The Huffington Post has the transcript and audio of Barack Obama pitching the wealthy left-wing latte sippers at a private fundraising event in San Francisco this past Sunday. Obama regales them with an incredibly puerile and condescending description of heartland blue collar voters:
[T]he truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of 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 to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Obama stands revealed as a bigot of the elite, high-minded variety. With respect to embittered anti-trade sentiment to which Obama refers, the bitterness is one to which he himself caters. He otherwise looks down his nose at the mystifying enthusiasms of his fellow citizens as symptoms of psychic damage. How will he talk his way out of these self-damning words?