Best Local Scandal - 2009
Obama's 'Bittergate' Episode
Remember when news broke that Barack Obama dissed small-town Pennsylvania voters who "cling to guns or religion" at a Pacific Heights fundraiser, just two weeks before the Pennsylvania presidential primary? We thought we felt an earthquake that day, though it might have been Bay Area liberals shuddering in collective horror. Hillary Clinton seized on the incident, clinging a few moments longer to her foundering campaign. And right-wing TV pundit Pat Buchanan tried using the incident to link Obama with the elitist "Chablis-and-brie" wing of the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, we all had to ask ourselves how we've come to be so misunderstood by the national media. Seriously, who drinks Chablis in this town? Anyone? And don't get us started on brie.