Saturday, April 12, 2008

Opponents Paint Obama as an Elitist

Spin: Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain sharply criticized Sen. Barack Obama on Friday for saying at a private April 6 fundraiser in San Francisco that small-town voters in economically distressed areas of Pennsylvania are "bitter."

What he actually said: "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 going to regenerate and they have not," he went on. "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."

Of course, any opportunity to criticize an opponent is grasped at by politicians. Such is the nature of campaigns. But it strains credulity that a woman who, with her husband, has made over $100 million in the last seven years, and a man who married a millionaire inherited from her father criticize the Senator from Illinois as an elitist. Pure spin.

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