I haven’t said anything about Obama and “bittergate” because the whole brouhaha strikes me as embarrassingly stupid. But, since it doesn’t seem to have made much difference in the polls, it looks like Americans also think it’s embarrassingly stupid. So, let me say two things now:
1. Obama’s words could have been better chosen, but we all understood what he was saying. And his responses have been great, once again. It really is striking that he’s banking on the ability of Americans to listen, absorb, and understand adult speech, while both of his opponents are betting the bank that Americans are too stupid to understand things they read or hear. I’m not sure how that makes him the “elitist” here.
2. McCain and Clinton are also making this case: “Listen here, Obama- Americans are really, really happy with how their government is working these days. And if you can’t see that, then you must be an out-of-touch elitist!” What, seriously? They think that’s a good argument?