I've seen a lot of dumb excuses for Barack Obama's regrettable remarks about "bitter" Pennsylvania voters who "cling" to God, guns and narrow-mindedness in the last few days. But maybe the dumbest are the ones that blame my city, San Francisco.
-- Salon.com's Joan Walsh - in total denial, as usual - and stupidly attacking out-of-town newspapers for saying San Francisco is out of touch with America
In Obama's answer, one could hear that he is wise to the precious Bay Area Liberal lament: Oh why, oh why, isn't the rest of America as enlightened as we are?
And: If only the rest of America were better educated, then folks would turn in their hunting rifles and head for the sushi bar, sneer at devout evangelical Christians and happily hire immigrant gardeners - just like we do.
It cannot be an accident that Obama spoke as he did in an area where many two-college-degree Democrats think that, because everyone they know thinks as they do, that all the smart people must be liberals. It does not occur to them that they are cocooned in their own like-minded world, just as guys who go duck-hunting and women who cook for the church bake sale might do. They dutifully nod when Obama talks about small-town voters who express "antipathy to people who aren't like them" - and they don't even realize they are doing just that.
Then they congratulate themselves for being so broad-minded.
-- Local San Francisco columnist, Debra J. Saunders, accurately defining why San Francisco is out of touch with America, in the San Francisco Chronicle
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