Advertising Humanity

Barak Obama is human. He feels for his grandmother, as his campaign has been very proud to tell us over and over for three days before he “rushed” to her side.

Don't get me wrong. I believe we all should understand the humanity of people in high places. I wish no ill to Obama or his grandmother as she endures the aftermath of a broken hip. What disturbs me in this case is that the Obama campaign has made such seemingly cynical use of the "urgency" of this family emergency that they paraded the candidate before every available news outlet prior to "rushing" him to Madelyn Dunham's side. How is this not exploiting her suffering (and, perhaps, even his) for the campaign's benefit?

Dunham, whose upper-middle-class banker's income made it possible for Obama to go to an exclusive private high school and take advantage of Private colleges such as Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard, was made famous by Obama's discussion of Jeremiah Wright. From the USAToday article cited at the top of this paragraph-

"I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."
Interestingly, in the same article there is the following paragraph-
Others who know Dunham were caught off guard by that mention in Obama's speech.
"I was real surprised that he indicated that," said Dennis Ching, who was a 23-year-old management trainee under Dunham beginning in 1966. "I never heard her say anything like that. I never heard her say anything negative about anything. And she never swore."

It is right and good that Barak Obama should rush to be at his grandmother's side in what may be her final illness. It is to be expected of us all that we should pray for her recovery, and for a continuation of what is the last of Obama's childhood relationships. Why, though, let the campaign run, and trumpet, family relationships? It would have looked a lot more sincere had he just run to Hawaii, as most of us would, to be by the side of the woman who made him who he is.

Posted by Lee Emmerich Jamison at October 24, 2008 10:39 AM
Comments
Comment #268166

Great point Lee:

As I said in the previous point, “There is no one who they will not be thrown under the bus. BHO couldn’t just go visit his grandmother; he had to go on CBS and explain how he wasn’t there for his mother, but his love and care for his dying grandmother requires him to make an immediate trip to Hawaii. A few months ago, he threw this same grandmother under the bus by calling her a racist, because it was politically advantageous. If he is so concerned about his family, why is his half brother (George Hussein Obama) living on a dollar a month in Kenya?”

Why would he say his grandmother was a racist when her own co-workers had never heard anything like his statement from her? Could it be, he was trying to cover good old Rev. Wrights statements?

I have two theories:

1. He is playing to the senior vote by showing how caring and loving he is for the older generation.
2. He is hiding and by that I mean; he believes he is in the lead with an overwhelming win and he is just trying to coast to the finish line without being confronted with questions (perhaps he will hide Biden too).

We are talking about a man who would vote repeatedly to prevent medical comfort to babies who are aborted and are still alive. They are placed on a stainless steel rack in a utility room until they expire. This is not a person who is loving, it is a person who is “cold” and “calculating”.

Now, before the left gets on here and accuses me of insinuating BHO is using his old grandmother for political gain, let me say, I am. He will say anything to anyone about any subject and these situations will change as he sees fit, to win an election. He was a perfect student, from the Ayer’s school of higher learning, on the humanistic teaching of “situation ethics”.

Posted by: Oldguy at October 24, 2008 11:11 AM
Comment #268167

Come on guys. The dude missed the death of his mother and probably didn’t want to risk the same thing with his grandmother, a woman who he obviously owes and loves very much.
The campaign and media build up of all this was nothing but explaining for damage control and possibly get some sympathy. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was advised against it and told them to stuff it.
I don’t think this is an issue at all.

Posted by: kctim at October 24, 2008 11:22 AM
Comment #268169

It may be worse than that. Obama may have had her roughed up for all the political gain. And the left needs to investigate and trash this punk who never heard her swear; even though swearing at work has nothing to do with uttering a racial stereotype at home.

Posted by: Schwamp at October 24, 2008 11:37 AM
Comment #268170

agreed kctim - The campaign announced that she was not expected to make it to the election and appears that it is the last chance to spend some time with her. The election looks like it is pretty well in hand but I’m sure there was a lot of worry from his staff that he takes off for two days this close to the end.

OG - I’m sure this is just a crass political trick to get the elderly vote because we all know that Democrats hate their families and are only interested in pallin’ around with terrorists, distributing your wealth to welfare mothers, and performing late-term abortions.

Posted by: tcsned at October 24, 2008 11:43 AM
Comment #268171

You guys are appalling.

Why don’t you admit that what you really think is that he’s going there to secretly euthanize her because he thinks she’s racist and will probably vote for McCain/Palin?

