What's The Matter With Pennsylvania?

As usual, the Wall Street Journal editorial page captures the significance of Obama’s remarks to a group of rich San Francisco Democrats:

This has been a long Presidential campaign, but often usefully so. The Democratic Party fight is helping us learn that there’s more to Barack Obama than the eloquent, post-partisan, disciplined purveyor of “hope” that he typically projects.

There’s also the Barack Obama who attended Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s (“God d— America”) church for 20 years, the one who emerged from the Chicago Democratic machine with friends like Tony Rezko, the one with the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate, and now we learn the one with a Harvard-eye view of American angst.

…As political psychoanalysis, [Obama’s remarks represent] … what they believe in Cambridge and Hyde Park. Guns and God are the opiate of the masses, who are being gulled by Karl Rove and rich Republicans. If only they embraced their true economic self-interest, these pure saps wouldn’t need religion and they wouldn’t dislike non-white immigrants.

Mr. Obama’s unreflective condescension is reminiscent of the famous 1993 Washington Post article that described evangelical Christians as “poor, undereducated and easy to command.” And the fact that he said it so naturally in front of a San Francisco crowd suggests that this is what he may truly believe. This is Mr. Obama’s inner Mike Dukakis.

It’s not just Obama and Mike Dukakis; it’s the entire Democratic Party: the Clintons, Al Gore, John Kerry, Jimmy Carter and the entire wad of lefties who think the Enlightenment dawned in 1967.

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