I feel uniquely qualified to comment about Obama’s love of flyover country* and the people who choose to live in it. You see, I was born in rural Alabama (Nancy’s Creek, population: a hundred or so, including the chickens and milk cows). And I’ve lived in rural or suburban Georgia nearly all my life. [The largest town I’ve ever lived in? Kennesaw, Georgia: famous for 1) making gun/ammunition ownership mandatory in 1982 and 2) having an 89% reduction in residential burglary in 1983. I now live in Acworth, Georgia, where rake ownership is mandatory.]
So I know a bit about the average person who inhabits the hinterlands of America, being one myself. Anyway, here’s Obama’s comment; the “they” he refers to are the people in Pennsylvania and the Midwest who don’t live in big cities:
And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
[*Yeah, he’s talking about Pennsylvania and the Midwest. But if he has such an opinion of them, what’s he going to think about the South? I think it’s fair to assume that his opinion of Southerners is probably as bad or worse than his opinion of small-town Midwesterners and Pennsylvanians. Either way, what a condescending asshole.]
Here’s what I don’t like about it: there’s an assumption that people who choose not to live in the big cities are somehow less sophisticated in both their thinking and their behavior. So naturally to Obama, these less sophisticated hicks cling to guns and religion and xenophobia because they have no other way to express what’s on their tiny little unsophisticated minds.
To Obama (and to liberals in general, I would argue), a typical small town response to:
[This is, of course, assuming that Obama thinks we can string more than two words together at a time. That he gives us that much credit remains in doubt.] This is all we can ever hope to think because we aren’t capable of rational, critical analysis of any kind. We are only bitter, unthinking animals whose one response to stress involves either praying, hating, or killing. Of course.
This isn’t going to play well with the rural Democrats in Georgia (of which there are a legion). I’ve been hearing that Obama has a chance to win Georgia (assuming he wins the D primary) in the general election. I think that he’s lost that now. All those rural Democrats here aren’t going to care what explanations or apologies he gives. All they’re going to see is yet another negative stereotyping of rural Americans. And they get plenty of that from the media, Hollywood, and other elitists. So they’re not going to like this at all.
Rural Georgian Democrats have been known to vote Republican when they are slighted. They are responsible for electing our current governor, the first Republican governor since Reconstruction, just because they were pissed at the former Democratic governor about the confederate flag issue. They felt slighted by that former governor’s refusal to allow the confederate battle flag to be a large part of the Georgia state flag. So they all voted for his opponent.
Obama’s view of rural America is going to feel like a slap in the face for many of them, especially since Obama won the Democratic primary here in Georgia. They won’t forget it. They have long memories for such things.