Plus, as old as she is, she’s not going to do much good as far as paying the 75% tax on all productive activity Obama’s going to push through in his first week in office. Why keep her around for that?

She’s just a drag on the socialistic, autocratic agenda Obama’s going to initiate when (oops, I mean if) he steals this election by means of the widespread Acorn vote fraud he’s perpetrated in his approximately 7 weeks of actual public office, right?

You know, it’s not good for you to hold back on your conspiracy theories like you do all the time.

Posted by: EJN at October 24, 2008 11:52 AM
Comment #268175

Since you brought up ACORN again:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/us/politics/24acorn.html?ref=todayspaper

“Why don’t you admit that what you really think is that he’s going there to secretly euthanize her because he thinks she’s racist and will probably vote for McCain/Palin? “

I thought it but I wasn’t going to go that far.

Posted by: Oldguy at October 24, 2008 12:20 PM
Comment #268177

All I’m saying is it seems less than sincere to schedule two days of rushing to the side of someone who could die any time, but only after three days of publicizing you’re going to rush to her side.

I don’t know that it is his insincerity, but if it’s not, who holds Obama’s reins?

Posted by: Lee Jamison at October 24, 2008 12:26 PM
Comment #268178

“All I’m saying is it seems less than sincere to schedule two days of rushing to the side of someone who could die any time, but only after three days of publicizing you’re going to rush to her side.”

Lee perhaps that is exactly how politicians show sincerity.

Posted by: j2t2 at October 24, 2008 12:31 PM
Comment #268181

Lee - I do see your point but I think it was a no-win situation. If he just took off without advance the smear machine would be calling him cocky. “Look he is already taking his victory vacation.” I don’t think he is under any illusion that he is going to get a pass on the attacks for a few days while he deals with this. It doesn’t make any sense that he would fake this episode as he doesn’t have anything to gain from it.

Posted by: tcsned at October 24, 2008 12:53 PM
Comment #268184

Old,
Thanks for the link. It says even though a bunch of bogus cards were submitted that none of them actually resulted in a bogus registration. They were weeded out by the system.
Surely, a second grader planning election fraud could come up with a more effective plan - hmm, maybe like manipulating the voting machines.

Posted by: Schwamp at October 24, 2008 12:57 PM
Comment #268190

In this article the author quotes Obama, who lived with his grandmother, as saying:

“…a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

And then went on to attempt to discredit Obama’s statement with this, from a 23 year old management trainee at the time he knew the grandmother:

“I was real surprised that he indicated that,” said Dennis Ching, who was a 23-year-old management trainee under Dunham beginning in 1966. “I never heard her say anything like that. I never heard her say anything negative about anything. And she never swore.”

What biased drivel! Are we to assume that our management trainees know us better than our children? Is the author suggesting that we are more likely to open up and reveal our innermost feelings at work than we are at home? I can gaurantee anyone reading this that my 8 year old daughter knows more about what angers and scares me than anyone with whom I work… especially a “23-year-old management trainee”.

This is nothing more than a grasping-at-straws attempt to demonize Obama’s character. Too bad for the author it is so transparent…

Posted by: Doug Langworthy at October 24, 2008 1:15 PM
Comment #268194

Lee,

You left the part out where Obama sneaked off the campaign trail long enough to fly to Hawaii to break his grandmother’s hip. And, that he did that to garner the three sympathy votes it will garner him…this omission is VERY disappointing…but, the next time you write a work of fiction, don’t use real names, let us speculate who you are referring to…at least that way we could have some fun with our bitter vetch.

Posted by: Marysdude at October 24, 2008 1:30 PM
Comment #268195

Lee,

It seems to me and to others that you are grasping at straws here. Let’s do a little thought experiment.

Imagine that you are the Campaign Manager for a Presidential candidate who is about 10 days from winning the election, but your grandmother is apparently near death. How would you advise the candidate to handle the situation? Now, do you think there would be a way that the opposition could write an article like this to paint that reaction as negative or crass? If so, can you imagine any reaction by the candidate which would not be seen as crass or uncaring or manipulative or otherwise negative?

In other words, wouldn’t you have criticized him no matter what he did, no matter how much or little notice he gave?

