"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. 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."
- Barack Obama addressing a question during a private fundraiser in Marin County, California over the weekend of April 6, 2008plez sez
: my biggest fear of the Obama Campaign was not that he would be perceived as the Black candidate (that is pretty hard to overlook), but that he would be perceived as an uppity Black candidate (a Black elitist who is out of touch with common folk and who has the gall to look down on poor whites). well, it happened and the media
and the blogosphere
has gone "ape shit" over... the truth!
when times are tough, people cling to things that comfort them or make them feel better about themselves. in some cases it is their religion (or faith) that pulls them through. for others, they find someone else upon whom to vent their frustrations (illegal immigrants are the low hanging fruit in this argument). the gun-toting faction claim you will have to pry their guns from their cold dead fingers.
just as there are some racial barriers that the white candidates dare not tread (you'll notice that neither mccain nor billary wanted to touch the conversation on race with a ten foot pole), there are some deeply held areas that Obama has learned over this weekend that he dare not tread. Obama and his wife are graduates (undergrad and law school) of our most elite ivy league universities (columbia, princeton, harvard law school), Obama is one of only one hundred US Senators - the most elite legislative body on the planet! he's a millionaire. and he's in the most expensive area of the country (northern California) dissing the unwashed masses who happen to be the hardworking folk in small town Pennsylvania and Indiana (states that hold primaries in a couple of days)... BAD MOVE!
of course, no one is going to play up the fact that his daddy left his family when he was 2 years old, he was raised by a single mother who had to go on food stamps at one time, he was given over to be raised by his white grandparents and wasn't given much in the way of formal religious training until he was well into his adulthood. his early work experience was "in the trenches" with workers who were hit hard by the loss of labor jobs to overseas workers.
, Barack Obama is quite a success story and illustrates what some hard work and elbow grease will do for you... to his critics, he may come off as a pompous ivy leaguer who has nothing in common with blue collar workers.
as comedian chris rock
has said during his stand-up routine when referring to uppity Negroes, "there's nothing that a white man with a penny hates more... than a nigger with a nickel!
the media and hillary and mccain have been calling Obama an elitist all weekend... to plezWorld
, that is just a code word for an uppity Negro... and we all know what that means! and even those latte drinking elitists
that the Clintonistas (as well as those right wing conservatives) have been crowing about during the primaries will have a hard time casting their vote for an uppity Negro!
this may not jeopardize him winning the nomination, but this gaffe has definitely given billary the opening they've so desparately been looking for. after running such a brilliant campaign, the Obama Camp has had some serious missteps over the past three weeks... these upcoming primaries can't get here fast enough!