Video: McCain repudiates the “Barack Hussein Obama” crowd again; Update: RNC threatens Tennessee GOP; Update: Tennessee GOP backs down

posted at 8:20 pm on February 27, 2008 by Allahpundit

Listen. If you want to play this “secret Muslim” game, just play it. Don’t hide behind faux innocent “we’re only saying the guy’s name” nonsense, like the Tennessee GOP is doing here. If they took that principle seriously it’d be “William Jefferson Clinton” every time instead of the “Bill Clinton” they regularly use.

You want to go this route? Own it. Click the image to watch.

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Update: Knock it off, says the RNC, or else.

Update: RNC 1, Tennessee GOP 0.


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Only once was necessary. It was a good move then.

AbaddonsReign on February 27, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Listen. If you want to play this “secret Muslim” game, just play it. Don’t hide behind faux innocent “we’re only saying the guy’s name” nonsense

Can’t argue with you. I prefer blunt honesty.

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 8:24 PM

If the Republicans want to use his real name why weren’t they using Mitt’s real name?

Willard Mitt Romney?

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

I guess lying about your opponent doesn’t count as not treating your primary opponents with respect.

flytier on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Willard, isn’t doesn’t bring out any strange suggestions at least to me, it’s just kind of an “odd” name IMHO.

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Good question.

Allahpundit on February 27, 2008 at 8:27 PM

If the Republicans want to use his real name why weren’t they using Mitt’s real name?

Willard Mitt Romney?

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Some losers were.

Spirit of 1776 on February 27, 2008 at 8:27 PM

If the Republicans want to use his real name why weren’t they using Mitt’s real name?

Willard Mitt Romney?

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

say word

ernesto on February 27, 2008 at 8:27 PM

If Republicans keep playing this cutesy game, it will end up biting all us on our @ss in the form of a POTUS Obama.

Beat them on issues and philosophy GD it!

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Interestingly, both yesterday & today, McCain denounced disrespect while standing next to evangelical leaders.
He’s working on securing the Christian right vote.

jgapinoy on February 27, 2008 at 8:28 PM

From the article:

For the second time in as many days, Sen. John McCain was forced to rebuke members of his own party for over-the-top attacks on Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

I am really floored that with the rhetoric of the democratic party (and I’m talking about the elected officials) towards Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice, Bolton, etc., that there is any “top” remaining, over which we can go. And please don’t mistake my comment as a, “They do it so we can do it” argument. It is just an observation…only an observation.

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 8:30 PM

I guess lying about your opponent doesn’t count as not treating your primary opponents with respect.

flytier on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Romney wasn’t nearly as strong on Iraq as McCain. He tried to have it both ways with the “timetable” word. McCain was w/in the rules when he spun things a bit.

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 8:30 PM

I find it interesting that he says “I’m not the nominee of the party so I’m not excusing anything that anybody does but that is not, frankly, something that I can do about at this moment“.

Then he says “If I’m the nominee of the party I will obviously make sure that everyone in my party knows that this has to be a respectful debate”.

This could suggest a delusion that, once nominated, the party is just going to become an extension of his will; that the GOP will abandon core conservative values and adopt whatever it is he would like us to.

It causes me to think back to his bible-thumper remark. I fear McCain is going to say something ridiculous at some point that will single-handedly destroy his chances of winning the election.

hisfrogness on February 27, 2008 at 8:31 PM

If Republicans keep playing this cutesy game, it will end up biting all us on our @ss in the form of a POTUS Obama.

Beat them on issues and philosophy GD it!

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Republicans are much better at squandering a political advantage better than the dems. We have a perfectly weak candidate, whom we can beat on the issues. Instead we are going to expose the oft-acknowledge nativist streak that we keep denying exists.

John McCain is a wuss of a Republican, but a hell of a man.

The Race Card on February 27, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Republicans are much better at squandering a political

advantage better than the dems. We have a perfectly weak candidate, whom we can beat on the issues. Instead we are going to expose the oft-acknowledge nativist streak that we keep denying exists.

John McCain is a wuss of a Republican, but a hell of a man.