Posted by: LawnBoy at October 24, 2008 1:38 PM
Comment #268198

j2t2 and tscned,

When I first heard about this four days ago my first reaction, at the end of an otherwise anti-Obama post (that then didn’t post because, AT&T tells me, I’m apparently having modem problems at high-traffic times) was to write of my sympathy for his family problems, and of my hope for his grandmother’s recovery. He’s human. I’m sure he loves his grandmother, his one, living, blood connection to parental heritage. But I thought at the time that he was already on his way to Hawaii.

Who wouldn’t do that? Just drop everything and go to his grandmother’s side. It’s only a presidential campaign. Nobody has to worry about the “football”, or who is handling the G8 meetings upcoming or anything like that.

Whatever you may think of GWB, I’d bet money I don’t have that if Barbara Bush had a heart attack he’d be in Houston by the next day to see her- and he wouldn’t be making a tour of Times Square first.

Who the heck is pulling this guy’s strings?

Posted by: Lee Jamison at October 24, 2008 2:01 PM
Comment #268200
Whatever you may think of GWB, I’d bet money I don’t have that if Barbara Bush had a heart attack he’d be in Houston by the next day to see her- and he wouldn’t be making a tour of Times Square first.

I’ll take that bet. America was under attack and the first thing he did was get back to reading “The Pet Goat” to kindergartners for a full seven minutes after the second plane hit… or would Barbara’s life matter more to him than the lives of the thousands that died on 9-11?

Posted by: Jarandhel at October 24, 2008 2:19 PM
Comment #268205

I hope she’s not suffering from alzheimers seeing as though she can be afraid of the brothers. That would be a major granny gaffe.

Posted by: Schwamp at October 24, 2008 2:53 PM
Comment #268206

Did not panicking a room full of kindergarteners make any difference in how the events of 9/11 were handled?

Not a whit.

Would panicking them have made the world safer?

Not a whit.

Your global tactical grasp appears, after seven years of hindsight, at least from here, microscopic.

Posted by: Lee Jamiosn at October 24, 2008 3:03 PM
Comment #268215

Obama’s grandmother did not have a heart attack, she broke her hip. A broken hip in a senior is a serious matter, but is not an emergency. Since many seniors do not survive a broken hip, Obama said he was going to suspend his part of the campaign for a few days so that he could go visit her.

I’m not sure where this business of ‘emergency, drop everything’ stuff came from, but I’d bet on the media, especially Faux because the media has become the National Inquirer of everyday life.

If this is the best you can come up with, you should go to one of mccain’s call centers and record a good robo-call for him…that would actually make more sense, and you could chide Obama for leaving the campaign…or for not leaving it soon enough…or for loving his grandmother more than the presidency…or for loving the presidency more than his grandmother…or…or…or…

Posted by: Marysdude at October 24, 2008 4:27 PM
Comment #268216

Look who’s talking about microscopic grasp!!!
The man had to be told what the hell to do.
He was an idiot then….nothing has changed.

Posted by: janedoe at October 24, 2008 4:27 PM
Comment #268218

Maybe obiwanbama hired that guy from Survivor to get him the sympathy vote and the evening of luxury reward.

Posted by: Weary Willie at October 24, 2008 4:36 PM
Comment #268221

Let’s see…there is a whisper in my ear, “Mr. President, the country is under attack”…I can’t be concerned about the country, because I don’t want to panic a group of kindergartners…gee, I handled that one right…good job, Bushy…

The best way to allay fear is to appear like a deer in headlights, and to utter no directives, or ask any questions for as long as it takes for things to register…Very Presidential…

Posted by: Marysdude at October 24, 2008 4:45 PM
Comment #268222

Comparing Gee-Dub’s initial reaction to the jets flying into the towers to Obama’s handling of his grandmother’s broken hip is apples to oranges and we shouldn’t be wasting our time.

Dubya, for ALL his faults (and there are MANY), handled those first few moments as well as anyone would have. What was he supposed to do? Change into his superman costume and fly around the earth backwards so fast he reverses time? All you Bush-haters (to be clear, I am a Bush-disliker) need to come up with something better than his inital reaction to 9/11. There are SO MANY things to criticize our president over… this is not one of them.

Now then… if Bar somehow managed to break her hip and was in stable condition, I am sure the prez would make sure the immediate needs of the country were met (that’s a laugh) and then go see his mama… kinda like Obama.

Posted by: Doug Langworthy at October 24, 2008 5:05 PM
Comment #268232

I know Bush hatred is all the vogue, but the man’s tested IQ has been repeatedly and independently stated at about 140. Being that smart admittedly means you can make bigger and more elegant mistakes than the common man. It also means there are 996 dumber idiots in every thousand people.

