Sunday, April 13, 2008

Realist or Elitist - Who is out of touch?

As I sit here watching Meet the Press, listening to the panel talk about the latest gaffe by Obama, I can't help but think how unreal all of this really is. Here we have four individuals that have at one time advised presidential candidates in the past. Do they know what they are talking about?


Have they suffered the indignity of having to sell your childs bike to buy tomorrows groceries, knowing not what they might sell next?


They are talking about Obama being out of touch with mainstream America, that he is an elitist, as Clinton and McCain have stated. So Obama said that there are bitter people in small town America, they and there towns have been abandoned by prior administrations, and they "cling" to what they know best, their guns and their religion, to help them survive in hard times.

What we have here is the richest Republican Senator, one that truly knows what suffering is like, or did at one time; the same one that indicated that individual economic problems may be all in their head, the man with at least 8 homes who wouldn't know how much a carton of milk costs let alone tasted dog food, telling us that Obama is an elitist.

What we have here is a millionaire from New York (via Arkansas) that can't tell fact from fiction, one that has not known what making a living really means since she has been in the Presidential bubble for as long as her poor memory can remember, also calling Obama an elitist.

As for the panel, 3 of the four (read Bob Shrum's book) spend a great amount of holiday time (that's elitist talk for vacation) in Italy, France, Greece, you know the place all those bitter small town, gun toting, Sunday go to meeting people go on vacation each year. I'm not sure about the 4th or the host.

Yeah, they really have their finger on the pulse of America. The problem is, none of the people Obama was talking about are watching.

All Obama was saying was that in difficult times, people hang on, get closer to the traditions they hold dear. I don't think that is an insult to anyone. We should be insulted that an elitist group of people make an issue of it though.


CamiKaos said...

one of the reasons I continue to whole heartedly support Obama is that everywhere you turn you hear some desperate insult lobbed at him by the opposition. It's becoming more childish by the day... I don't hear him slinging mud back.

Bubblewench said...

I have to agree. I thought it was quite ridiculous when they made it an issue.

Of course people are bitter. Look at the state of things in the US!

And what CK said, he's not biting and playing dirty like that. I respect that.

Catmoves said...

I am not a Barracks fan, but this flap is the most ridiculous piece of crap yet.
Perhaps I should not have used my dictionary to read the definition of "elitistism".
Perhaps I should not have started nodding my head in agreement when he said that.
Perhaps I should start wishing there would be a "None of the above" on the ballot?

DaddyKaos said...

CM- You don't have to be a fan to understand that we are being provided a real choice this time. None of the above would be Ralph Nader and he is the one that got us Bush in the last 2 elections.