The Race Card on February 27, 2008 at 8:31 PM

+1

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Maybe Juan McVano is hedging his bets and thinks that if he loses for Prez, which he probably will, Obama will make him SecDev or SecState.

I hope that Juan does not get his hopes up too high. I would hate to see him disappointed as he is such a nice man.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

I have one word to say that shows why he should be ahead of this so-called issue……Macaca.

Give George Allen a call and ask him how much that mattered.

ThePrez on February 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Heh. I swear, you have about thirty different names for McCain; and I love every last one of them.

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 8:36 PM

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Maybe he’s just trying to appeal to some civility.

SouthernDem on February 27, 2008 at 8:37 PM

Yeah, sorry, this Hussein crap is a political loser, and I wish people would quit friggin’ doing it. But I agree with Allah, if they’re gonna do it, own it.

doubleplusundead on February 27, 2008 at 8:39 PM

McCain rides a tall horse. John only likes maligning people in Senate Cloakrooms. It’s wonderful theater when a known backstabbing dissembler calls someone out in this manner. The Straight Talk Express motors on.

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Romney wasn’t nearly as strong on Iraq as McCain. He tried to have it both ways with the “timetable” word. McCain was w/in the rules when he spun things a bit.

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Romney was not trying to have it both ways, he was being reasonable and logical and Juan Plantation McLiarPantsOnFire flat out lied about what Romney said.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

McCain. Do the Sista Souldjah thing and move on.

It was just red meat to a conservative pack made by a bigmouth. BFD.

silverfox on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

I have one word to say that shows why he should be ahead of this so-called issue……Macaca.

Give George Allen a call and ask him how much that mattered.

ThePrez on February 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Good point. But it is going to be one really long campaign if that fear causes him to hold a presser every other day to distance himself from some sector of his “base” that says something stupid. There has to be a better way than this.

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

If you want to play this “secret Muslim” game,

When you have a guy that is best friends with the terrorists (Side note: he actually is BFFs with an actual terrorist in his neighborhood.), you don’t need to make up “secret Muslim” rumors. But, I don’t think that simply by saying his name is suggesting that he is a “secret Muslim” (in retrospect, maybe we should stay away from it just because it would make some people think that that’s what we’re suggesting). I DO think that being endorced by Louis Farrakhan might get some gullible voters to think that he is…or at least Hillary hopes so.

malan89 on February 27, 2008 at 8:41 PM

They have come to Barry Hussein, not to parse him.

Buddahpundit on February 27, 2008 at 8:42 PM

I guess those internal polls have them shaking in their boots.

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 8:42 PM

There has to be a better way than this.

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

How about a one-time presser: “I`m sorry for every possible offensive comment anyone could ever make.” :)

ThePrez on February 27, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Romney wasn’t nearly as strong on Iraq as McCain. He tried to have it both ways with the “timetable” word. McCain was w/in the rules when he spun things a bit.

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Romney was not trying to have it both ways, he was being reasonable and logical and Juan Plantation McLiarPantsOnFire flat out lied about what Romney said.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Some like to re-invent history. McCain could not debate on issues—he refused to debate on issues—so he played the liar card.

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Maybe he’s just trying to appeal to some civility.

SouthernDem on February 27, 2008 at 8:37 PM

lol.

The hombre who tells other Republicans Senators to go f##k themselves.

Good sarcasm.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

They have come to Barry Hussein, not to parse him.

Buddahpundit on February 27, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Ha. Very good.

silverfox on February 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Say it…. Barack Hussein Obama…. there, doesn’t that feel better?

Brought to you by, friends of Hillary Rodham Clinton, William J. Clinton, The State of New Jersey, the Makers of Red Dye #9,…..

Kini on February 27, 2008 at 8:46 PM

I smell a rat here.
McCain goes out twice in one week to denounce his “right-wing extremist” supporters for mentioning Barack Hussein Obama?
I mean McCain, wouldn’t want to have anything to do with those on the far right who keep talking about B. Hussein Obama.
Because the centrist St. John McCain wants to make this race about issues, and not about Obama’s middle name, which is Hussein.
Because St. John is all about winning the war against Islamic terror, not pointing out that Barack Hussein’s middle name is Hussein.Unlike those talk radio nuts, who aren’t war heroes like McCain, who can’t get over the fact that B. Hussein’s middle name is Hussein.
HUSSEIN!

billy on February 27, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Update: Knock it off, says the RNC, or else.

