Given all the swooning from people on the religious Left like E.J. Dionne, Amy Sullivan and Jim Wallis over Obama - that Obama is the real deal, and that he "gets" religion in ways that many recent Democratic nominees have not (think Kerry and Dukakis, for starters) - then you'd think we wouldn't be seeing some of the typical Left-Coast elitism when it comes to explaining the backwardness of those superstitious townies who inexplicably do things like hunt, drink Budweiser from long neck bottles, and believe in God. However, consider what Politico has reported that Obama said at a recent fundraiser in San Francisco:
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Someone should advise him to go to Latrobe and say the following instead:
"You go to these big liberal cities in California, and like a lot of cosmopolitan centers of libertarian lifestyle individualism, they have benefited from the wrenching displacements you've experienced. They benefited immensely from free-trade and globalizing policies of previous Administrations - Democratic and Republican alike - and they've been told that they have earned their status and they owe nothing to anyone.
"And it's not surprising that they get optimistic, they believe that they can dispense with religion or borders or community as a way to remake the world in exactly their image."
It's really not good for the Democrats when they tell what they really think to a crowd in San Francisco whom they think shares their view of the world. When will they figure this out???