The Right Enemy

March 12, 2008

My estimation of Barack Obama just went up a couple of notches: John McCain seems to hate him. And Obama’s none too fond of Mister Straight Talk Express, either.

When McCain talks about Obama on the stump, he trades his typical graciousness for sarcasm and contempt. When McCain lectured Obama about the future of Iraq last week, he did so with what The New York Times called “a tone of belittlement in his voice.” McCain has also called Obamamania a swindle. “America is not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change that promises no more than a holiday from history,” he said in Wisconsin last month. And he has huffed that “I don’t seek the presidency on the presumption that I am blessed with personal greatness.” After Obama issued a press release last May noting that conditions were still dangerous enough in Iraq that McCain had been forced to wear a “flack jacket” during a public tour of a Baghdad market, a McCain release taunted Obama for his inexperience, adding, “By the way, Senator Obama, it’s a ‘flak’ jacket, not a ‘flack’ jacket.”

Sorry, Senator McCain, but when you wear it on a publicity stunt like that staged stroll in Baghdad, it’s a flack jacket. Because only flacks think anybody was fooled.

Gotta love that “holiday from history” line. I’m not looking for a holiday from history, just some real quality time with sanity and honesty. That pretty much rules out the Republicans in this election cycle.


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