Of course being even more brilliant can’t save someone from the curse of being a considered a conservative. (For his part, Bush is really about as conservative as Santa Clause) Edward Teller, in the intellectual stratosphere where perhaps one in fifty thousand would be his peer was popularly sneered at by snobs everywhere.

I wouldn’t mind being that stupid.

Posted by: Lee Jamison at October 24, 2008 7:20 PM
Comment #268234

I didn’t go to college, didn’t even graduate high school, but I’d bet a paycheck that given an IQ test I’d do at least as well as W. The vitriol you GOPers are spewing is why you are going to lose this election, well that and the fact that your candidates are so WEAK.

Posted by: ray at October 24, 2008 7:41 PM
Comment #268236

There is a conversion for SAT scores. Bush got a little higher than Kerry, but not as high as Gore.

Posted by: Rodney Brown at October 24, 2008 7:51 PM
Comment #268240

Obama recounted things that she said in front of him, a family member. Common sense tells us that we are more free with family than in the workplace. Thus, such shock is not mutually exclusive of her actually saying that in private to her grandson.

I’ve listened to what my own parents say, and I’ve had those cringe moments, too. But my parents are good people, and not racist. It’s not throwing people under the bus not to portray them with glowing halos around them.

Finally, on the question of exploitation, I think the Republicans need to quit this self-destructive pattern of smearing people for doing understandable things. Talk about exploitation when the campaign commercials come out talking about Obama being so good for visiting his grandma.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 24, 2008 8:13 PM
Comment #268287

The story that I kept hearing, that Mrs. Dunham would not live until the election, was pretty sickening, whoever it came from. Also the statements that she “helped” to raise her grandson seem dismissive. I don’t think this poor woman plays as big a part in the revised fantasy version of BHO’s life, as she did in his actual life.

Posted by: ohrealy at October 25, 2008 10:28 AM
Comment #268288

Lee:

Did not panicking a room full of kindergarteners make any difference in how the events of 9/11 were handled?

Straw man. You say “I am being called away on important business, I will come back and read the rest of this story to you later” and then you LEAVE. No panic involved. I’m not saying he should have briefed the kindergartners on the attack.

Your global tactical grasp appears, after seven years of hindsight, at least from here, microscopic.

That’s only because you’re standing so far away from an actual tactical grasp of things. Try moving closer. If he had shut the hell up, excused himself, and left that would have been seven whole minutes that he would have had to react to what was going on and issue orders. Orders like telling the the remaining planes down or even authorizing supersonic flight on intercept. Seven minutes, in a situation like that, is an eternity. An eternity in which Bush kept reading to kids, not even being further briefed much less issuing orders.

Doug:

Comparing Gee-Dub’s initial reaction to the jets flying into the towers to Obama’s handling of his grandmother’s broken hip is apples to oranges and we shouldn’t be wasting our time.

I disagree. Lee has posited that Bush would leap into action if Barbara were in the hospital. But Bush’s record hasn’t been one of leaping into action in actual emergencies where lives were on the line. It has been one of hesitation and being lead, rather than leading. The only absurd part of all this is trying to paint Obama’s position as unfeeling when the man originally announced that he would be leaving on Thursday and stuck to that timetable.

Dubya, for ALL his faults (and there are MANY), handled those first few moments as well as anyone would have. What was he supposed to do? Change into his superman costume and fly around the earth backwards so fast he reverses time?

He was supposed to excuse himself, get briefed on the situation in more detail than could be conveyed in the briefly whispered exchange at the front of the classroom, get on the phone with the people in charge of our air defense, and start issuing orders. That is his job as president. Commander in Chief. Not Chief Storybook Reader. Even authorizing supersonic intercept might have had a dramatic impact on the events of that day. And if any other attacks (conventional, biological, chemical, etc) had been carried out in conjunction with the hijackings, he would have been positioned to deal with them. On 9-11, after the second plane hit, all we knew was that we were under attack. We didn’t know who the enemy was, or what was coming next. Bush needed to be in place to react to it and getting constant updates, as FDR was during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was in meetings with his advisers, intelligence agencies, and in constant contact with the military to the point of having his secretary typing up reports from the field in shorthand in Roosevelt’s own bedroom due to the noise of the meetings going on around the president. This is a president’s job.

