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1:50 AM ET, April 12, 2008


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The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter  —  When I began following the Obama Campaign through Pennsylvania, the place was new to me— as apparently it was to Senator Obama, since his Road to Change bus tour was heralded as the candidate's introduction to the Keystone State.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on small-town PA: Clinging to religion, guns, xenophobia  —  Huffpo's Mayhill Fowler has more from Obama's remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser Sunday, and they include an attempt to explain the resentment in small-town Pennsylvania that won't be appreciated by some of the people whose votes Obama's seeking:
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp hammers Obama on small town comments  —  The McCain campaign, finding a gift in its lap, tees off on the eye-opening comments by Barack Obama from a fundraiser last week in San Francisco (of all places).  —  Asked to respond, McCain adviser Steve Schmidt called it a “remarkable statement and extremely revealing.”
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Responds To Criticism  —  Republicans sense an opportunity in the developing storm over Barack Obama's remarks.  —  His comments have been distributed to allies on Capitol Hill, to members of the Pennsylvania press corps, to talk radio hosts across the country, to Republican state parties …
Discussion: American Street
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Red-Blue Divide  —  These remarks by Obama in San Francisco are, to put it gently, not the most felicitously phrased: … You can see the point he is trying to make - it's the Thomas Frank argument - and you can argue about its merits, back and forth.  I don't think it's meant pejoratively …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama In His Own Words … Tucker Bounds sends along the McCain response:
Michelle Malkin:
Snob-ama disses pro-gun, religious, anti-illegal immigration activists in Penn.  —  Before I get to Barack Obama's snobbish, condescending, and arrogant comments about small-town Pennsylvania, I wanted to share a little more about my visit to Harrisburg last week.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Was Born In A Small Town  —  Jiminy, Obama unleashes his inner Michelle: … They will make a lovely First Couple.  —  MORE: Some excerpts from the New Yorker profile of Michelle Obama: … Dick Cheney's dad worked for the USDA; Cheney himself flunked out of Yale before getting a degree at the University of Wyoming.
Discussion: Don Surber and
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IS OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN OVER?  —  It may be.  I don't see how anyone known to have uttered these words can be elected President: … Barack Obama's arrogance has been evident for some time, and it's no shock, perhaps, to learn that that he shares this bigoted opinion, common among urban liberals, of people who live in “small towns.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Infidels Are Cool
Marc Ambinder:   Obama's “Gaffe:” Some Perspective
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton on Obama: 'Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them'
Discussion: The Field
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Quickly Pounce on Obama Remarks
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Opponents Call Obama ‘Out of Touch’
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Obama's Remarks at San Francisco Fundraiser Sunday
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain aide hits Obama comment
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Clinton Holds Slight Edge Over Obama in PA  —  PA Democrats lean slightly against free trade; Just 7% of Dems feel nation is on the right track  —  UTICA, New York - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of New York leads party rival Barack Obama of Illinois …
Temple Poll shows Clinton continues to lead Obama in Pennsylvania  —  Poll also shows candidates' coalitions have different orientations toward voting  —  Senator Hillary Clinton leads Senator Barack Obama by 44 - 35 percent among Pennsylvanians likely to vote in the Democratic presidential primary on April 22.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Dispatches Husband's Aide to Montana  —  In a sign that she is planning to stay in the presidential nomination fight until the bitter end, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has dispatched a top aide to Montana to manage her campaign in that state's June 3 primary.
Discussion: Don Surber, The Caucus and The Page
CBS News:
Hillary Tells Bill To Back Off On Bosnia
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Page
Media Matters for America:
On Hardball , Matthews and Shuster critiqued Obama's “weird” beverage selection at Indiana diner  —  On the April 10 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, after reporting that Sen. Barack Obama “campaigned today in northern Indiana, shaking hands and chatting with people at a diner near South Bend,” …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Begala: “Nothing But Contempt” For Penn, Compares Him To Rumsfeld  —  Longtime Clinton adviser and confidant Paul Begala took full aim at Mark Penn on Friday, expressing scorn for the recently demoted strategist, and comparing his time with the Clinton campaign to that of Donald Rumsfeld's tenure as Secretary of Defense.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 28%, Lowest of His Administration  —  Only Nixon and Truman have had lower job approval ratings  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President George W. Bush's job approval rating has dropped to 28%, the lowest of his administration.  Bush's approval is lower than that of any president …
German staging of Verdi's A Masked Ball on 9/11 with naked cast in Mickey Mouse masks  —  By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin  —  A German opera house is to unveil a provocative new production staged in the ruins of New York's World Trade Centre.  —  It features naked pensioners and Mickey Mouse masks …
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