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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Re: What Should Obama Say?

posted by on June 25 at 13:30 PM

I’m pretty sure my question from earlier today will be answered shortly, as Barack Obama is currently holding a press conference in Chicago.

In the meantime, here’s John McCain’s response to the new Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the death penalty for child rapists. It begins with the predictable (and Slog-recommended) line, “as a father…” :

As a father, I believe there is no more sacred responsibility in American society than that of protecting the innocence of our children. I have spent over twenty-five years in Congress fighting for stronger criminal sentences for those who exploit and harm our children. Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an assault on law enforcement’s efforts to punish these heinous felons for the most despicable crime. That there is a judge anywhere in America who does not believe that the rape of a child represents the most heinous of crimes, which is deserving of the most serious of punishments, is profoundly disturbing.

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Obama should say, "if it were up to me, I'd murder them with my bare hands." That's the kind of stupid shit people like to hear.

Or just not touch this one - the choices seem to be either say something pandering like McCain, or say something intelligent and let someone turn this issue into a Willie Horton for Obama.

Posted by Dougsf | June 25, 2008 1:36 PM

Never mind - I didn't read the earlier post that seems to be exactly what I just said.

Posted by Dougsf | June 25, 2008 1:42 PM

"As a father" reminds me of the hilarious SNL spoofs of The View where Star Jones would constantly interject "As a lawyer" "Well I AM a lawyah" "Coming from a lawyah"


Posted by Non | June 25, 2008 1:45 PM

You can believe "...the rape of a child represents the most heinous of crimes, which is deserving of the most serious of punishments..." and still believe that the death penalty is not appropriate even if you're a ultra-conservative Jesus type; just point to the sixth commandment.

Posted by Lou | June 25, 2008 1:46 PM

giving hot water to dehydrated babies is a crime. a most despicable crime.

Posted by cochise. | June 25, 2008 1:50 PM

So that's why priests are so outspoken against the death penalty.

Posted by Joe M | June 25, 2008 1:53 PM

Law enforcement is supposed to punish people? Typical idiot viewpoint of our justice system.

Posted by w7ngman | June 25, 2008 8:42 PM

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