Barack Obama and his handlers have cultivated an image of Obama as a Starry-Eyed Optimist (SEO) and an agent of positive change in Washington DC. But today you’re going to read and learn on the Righty Loosey blog that Obama’s really a Cynical Political Hack (CPH).
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.
“It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy,” Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.
“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”
Essentially, Senator Obama is setting the stage for a nasty, divisive campaign, and SEOs don’t do that. He’s too smart not to have thought this through before saying it; he’s making a negative attack on himself in order to blame it on someone else. And that makes Obama a CPH.
Think about this: John McCain is a principled and decent man. That, along with his military service (including the five and a half years he spent as a POW), is his claim to fame. In the past McCain has been the victim of the same kind of dishonest and contemptible whispering campaign that Obama is now trying to pin on him – before it happens. Last summer, before the first primary votes were cast and when his campaign was broke and foundering, elements of McCain’s team wanted him to go negative and he wouldn’t do it. As a result some of his campaign staff jumped ship and joined the Mitt Romney campaign, where they ran negative (and dishonest) negative ads against fellow Republicans McCain and Mike Huckabee.
So does it ring truthful that McCain would authorize his campaign to run the kind of campaign Obama is predicting? Or does it seem more likely that Obama is going the CPH route and attempting to demonize his opponent?
That’s a rhetorical question – I know you know the answer.