Monday, October 6, 2008

Breaking Point

What line do you think needs to be crossed before Obama is allowed a little leeway if he punches one of his opponents in the eye? I would think these comments by Sarah Palin might come pretty close to that line:

"Well, I was reading my copy of today's New York Times and I was really interested to read about Barack's friends from Chicago," Palin told the crowd. "Turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man who, according to The New York Times was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.' These are the same guys who think patriotism is paying higher taxes. This is not a man who sees America as you and I do -- as the greatest force for good in the world. This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country. This, ladies and gentlemen, has nothing to do with the kind of change anyone can believe in -- not my kids and not your kids."
It's insulting to Obama, of course, but it also insults everyone listening because Palin is both expecting us to believe she suddenly deems the NYT a reputable news source and fundamentally mischaracterizing the story in question.

For the record, I think Obama will take the high road and leave fisticuffs off the campaign trail. It is hard to imagine him not being tempted though.


Spyder said...

She reads newspapers? Surprise!

Kess said...

Amazing how quickly the "New York Slimes" becomes the New York Times when they're writing critically of a Democrat, isn't it?

As the DOW plummets below 10,000 the McCain camp's response is to "turn the page" on the economy and focus on these absurd character assassinations. This is just red meat for the conservative base, who is already squarely behind the Republican party.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, hasn't responded positively to negative campaigning (a change we can all believe in) and still considers the economy to be the top issue.

It's a last-gasp effort by a dying campaign and I think the American public will see it.

bigsmithdude said...

those comments require a swift donkey punch to the helmet-weave....


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