Friday, September 19, 2008

Obama's Class War "So Wrong for America"

Lynn Forester de Rothschild, appearing on Campbell Brown's "Election Center" on CNN, offered one of the most trenchant arguments against Barack Obama's presidential campaign I've heard in months.

Forester de Rothschild grew up in middle class New Jersey, and she says the class war Barack Obama would declare is "so wrong for America," via

Here's the introduction from her Wall Street Journal essay:

If Barack Obama loses the presidential election, it may well be the result of a public perception that he is detached and elitist -- a politician whose expressions of empathy for hard-working Americans stem more from abstract solidarity than a real connection to the lives of millions of citizens.

Suggestions that Sen. Obama has failed to relate to working- and middle-class voters in swing states have dogged his campaign for months. His choice of Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate only marginally corrects the problem.

While Obama supporters attempt to dismiss the charges about their candidate's perceived hauteur, they confuse privilege and elitism. Elitism is a state of mind, a view of the world that cannot be measured simply by one's net worth, position or number of houses.