No More Mr. Nice Elitist

Bud-swilling Obama will connect with blue-collar votes if it kills him, Dowd writes
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 12:31 PM CDT
Barack Obama tours the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame with Indiana Basketball Hall of Famers, Steven Bennett, right, and George McGinnis.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is trying his darnedest to shed the elitist vibe, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, ditching his dainty sips at a Pennsylvania brewery for big swigs of Bud at an Indiana VFW. But for a man of mixed race and a blue-collar upbringing, it’s proving a surprisingly hard image to shake.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is getting down and dirty, with a union supporter decrying her opponent as one of the “Gucci-wearing, latte-drinking, self-centered, egotistical people that have damaged our lifestyle.” But, concludes Dowd, perhaps for a man who's worked his whole life to smooth out his rough spots, "It’s doubly hard to be who you’ve strived not to be."