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April 11, 2008

MORE ON OBAMA'S SMALL-TOWN SCREWUP, from Tom Maguire.

Plus this: "Obama To Rural Pennsylvanians: Vote For Me, You Corncob-Smokin', Banjo-Strokin' Chicken-Chokin' Cousin-Pokin' Inbred Hillbilly Racist Morons." That'll sell. Can't anybody play this game?

UPDATE: Still more:

Barack Obama has done what Democratic candidates for president invariably do — he has revealed the profound sense of unearned superiority that is the sad and persistent hallmark of contemporary liberalism. Obama’s statement today that small-town folk “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” may be the most distilled example of this train of thought I’ve ever seen.

I still think that knocking the anti-trade stuff is pretty hypocritical given Barack's own position. And wasn't it just the other day he was telling us he's the pro-gun candidate?

I once saw Alan Dershowitz argue an appeal back when I was a law clerk. He made clear from the beginning that he thought he was the smartest guy in the room -- which, as one of the other clerks remarked later, proved that he wasn't. He lost. Must be a Harvard Law thing . . . .

MORE STILL: Heh: Obama Reaches Out to Bitter Religious Pennsylvanians.

Mickey Kaus:

I used to think working class voters had conservative values because they were bitter about their economic circumstances--welfare and immigrants were "scapegoats," part of the false consciousness that would disappear when everyone was guaranteed a good job at good wages. Then I left college. ...

And follow the link for Michael Lind's comment: "Hunting is part of working-class American culture. Does Obama really think that working-class whites in Pennsylvania were gun control liberals until their industries were downsized?" How would he know otherwise?

Plus, "Let's have a national dialogue about egghead condescension!" It's got to work better for Obama than the dialogue about race has . . . .