Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Barack Obama: champion of the little people

John Fund at the WSJ:
Barack Obama's San Francisco-Democrat comment last week – about how alienated working-class voters "cling to guns or religion" – is already famous. But the fact that his aides tell reporters he is privately bewildered that anybody took offense is even more remarkable.
Earth to Barack: Not everyone has been subjected to a Marxist upbringing and education, but I'm sure you're working on it.
Democrats have been worrying about defending Mr. Obama's highly liberal voting record in a general election. Now they need to fret that he makes too many mistakes, from ignoring the Rev. Wright time bomb until the videotapes blew up in front of him, to his careless condescension towards salt-of-the-earth Democrats. Mr. Obama has a tendency to make such cultural miscues. Speaking to small-town voters in Iowa last year, he asked, "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?"
On my sole venture into Whole Foods, I wowed the crowd with "Damn right I want plastic." They did look like a bunch of Obama wimps. This guy is so far out of touch with regular folks that he couldn't find them with a road map.

There's more in the article, but I particularly liked:
In 1999, he was the only state senator to oppose a law that prohibited early prison release for sex offenders.

Mr. Obama also backed a total ban on handguns, a move his campaign now says was the result of a rogue aide filling out a questionnaire. But Mr. Obama's own handwritten notes were found on the questionnaire, calling into question the campaign's version of what happened.

Wotta guy - he trusts sex offenders, but doesn't trust average folks. And lies about it when caught out.