Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Can You Dig It?

I love the wording in this headline. Especially since it's so off-the-mark: Obama is not obligated to "dig out" of anything, because he hasn't, in fact, buried himself.

It's a shame that Rev. Wright has seen fit to throw him under the Whack-Ass Tractor in his vindictive, churchy zeal, but I do NOT think that his behavior any more reflects on Obama than President Bush's business dealings with Saudi Arabia, the country from which the majority of the 9/11 hijackers originated, reflect on him.

OK, bad example. How about: any more than Vincent Foster's suicide reflects on Hillary.



Blogger American Girl said...

Anymore than how John McCain accepting of the support of Rev. Hagee, who had said that Katrina happened because God was mad that there was to be a gay parade in New Orleans, doesn't reflect on him.

Wow. You're right, Aaron. This is hard. Sarah

11:30 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Except John McCain's won't be held against him, because the people he's courting and wooing are those who AGREE with Rev. Hagee. The worst he could lose are "Democratic moderates" who don't like Hillary or Obama, and frankly if they're dumb enough to vote for McCain because they think he's BETTER than the two Dem choices, I wouldn't trust them not to vote for him based on that anyway...

But you're right--the "guilt by association" examples abound!

12:16 PM  
Blogger American Girl said...

I caught a moment of The View today and Joy and Whoopee ganged up on Elizabeth with cards in hands about Hagee. Survivor-loser chick's response was that Hagee is "just a supporter" and not his pastor. As if McCain can't say to the man that he is rejecting the support of bigots. I'm guessing he'd be able to reject the support of the Austrian guy who was fathering children on his daughter so I think he coudl reject Hagee, if he wanted. Sarah

12:25 PM  
Blogger Stephen Rader said...

Don't you love how no one has ANYTHING on Obama, so they're taking things not done, but SAID by people around him and using that to attack him? The President lied to bring us into a war that is crippling the country in a myriad of ways and a preacher in Chicago says something and the media can't get enough.

We may not agree with Rev. Wright, but aren't we all allowed to say whatever we want, whenever we want? I guess we still have the right, but these days, if it offends someone or hurts their feelings or gives them a boo-boo, we must apologize. Publicly.

Where's Edward R. Murrow? We need him. Badly.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Sarah: I'd love to be in the audience of "The View just so I could throw a rotten tomato at Elisabeth Hasselbeck--she's the most pointless creature on God's earth. Mosquitoes and fleas are more beneficial than she is. She is an ignatz.

And sadly, she's typical of all pundits and demagogues, who selectively interpret relationships between people to suit their own purposes. Liberals do it, too, but Republicans are far more venomous about it. Must be all that time they spend at "Jesus Camp."

Stephen: Yes, this whole "Swift Boat" tactic is a pathetic parody of itself anymore. I think the people making the allegations (the allegators? :-)) have given up hope of even sounding rational and credible.

But it's amazing that it always finds its mark: people will jump to the conclusion that they were predisposed to anyway! All they need is one quasi-factoid to bolster their opinion, and they're all over it like a pit bull on a pork chop...

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several months ago I vowed that I was voting for Hillary and nothing would change my mind. Well, a few things have happened. I actually watched the candidates closely and unfortunately for them I listened to what they said. Now, even though my grandfather would kick my ass if he was still alive, I'm going to vote for Barack. Ed

6:06 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Ed: I suspect, from what I gather about your family backgroud, that your grandfather would've kicked your ass if you voted for Hillary as well.

But he's not around to do that anymore, is he? So vote for whomever you want! :-) (That's the nice thing about dead relatives--they can't tell us what to do anymore, and in my case there was never an inheritance to hang over my head and my apartment is too small for a haunting...)

10:44 AM  

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