June 7, 2008


Obama’s Comments on Israel Stir Criticism in U.S. (LARRY ROHTER, 6/07/08, NY Times)

Taken together, the remarks, which Obama aides and surrogates maintain do not express any shift of position, play to one of the main criticisms that Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, has made of his likely rival in the November election. On the campaign trail, Mr. McCain has repeatedly attacked Mr. Obama as so inexperienced and uninformed in foreign affairs that he would jeopardize vital security interests of both the United States and its allies, including Israel.

Sensing an opportunity, the Republican National Committee and allied groups on Friday accused Mr. Obama of “flip-flopping,” echoing earlier criticism of what they say is his inconsistent position on having talks with the leaders of rogue states like Iran. And Mr. McCain, campaigning in southern Florida, which has a large Jewish population, quickly echoed those attacks.

“I can’t react to every comment that Senator Obama makes, because it probably will change,” he said after an air boat ride through the Everglades, “as it did on sitting down and talking unconditionally with Ahmadinejad and dictators.” That was a reference to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, although Mr. Obama has recently qualified past assertions he has made about talking with Iran’s leaders.

...if you're just speaking out of ignorance?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2008 8:40 AM

Effendki Obama is way beyond flip-flopping. He's as crooked as a dog's hind leg.

Remember, he just got through declaring, in what supposed to have bneen the greatest speech of all time, that he could no sooner disown his fanatic mininster than he could his own grandmother.

We saw how that wound up: first crazy "Reverend" Wright, and then the whole congregation, right under the bus, along with Grandma, presumably.

Now we can't say that are sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the man is an enemy of our people and a traitor to our culture. We may be quite positive, however that there is probable cause to hold such positions. It is the blatant dissimulation, the exaggeated so-called, "flip-flopping," which tells us that he is not to be trusted and not to be believed.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 7, 2008 9:51 AM

Certainly there is a preponderance of evidence.

McCain's best bet is to continue to be just a bit snarky about Obama's lack of principle. Hit that nail every day, and then in one of the debates, ask him directly "You have said this today, for this audience. What will you say tomorrow?"

Posted by: ratbert at June 7, 2008 10:35 AM

But isn't consistency an impediment to Change™?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 7, 2008 11:31 AM

"We saw how that wound up: first crazy "Reverend" Wright, and then the whole congregation, right under the bus, along with Grandma, presumably"

Of course McCain also has shown considerably more cowardice in throwing Reverends under the bus.

Posted by: h-man at June 7, 2008 12:23 PM

H-man: Totally apples and oranges--not even close. McCain had done no more that accept an endorsement from Hagee; the Effendi is steeped to his eyebrows in the folk-enemity spewed by the "Reverend" Wright and that entire melange.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 7, 2008 4:01 PM

Comparing McCain and Obama on their 'associations' is more like apples and brussel sprouts.

Posted by: ratbert at June 7, 2008 10:23 PM