Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Karl, You Magnificent Bastard, You!

Gotta love Karl Rove.

Once again, he skewers Obama beautifully. In this piece on the Wall Street Journal website, Mr. Rove points out Obama's abject narcissism, and shows us what we might be in for with an Obama presidency. I couldn't have said it better myself. He begins with Obama's co-opting of the Presidential Seal, mentions his reluctance to have face to face Town Halls and/or Lincoln-Douglas style debates with McCain and goes on from there:

Many candidates have measured the Oval Office drapes prematurely. But Barack Obama is the first to redesign the presidential seal before the election.

His seal featured an eagle emblazoned with his logo, and included a Latin version of his campaign slogan. This was an attempt by Sen. Obama to make himself appear more presidential. But most people saw in the seal something else – chutzpah – and he's stopped using it. Such arrogance – even self-centeredness – have featured often in the Obama campaign.

Consider his treatment of Jeremiah Wright. After Rev. Wright repeated his anti-American slurs at the National Press Club, Mr. Obama said their relationship was forever changed – but not because of what he'd said about America. Instead, Mr. Obama complained, "I don't think he showed much concern for me."

Translation: Rev. Wright is an impediment to my ambitions. So, as it turns out, are some of Mr. Obama's previous pledges.

For example, Mr. Obama has said he "strongly supported public financing" and pledged to take federal funds for the fall, thereby limiting his spending to roughly $84 million. Now convinced he can raise more than $84 million, he reversed course last week, ditching the federal money and its limits. But by discarding his earlier pledge so easily, he raises doubts about whether his word can be trusted.

Last month he replied "anywhere, anytime" to John McCain's invitation to have joint town hall appearances. Last week he changed his mind. Fearing 10 impromptu town halls, Mr. Obama parried the invitation by offering two such events – one the night of July 4, when every ambulatory American is watching fireworks or munching hotdogs, and another in August. His spokesman then said, "Take it or leave it." So much for "anywhere, anytime."

Read the rest here.

I suspect Obama's reluctance to meet McCain face to face has more to do with his poor performance when he doesn't have a script, and Obama's campaign is afraid that McCain, even with his lack of grand rhetorical skills, would wipe up the floor with him in an extemporaneous debate, where Obama is required to speak on the fly...without a teleprompter. His worst gaffes have occurred in this manner.

Beautiful....just beautiful. All McCain has to do is hammer Obama on the facts. Who cares about his race? I don't. I care more that he seems to be unable to keep his word in the face of political expediency.

Obama doesn't belong in the Senate, let alone the White House.


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