We certainly hope your weekend was better than Obama’s. We’re sorry we missed out on all the fun with his gaffe about bitter small town religious racist gun nuts.
Anyway, being this late to the party, I’ll be content just to make one small point.
Yes, Obama really does believe what he said. And yes, it certainly was not in his political interests to divulge such a belief. But no, Obama had no idea that he shouldn’t say such a thing. Even now, he doesn’t understand why people are freaking out.
But, that obviously doesn’t mean that what he said was true.
No, if Obama wanted to get closer to the truth, he would have said something like this:
So, it depends on where you are, but I think it’s fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people are most cynical about
Here’s how it is: in a lot of these progressive communities in big
industrial stateswebsites like Ohio and PennsylvaniaDaily Kos and TalkLeft, people have been beaten down so long. They feel so betrayed by governmentDemocratic politicians that when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about governmentthe DNC, then a part of them just doesn’t buy it. […]
But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these
small townsprogressive websites in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the fact is we’ve lost two presidential elections – to George W. Bush – and Democrats have been out of the White House for eight years. We lost the 2002 Congressional elections. And then, when we won the 2006 Congressional elections, what did these progressive activists see for all their efforts. The war in Iraq continues, the only promise we Democrats campaigned on that has been delivered was raising the minimum wage, and unless you got a post office named after you, you didn’t get squat. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to gunstheir online liberal social networking activist progressive communities or religiontheir faith-based narratives of Bush lied or war for oil or stolen elections or catastrophic anthrophenic global warming or coming Christianist theocratic fascism as a way to explain their frustrations.
Because as soon as the members of the progressive community have the scales removed from their eyes and come to know Obama for who he is: a typical opportunistic, power-hunger, cynical politician – but one who campaigned as something quite the opposite – there is going to be hell to pay.
Question is – when do they snap out of the spell? April, August 29th, or November 5th?