End of Saturday Notes: Somewhere, Wayne LaPierre Is Laughing…

By Dotcomabc

Apr 12, 2008 6:25pm

Even before the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal has had time to post its interview with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Obama campaign has circulated his semi-contrite remarks.

“Obviously, if I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that,” he said, per ABC News’ Sunlen Miller. “The underlying truth of what I said remains, which is simply that people who have seen their way of life upended because of economic distress are frustrated and rightfully so.

“And I hear it all the time when I visit these communities. People say they feel like no one is paying attention or listening to them and that is something – that is one of the reasons I am running for president. I saw this when I first started off as a community organizer and the steel plants had closed. I was working with churches in communities that had fallen on hard times. They felt angry and frustrated.”

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Sen. Clinton, meanwhile, has unleashed the proverbial hounds.

Surrogate after surrogate is bemoaning Obama’s comments, the elitism they supposedly illustrate, and the damage they might do electorally to the Democratic party should he be the nominee.

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. , is just one example; the Clinton campaign held a conference call in which allies of the woman who once was derided as an elitist for saying “I’m not sitting here as some little woman ‘standing by my man’ like Tammy Wynette” and “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession” went on the attack, including the mayors of Pennsylvania towns Scranton, Sharon, Bethlehem, Wilkes-Barre, and Harrisburg.

You can listen to that call HERE.

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Before Democratic hunters and sportsmen begin scheduling Skeet Shoots for Clinton — with her new “I understand Second Amendment enthusiasts” rhetoric — the NRA might want you to remember that she hasn’t always sounded so understanding of the needs of hunters and sportsmen.

“There are many, many millions of American voters and citizens who will stand behind political leaders who are brave enough to buck the gun lobby, wherever that may take us, so that they will vote for the measures that we know will save lives,” she said in 1999 as first lady.

During her Senate run in 2000 she called for licensing and registration, although she has since backed off that stance.

During the NRA’s 2006 push to demand that police chiefs and mayors pledge to never confiscate weapons from law-abiding citizens in the wake of disasters such as hurricanes or terrorist attacks, actually, it was Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, who supported an amendment from Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to bar homeland security funds for gun confiscation. Clinton voted against the Vitter amendment.

That’s not to say that Obama and Chuck Heston (R.I.P.) would have seen eye-to-eye on this issue.

(Though Obama referred to small towners “cling”ing to their guns and Heston said the government could take his gun when they pried it from his cold, dead hands…So I guess they could agree on the notion of the verb, at least, if not the motivation behind said tight grip.)

- jpt

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