Now that the furor over Barack Obama's take on bitter rural Pennsylvania has died down (at least for now; no doubt McCain will bring it up in the fall - although he may actually be generally curious about Americans' take on economic matters, since by his own admission he knows shit-all about such things, foreign policy and military stuff's his bag, wait, maybe not). I'm of the opinion that not only should Obama NOT apologize for his SPOT-ON comments about Small Town Americans, he should make those comments part of his rallying cry. I've drafted a speech for him.
"Several days ago, I made reference to the bitterness that many of you who cling to guns and religion are feeling. Here is what I 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 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."
I wish to clarify my statement. I believe that I speak for the great majority of intelligent voters - Democrats and Republicans (who are sickened by the way the GOP, the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, has gone completely off the rails) - when I say that the Bible-thumpin', gun-totin', foreigner-hatin' shitkickers that I referred to are a big reason why we as a country are where we are. They managed to put one of their own in charge and look what happened. You know what, Small Town America? Fuck you. Thank you, and God bless."