Ben Buchwalter


McCain’s Newest Doublespeak
October 12, 2008, 2:31 pm
Filed under: 2008 Election, Republicans, Scandals | Tags: , ,

On Friday, McCain tried to raise the discourse of the campaign by addressing the angry mobs yelling out words like “terrorist” and “traitor” in reference to Barack Obama.

On Saturday Morning, the McCain campaign decided that politics was more important than decency and released this statement about the Obama campaign’s criticism of such outbursts. As MSNBC reports:

In response, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace released this statement, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports. “Barack Obama’s assault on our supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people obama called ‘bitter’ and attacked for ‘clinging to guns’ and faith. He fails to understand that people are angry at corrupt practices in Washington and Wall Street and he fails to understand that America’s working families are not ‘clinging’ to anything other than the sincere hope that Washington will be reformed from top to bottom.”

“Attacking our supporters is a new low for the campaign that’s run more millions of dollars of negative ads than any other in history.”

I cannot believe that the McCain is deliberately misinterpreting Obama’s statements against the angry mobs at McCain rallies. They trying to make this another “bitter” comment from Obama when in reality McCain should have been much more reproachful when the hateful comments began. Even if he claims that he could not hear it, his campaign certainly read about the comments through the Media. They contributed to that hate by not making any statements against them.

I was truly encouraged by McCain’s statements last night in defense of Obama. (I would have preferred stronger language, but at least it was something). But following that up with a claim that Obama is anti-“joe six-pack” is absurd and perpetuates hate and class warfare.

McCain is trying to have it both ways. He wants people to continue a hateful campaign against the candidate that is considered dangerously anti-American. But he wants to swoop in from time to time with a weak comment against the Obama bashing as if he were morally superior the whole time. That is a spineless, offensive excuse for leadership. If McCain has let his campaign get this out of control, how can the American people have any confidence whatsoever that he will be a unifying Commander in Chief? Even if he plays that role for a few years, he would revert back to this faux patriotic, anti-elitist rhetoric when it is time for the old codger to get reelected.

In playing the role of the perfect American against the “dangerous” Obama who “regular” people cannot trust, McCain has launched an all out offensive against true American patriotism and the goal of bringing people together to make this country great again.

UPDATE

From NYT:

“I think there have been quite a few reporters recently,” said Mr. McCain’s closest adviser, Mark Salter, “who have sort of implied, or made more than implications, that somehow we’re responsible for the occasional nut who shows up and yells something about Barack Obama.” 

 

 

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