2008 For Those of Us Who Are…
posted by August 21 at 7:44 AMon
…losing our minds watching Obama’s lame response to John McCain’s attacks, a bracing rant from Theda Skocpol at TMPCafe.
For weeks, Obama has ignored or wheedled when McCain and Lieberman attacked his patriotism and judgement. He has repeatedly begged them to stop because, supposedly, they are more honorable than that. He has asked them to discuss the issues dispassionately. What an insipid approach! McCain has NOT been honorable or honest, and Obama and his surrogates need to hammer on that incessantly. Use words like “lying” and “losing himself” or ” (better) “forgetting what he is supposed to stand for.” Stop focusing on decades ago in the POW camp. Talk about now, about the last years and months. Make the really obvious point that no candidate for President at this time can really be putting country first if he runs a dirty, lying campaign of false smears. That betrays the public trust. Tell it like it is, Obama!
Politics is not just about issues, it is a metaphorical test of strength. If a man will not get immediately—if quietly—angry and fight back when his patriotism is attacked, why should we trust him to defend the country? And if he won’t punch back by explaining clearly why his approach to foreign policy is actually tougher and smarter, why McCain’s is thoughtless and reckless, why would we think he is better to be Commander in Chief?
Listening to Obama “attack” McCain for attacking him—but only after going out of his way to “honor” McCain’s service—is making me nuts. Just attack John McCain. Not for his attacks on you, which require you to repeat McCain’s attacks, but attack John McCain on issues, on character, on substance. Knock him back on his fucking heels and force him to respond to your attacks, don’t just stand there with your arms folded over your face whining about the punches he’s landed, Obama. Land some fucking punches of your own.
How about hammering away at this: John McCain doesn’t know how many houses he owns. Neither does Cindy McCain. Average Americans are losing their homes in record numbers thanks to the Republican mania for deregulation—and the Democratic mania for acquiescing to Republican manias, but you can skip that for now—and here comes John “$500 Italian Loafers” McCain who can’t keep track of how many houses he owns—or how many houses have been purchased for him by the rich heiress McCain dumped his crippled first wife for. Because, McCain says, some of their properties are condos, not houses, and you know how hard it is to keep track of condos.
And you’re letting this guy get away with painting you as the elitist?
Back to Skocpol:
And pick a FIGHTER for VP, please. Do it yesterday. Obama, you need someone who will push hard at your side and make you better, too. And you never should have gone on vacation (shades of Kerry) without a VP to carry on. Biden will work, I think, but—and I never expected to believe this—it might be time to turn to Hillary. She is at least a fighter, and this election really matters to a lot more than you and her.
Hillary? She’s not the only fighter out there. How about this guy? He could teach you to land a fucking punch.
UPDATE: Well, this is some comfort…
But we were heartened by the tough ad that Anthony posted yesterday. And today we learned that it’s only running in Atlanta. So great ad, although some folks think McCain owns at least 10 homes, not seven. But where is it running? And how often?