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A Fine Lieutenant Would Own General Wesley Clark

Posted by Mike on July 1, 2008

Earlier today, I read Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion to the McCain campaign of how to rebut Weasel Wesley Clark’s bizarre claim that John McCain’s military experience is irrelevant to the Presidency. The gist of Limbaugh’s suggestion was that McCain should simply fight back. My first reaction was that McCain should not get into a spat with a failed General like Clark, but should leave the scathing rebuttals to his surrogates. That way, Obama and his minions could be exposed as the scum they are, and McCain could stay focused on Obama. Thinking about how this would play out led to my second reaction: the Republican Party sadly doesn’t have any effective surrogates.

As expected, this fact is not lost on Limbaugh. Earlier today, Limbaugh praised Bob Dole for jumping into the fray to defend McCain and then bemoaned the fact that Dole is probably our party’s most effective spokesman. This is probably true, although it should be noted that Haley Barbour has always been an effective surrogate. As the successful Governor of Mississippi who was praised for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without being blamed for the weather event, Barbour could also be much more than an effective surrogate. Although he isn’t my first choice, Haley Barbour would make an excellent running mate for McCain.

With an effective communicator at the bottom of the ticket to respond to Democrats crawling out from underneath their rocks, McCain could probably increase the stature gap over Obama. In the meantime, I hope the Anchoress is right when it comes to Clark:

Happily for McCain, the Obama team and their supporters keep popping up (daily, it seems) talking about John McCain and telling him to stop talking about his military service. They seem not to realize that doing this serves to remind voters that McCain is a real war hero with command experience and 21 years in the senate, and that Barack Obama…is not.

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Mr. Patriotic, Barack Obama

Posted by Ryan on June 30, 2008

Democrats are always uptight about that whole “patriotism” thing, knee-jerking into a frenzy every time the word is uttered.  Even when they see unabashed patriots like John McCain, some Dems (like former Presidential candidate and undistinguished General Wesley Clark) aren’t sure how to react, so they pick on them in ways that don’t make sense.  It’s not like Clark said McCain’s unpatriotic, but any patriotism street cred he may have accumulated at the Hanoi Hilton won’t necessarily make him a better commander-in-chief than, say, Barack Obama, who’s mentor was a terrorist.  

After Obama threw Clark under the bus for his remarks today, Obama had to give a speech on patriotism today.  One of the most peculiar quotes was this:

“Of course, precisely because America isn’t perfect, precisely because our ideals constantly demand more from us, patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader or government or policy.”

Not even leaders like Lincoln?  Not even a government that got rid of slavery, promotes civil rights at home and around the world from before the Cold War through today?  Not even a policy that once sought to end fascism, communism, and now terrorism?   I know support may not equal patriotism, but does it exclude one from being a patriot?  It sounds strange and awkward, especially when he delivered those lines.  He’s such an insecure post-9/11 Democrat.

If patriotism is so ethereal, then why give a speech about it to calm critics?  Why do we have to be told what patriotism is to believe that Obama is patriotic?  I have no doubt he loves this country, but I am piqued by his overt insecurity on this issue.

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