Thursday, May 15, 2008


With the nomination all but official, the republicans are launching their attacks on Sen. Obama…

“President” Bush opened the salvo, saying; “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Next came Obama’s opponent, Bush-II, aka McCain; “Asked if he thought Mr. Obama was an appeaser — the Democratic candidate has said he would be willing to meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran — Mr. McCain sidestepped and said, "I think that Barack Obama needs to explain why he wants to sit down and talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terrorism, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, that wants to wipe Israel off the map, who denies the Holocaust. That’s what I think Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people.”

Next came every Democrats favorite turncoat, Joe LIEberman, who remarked; “President Bush got it exactly right today when he warned about the threat of Iran and its terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. It is imperative that we reject the flawed and naïve thinking that denies or dismisses the words of extremists and terrorists when they shout "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," and that holds that — if only we were to sit down and negotiate with these killers — they would cease to threaten us. It is critical to our national security that our commander-in-chief is able to distinguish between America’s friends and America’s enemies, and not confuse the two.”

Big mistake.

Obama is already poised to defend, and defend he did, saying; “"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack," Obama said in the statement his aides distributed. "George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”

And then we have the just-as-strong, less PC rebuke from Sen. Joe Biden, who said; “This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset . . . and make this kind of ridiculous statement. […]He is the guy who has weakened us. […] He has increased the number of terrorists in the world. It is his policies that have produced this vulnerability that the U.S. has. It’s his [own] intelligence community [that] has pointed this out, not me.”

Want more? How about Rep. Rahm Emmanuel, also the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, who said; “The tradition has always been that when a U.S. President is overseas, partisan politics stops at the water’s edge. […] President Bush has now taken that principle and turned it on its head.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Bush’s comments were “beneath the dignity of the office.” (Not that there’s much left after Bush’s time in office)…

Sen. John Kerry said Bush is “still playing the disgusting and dangerous political game Karl Rove perfected, which is insulting to every American and disrespectful to our ally Israel. George Bush should be making Israel secure, not slandering Barack Obama from the Knesset.”

And have I mentioned that the Senator that Bush referred to atop was a republican Senator from Idaho named William Borah?

Funny how he forgot to mention that isn’t it?

The gop is running scared right now… so scared that they’re going to allow a president with disapproval ratings at a historical low speak for them.

That is an absolutely disastrous dynamic for the gop… the more Obama can frame this race as him vs. Bush (aka the most unpopular president in modern history), the easier it will be for Obama to lay the smackdown on McCain this November.

The Democrats are committed to winning it all in November, and will NOT be played for a patsy and allow the gop to scare people into voting for them.

And let’s keep something else in mind… the Soviet Union was our sworn enemy for over 50 years and, during that time, were painted just as ruthless, evil and despised as Iran and Syria are now, maybe even more.

Yet… there was always, at the least, a line of communication open… through many republican presidents.

What exactly do all these people speaking out against talking to Iran and Syria think the US would lose by just talking?

Just because you talk to somebody doesn't mean you have to give them anything… besides, isn’t that what diplomats, and to some extent politicians, are designed to do? Talk to foreign countries in order to maintain good relations… or build good relations…

The republican brand is badly damaged… and their desperation is showing.

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