Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Most Poisonous Well in History

For all the talk of his "historical" campaign, Barack Obama has shown perhaps his greatest skill at poisoning the well. In June at a campaign stop in Florida, Obama said:

They are going to try and make you afraid of me. They’re gunna say you know what he’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. Did I mention he’s Black!
The only one talking about race is Obama.

Again on the campaign trail on Monday, October 20, Obama said:
In the final days of campaigns, the say-anything, do-anything politics too often takes over. We've seen it before and we're seeing it again — ugly phone calls, misleading mail, misleading TV ads, careless, outrageous comments.
Victor Davis Hanson notes that Obama has spent more money on negative ads than anyone in history, and has stood silent while high-profile supporters or campaign create misleading TV ads, and carefully crafted and targeted outrageous comments.

But this hypocrisy is not the real point. The point is that Obama has made a pattern of denouncing attacks that haven't come. It also characterizes all phone calls, all mail, all TV ads, and all comments made by his opponents as desperation. Never mind the facts or evidence of Obama's lack of readiness to be President.

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