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Don’t question patriotism, but honor? That’s ok.
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Remember this from Barack Obama?
"Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country. I love America, so do you, and so does John McCain.
Don't question his patriotism. That's inappropriate.

But questioning someone's honor. That apparently is OK.

This in reaction to the ad MichaelW touched on yesterday:
Bill Burton, Obama's press secretary, responded in a statement: “It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why."
As pointed out below, the ad appears to be true in its thrust. Apparently, however, political disagreement is now grounds to question another's honor. The smell of desperation and panic from the Obama campaign is getting stronger and stronger.
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On Drudge, right now:

S.C. Dem Party Chair: McCain chose ’someone whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion’... Developing...
Written By: T
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A quick look thru Memorandum shows stories by Joe Klein and E.J. Dionne that seem to form a new meme by the Obama press corps regarding John McCain’s "honor".

Of course, following the lead of his surrogates, Obama will merely claim that the subject is in play.
Written By: Neo
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Oh, even better, Michael linked to it, but I just read it. Here’s the full ad.
ANNCR: Education Week says Obama "hasn’t made a significant mark on education".

That he’s "elusive" on accountability.

A "staunch defender of the existing public school monopoly".

Obama’s one accomplishment?

Legislation to teach "comprehensive sex education" to kindergartners.

Learning about sex before learning to read?

Barack Obama.

Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.

JOHN MCCAIN: I’m John McCain and I approved this message.
Geraghty says, and I agree:
Team Obama argues that the comprehensive sex education bill was common sense and designed to protect kids from predators. Notice they voice no objection to the ad’s points on "no significant mark on education," "elusive on accountability," "staunch defender of existing monopoly," etc.
Why are they only countering probably the weakest point in the ad?
Written By: Keith_Indy
Why are they only countering probably the weakest point in the ad?
Especially the one point that can be factually proven by the text...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Look....McCain’s political positions are sometimes questionable

But his honor is above reproach.

So who’s the one flinging mud here again? Mr. hopeNchange!
Written By: shark
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" Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was..."

Why is it that nobody seems to know how to use a dictionary? In this case, though, a dictionary is not much help. I have looked at several definitions of honor, and they are all rather nebulous, defining it in terms of respect, reputation, etc., which lead to further questions. My favorite is something like "A hightened sense of ethics".

I might say that honor is like pornography; I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.

Written By: timactual
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nothing pizzes them off more than questioning their patriotism. And I grant you that it is not right to question the patriotism of the average left winger.

But some of their leaders, yeah, you bet I question it.

Like I heard Michael Moore say one time how much he loved the country,

Yea Mike you love the country, except for our culture, our politics, our military, our history, and our people, but other than that, you love it.

Written By: kyleN
What I love most about this flap is The Annointed One claiming that - by golly! - he loves America too much to let anybody say anything bad about HIM.
I don’t care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough. (1)
Talk about wrapping yourself in the flag. Sheesh...


Written By: docjim505
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The Leftosphere seems to be having real "team building" experience as the each try to out do each other by pronouncing the their outrage.

Damn .. denial isn’t a river in Egypt. It’s the sound of "progressive" after "progressive" espousing the inner most fantasies as their Messiah falls lower and lower.

They have already begun the "McCain lied and stole the election" meme with two months remaining.
Written By: Neo
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Hannity read some of the material that was being taught in this kindergarten sex ed class tonight. one of the lines was something like "masturbation should be done in private" That doesn’t sound much like protecting innocent children from child predators to me.
Written By: mac
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I said it thought it was a bit weird (above). Seems I’m right ...
Another party I’m not invited to. And you aren’t either: Vlogging fogey lashes out at ur-whippersnapper Ezra Klein, upon learning that Klein has created a private Townhouse-like email group where liberal bloggers and editors hash out issues before they let the public in on the discussion.
Apparently, it was a social outing by Kub Klein to Memeorandum.

I wonder if the sung Kumbaya before they broke up.
Written By: Neo
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Semantics lesson of the day

Bob Woodward: ‘I never found a Democrat who wanted to lose the Iraq war’
O’Reilly: When you were researching the book, there has been a fissure in America politically between the Democratic and Republican parties, about Iraq, and it seems to me in some — and I’m not saying this about Barack Obama. I’m not. I want to make that clear. Some Democrats actually wanted America to lose that war because it makes the Democratic Party stronger. Did you find any of that?

Woodward: No. I don’t think they wanted to lose. I think they wanted to get out. They felt.

O’Reilly: Wouldn’t that have been a loss?

Woodward: Pardon?

O’Reilly: Wouldn’t that have been a loss if we had cut and run from there?

Woodward: It looks like it would have been. And it’s very interesting. There was a big debate about this issue, you’ll recall, in 2007. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, actually said we had lost the war.

O’Reilly: Yes. Murtha did, too.

Woodward: I asked President Bush about this. I said, ‘Did you ever talk to Senator Reid about this?’ And President Bush said no. I said, ‘Were you shocked that a majority leader in the Senate would say this?’ And the president said, ‘Nothing shocks me in Washington,’ and then went on to say that one of his, President Bush’s, failures has been to not change the tone in Washington.
The Democrats were credited, correctly, as having lost the Vietnam War.
They don’t want to lose another war, but are willing to lose another war if it gets them to their next place.

I guess the best metaphor is taking medicine that has a horrible taste.
You don’t want to take the medicine, but you are willing to take the medicine to get well.
Written By: Neo
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