All you Bush-haters (to be clear, I am a Bush-disliker) need to come up with something better than his inital reaction to 9/11. There are SO MANY things to criticize our president over… this is not one of them.

I don’t dispute that there are many things to criticize him over, but this is certainly one of them. A complete failure to react in a crisis situation is characteristic of Bush’s presidency.

Now then… if Bar somehow managed to break her hip and was in stable condition, I am sure the prez would make sure the immediate needs of the country were met (that’s a laugh) and then go see his mama… kinda like Obama.

Maybe. He didn’t run back when his father was in the hospital for dehydration, he got on a plane to Guatemala and spoke to him by phone, and pointed reporters to a press release that said he was fine. For that matter, was he there for either of his father’s hip surgeries?

Posted by: Jarandhel at October 25, 2008 10:39 AM
Comment #268321

Jarandhel,

He was certainly there…Johnny-on-the-Spot, when Katrina happened…you’d better quit picking on Cheney/Bush right NOW!

Posted by: Marysdude at October 25, 2008 2:52 PM
Comment #268326

get your stories straight, dude. For Katrina, he was there “Johnny-OVER-the-spot”…

Posted by: janedoe at October 25, 2008 3:14 PM
Comment #268336

janedoe,

Shoot! Snagged again…;)

I guess that’s better than, Johnny-OVER-the-POT…

Let’s see:

* 9/11, Deer-in-the-Headlights…great job Bushy

* Katrina, Johnny-on-the-Spot…great job Brownie

* Texas hunting trip, VEEP-in-the-Limelight…great job Cheney

I could go on forever…

Posted by: Marysdude at October 25, 2008 4:24 PM
Comment #268346

Pity the comdians, what are they going to do? Obama paid down the debt and got us a surplus again is not near as funny as say W falling off his bike or not being able to eat pretzels without almost offing himself. Yep, good for us, but some comedians will have to get a real job. I guess that is spreading the wealth.

Posted by: ray at October 25, 2008 7:18 PM
Comment #268377

ohrealy-
She played a major part in his life. Is it just me or do you argue about EVERY element of his biography, even the well-documented stuff? It just seems to me you really hate the guy.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 26, 2008 11:39 AM
Comment #268380

I don’t hate the guy, but can’t stand liars. We lived through all this with Nixon already. I’m expecting a checkers speech at some point. BHO has provoked very negative reactions in the past from a variety of locals, and more recently from WJC and JJsr. When BHO ran for the Senate here, something stank. That stink came from D A, and still does. Have you actually looked into how people connected in the past and current administrations in Chicago and Illinois, or do you just believe anything that he says?

Posted by: ohrealy at October 26, 2008 12:13 PM
Comment #268388

“I don’t think this poor woman plays as big a part in the revised fantasy version of BHO’s life, as she did in his actual life.
Posted by: ohrealy at October 25, 2008 10:28 AM”

ohrealy assuming you mean she played a smaller part in Obama’s real life I would ask how anyone but Obama would determine such a thing. A little grandma goes a long way when kids are young.

Posted by: j2t2 at October 26, 2008 1:57 PM
Comment #268392

j2t2, I realize that my sentence structure oftentimes sounds like something out the Court of King Caractucus, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Lw1bDdwgs , but that one was pretty straightforward. I can’t diagram it here, but you have taken my meaning to be exactly the opposite of what was intended.

Posted by: ohrealy at October 26, 2008 2:17 PM
Comment #268396

Family dynamics are not easy to diagram. There are way too many concepts, failures, communications, biases, lacks of communications, human errors, etc.

Obama’s relationship began in earnest with his grandmother when he was about ten. She carried the heaviest load of raising him until he left home for college.

I’m not sure what the question about what part she has played in his fantasies as compared to his real life, and how he looks at them???

His mother decided that he would be better served in life if he grew up in Kansas, under the supervision of his grandmother. I think it can be reasonably assumed that her imact was considerable for the next eight years or so.

I expect that the impact might have been great enough the he may exagerate that impact in his own mind…or subtract from it in his dreams…or exagerate sometimes and reduce it at other times.

If you are struggling to understand this, I would suggest you analyze your own relationship to someone close to you, and see how that comes out.

Obama thought just enough of his grandmother, both in real life and in his fantasy world, to go visit her in the hospital…wow!

