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PHILADELPHIA (CAP) - After holding his ground in polls, and perhaps seeing an unlikely boost, following his comments that small-town residents are "bittter" and therefore cling to things like "guns and religion" while speaking to an audience of rich San Francisco donors, an emboldened Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama is trying to turn a potential gaffe into a boon through tapping into stereotypes and generalizations throughout American society.
During a speech to the Mocha Latte Club of Oregon, Obama tried to explain the anguish of Native Americans on reservations within Oklahoma as them being bitter about "the white man taking their country" and saying "that's why they cling to their cigarettes and Moonshine."
At a Harvard University meeting of the Elite Liberal Professors of Aristocratic Society, Obama classified Asian-Americans as being bitter about World II-era concentration camps and said "that's why they cling to their camera equipment and keen sense of mathematics."
At a caucus of the Students for Enlightened Secularism, Obama said trailer park residents in West Virginia are bitter because they live in trailer parks instead of actual houses and "that's why they cling to their female cousins in a way that most of us find socially unacceptable."
At a luncheon to honor 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, Obama said that Jewish people are bitter about "all those famines, plagues, the holocaust and that sort of thing" and "that's why they cling to their money and Barbara Streisand albums."
Somewhat amazingly, the impact of the tenuous string of statements had the biggest negative effect on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who saw her unfavorable rating go up three points to 61 percent since Obama began making his string of judgements.
"Oh come on!" an incredulous Clinton responded when asked about the poll. "What has to happen for this guy to take a hit in this election?"
A new Rasmussen poll conducted right after those comments showed that Clinton's unfavorability rating rose another three points to 64 percent.
"Sexists - all of you!" she retorted as she downed another shot of Crown Royal at an Indiana Elks Lodge.
Obama told the editors of MoveOn.org that Senator Clinton is bitter about the fact that she will never be president and "that's why she clings to a marriage of convenience and a false notion she still has a chance in hell of getting the nomination."
Staffers said Obama intends to continue his Condescension '08 Tour through the summer before wrapping up in Denver this August.
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