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 . . . .
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 . . . .