July 1, 2008


Obama Hits a Bump, Denounces Attack on McCain (JOSH GERSTEIN, July 1, 2008, NY Sun)

Senator Obama hit a bump in the road in his new drive to attract voters who harbor doubts about his patriotism yesterday when he was forced to denounce remarks one of his prominent supporters made minimizing the value of Senator McCain's military service. [...]

In recent weeks, other well-known Democrats have ventured into similar territory. Senator Harkin of Iowa, who was neutral in the primary but has since endorsed Mr. Obama, suggested in May that Mr. McCain's military service and his family ties to the military gave a him a "pretty dangerous" outlook that made him less suitable as president. "I think one of, one of the problems John McCain has, is that his grandfather was an admiral, his father was an admiral. He comes from a long line of just military people, so I think his whole worldview, his life view has been shaped from a military viewpoint, and he has a hard time thinking beyond that," he said, according to Radio Iowa.

In April, Senator Rockefeller of West Virginia, a supporter of Mr. Obama, suggested that Mr. McCain's role as a naval aviator skewed his perspective. "McCain was a fighter pilot who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long-gone when they hit," he told the Charleston Gazette. "What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."

Mr. Rockefeller later apologized, calling his own comments "inaccurate and wrong."

...and it's been wasted lauding John McCain's service to his country and attacking his own supporters. Only the most deranged at both ends of the political spectrum can think this was good for Senator Obama, and they just hate John McCain too much to think straight.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2008 8:22 PM

How can attacking McCain's greatest strength (his war record) help the DNC? Nobody can be that stupid.. can they?

Posted by: Gideon7 at July 2, 2008 2:11 AM


It's the Clinton supporters trying to undermine the Obama campaign, by keeping his least favorable issue alive.

Posted by: sam at July 2, 2008 6:52 AM

These are the people who, four short years ago, were confident that John Kerry's stellar military service made him a shoo in over George Bush.

Posted by: Ibid at July 2, 2008 9:51 AM

IMHO McCains greatest strength is his experience.

Clark plays the idiot once again and comes off as just another blowhard retired General looking for a job and self serving recognition. Yuk!

Posted by: Genecis at July 2, 2008 5:46 PM
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