Barack Obama seemed to have survived the blasphemous rants of his preacher and remained relatively untarnished by the perceived dissatisfactions of his privileged wife," writes Kathleen Parker. "But he may be less lucky with remarks he made recently about embittered, small-town Americans, who `cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren`t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.`"

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