Never forget that we're all one NYT feature away from fulfilling our dreams (regardless of how much we HATE the NYT).
And so a blogger in SF has Made It by recording Obama's comments and then totally missing the point of the candidate she supposedly has long supported:
Fowler posted Obama's vice presidential musings on April 7. She also talked to "Off the Bus" project director Amanda Michel about Obama's provocative response when a supporter asked him what to expect in Pennsylvania.I already posted why I think flack over this story is stupid. Read that.
Obama attempted to account for the many disappointments Midwesterners have experienced from the government. "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," he said, in just part of his lengthy response.
"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. And it's not surprising then 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."
Fowler said she thought the comment was condescending, even elitist.
"I was thinking to myself, 'Oh my God, he is confirming to my fellow Californians the worst stereotypes they have of small-town America.' I was just dismayed."
But Fowler was not sure she would report the statements because she said she was not sure she could capture their proper context. Then she said Michel told her: "If you are going to be a journalist, you can't favor one candidate over another."
Let me say this: it's easy for insulated Californians - and/or the truly elite - to cover themselves in faux shock steeped in a politically correct tradition. But if you got off your bums and went to work in PA or, god help you, WV, you'd get the hell out of what he said. You'd think of Aaron Sorkin's President Shepherd as well. And you wouldn't think it was condescending.
You'd think it was true.
And you would shed more than a tear for the death of a dangerous amount of the American heart.
Obama's comments may not describe all residents of PA. They may not even describe a majority of them. Nor a plurality of them. But they describe enough of them - a significant amount. Or maybe the results of the last few presidential election cycles and many midterm elections have been lost on you. People vote for a reason. Don't deny people their reasons.