Howard Kurtz has defended this statement by saying that Obama's analysis is essentially correct: "The senator was trying to say that these folks voted on social issues, distracting wedge issues, when their real problem was economic."
But Kurtz misses the point. Americans who are hurting ecocnomically - blue collar workers, people in small towns and high-unemployment areas - are voting for Hillary. This demographic has been identified in every primary. They aren't distracted by wedge issues. They are choosing Hillary over Obama because they need a president who has experience, who will be a good manager, who will make America work again. They aren't falling for empty rhetoric about change. They know how important this election will be to their livelihood.
Obama's base is very different from Hillary's base; he is supported by people who are younger, richer, more active in the party and more educated. They are all less economically vulnerable.
The thing is, at this point in history we should all feel vulnerable. We are in the middle of a world financial crisis and a world environmental crisis. The US is in the middle of an illegal war. The world financial system needs to be overhauled. Domestically, the US faces a morass of challenges, from a gutted and ineffectual FEMA that leaves the country vulnerable to catastrophe to a need for overhaul of the Federal Reserve Board. And on and on.
Now is a time for pragmatism. Small town America has it right.