Democrats risk further alienating Republicans by talking down to them about gun culture, Bill Clinton warned at a private meeting this weekend. "Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them," Clinton warned.
He warned Democratic donors and financiers that their candidates would risk electoral defeat if they stand with Obama and back gun control.
Clinton then gave a laundry list of examples of how high-profile Democrats - himself included - got themselves tarred as anti-gun and alienated rural voters.
"A lot of these people...all they've got is their hunting and their fishing," said Clinton, referring to rural voters. "Or they're living in a place where they don't have much police presence. Or they've been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all."