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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama over the top

Events may prove me wrong. But I believe that in hindsight — even, say, a year from now — the high point of the failed Barack Obama presidential candidacy will be recognized as having occurred a few seconds before he spoke these lines in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight:

You know, John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell. But he won't even follow him to the cave where he lives.

What a nasty, vile statement. What a palpable, obvious, and deliberate lie. What a calculated insult, in a speech guaranteed to have been combed over in advance for anything that might generate misunderstandings, in a speech guaranteed to receive more national attention than anything Obama has said to date in his entire life. What a great insight into the shallow, immature thinking and overweening, craven opportunism of this man who's never done anything, never risked anything, never shown an ounce of even political courage (much less physical courage) — but yet would be the Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

And the crowd roared its approval. That must be the lowest moment of the Democratic Party in its history. Shame on them, on every one of them who cheered and every one of them who didn't sit on his or her hands and shake his or her head in disgust. How very fortunate for them all that brave Americans like John McCain in the uniforms of our country's military forces have fought and died for their rights to make such utter fools of themselves.

Then, not five minutes later:

But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes. Because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and each other's patriotism.

What unfathomably vast hypocrisy.

Barack Obama excites his party's true believers, who are waiting for their Messiah to lead them from the electoral deserts. I do not believe this man can successfully conceal from a majority of the American voting public, however, just how venal and dangerous he is.

It was, as John McCain said in the ad his campaign ran tonight, "perfect" that the first black to be a presidential nominee of a major political party gave his nomination speech on this anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech. It is a tragic shame, though, that the content of that nominee's character is so lacking.

Posted by Beldar at 10:26 PM in 2008 Election, Obama, Politics (2008) | Permalink


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(1) Christoph made the following comment | Aug 28, 2008 11:17:25 PM | Permalink

That was vile considering McCain's dangerous flights over enemy territory and 5.5 years spent in same as a captive.

Obama, however, will probably still win this thing and your country will be damaged as a result. He is venal and dangerous.

(2) Brad made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 1:11:54 AM | Permalink

Obama's got as much responsibility for not getting OBL as Sen. McCain. Did he mis-read his teleprompter? Did he mean to falsely impugn Bush instead?

I wonder what a president Obama would do to redeem a collapsing Pakistan when he invades?

(3) nk made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 3:21:24 AM | Permalink

Obama has been studying Hitler's tactics.

"Never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

(4) stan made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 7:19:26 AM | Permalink

So when was it that Barack volunteered to go after Osama in his cave?

(5) hunter made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 7:36:36 AM | Permalink

Well said. Enjoy speaking freely while you can. Obama has a big idea about pesky conservatives mouthing off over his change and hope. A nice example of the Obamanation in our future is how the Obamatons go after radio stations discussing annoying unpleasantness about the One.

(6) The Drill SGT made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 9:48:04 AM | Permalink

A Palin Post soon?

(7) Lisa Clark made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 10:06:35 AM | Permalink

Barack Hussein Obama is an opportunist, who must in some way realized that he picked the wrong VP choice with Big-Mouth Biden. With that, he knocked McCain about Bin Ladin (with no forthcoming knowledge about the issue), just because McCain beat him at the Saddleback Forum. BHO probably also realizes that he himself would not have the strength and know-how, to capture Bin Ladin, which is why he decided to take a shot (among several) at McCain last night, out of his own feelings of insecurity regarding his weakness in Homeland Security.

(8) Lisa Clark made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 10:21:04 AM | Permalink

Please, please, please talk about Sarah Palin, her impeccable record and her crusade against corruption in the government! But most of all, talk about the fact that she just had a Down-Syndrome baby -- the difficulty of which did not phase her. Instead, she said the most beautiful, heartwarming things about her little boy, Trig. Has anyone heard it besides me? That speaks volumes about her character. I love McCain's choice!

(9) nk made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 10:32:55 AM | Permalink

I had a tingle up my leg all during the convention. It's my sciatica. Three Advils relieved it. Can we get the Obamaenads three Advils each?

(10) Steve made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:10:49 AM | Permalink

great choice McCain! Couldn't be happier... can we be looking at a landslide victory! Everything about her is great, she is even beautiful!


(11) nk made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:19:42 AM | Permalink


If Patterico does not spring for that bottle of whisky, I will. You were fustest with the mostest IMHO.

(12) MartyH made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:47:19 AM | Permalink

Cangrats, Beldar, on Palin's selection for VP.

Does that mean you will change your sidebar?

(13) rfy made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 12:11:46 PM | Permalink

I had donated exactly $0 to John McCain (or any other presidential candidate) so far this year. But, solely because of the boldness, wisdom, vision (keep adding superlatives) of his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, I just donated $250 online. I'd appreciate it if you would mention to your readers that donating to the McCain/Palin campaign is a great way for conservatives to demonstrate our agreement and enthusiasm for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin.

By the way, Gov. Palin is a sitting governor and deserves the use of the title even more than former governors such as Gov. Romney.

One more thing, America's energy policy will be a huge issue in this election and Gov. Palin's level of energy knowledge/experience (as governor and previously on Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) is way above all the others on both tickets.

(14) Gus made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 1:34:32 PM | Permalink

Wow, first comment about McCain is POW! Nice, you've certainly internalized his message.