Or else what? The national RNC is in no position to threaten a damn thing past a U.N.-like strongly worded letter.

doubleplusundead on February 27, 2008 at 8:47 PM

The hombre who tells other Republicans Senators to go f##k themselves.

Good sarcasm.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

MB4, using Hussein in vain is going way too far. McCain would never stoop so low.

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:47 PM

In retrospect, maybe we should stay away from it just because it would make some people think that that’s what we’re suggesting

malan89 on February 27, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Republicans should stay away from it because it’s absurd and childish.

Why people think that a rhetorical flamethrower like “B. Hussein Obama” is going to win elections – or, at the very least, not poison the party’s image – is a mystery to me.

Lehosh on February 27, 2008 at 8:48 PM

It was just red meat to a conservative pack made by a bigmouth. BFD.

silverfox on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Red meat they (McCain’s campaign) specifically asked him to serve. Cunningham was thrown under the straight talk express. He was setup for McCain to push in front of the Express.

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 8:48 PM

I don’t think Obama is a Muslim. Won’t prevent me from just saying his name, though. Why?

When I say George Walker Bush, people sit there blinking.

When I say Barack Hussein Obama, people groan.

That is others’ problem, not mine. If they are not comfortable electing a guy with that name, they need to reconsider their priorities in a leader.

MadisonConservative on February 27, 2008 at 8:49 PM

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Heh. OK, point taken.
In all seriousness, this does appeal to the center. I’m aware not much will endear him to the Lefties or to some Conservatives (like yourself) but it does increase his appeal to some.

SouthernDem on February 27, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Or else what? The national RNC is in no position to threaten a damn thing past a U.N.-like strongly worded letter.

Or Mel Martinez will personally hand out the maps printed by the MX government to prospective border hoppers.

Spirit of 1776 on February 27, 2008 at 8:49 PM

I think the GOP should run some national tv and radio spots apologizing for any offense caused by drawing attention to Obama’s middle name which happens to be Hussein. Yeah, just like Saddam Hussein. It’s a popular Muslim name. So what?

manfriend on February 27, 2008 at 8:49 PM

way off topic MKH looking fanatastic on Billy O…damn!

dmann on February 27, 2008 at 8:50 PM

McCain would never stoop so low.

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:47 PM

At his age Juan may not be able to stoop at all any more and get back upright again unassisted anyway.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:50 PM

It’s his name! Sheesh.

MT on February 27, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Spirit of 1776 on February 27, 2008 at 8:49 PM

You mean they aren’t already?

doubleplusundead on February 27, 2008 at 8:51 PM

If McCain isn’t speaking as the nominee yet, then he needs to STHU. Two days in a row he comes out and tries out- Messiah the Messiah. Please.

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 8:53 PM

It’s his name! Sheesh.

MT on February 27, 2008 at 8:50 PM

It’s about what it connotates, and McCain’s right to repudiate. And if the connotation is what you want, don’t worry… that’ll stick around either way. (Viral emails, talk radio, photos, rumors, etc.)

Vizzini on February 27, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Okay remind me again. Where is the punishment if the national RNC party rebukes you? Sounds like a badge of honor in light of all of the RINOS they continue to help stay in office.

Just A Grunt on February 27, 2008 at 8:55 PM

doubleplusundead on February 27, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Um yeah, bur you’re not supposed to know about it. The expense is bundled as aid for Mx infrastructure development.

Spirit of 1776 on February 27, 2008 at 8:57 PM

McCain would never stoop so low.

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:47 PM

At his age Juan may not be able to stoop at all any more and get back upright again unassisted anyway.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:50 PM

If he gets elected, who helps him up when he falls in his office? Is it C.Everett Koop or the Secret Service?

