting their fingers to the wind and were more concerned with taking members of the aforementioned far right wing and busting them in the chops from time to time instead of cringing in fear of them; the right wingers wouldn’t have such a good track record.
Update John Cole responds to Bayh’s concern trolling (and a lot of other stuff, Cole has a half dozen posts that jump down the virtual throats of the Clinton campaign). Bayh: “I think superdelegates need to weigh this when making their decisions blah blah blah.”
I think the super-delegates should consider that Hillary may have killed Vince Foster. Additionally, I think super-delegates should look at the fact that Hillary will gut her own party in her naked pursuit for power. Also, Hillary is a rich liberal elite whose husband fucks other woman. Regular Americans wonâ€™t be able to relate to adultery, and it could be used against her in the election by â€œthe far right wing.â€ By the way, I heard some Republicans talking about someone named Mark Rich. I think the super-delegates should keep that in mind when they make their choice.
On a serious note, I do actually like Evan Bayh, but is it just me, or is he the worst concern troll ever?
Update 2 Mary Beth Schneider and Bill Ruthart have an article on the brouhaha for the Indy Star. Hoosiers seem largely unfazed:
James Anderson, a 60-year-old Ford Motor Co. retiree from Anderson, said he heard Obama’s comments on the news, “and I wasn’t offended at all.”
He’s seen firsthand the disappearance of manufacturing jobs in Indiana, he said, and knows the toll it’s taken on folks.
Initially, he’d supported Clinton, but he said he was turned off by the “misinformation” she spreads. Now, he said, he’ll vote for Obama, “the only one who’s going to represent America.”
Dr. Kathleen Beache, a 44-year-old dentist from Indianapolis, said she’s a Republican who listens daily to conservative talk shows.
She said she read the complete remarks Obama made and didn’t take offense. She does, though, take offense at how Obama is being portrayed.
“They’ve been trying to paint Barack Obama as an arrogant person and hoping that that label sticks,” Beache said. “It’s time they stop that nonsense.”
But Clinton’s shots at Obama resonated with Al Newsom, a 58-year-old Allison Transmission worker who said he decided to vote for Clinton after hearing her talk Saturday.
“I believe her on this, because I’ve listened to Senator Obama before, and he’s really out of touch with the American worker,” Newsom said.
But Wayne Davis, 55, a machine operator at Allison, said he didn’t buy it.
“Senator Obama was a working folk himself, and outside of the realm of campaigning, I think her view would change,” said Davis, who is leaning toward voting for Obama. “I’d like for them to focus more on the issues and less on the other candidate.”
John King, 68, a retired railroad worker in Indianapolis, said, “I think Obama and her have got to keep each other’s names out of their mouths. They need to conduct a nice, orderly Democratic campaign.”
Of course, this is just people listening to the candidates directly. We need to wait until it gets filtered through the media news personalities for 3 to 5 days and they get a chance to hyperventilate about “regular people” for awhile.