Reading the analysis of Dan Wofford (son of former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford) on “What Went Wrong” for Obama in the last primary is a rather reassuring experience. When Obama offered that Rosetta Stone of Condescension at the San Francisco fundraiser, you (well, probably) and I thought that ought to be a big deal. The coverage suggested it could be a big deal. But Obama’s cheerleaders in the press insisted it wasn’t a big deal, and the polls didn’t give us instant confirmation that it was a big deal.
We were told his explanation of his remarks was “sensible and refreshing.” The Obama campaign actually emailed out a CNN segment where Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, and Jeffrey Toobin all defended the comments. Even ordinarily sensible race watchers declared, “The word “bitter” wasn’t the best choice in the context he used it in but he was trying to make a broader point. I guess those are the pitfalls of being really smart. But to say that these comments are “elitist” or are “demeaning” seems to be a big time stretch. It’s hard to paint Obama as an “elitist” while at the same time he’s described as hip, cool and relates to the younger generation. That makes no sense.”
So it’s reassuring to hear an Obama supporter — an Obama delegate, no less! — come out and say, “yup, it was a big deal.” And to point out that elitism and snobbery are toxic in American politics, even in Democratic primaries…
You ask “what went wrong”… Here’s my hangover-colored answer:
He visited San Fransisco [sic] two weeks ago. That’s what happened.
* Message to all Democratic Candidates: Never to go San Fransicso [sic], unless incognito;
* Message to Barack: Don’t think out loud at fundraisers in San Fransisco [sic] if you’re stupid enough to go there.
* Message # 3: If someone in SF asks you about those “strange rural people in PA”…don’t indulge their liberal, latte drinking bull [poop]…Just tell them if they want to understand rural and ethnic PA that they should get in the Prius’s and drive down to Bakersfield or any of the other mid state towns in California where there are people who actually lead ordinary lives and care about God and own guns….
. Bittergate hurt a lot — bc is slowed down and then with the poor debate performance stopped what was truly real closing momentum. No question had he not gone to SF or said those comments, we lose by 3-4 pts.
As somebody mentioned weeks ago, “if, as current polls predict, Barack Obama loses Pennsylvania by a double-digit margin on April 22, the truly ominous omen will not be the loss itself, but his campaign’s catastrophic inability to tailor its message to vital demographics.”