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Campaign Moments: "moral authority"
Posted by: Jon Henke on Monday, April 21, 2008

Via the always enjoyable Playbook, I see more infighting...
On an Obama conference call with reporters Saturday, Gen. Walter Stewart said Clinton’s misstatements about her trip to Bosnia as First Lady mean she “lacks the moral authority” to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Since a Democrat said it, there's a bit of tut-tutting going on, but it's not a big deal. Of course, had a Republican said it, it would have been evidence of a concerted Republican strategy to portray their opponents as unpatriotic, troop-hating traitors.

  • Matt Yglesias and Josh Marshall would have spent the next few days discussing its deeper meaning. Was it a dogwhistle to the base, or a strategy to (fill in the blank with something plausible only to the paranoid).


  • Glenn Greenwald would have written 3 very long posts (and maybe a book) explaining why this was a coordinated Republican plot to slander Democrats


  • Media Matters would have pinged every media outlet that failed to pick up their press release about it


  • Atrios would have worked the phrase "because of the moral authority!" into every 3rd (non-Open Thread) post for the foreseeable future


  • And the rest of the Leftosphere would spend the next few days explaining how this was a dogwhistle to the base and the campaign only distanced themselves from the statement to protect McCain from the press.

But it was a Democratic campaign, so never mind.
 
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