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Paul Ryan: I'm Happy to Cling to Guns, Religion

VP candidate talks 2008 Obama gaffe on campaign trail

(Newser) - Paul Ryan reminded voters at a Pennsylvania steel plant today of President Obama's campaign-trail gaffes—from 2008. "Remember this other time when he said people want to cling to their guns and religion ?" said Ryan, who has frequently brought up his Catholic faith on the campaign trail.... More »

How the Air Came Out of Clinton's Tires

Poor Ind., NC showings sucked late momentum from her campaign

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign was happiest, and picked up the most steam, late in the game, as divisive staffers departed, the blue-collar vote moved into her column and the candidate found her comfort zone. The Washington Post examines the Democrat's final months, noting its rejuvenation after Texas and Ohio victories,... More »

Clinton's Victory Demeans Uplifting Politics

NY Times columnists is sickened by Democrat's pandering

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton prevailed in Pennsylvania by dragging Barack Obama's bipartisan, hopeful vision through the muck, proving politics is “frequently mean and irrational,” Gail Collins writes in the New York Times. Clinton showed that the playing field is dirty, and that even the junior senator from Illinois would go... More »

George Will Knows the Working Class?

Scribe slams GOP pundit for his stance on 'Bittergate'

(Newser) - George Will knows blue collar America? Probably not, Jonathan Chait writes in the New Republic, but the "fabulously wealthy, bow tie-wearing, pretentious" pundit still blasted Barack Obama for saying rural voters "cling to" firearms and religion. And Will is not alone—US leaders have long treated blue collar... More »

The Debate Was No Good for Anyone

The pundits agree, and then split on blaming the inquisitors

(Newser) - The pundit class agrees for once: No one (at least in the Democratic Party) benefited from last night’s angry debate. But the left and the right disagree on who’s at fault:
  • The first half was “garbage time,” Jonathan Cohn writes in the New Republic, with the
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The Boss Thinks Barack Rocks

Springsteen deems Obama 'head and shoulders above the rest'

(Newser) - Rocker Bruce Springsteen endorsed Barack Obama today, calling the candidate “head and shoulders above the rest.” The Boss cited Obama’s leadership on the war, economic and racial justice, and the environment, the New York Times reports; he also criticized the “bitter” flap, saying Obama's opponents were... More »

No Bittergate Bounce in Polls

Obama loses a bit of Pennsylvania steam, but voters not deeply moved

(Newser) - Several new Pennsylvania polls confirm a slight shift in Hillary Clinton’s direction, but not one substantial enough to suggest Barack Obama’s “bitter” gaffe has deeply affected support. CNN’s poll of polls shows Clinton’s lead rising only two points (from a four- to six-point margin). Half... More »

Obama Was Right About Pennsylvanian Bitterness

Real insult comes from decades of neglect by politicians, columnist writes

(Newser) - Barack Obama was “basically right on target” about Pennsylvania bitterness, the product of one small-town household says: John Baer, in the Philadelphia Daily News, writes that the people he grew up around were, and still are, angry. And they have a right to be, Baer adds: Blue-collar Pennsylvanians see... More »

Bitter Schism Dominates Faith Forum

Dems try to close God Gap, but debate cleaves to politics

(Newser) - Secular politics won the day at last night's "Compassion Forum" in Pennsylvania, the LA Times reports, despite the Democratic contenders' resolve to present a united front on faith. Hillary Clinton used her pulpit at Messiah College to sermonize against her rival's comments on "bitter" religious voters, again calling... More »

'Bittergate' Flares Up on Sunday Shows

Bob Casey defends Obama from attacks left and right

(Newser) - "Bittergate" erupted on talk shows today as pundits hammered Barack Obama for calling some rural voters "bitter," the Swamp blog reports. “He’s going to have to do some more explaining about this,” Clinton ally James Carville said. "It's big," said George Will.... More »

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