The blogosphere is going crazy about Obama’s remarks insulting central Pennsylvania (and the Midwest) at a fundraiser in San Francisco:
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 toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
(Emphasis in linked article.)
Ace of Spades has the title I wanted to use: “Obama To Rural Pennsylvanians: Vote For Me, You Corncob-Smokin’, Banjo-Strokin’ Chicken-Chokin’ Cousin-Pokin’ Inbred Hillbilly Racist Morons,” but he said it first. . .
HALP US BROK O’BOMBA– WE R STUCK HEAR N ALTOONA.
Mickey Kaus makes a prediction:
Because Obama’s comments are clearly a Category II Kinsley Gaffe–in which the candidate accidentally says what he really thinks–it will be hard for Obama to explain away.
So far, Kaus appears to be right: “Obama standing by comments, fights back.”
I think what really could hurt him here isn’t just the insult itself, but the fact that he told it at a gathering of rich, San Francisco liberals at the exact same time as he was wooing the insultees in Pennsylvania.