Monday, April 14, 2008

Is Barack Obama fucking insane?

The comment about small town Pennsylvania that when people experience hard times they turn to God, guns, and scapegoating immigrants, is such a stupid move that Rush Limbaugh probably couldn't come up with a better phrase to destroy his candidacy. It's not just Clinton, but the fact that these very things, God, guns, and immigration, are the exact things that conservative radio hosts and writers have been attacking liberals on, calling them out of touch elitists, for years and years and years. And in the time after 9/11 the intensity of the attacks has reached a fever pitch. There have been books written exactly on this theme, arguing that liberals are secret authoritarians who are godless, want to take people's guns, and who don't take the question of illegal immigration seriously. If he had just kept it to people making immigrants scapegoats when bad economic times hit he would have been fine, but combining that with god and guns sets off alarms in conservatives minds, especially in working class folks who aren't conservative per se but who side with the Rush Limbaughs because they feel that liberal elitists hate them and hold them in contempt.

If Obama wins the nomination this is going to be a sound bite that's going to be endlessly repeated by McCain, and also by the conservative media. On and on and on.

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