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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Obama Campaign Calls the Washington Republican Party “Beyond Sad”

posted by on July 17 at 18:10 PM

Joining the chorus of anger at the Washington State Republicans’ attack on Michelle Obama’s patriotism, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton says:

With our economy in shambles, our nation at war and our challenges mounting by the day, it is beyond sad that the Republican Party of Washington would spend its time launching shameful attacks on the wife of a candidate–attacks our current First Lady Laura Bush has decried. Michelle Obama has lived the American Dream, and it’s love of country that leads Michelle and Barack to make this race. But how does it strengthen our country to pollute our politics with false and mean-spirited attacks? John McCain promised us better. It’s up to him to curb these tactics, or take responsibility for them.

Meanwhile, Ben Smith sees, in the RNC’s non-condemnation of the ad (which was modeled after a Tennessee Republican Party ad that the RNC did condemn), a signal that “attacks on Michelle’s patriotism are now fair game.”

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How about drugs, embezzlement, and private planes?

Posted by P to the J | July 17, 2008 6:54 PM

"I'm so proud to live in a country where people enjoy the freedom to say what they feel -- as long as they don't mind it being wrenched out of context, treated as the only thing they have ever said and used to bludgeon and caricature them."

Posted by banjoboy | July 17, 2008 6:58 PM

Deplorable. The Washington state Republicans are irrelevant and desperate for a reason to exist. Between this ad and their say-anything "leader," Dino Rossi, one has to wonder how one could say with a straight face that they are affiliated with this organization. What a bunch of losers.

Posted by CP | July 17, 2008 7:30 PM

Sad? It's beyond gay!

Posted by Gaylord | July 17, 2008 7:56 PM

I am no Republican, and I think the ad is tacky and unnecessary. BUT: you have to admit that it was a careless thing for MO to say in public, presumably intentionally and after a fair amount of rehearsal.

Diction. The devil's in the details, no?

Posted by Matthew | July 17, 2008 9:12 PM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 17, 2008 9:14 PM

I remember a time when Republicans were the party of small government, balanced budgets, no trade deficits, and investment in America.

Sadly, those people no longer exist in the Red Republican party, having been replaced by their comrades who are Red Bushies, like Sen McCain, Bush, and Cheney.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 17, 2008 11:05 PM

Matthew nails it. Not only does Mrs. Obama manage to say that the U.S. had never before done anything worthy in her eyes, but, even worse, the new thing that she regards as worthy is ... nominating her husband. Way to go, Michelle: America-bashing and narcicism, all in one short sentence! What's left for the left to do, besides complain that it's tacky to replay her statement?

Will in Seattle has the right idea. (1) Repeat a few completely unrelated talking points. (2) Repeat the also completely unrelated "Bush = McCain" talking point. Way to go, Will!

Posted by David Wright | July 17, 2008 11:51 PM

Here's an alternative: the Obama campaign could try for an honest and sincere response. "Barack and Michelle come from a generation that is reflexively anti-American and narcisisstic. With the dying off of the greatest generation, we believe that this couple will be representative of the American ethos."

Posted by David Wright | July 17, 2008 11:57 PM

Michelle Obama did say in her adult life and really proud. The woman is only 44. So "adult life" puts it to about 1982. Is there that much to be really proud of since then? I'm younger than her, but in my adult life I've onlye been vaguely proud of my country in a "well, its better than two-thirds of the planet at least" kind of way. Hardly patriotic chills, though.

I'm incredibly proud of my country when I think of our liberartion of Europe in WWII, FDR & Eleanor & her role with the UN, the Emmancipation Proclamation, and many things that happened not in my adult life. I don't get patriotic chills thinking of the invasion of Grenada, the Gulf War (either one), or Bill Clinton particularly.

Obama's nomination does make me proud, proud that the USA has done (with all our tortured, racist history) what countries that I've been accustomed of late to viewing as "more enlightened" (France, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia) have still failed to do: nominate one of their own ethnic minority for the highest position in the land. They haven't even come close. I do feel a jingoistic, chest-puffing pride type of patriotism these last couple months because of Obama's nomination.

Michelle should have been less sloppy, but I think I see what she meant and that "adult life" bit does make a difference to me.

Posted by Jason | July 18, 2008 7:35 AM

our political process is getting so weird. I wonder if this is the last time we will see it play out as we know it

Posted by Non | July 18, 2008 9:19 AM

@10: spot on.

i'm also 44. Reagan was elected when i had just turned 17. what should i be proud of since then? Iran contra? Grenada? Bush 1 puking in japan? Panama? The VRWC against Clinton? Clinton's reform of welfare? Rwanda? SUV's? DADT? Bush v. Gore? 9/11? Tora Bora? Iraq? Katrina? Refusal to adopt Kyoto?

Posted by max solomon | July 18, 2008 11:31 AM

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