Has the Obama campaign and their surrogates switched strategies from Hypnosis to outright Brainwashing?
Are we so ignorant as Americans that we would give credibility to the spin coming out of the Obama campaign?
Two Obama surrogates put a new spin on their rhetoric this weekend that have taken political lunacy to a new level. On Saturday, Wesley Clark, an individual whose service and love of this country attacked John McCain's military service and qualifications for the presidency. Meanwhile, Donna Brazile, published an op-ed piece that now makes me question whether she is actually living in Obama World or here on planet earth with the rest of us.
First, let's address the disgusting statements made by General Clark on Saturday.
The Obama campaign had to go DefCon 2 on Saturday after Obama surrogate Wesley Clark launched a deliberate attack on John McCain's military service, leadership and qualifications for the presidency. In statements made on Face the Nation, Clark stated, "I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president..."
Clark continued, "in the matters of national security policy making, it's a matter of understanding risk, it's a matter of gauging your opponents and it's a matter of being held accountable. John McCain's never done any of that in his official positions. ... He hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded wasn't a wartime squadron. He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall. ..."
Clark's attack on McCain's service and leadership history were uncalled for, unfortunate, and deserving of a condemnation by Barack Obama. In the interview Clark referred to McCain as "untested and untried", a tag that the candidate Clark is supporting is much more deserving of.
Let's face reality, Obama and his surrogates will not win any battle in which they launch attacks on John McCain's service to this country, whether militarily or in the years that have followed. After all, if John McCain's wartime service, post-war leadership, and years of public service do not qualify him to be president, then Obama is no more qualified than my second-grade daughter.
Clark's attack served no purpose other than to demean Senator McCain. It was pointless, fruitless, and demeaning to every person who has served this country. I would, and everyone should expect more from former General. Clark should have strayed from this issue, after all John McCain has spent a lifetime in service to this nation, suffering the ultimate hardships of war and fighting on capital hill (many times in opposition of his own party) to forward his belief that this nation is great.
So General Clark, what do you say about your candidate? You know, the "chosen one" that chose not to serve his country. The one who stated he didn't serve because by time he was of age the Vietnam War was over and the draft was gone. I would have much more respect for Obama if he would have simply stated that he made the choice not to serve in the military because he felt he could better serve his country in the public sector. Instead, Obama in statement after statement has stated he didn't serve because there was no draft.
So General Clark, if John McCain lacks the leadership in his 35 years since his release from the Hanoi Hilton, what about your candidate? McCain has a record, much more extensive than the 150 days of Senatorial experience of Obama. McCain has a record of working with both Democrats and Republicans, after all the 2000 Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee stands side-by-side with John McCain. Who does Mr. Obama have at his side, George McGovern?
Clark messed up and the Obama campaign is trying to spin their way out of this gaffe; but regardless this attack on McCain was outrageous, uncalled for, and disappointing.
Next, Let's talk about a more upbeat Obama surrogate: Donna B.
Personally, I understand Obama surrogates wanting to be upbeat and putting a positive spin on the rift that does exist within the Democratic party. But ignoring the problem and attempting to Brainwash disengaged voters is not the solution.
This morning Donna Brazile published an op-ed column "Democrats' Unity Bodes Ill For McCain". I cannot wait for the response from the Puma and Just Say No Deal community. Brazile's fluff piece would lead any reasonably educated person to question her sanity.
Let's begin with this statement by Brazile, "McCain probably threw one of his famous hissy fits when he read the one-sentence statement from the office of former President William Jefferson Clinton: "President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Sen. Obama is the next president of the United States." Donna, I am willing to bet that John McCain probable broke into hysterical laughter, as most McCain supporters did, when he read (READ) that statement. A LETTER may have carried weight in 19th century before Radio and Television, but let's face reality: Clinton's endorsement of Obama, first through a spokesman and the through a LETTER, is far was not desirable. It carries no weight and even the most uneducated and politically inept among us would have to admit that Clinton's endorsement was a slight and the equivalent to a slap in the face.
But Brazile wasn't finished when she continued, "The Obama-Clinton rapprochement is no ordinary public relations stunt; it is a movement. And McCain better adjust his strategy to deal with it or face the consequences." A movement! Unity! Unity! Unity! Donna, the Civil Rights marches were a movement, Women's suffrage was a movement, JUST SAY NO DEAL IS A MOVEMENT. This is no movement and you are a propagandist. Lou Dobbs made scathing remarks two weeks ago for the ridiculous statements on some networks for referring to the Obama campaign as a movement rather than a campaign. Now we know where they get their reporting from.
Brazile's most ridiculous statement of the day referred to why Clinton's support was so crucial to the Obama campaign. "There's no question Sen. Clinton will campaign hard for both Obama and Democratic Party candidates up and down the ballot. Her appeal is strong in crucial swing states like New Hampshire." Now in her defense she state, "Clinton is also capable of helping Obama in states that were especially troublesome for him in the primaries, including Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and California..." Did you catch that first part though. The "crucial swing state like New Hampshire". Yes Donna, in Obama World New Hampshire, a state with 4 electoral votes and that has swung both ways, is much more important than say...West Virginia, a Democratic stronghold that went Red under your campaign management and which was completely shunned and dismissed by Barack Obama. Let alone, all of those crucial states in which Hillary garnered complete support.
Brazile on the unity in hiring former Clinton Advisers: "Clinton had some of America's top political strategists inside her campaign, and those talented individuals are battle-tested and eager to get a Democrat back in the White House...Obama has already hired Patti Doyle Solis, Clinton's first campaign manager, to serve as his yet-to-be-named vice presidential running mate's chief of staff." Heh, Heh, Heh. I believe I can actually see the Pumas posturing to pounce as their faces turn red after reading this profound observation by Brazile. Patti Doyle Solis was fired by the Clinton campaign and credited with putting together a inept campaign strategy that lacked actual campaigning. Solis is hated by Clinton supporters and no longer has a relationship with Clinton, the idea that this was ever a good move or one that would promote unity is ridiculous. (Plus, wasn't it nice of Obama to hire the VP Chief-Of-Staff for whoever the VP will be)
The Obama campaign is in trouble and their surrogates are doing everything they can to Brainwash the American people into believing that the Campaign will soar to electoral victory. Obama should have received a bump in May when he claimed the majority of pledged delegates; he should have received a bump when he became the presumptive nominee; and he should have received a bump after Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed him. With the exception of the outlier Newsweek and LA Times polls, the legitimate polls have shown a shrinkage in Obama support. The fact is that Obama has little opportunity for future bumps within the campaign season (VP announcement and convention).
The GOP and republican 527's which have out-raised their democratic counterparts have not yet begun their attacks on Obama and are sure to be pointed and powerful. The Obama campaign has yet to shore up support within his own party, ignoring the very voters that threw their support behind Clinton while perplexedly pursuing groups such as evangelicals who are disgusted by Obama's religious associations and whose most powerful voices have already began criticizing the Senator.
But the good news is that in Obama World, none of this matters, only the vision and spin of profound leaders such as Donna Brazile.
June 30th, 2008
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