Max has been cold-cocked by his 36-hour plane ride back from the Far East, or he’d surely have reported on Barack Obama’s ill-advised remarks calling some who oppose him bitter people who cling to their guns and religion.

Huffington Post is reporting on the set-to, which seems to have energized Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Pennsylvania. (More on the subject in Talking Points Memo, too.)


Sen. Hillary Clinton drew sharp disagreements with Sen. Barack Obama late Friday for comments he made suggesting that job loss and economic woes had compelled people in Pennsylvania to bitterness, “guns or religion or antipathy, or anti-immigrant sentiment.”

“Pennsylvanians,” she declared, “don’t need a president who looks down on them. They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families.”


The line was cutting and drew applause from the crowd. And it demonstrates that the Clinton campaign feels it has a political winner if not an issue that could dominate the news cycle for several days.