Morning Jay: Obama's Dime Store Sociology, Grijalva In Trouble, and New Polling Data!
6:30 AM, Oct 18, 2010 • By JAY COST
1. Obama’s Dime Store Sociology. This recent story from Politico caught my attention.
Not the first time we’ve heard comments like this. Remember these comments about the Israeli people?
And who could forget this shot at the bitter clingers of small town Pennsylvania?
This kind of dime store sociological explanation is pretty common for the president, despite the fact that it landed him in hot water back in the spring of 2008. These comments have three traits in common.
(a) He doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. Obama might seem like a sociological expert, but he really just plays one on television. For instance, explaining the cultural conservatism of small town Pennsylvania as an artifact of economic decline sounds extremely ill-informed to anybody with at least passing familiarity of the subject.
(b) Hardships generate a false consciousness that always seems to manifest itself as irrational opposition to...Obama. As far as Obama is concerned, the fact that the country is disappointed with his performance is not a sign that he hasn’t done what he promised, but that the country is not thinking clearly.
(c) He turns fellow citizens into sociological subjects. It is one thing for a professor doing a study to treat other human beings as subjects; it’s another for the president of the United States to do it. There is a condescending, anti-republican quality to these statements. Rather than take opposition at face value – President Obama locates the hidden causes behind it, causes that his fellow citizens do not even understand themselves.
This is a terribly bad habit of President Obama's. It comes across as arrogant and condescending, and it doesn’t do a thing to help persuade people.
2. Latest Sign of the Dempocalypse. Wow. This ad courtesy of the Hill:
Ruth McClung is challenging Democrat Raul Grijalva, who represents Arizona’s Seventh Congressional District, which stretches across the southwest corner of the state. It gave both Obama and Kerry 57% of the vote, and is majority Hispanic.
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