Posted by: Marysdude at October 26, 2008 2:49 PM
Comment #268397

“His mother decided that he would be better served in life if he grew up in Kansas, under the supervision of his grandmother”

You might want to consider voting for Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, if you haven’t voted yet. She spent most of her life in Georgia raised by her parents. Her father was in the state legislature, so she grew up in politics. BHO was born and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, with a layover in Indonesia, not in Kansas. Those darn tornadoes carried his American grandparents over the rainbow, but there was a stopover in Seattle. BHO’s mother was actually born in Leavenworth!

Posted by: ohrealy at October 26, 2008 3:13 PM
Comment #268401

“I can’t diagram it here, but you have taken my meaning to be exactly the opposite of what was intended.”

Sorry for assuming ohrealy no diagram is needed. Seems grandma played a big part in his life and Obama understands and appreciates this.

Posted by: j2t2 at October 26, 2008 3:37 PM
Comment #268418

ohrealy,

Think about what you are trying to pick apart…Obama went to live with his grandmother, at about the age of ten…in Kansas, Oregon, Hawaii…what the hell difference does it make?

Give me a break! He lived with, learned from, and loved his grandmother. For the first ten, he lived with, learned from, and loved his mother…in Hawaii, Indonesia and anywhere else they might have lived…which doesn’t make any difference either.

He had a biological father who resided with him for two years…in Hawaii or somewhere else…which doesn’t make any difference either.

He lived with his step-father…in Hawaii, Indonesia, or whereever else they might have gone…which doesn’t make any difference either.

And his grandfather was part of his world as well, and I’m sure he lived with, learned from and loved him too…where do you go from here to pick on some insignificant nothing that wastes time and effort.

Obama is a good, intelligent, well rounded and well traveled man who will make a good to great president, if he should be elected to the office.

Posted by: Marysdude at October 26, 2008 7:48 PM
Comment #268419

And, by the way, what possible difference does it make where Obama’s mother was born?

Posted by: Marysdude at October 26, 2008 7:51 PM
Comment #268429

ohrealy-
You did notice that Jesse Jackson Sr. and Bill Clinton were his political opponents. God forbid they have a problem with him. It’s not as if he might intrude on their territory or anything.

If you want a good idea of why Obama’s trusted by so many, look at Peter Fitzgerald’s investigation into the corruption around Illinois and Springfield, and then look how cleanly Obama came out of that. Then look into Bill Clinton’s similar circumstances around Little Rock. Obama came out of Chicago, tough political town that it is, more unscathed than Clinton came out of Little Rock.

That doesn’t happen by accident. I know you might buy into some of the real foul stuff that’s been drummed up about Obama, but how many of those stories truly panned out? Look at what happened with Rev. Wright. The media showed him no mercy on that. Nobody saw a video come up with Obama forced to defend his own words, his own sentiments; instead we just see the pastor, and a man who obviously has his disagreements and his own ideas on the subject of race.

I have yet to see much that credibly opens up Obama to his own charges of racism, his own charges of corruption, to real peccadilloes in his past.

He’s obviously not perfect. He’s charismatic, but not necessarily in a homegrown sense. He’s less spontaneous than Bill Clinton. He doesn’t have long experience in national government.

My argument has never been that he’s without flaw. But every now and then, somebody comes along who understands things differently and has the brains and skill to take advantage of that. Everybody who was dismissing him in January now can only watch with awe as he gains incredible leads in one state after another. If he maintains those leads in those states, many will stay his even if there’s some kind of Bradley Effect.

I think the fact that they’re down to attacking him going to see his grandmother after a terrible injury on her part shows their desperation and/or lack of good sense. The Republicans are making attacks that to many neutral observers just seem beyond the pale. Folks can only shake their head, as one taboo subject after another is attempted- taboos that were there for good reason. When you start raising questions about visits to a sick Grandmother, you’re raising questions about your morals across party lines.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at October 26, 2008 8:55 PM
Comment #268443

“Obama’s using his grandmother as a political tool!”

But if he didn’t go…

“Obama’s heartless!”

Such attacks show the smallness of the attacker…but the attacker never realizes it.

Posted by: Glenn Contrarian at October 27, 2008 12:31 AM
Comment #268448

You’re right about that Glen, and how many bullies do we know …..who don’t realize they’re bullies? They’re just happier than crap in their own ignorance and hate.

Posted by: janedoe at October 27, 2008 1:41 AM
Comment #268459

janedoe,

Why don’t you just cut right to the chase?

Posted by: Marysdude at October 27, 2008 9:39 AM
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