"...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...."
This thing is offensive on so many levels that one hardly knows where to begin. "Typical White Person" pales in comparison. The right side of the blog world has spoken widely on this, and Clinton is making good use of this self-made problem for Obama. That said, somebody has prolly already made this point, but this little gem popped into my mind earlier today...
Obama says that he found God and Christ in his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and a church home in the Trinity United Church of Christ.
And yet, with his explanation that bitterness over lost jobs has lead rural Midwesterners to "cling" to their churches (among other things), is not Obama denying that rural Americans might be drawn to the same sort of church homes that he himself claims as an asset?