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Talking points: Can “bitter” be gated?

Ever since Richard Nixon was forced out of office, any major scandal has been given a -gate suffix.

Watergate. Contragate. Fostergate. Nannygate.

Now we have Bittergate, the scandal of Barack Obama's comments about some voters being so bitter about government that they cling to their religious values or guns.

It's spawning campaign commercials by Hillary Clinton. Counter commercials from Obama. It's apparently driving Clinton to drink.

Here's some analysis of how bitter gate is playing.

Today's discussion point: Do you care what Obama said...or for that matter, what any of them are saying in Pennsylvania?

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