Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal on April 19-20, 2008:
Sen. Obama seems honestly surprised by the furor his the-poor-cling-to-God-and-guns remarks elicited, and if one considers his background - intense marginalization followed by the establishment's embrace - this is understandable. He was only caught speaking the secret langauge of America's elite, and what he said was not meant as a putdown. It was an explanation aimed at ameliorating the elites' anger toward and impatience with ordinary people. It's a way of explaining them, of saying, "You have to remember that they're not comfortable and educated like us, they're vulnerable and so we must try to understand them and feel sympathy and solidarity with them." You could say this at any high-class dinner party in America and not cause a ruffle. But America is not a high-class dinner party.