(15) Barry Nolan made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 3:18:22 PM | Permalink

Compared to what Republicans have said about John McCain, Obama's speech was a Valentine.
Republicans Talk About McCain

Mitt Romney – on McCain and the economy:
“I simply don’t think that the people of Florida are gonna say the nominee of our party ought to be a person who, on more than one occasion, has expressed lack of understanding of our economy at a time when the economy is the number one issue that people are talking about…”

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family on McCain overall:
"I'm deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage…who has little regard for freedom of speech…and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language..."

The conservative CATO Institute on McCain and Foreign Policy:
“John McCain on Foreign Policy: Even Worse Than Bush…
The foreign policy that John McCain now advocates is reckless and promiscuously interventionist. If he were a university student majoring in international relations or security studies, he would deserve a resounding F for his analysis of the crucial issues that the United States has confronted over the past 14 or 15 years”

Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi on McCain’s Temperment:
"The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine…He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

Former Republican Senator Bob Smith of NH on McCain and World Affair:
"His temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind, it should disqualify him."

(16) ALK made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:00:43 PM | Permalink

You say the statement is nasty and vile and is a deliberate lie. But you don't say why that's so.

(17) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 11:35:19 PM | Permalink

ALK: You're right. I expect my readers to have a certain minimum threshold of pre-existing knowledge when they come to this blog. If you lack that, as seems to be the case from your comment, you're welcome to drop my website from your reading habits. If you think that you can tie me in knots somehow by challenging propositions like McCain's essential patriotism and personal courage, I do not intend to give you that satisfaction.

(18) ALK2 made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 10:26:29 PM | Permalink

Beldar, sadly, you are misinformed. Here is John McCain himself affirming that he will not, in fact, chase OBL if the chase requires venturing into Pakistan.

MCCAIN: Larry, I'm not going to go there and here's why, because Pakistan is a sovereign nation. I think the Pakistanis would want bin Laden out of their hair and out of their country and it's causing great difficulties in Pakistan itself.


(19) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 10:48:53 PM | Permalink

ALK2, you're being exceedingly disingenuous and taking a remark out of context, but at least you provided a URL. In the very next sentence, McCain says: "But I want to assure you I will get Osama bin Laden as president of the United States and I will bring him to justice no matter what it takes."

In context, "go there" obviously meant "discussing in public under what circumstances America might act unilaterally without Pakistan's consent and cooperation," not "go[ing] there" in person himself. American presidents haven't led troops in battle since Madison.

McCain understands that this is not about who can make the most impressive display of muscle-flexing on a kindergarten playground. Conducting military or paramilitary operations in Pakistan is an incredibly sensitive subject, one that probably ought not be discussed in detail in advance on "Larry King Live" in any event — or in a Democratic presidential debate.

The Clinton Administration literally had bin Laden in its sights, and did nothing. Other than belligerent and often inappropriate tough talk, Obama has offered nothing to suggest he'd deliver any more substance.

Obama nevertheless delivered a gratuitous insult to McCain's personal courage. Obama was way out of line. So, sir, are you.

(20) ALK2 made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 11:01:00 PM | Permalink

Nice try, but read the question King asked:

KING: If you were president and knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan, you know where, would you have U.S. forces go in after him?

MCCAIN: Larry, I'm not going to go there and here's why, because Pakistan is a sovereign nation. I think the Pakistanis would want bin Laden out of their hair and out of their country and it's causing great difficulties in Pakistan itself.

The "go there" is most definitely Pakistan, which, of course, is where OBL almost certainly is. So Obama was 100% accurate to say what he said, and you, sir, have your panties unjustly in a knot.

(21) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 11:34:08 PM | Permalink

ALK2, why would McCain discuss whether he himself was physically going to "go there"?

You don't know precisely where bin Laden is, nor do I, nor does John McCain or Barack Obama. You're repeating others' guesses as to even what side of the border he's on.

As to whether Obama was being insulting, or otherwise has the credibility to call John McCain out on any matters involving national security and defense, we'll let my readers and, more broadly, the American public, draw their own conclusions.

Remember in the meantime that this is my bandwidth. Opposing viewpoints, civilly expressed, are welcome here. Yours are on the borderline of being uncivil. Behave yourself, or go elsewhere. There won't be further warnings.

(22) Barney Frank made the following comment | Aug 30, 2008 11:35:31 PM | Permalink

It is most definitely not clear that McCain meant he would not go into Pakistan. We are currently sending drones into Pakistan and killing AQ leadership. Is McCain against this? He has not spoken against it so evidently not.
Now McCain may be wise enough, unlike say the transcendant man-child, to consider opnely invading a sovereign and chaotic nation of 170,000,000 people in possession of nuclear weapons an extrmely unwise move. But that is hardly the same as not pursuing Osama into Pakistan.

(23) SPQR made the following comment | Aug 31, 2008 1:53:31 AM | Permalink

"Frank", the point remains that Obama recklessly and carelessly advocates violating the soverignty of a nuclear armed ally. An ally that is shaky from the pressures of internal politics. The idea of pushing Pakistan over to the wrong side of the fence through cowboy actions like Obama advocates solely to appeal to the less thoughtful of BDS sufferers.

McCain's response is more intelligent, more nuanced than the supposed master of nuance, and shows a greater understanding of the topic.

Obama's characterization of it is fundamentally dishonest. That you want to echo it says a lot about your level of sophistication on the topic.

(24) ALK2 made the following comment | Sep 4, 2008 11:16:31 AM | Permalink

Hey, check out this:


I guess Bush is even more reckless and irresponsible than you think Obama might be. Hahaha

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