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I'm Loath to Disagree with Jay and Yuval ... [Andy McCarthy]
and when I do, my usual course is to backtrack and figure out where I
went wrong. But on this one, I do respectfully disagree. Jay is put
in mind of the old saying that two wrongs don't make a right. I look
at this more like, can we walk and chew gum at the same time? To me,
there are two very different, very easily severable questions on the
table: (a) was the Annointed One intentionally taking a shot at Palin
with the "lipstick on a pig" remark, and (b) if yes, should we cry in
our beer about it like a bunch of bean-counting, race-bating,
tree-hugging, metrosexual wusses? The obvious answers are (a) yes and
(b) no. I am not afraid that we can't handle the (b) part with a
confident smile and good cheer, so I am not at all wary about
Much of the counter-argument on (a) seems to be that Obama is such a
savvy politician it is hard to believe he would intentionally say
something so stupid. I just don't think that's an accurate read of
the away-from-the-teleprompter Obama we are finally coming to know.
He's not that savvy. He's lucky — which, as they say, ain't nothin'.
But he's like a guy who got called up for the World Series after
winning the high school championship: now, suddenly, the fields are
bigger, the crowds are enormous and more discerning, and the other
team is accomplished, professional and comes to beat your brains in —
not to provide an exhibition in good sportsmanship.
Obama must react to this drastic change, but he is not as smooth as
advertised, he simply does not have a well of experience to draw on,
and, importantly, the Democrat nomination campaign did not prepare
him. He has always had very obvious weaknesses, but the Democrat
candidates could not exploit them because their nomination cannot be
won without appealing to a hard-Left base which is night-and-day
different from the vast majority of the country. They play a hardcore
identity politics and they would crucify anyone who so much as hinted
that a young, black community organizer with movement-activist (i.e.,
terrorist) friends and a record of protecting a woman's right to
choose even into the 4th trimester was not an ideal candidate.
Hillary, who would otherwise have been acceptable to the base, could
not exploit Obama's biggest vulnerabilities. She couldn't go after
him on terrorism because of the Clinton record of feckless
counterterrorism and the pardons of Weather Underground and FALN
terrorists (FWIW, that was my point in this piece). And she couldn't
go after him on his rise from the seamy world of Chicago politics
because of, well, see 1992-2000. But realize that, even with her
hands tied behind her back in this way, Hillary would still have
beaten him had the race gone on another month or so.
Even as he mathematically eliminated the competition, Obama was
sinking like a stone because, as we're seeing now, he doesn't wear
well over time. Yuval and Jay are entirely right to suggest that he
unintentionally says dumb things (e.g., 57 states). Yet, the Chicago
pol in him quite intentionally says a lot of offensive things (cling
to guns and religion, punished with a baby, lipstick on a pig ...).
He has not been swift enough to discern the change in the audience.
This is a guy who, up til now, had to appeal to (1) an ultra-Left
Chicago district, (2) the 7 in 10 Illinois residents who just wanted
Alan Keyes to go away, and (3) the Democrats' antiwar base. They gave
him such a warm glow maybe he was duped into thinking everyone would
love his routine. In any event, this is his first conversation with
America and he's not ready for prime-time. Plus, he is in the
unenviable position of having to pose as a post-racial, post-partisan
centrist when his record is one of race-conscious, left-wing
partisanship. It's only natural that when he gets rattled and is not
reading a script, he reverts to Hyde Park.
A primary season like the modern Democratic Party has is an exercise
in unreality. It molds the candidate into something attractive to a
fringe that is unrepresentative of the country at large. When Obama
moved from that sandbox to the real playing field, he wasn't ready.
In a panic, he sensed the need to turn to an old Washington pro — and
somehow managed to find a pro, Biden, who shares some of his own worst
foot-in-mouth tendencies (and has not been able to shake that
congenital problem in his three dozen senate years). The result?
It's only been a week and they have already suggested that they will
order banana-republic style prosecutions of Bush administration
officials, that Palin — mother of a special needs child — doesn't care
about special needs children, and, now, lipstick on a pig.
This is exactly what it looks like: amateur hour. We should say so,
and have fun with it
My first reaction (and stillmy gut one) is very simply:
"That's the best he's got? I heard that one in Kindergarden."
Gimme a break. Palin should be feeling good that she really got his goat. One speech and it has reverberated for days- being replayed, mentioned and referenced.
Now why aren't we hearing The One's speech in front of the Columns referenced over and over again? I thought he was supposed to be on the Hit Parade at the top of the charts every night with daily affirmations. Anyone even remember the speech (without looking it up)?
So, Obama tosses a lipstick grenade, the media rides it like a rented mule, and they both turn to McCain & Palin and tell them to stop the backlash from both sides? When did it become McCain's & Palin's jobs to get Obama's foot out of his mouth?