The Era of Personal Responsibility is Here!
Considering that it has only been roughly 8 years since the last time a candidate ran on that, all I can say is: YAY!!!!
Like so many other things that nicely define the Obama campaign, I am pleased to report that Sen. Obama's self-immolations - Jeremiah Wright, The Cling and many other such gifts to Sen. John McCain, with more surely to come - are all really Sen. Clinton's fault. This is a great addition to The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules. All these unexpected insights during this campaign just warm my heart!
Note to the Greatest "Top" Bloggers in the Universe who feverishly defended Sen. Obama as having said, um, "The Truth": Sen. Obama was apparently complimenting people by saying that they "cling". This is rather at odds with the versions of "The Truth" that I saw over the weekend that were not particularly complimentary. If you want to play the game of W.O.R.M., you need to do a better job of mind-reading Saint Obama. As Sen. Obama said yesterday, "scripture talks about clinging to what’s good… what I was saying is that when economic hardship hits in these communities, what people have is, they’ve got family, they’ve got their faith, they’ve got the traditions that have been passed onto them from generation to generation. Those aren’t bad things." So, why don't we take a W.O.R.M. vote? Are "antipathy to people who aren’t like them", "anti-immigrant sentiment" or "anti-trade sentiment" the "traditions that have been passed onto them from generation to generation" which "aren’t bad things"? Remember, we are talking about working class Democrats here (not Republicans). As a famous person once said, "Don't tell me words don't matter!"
Another example of something that's entirely the Dastardly Clinton Monster's fault - right here.
Finally, here's a summary of how terrible and suicidally depressing the Clinton years were for Pennsylvania (more here) - as a result of which the working class people of Pennsylvania got bitter during the Clinton administration and then clung 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." Hey, at least they aren't "ingrown"!
P.S. How appropriate that yesterday's "Compassion Forum" was held at Messiah College.
UPDATE: Uh, oh. Looks like "Mudcat" Sanders of the "Stop Hillary!" and "I just don't think the Clintons have been a friend of my people out in rural America" fame (which explains why Sen. Clinton has generally been cleaning Sen. Obama's clock in rural America in the larger state primaries*) didn't get the memo that this is all Sen. Clinton's fault! Maybe someone could forward this post to him and explain to him how unfair it is for him to have said about Sen. Obama: "The one thing that I preached during this whole deal is we can’t be stereotyping anybody.....Well, Barack Obama just stereotyped my people out in rural America....Here’s a guy who says he shouldn’t be stereotyped, but yet he stereotyped us.” After all, Sen. Clinton was using her Incredible Eeevil Mind Control Machine to manipulate Sen. Obama's mouth and vocal cords in a way that made Sen. Obama utter the now famous words aka "The Truth". It's not his fault! Haven't you read the "top" blogs yet?
*NOTE added. As CA Pol Junkie correctly points out Obama did well in some of the caucus states. However, I did not consider caucuses in my comment largely because of the noticeably lower turnouts in caucuses compared to primaries.