"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," Obama said. "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."Seizing on "bitter" Clinton and McCain have been telling anyone that will listen that Obama called them bitter.
"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."
So, Obama responds here in a very effective way.
I have, frankly, been concerned about Obama's lack of aggressive responses to attacks from either the Clintons or McCain. It's all well and good to be above it all, but when someone picks a fight with a candidate, he or she needs to be prepared to fire back a bitch slap of a response. Americans will not vote for the professor who disdains the fight satisfied by the knowledge that he is correct on the issue. And if Obama struggles with the silly carping of the Clintons, the GOP will eat him alive.
This response gives me comfort.