Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why losers win....

...from an NY Times article about Obama’s comments last week on small-town bitterness.

David Saunders, a Democratic strategist and rural advocate, advised John Edwards’s presidential campaign but is now neutral. He said he believed that Mr. Obama’s comments would offend rural voters.

“It could mean he’s rendered himself unelectable,” Mr. Saunders said. “This is a perfect example of why Democrats lose elections.”

The top issues for voters in the 2008 Presidential election are health care, the economy, and the war in Iraq, and they are desperate for solutions to all three. In spite of this, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and the press are all over Barack Obama for his comments about bitterness in small-town America. Numerous stories have reported that this might seal the deal for McCain, were he to go up against Obama.

How pathetic are we as a nation if that’s what it comes down to! Have we not learned that issues matter, that policy matters, certainly much more so than intangibles like “Can I relate to this person”, or “Does he understand me?”. This is the sort of thinking that elected George Bush twice, and look where that got us.

Is Barack Obama an elitist? I don’t know and I don’t care. John McCain owns multiple homes and is a multi-millionaire. His record on children's issues is among the lowest in the Senate, yet somehow we are supposed to believe he can relate to us better than Obama can. I think not. If McCain is elected, four years from now we’ll still be deep in Iraq and will have been led by a President who admitted his knowledge of economics is weak. And as the simpletons we are, we’ll scratch our heads and wonder how we got into this mess.

Maybe then, an “elitist” will not seem so bad after all.


Blogger Milo Johnson said...

Elitism is not determined by how rich a person is, it is determined by how the person treats people who are less fortunate than they. The rich person who says "let them eat cake" is an elitist. The rich person that says "how can I use my good fortune to help others" is not an elitist, even if they have the wealth of Croesus.

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