“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who arenâ€™t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Barack Obama recently said at a San Francisco fundraiser, trying to explain his lack of appeal to some small-town working-class voters. Hillary Clinton has tagged the statement as “elitist and divisive,” words that Republicans are happy to have for later. This could stick to Obama longer than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy, but someone whose family income has topped $100 million this decade might be careful about calling people “elitist” and “out of touch.”
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