Thursday, July 17, 2008

Getting It

Barack Obama is making inroads out in states like Montana and the Dakotas.

The furor over this week’s New Yorker cover — the satirical cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama in Muslim and black-militant poses — boils down to this: We get it, but what will those folks in fly-over country think?

The answer is that they get it as well. Irony, it turns out, does cross the Hudson River. And if they don’t get it, if they see the cover as affirmation of the sludge they’ve heard on talk radio or certain cable outlets, they’re never going to vote for Barack Hussein Obama anyway.

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[T]he more time Obama or his people spend in states thought to be out of reach, it’s less likely that there will be another mistake like the one he made at that California fund-raiser when he referred to small-town voters as bitterly clinging to guns and religion. As they get to know him, he gets to know them.

There may be something to this fifty-state strategy after all.