May 19, 2008

Barack Obama:

on the GOP:

to start attacking my wife in a political campaign I think is detestable.

Hm. A lot of people feel that way about Michelle attacking the country and its values.

Look. I don't like people attacking the families of candidates; I'd love to see us get away from attacking Presidential offspring, in particular. But when a full-grown adult woman is making independent campaign appearances, she can probably take any criticism the media and campaign spinners want to throw at her. And to take the stance that she can dish it out, but not take it, is sexist and detestable.

Obama cannot have it both ways.

Posted by Attila Girl at May 19, 2008 09:27 AM | TrackBack

I noticed the sexism as well. He'll point out things Bill Clinton has said during the campaign, but everybody has to ignore what his wife has said? Interesting...

Posted by: Donnie at May 19, 2008 02:55 PM

It's a page from Bill Clinton's original playbook. When anything works for the Left you always see it again. Leftie women are supposed to swoon when Leftie men defend their life partners. I suppose because it's so different from their real life experiences.

With David Axelrod at the helm of the Obama campaign, expect to see a lot of tricks before election day--vandalism at Obama offices around the country, 'threats' on staffers and family, signs pulled from lawns, calls for international election monitors, reminders that the whole world is watching, claims that if Obama doesn't win the whole country will be a'rioting and a'looting and a'burning the next day. Etc., etc., etc. Good times.

Posted by: Darrell at May 19, 2008 08:15 PM

Speaking of having it both way (and since we can't comment on the farm bill) how about high commodity prices and record subsidies at the same time? Did every Democrat join Jim Jones cult?

Posted by: Darrell at May 19, 2008 08:19 PM

I just can't figure that one out. I can't even summon every liberal molecule in my body and figure out how theyrationalize those freakin' subsidies.

Sorry about the commenting problem, but I'm working on it. Progress has been slowed, however, because of the bias against women of shortness in the blogosphere. It makes me tired. Or not-proud. Or something.

Oh, hey--here's my husband! He'll explain it!

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 19, 2008 08:55 PM


Posted by: Darrell at May 19, 2008 09:19 PM

No dice. He's tired of my trying to hide behind his, um, tool-belt . . .

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 19, 2008 10:39 PM

When a black woman criticizes her country, that's an attack. When a white woman criticizes her country, that's a thoughtful critique.

In response, McCain's wife said that she's "always been proud of her country." I wonder which moment was proudest for her:

A. When no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.
B. When the federal government bungled Hurricane Katrina.
C. When George Bush stood on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier like a big hero, and announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq.

Yet, I see no mention of her inane statement in the main stream media.

Posted by: The Hipnerd at May 19, 2008 10:49 PM

Come on, now: you cannot suggest that it is reasonable for any upper-middle-class/wealthy person who went to law school and lives in a tony part of Chicago to suggest that she was never proud of this country until her husband became a real contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

That isn't criticism. That's large-scale condemnation.

Naturally, I'm curious about which white woman you had in mind. There are at least a few dozen of us in this country, and our approaches to civic involvement . . . vary.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 20, 2008 05:50 AM

You're right, her statement isn't reasonable--it's an exaggeration. I'm sure Mrs. McCain's statement is one as well.

However, if you're willing to ascribe Mrs. Obama's to some deep seeded hatred for the U.S.A., then Mrs. McCain's is jingoism, and deserves equal scrutiny.

Posted by: The Hipnerd at May 20, 2008 03:34 PM

I actually do not see a contradiction between having pride in America and imagining that there aren't things that could be done better in the U.S.A.

So, no: I do not see Mrs. McCain's statement as problematic.

But I continue to see Mrs. Obama's statement as troubling, particularly in concert with some of the other outrageous things she has said.

If, BTW, you agree with Barack Obama that his wife should not be criticized in this campaign, do you see Bill Clinton in the same way? If not, why not?

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 20, 2008 03:39 PM

She didn't say "I have pride in America." She said, "I've always been proud of my country." Big difference.

I didn't say I agree that Obama's wife shouldn't be criticized, I'm just pointing out the double standard in leaving out criticism of McCain's wife.

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