Political Axiom - When your opponent is self-destructing (or when the opposite party is arguing amongst itself), stand out of the way and let them.
Ignoring this axiom, the McCain campaign is attempting to jump on the attack against Obama for his remarks at a San Francisco fund-raiser.
Unfortunately, they focus on Barack's statement that Americans are "bitter" and spend less time focusing on Barack's dismissal of small town AmeriKKKa as a haven for idiotic, gun-toting, bible-thumping bigots. Received today from the McCain campaign:
Dear Friends,It's not condescending to call someone "bitter."
We've all said things that we've regretted. Sometimes they result from a mere slip of the tongue and sometimes they reveal deeply held beliefs that you'd rather not communicate to the world.
A few days ago, at a San Francisco fundraiser, Barack Obama described Americans who live in small towns or other areas that have experienced a loss of jobs as "bitter" people, adding that it didn't surprise him that 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."
These words are revealing on a number of levels, and expose the out-of-touch beliefs to which John McCain offers stark contrast. Today, John McCain offered a different account of small town America:"During the Great Depression, with many millions of Americans out of work and the country suffering the worst economic crisis in our history, there rose from small towns, rural communities, inner cities, a generation of Americans who fought to save the world from despotism and mass murder, and came home to build the wealthiest, strongest and most generous nation on earth.These hard working men and women aren't "bitter". They love their country, their faith, their family and their traditions. They are the heart and soul of this country, the foundation of our strength and the primary authors of its essential goodness - Barack Obama should get to know them.
"They suffered the worst during the Depression, but it did not shake their faith in, and fidelity to, America. They did not turn to their religious faith and cultural traditions out of resentment and a feeling of powerlessness to affect the course of government or pursue prosperity. On the contrary, their faith had given generations of their families' purpose and meaning, as it does today."
If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee in the general election, the American people will have a clear choice between two different visions - Senator Obama's liberal, elitist philosophy and John McCain's faith in the small town values that continue to make America great. John McCain will not forget them or write them off. Neither should Barack Obama.
We are up against a large fundraising hurdle if Barack Obama is the nominee and we need your help now. Even before the general election begins, the differences are clear, we must do everything we can to make sure these beliefs don't make it into the White House.
I hope you will make a contribution today.
It's condescending to blame their values and lifestyle as some subconscious emotion that the yahoos themselves don't understand.
It would seem that Rick Davis & the McCain campaign are missing a golden opportunity - to keep their mouths shut. If you're going to jump in on the feeding frenzy, at jump in with the right attack.
ARC: St Wendeler