Hillary has even less credibility with her gun experiences than Mitt Romney. Let’s face it, as Theda Skocpol writes in a TPM post, it is simply ludicrous for 109 million dollar Hillary to denigrate Barack for elitism. ust doesn’t float, and makes Hilary look desperately ridiculous. I am looking forward to the photos of her– Minnie Pearl from grand olde opry style– in hinting gear, with shot gun an dead fowl slung around her shoulder.
Listen, Obama’s point had nothing to do with his being an elitist, althoug it probably does having some to to do with the awkwardness of empathy and the clumsy way in which folks have never been poor talk about the poor. Not all that different from Howard Dean’s 2004 comments about NASCAR and confederate flags.
Obama’s point, however is an important one to discuss. It is about the cultural ramifications of economic populism. When hard times hit already impoverished communities, how do people react, and how should these reactions be responded to by political leaders.
Obama gave examples of people being hit economically, turning to cultural activities that give them sustenance and a sense of comfort. Like comfort food on a cold, dreary day, certain activities that folks have been doing since childhood, fill a void. And political leaders that speak respectfully to these people and about these activities, might expect their vote.
All Obama did was name this phenomena; all Clinton did was to cynically exploit it.