Obama’s Reaction to Palin Selection Belittles Rural America

Posted: August 29, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Politics
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Barack Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton responded to John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin with the following: “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.  Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.”

I think such comments can hurt the Obama camp in two ways:

1. While I understand and expect the Obama camp to knock her lack of experience…that has been shown in polls to be his weakest link. You would think that they would want to altogether avoid such a topic and consider this a wash and hope for surrogates or the news media to point this out. She is a veep candidate, while he is the presidential candidate.

2. By failing to acknowledge that Palin is the current governor of Alaska and only bringing up her mayor-ship of a small town is very unwise. There is already a perception that Obama dislikes “small town” America and prefers the city and big crowds. By ignoring her governorship and only bringing up her mayor-ship of a small town can be perceived as a belittling swipe in the implied insignificance of public service to a small town…what camp Obama may be forgetting is that millions of rural Americans esteem a devoted local politician over a flashy Washington suit and rhetoric (Republican and Democrat).

All indications are that Palin will play up her humble connection with the average rural American, and Obama will be perceived as dismissive of such humble folk and instead seeking to connect with large crowds in the city. Obama struggled with such voters in the primaries and you would think that they would be more cautious about any remarks regarding rural America…you would think.

  1. Arnica says:

    I am a rural voter and I believe that John McCain stopped “putting his country first” when he cynically selected someone with no qualifications to lead our nation if something happened to him (a 72-year-old candidate). Why do rural voters continue to show the rest of the nation how ignorant and naieve we are by falling for every lie the Republicans tell us and voting against our own economic interests? Have you read “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
    Do you seriously — seriously — think that John McCain, who has stressed the importance of our national security, believes that Sarah Palin is the best person to be President of the United States of America if he could not serve?

  2. Catherine says:

    I believe the Democratic Party committed a crime when they nominated a man whose associations would have made it impossible to become a police officer or federal agent, but put him within reach of becoming the president of our country. How did this happen and who is responsible? I demand to know.

  3. j day says:

    Sarah Palin has an empty head that the McCain (or Rove) operatives love, because they can fill it with their talking points and then send it out to spout. It operates with a smile, it is well groomed, and it does not tire of repetition. What a great invention–their very own little robot. j. day

  4. al g says:

    Sarah Palin is not a poster child for Rural America.

    She is the poster child for uniformed, overly ambitious people who think they can use their gender, race or what have you as a substitute for background, knowledge and experience.

    Sarah Palin lecturing anyone on anything to include energy is an insult to those who have true expertise in matters. She is in way over her head and good looks, charm and a wink have not fooled anyone.

    No Obama is not picking on people from rural america, he is saying what everyone has learned in the past 3 weeks, that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be Vice President or President and when she returns to Alaska it will be interesting to see if the voters once again select her to represent the State.

    I would be embarrassed to have her as my Governor.

  5. Floridamedia says:

    I am a rural voter too from small town Florida and We are all for Mccain in this area.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Betty says:

    Do you seriously, seriously think a lawyer that has done nothing but peddle grant money on street corners is the best person to be president? I think that some Americans and particularly the media act as though they are star struck or else they have lost their ability to see past Obama’s silk suit and veneer. He has lied and promised things that any fifth grader knows he cannot deliver. Our country is doomed if he and his group of cronies get in the White House. We don’t have to worry about another attack by the terrorist they will have an inside man in control. Wake up America before it is to late.

  7. mel says:

    I am so sick of people talking about Governer Palin’s lack of experience when obama was only a senator for a year before he started his campain. really does this seam like a viable point to anyone?

  8. Sandy says:

    To Catherine: Very Good Point! Send it in to Hannity! Send it in to the Newspapers!

    To Al G – I am an Alaskan and Sarah Palin has done more for our state in 1.5 yrs than you have probably done with your family’s finances in 50. You are just another Democrat.(sorry for you) who wants to have a man that has no experience other than how to get around the law, and to get that knowledge, he has been involved with way too many radicals for any TRUE AMERICAN to want him in the white house! Some Americans should be deported to a different country! Why in the hell do you think all these foreign govts. just love Obama? DUH

  9. Sandy says:

    To Al G –
    Better check Sarah Palin’s expertise in Energy – You must be blind cause you aint reading the seeing the same things True Americans are. You are blind. Try reading something true – try research-seek the truth……not accepting what CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN say…….UGH……THE DOOM IS OBAMA……ITS DOOM FOR YOU AND THOSE WHO VOTE FOR OBAMA WILL SOON SEE IF HE IS ELECTED. HE WILL CONTROL EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU……EVERYTHING! WAKE UP, PUT YOUR GLASSES ON & READ THE FACTS.

  10. Sherry says:

    I really believe Obama knows he has no qualifications to be President and that Sarah Palin does. She is more qualified than Obama and Biden together. I believe Obama wants the Presidency to show that he CAN and because of his “connections” to terrorists, and crooks and Muslims, it will be only a matter of time before our great America will go under. I cannot believe that intelligent people are following this man, a man with no character. Obama is playing the flute and people are following him mindlessly.

  11. PH says:

    It might not fit the simple template for a 36-year veteran of the Senate to not understand what vice presidents do (after all, eight vice presidents have served with him), but the insider, Biden, knew less about this than the political outsider, Sarah Palin. Given that they are running to be Vice President, why didn’t that story dominate the news coverage after the debate??? The media spins the Democratic web and the hell with reality. Obama doesn’t even belong in the race and his judgement in picking Biden, who dosn’t even know what the Vice President does, simply proves it.

  12. andy j says:

    Sarah Palin must have the Dems scared. I have never seen a VP candidate draw so much attention and fire. Look at old Joe (talk about more of the same – 35 years in the Senate and yet to do anything) no one ever hardly mentions him, poor Joe.
    Andy J.

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