April 19, 2008

WHICH IS ENTIRELY UNFAIR TO JOHN KERRY AND AL GORE...:

The Democrats’ Wimp Factor: As Obama's patriotism is questioned, he's starting to look more and more like John Kerry in '04. (Michael Hirsh, Apr 17, 2008, Newsweek)

The specter of John Kerry in 2004 is beginning to haunt the Democrats in 2008. It is the specter of wimpy campaigns past. It showed up, like Banquo's ghost, at the debate Wednesday night in Philadelphia, particularly when Hillary Clinton joined with ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson to nip away at the edges of Barack Obama's patriotism. Between the questions about Obama's meager association with William Ayers, a former Weatherman, and the suspicions raised by his lack of a flag lapel pin, the likely nominee is slowly being turned into John Kerry. He is becoming, in other words, a candidate who may be mostly right about national security but who will lack the Red State street cred to carry his point—and the election.

Once again timorous Democratic advisers behind the scenes are hoping they can run mainly on the ailing economy. While their candidates are urging an end to George W. Bush's war in Iraq, they are terrified of questioning the larger premises of his "war on terror" or John McCain's redefinition of it as the "transcendent challenge of the 21st century." Today's Dems are, in other words, proving unequal to the task of reclaiming the party's mostly honorable heritage on national security. This view is sadly out of touch, today more than ever.


...who both served honorably in Vietnam, whatever they may have done to discredit themselves later. What has Senator Obama ever done?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2008 8:04 AM
Comments

"meager association with William Ayers"?

If Obama and Ayers were Republicans, this guy would have said they were joined at the hip.

And Obama "may be mostly right" about national security? Not. We saw the Obama method of national security played out this week by Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 19, 2008 8:57 AM

Hmm, "honorably" may be stretching the limits of charity, but he did serve in uniform, unlike Obama (or Romney and sons).

John Kerry, reporting for duty.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at April 19, 2008 10:48 AM

1 thing the old pubbies knew how to do was fight commies.

let's see if they can remember those lessons.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 19, 2008 2:34 PM

Democrats have an unsolvable problem. Their party is, at it's very core, now dominated and driven by founding members of the Counter Culture. Try as they might, come election time, they cannot seem to disguise their instinctive distaste for our history, systems and people. Hence their disastrous record in national elections since the Days of Rage in '68.

Here's a tip: If you want to counter the culture, stop whining when the culture pushes back.

Posted by: JonSK at April 19, 2008 8:31 PM
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