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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tough Enough
Posted by Jill | 7:27 AM
Barack Obama's response to the Flag Pin Fracas is giving me more confidence that in a quiet way, he's got the goods to fight back against whatever crap is dished out at him:

"A party that presided over a war in which our troops did not get the body armor they needed, or were sending troops over who were untrained because of poor planning, or are not fulfilling the veterans' benefits that these troops need when they come home, or are undermining our Constitution with warrantless wiretaps that are unnecessary?

"That is a debate I am very happy to have. We'll see what the American people think is the true definition of patriotism."

Yeah, baby. Bring it on.

Meanwhile, CNN is still carrying the lunatics' water:

The reporter also noted that the Illinois senator does not wear an American flag lapel pin, has met with former members of the radical anti-Vietnam War group, Weather Underground, and his wife was quoted recently as saying she never felt really proud of the United States until recently.


Obama did not respond to the question about the Weather Underground, a group whose members bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the 1970s.

Last week, the New York Sun reported that as an Illinois state senator in 2001, Obama accepted a $200 contribution from William Ayers, a founder of the group who was not convicted for the bombings and now works as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

But the paper said that, in a statement, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, William Burton, said, "Sen. Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence ... But he was an 8-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost 40 years ago is ridiculous."

Exactly. William Kristol's father Irving was a Trotskyite, but I don't see anyone bashing Kristol because his father was a leftist 60 years ago.

So far I'm liking what I'm seeing from Obama on these attacks. He's framing them as ridiculous and desperate while recognize that they DO require a response.


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Blogger Jennifer said...
Well done.

Olbermann and Maddow discussed exactly what I predicted a couple of weeks ago at several sites: Obama will be a huge challenge for them, because he'll call them out if they try to use their triedest and truest trick of thinly veiled racism...so they'll cast about for other crutches, but they've relied on this one for so long, they're like a junkie trying to go cold turkey...they won't be able to resist the siren song, and when they do give in, they'll go all-out OD into blatant appeals to racism. Thereby whipping off the mask and revealing themselves in all their ugliness. Because, you know man, they're Republicans. They won't be able to stop themselves.

I'm not naive w/r/t racism in this country...but I do think there is now a very solid majority that would not be able to stomach the very blatant racism of the civil rights era.

So yeah, they'll go there. But it will hurt them more than Obama.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Rachel Maddow is the absolute bomb. I loved her metaphor of the tear gas canister.

Hey MSM: More Maddow, less cowbell.