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:57 PM

Knock it off, says the RNC, or else.

F the Plantation RNC and the donkey they rode in on. All they deserve is xeroxed copies of a Peso.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Can’t call Barry by his name, can’t point out he is considered by some to be an apostate (yes, some imams believe once a muslim, always a muslim), can’t point to the crack issue, and can’t make fun of his ears.

Admittedly, those are weak points. However, can someone tell me what we can call him out on?

To those that say we can clean Obama’s clock on the issues:

We can get him on Global Warming. Nope.

We can get him on anti-Bush tax cuts. Uh-uh.

We can get him on being anti-capitolist. McCain’s stance on drug re-importation kills that.

We can get him on amnesty. Nope, not that either.

Um… all we have is the War on Terror folks.

Most of this post has been made in a mocking manner. But seriously, aside from the GWOT, what else can McCain trump Obama on?

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Okay remind me again. Where is the punishment if the national RNC party rebukes you? Sounds like a badge of honor in light of all of the RINOS they continue to help stay in office.

Just A Grunt on February 27, 2008 at 8:55 PM

Write them a check with the FOR line filled out with “To defeat Barack Hussein Obama”. See if they send it back to you.

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 8:59 PM

If he gets elected, who helps him up when he falls in his office? Is it C.Everett Koop or the Secret Service?

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:57 PM

The really big question is, latter on, who changes his diapers when he becomes incontinent.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 9:00 PM

So McCain is saying that it is ok to lie about your fellow GOP opponent, but you can’t tell the truth about your anti-America anti-GOP opponent?

Got it…Anyone else confused?

Tim Burton on February 27, 2008 at 9:02 PM

they will be denounced by the national committee if they use the Democrat’s middle name again, said a GOP official close to the RNC.

Oh! For heaven’s sake. Is this for real? Are we really going to twist ourselves this much, this early, of all this?

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Everytime someone deliberately uses Hussein and chastises the use of Hussein fails, in my opinion. The use of it presumes that the American people are stupid enough to change their opinion of BO because of his middle name. The hysteria over the use of it presumes the exact same thing.

My $0.02

p0s3r on February 27, 2008 at 9:05 PM

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Heh.

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 9:05 PM

“I`m sorry for every possible offensive comment anyone could ever make.” :)

ThePrez on February 27, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Ha! that sounds a lot like my wedding vows!

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:05 PM

So McCain is saying that it is ok to lie about your fellow GOP opponent, but you can’t tell the truth about your anti-America anti-GOP opponent?

Tim Burton on February 27, 2008 at 9:02 PM

So… telling the truth now involves putting awkward emphasis on a guy’s middle name to darkly insinuate that he’s a crypto-muslim?

Gotcha.

Lehosh on February 27, 2008 at 9:06 PM

just curious,what if his name was Adolf Ghandi Obama would he be a tyrant or a spiritual leader?

historian on February 27, 2008 at 9:06 PM

I never liked the idea of focusing on the “Muslim” aspect of Obama from the beginning; but with all this crap the RNC is saying, I want to use the name Hussein, not to hurt Obama, but to piss off the RNC!

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Yeah, you stop calling Barry by his real name …or else !!!
and don’t use Barak either .. it’s just as bad .. :(

redrock on February 27, 2008 at 9:09 PM

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!!

Nyah!! Nyah!!

Can’t stop me jack ass.

thareb on February 27, 2008 at 9:10 PM

My party is nuts.

Remind me again why we want to attack like Limerick and not Buckley. Snark or substance? Who are the voters going to pay attention to? Limerick or DeMint?

What a great plan. We’ll just bash everyone over the head with HA comments. That’ll toast Obama. Get Johnny Mac on the phone and demand he read and memorize the threads. That’ll fix that…that…..donkey. The election isn’t about winning, it is about scoring points.

Like I said, my party is nuts.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 9:11 PM

To Lehosh and the others getting their knickers in a twist,

As it has been pointed out, Cunningham has referred to Barack that way on the air (and often), before the McCain rally.

McCain’s staff either knew this beforehand and set him up to knock him down, or they didn’t know it; which means they are incompetent.

Either way, to me at least, it says a lot about the McCain camp, and none of it is good.

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Can we use Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama’s full name?

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 9:12 PM

This is a great moment of character by the McCain campaign, if I may say so.

I’d like to hear why not and will check in w/ this thread throughout the night.

HotAirJosef on February 27, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Well he managed to get people off the subject of the NYT story and remind everyone he’s a decent fellow at the same time.

TheBigOldDog on February 27, 2008 at 9:12 PM

People [even pols] geneally have the right to be called by the version of their name that they choose.

Did we call Romney by his full name?

Do we use McCain’s middle name? Huckabees?

No, no and no. Your arguement stinks.

McCain rides a tall horse. John only likes maligning people in Senate Cloakrooms. It’s wonderful theater when a known backstabbing dissembler calls someone out in this manner. The Straight Talk Express motors on.

Cold Steel on February 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM

And we like to do it on message boards. You point is weak as well.

Um… all we have is the War on Terror folks.

Most of this post has been made in a mocking manner. But seriously, aside from the GWOT, what else can McCain trump Obama on?

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 8:59 PM

The war is kind of a big deal, no?

Do you care about abortion? Do you care about spending? Judges? Do you care about an outright socialist [Obama] screwing this nation for a generation?

Use your heads if you have ‘em!

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 9:13 PM

I never liked the idea of focusing on the “Muslim” aspect of Obama from the beginning; but with all this crap the RNC is saying, I want to use the name Hussein, not to hurt Obama, but to piss off the RNC!

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Ding,ding, ding.
Exactly the response the John Sydney McCain team was looking for.

billy on February 27, 2008 at 9:14 PM

If the Republicans want to use his real name why weren’t they using Mitt’s real name?

Willard Mitt Romney?

Chakra Hammer on February 27, 2008 at 8:26 PM

I’m guessing that no one remembers this movie.

baldilocks on February 27, 2008 at 9:14 PM

To Lehosh and the others getting their knickers in a twist,

To Lehosh and the others getting their knickers in a twist,
[...]
McCain’s staff either knew this beforehand and set him up to knock him down, or they didn’t know it; which means they are incompetent.

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 9:11 PM

What does that have to do with anything? McCain is a crotchety old douche bag and deserves to lose.

I’m more concerned with the shocking volume of people who call themselves Republicans (much less adults) and think the school-yard repetition of “Hussein” is a winning political move. Not even that! That they think it is an innocent, connotation-free observation!

Lehosh on February 27, 2008 at 9:16 PM

I never liked the idea of focusing on the “Muslim” aspect of Obama from the beginning; but with all this crap the RNC is saying, I want to use the name Hussein, not to hurt Obama, but to piss off the RNC!

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:08 PM

I never liked the idea of focusing on the “socialist” aspect of Obama
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “liberal” aspect of Obama
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “tax and spend” aspect of Obama
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “inexperience” aspect of Obama inexperience
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “global taxation” aspect of Obama
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “Rezko” aspect of Obama
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “Carteresque” aspect of Obama
I never liked the idea of focusing on the “War in Iraq” aspect of Obama

Yup. Let’s talk about Obama. So, what are we gonna talk about?

BowHuntingTexas on February 27, 2008 at 9:16 PM

How long before Wikipedia gets a threat from the RNC?

SouthernGent on February 27, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Listen. If you want to play this “secret Muslim” game, just play it. Don’t hide behind faux innocent “we’re only saying the guy’s name” nonsense

Unfortunately, Allahpundit, these people don’t have the character to express their real convictions.

Wayne Clark on February 27, 2008 at 9:17 PM

What’s interesting is that while McCain scrupulously adheres to his principles and always calls Obama “Senator Obama”, Obama calls McCain “John McCain” and the President of the United States “George Bush”, with just a bit of the sneering-left epithet of Booosh, in his pronunciation. However, last night, he was pleased to call the race-hustling anti-semite Louis Farrakhan “Minister Farrakhan.”

I think McCain’s on the right track here.

Typhoon on February 27, 2008 at 9:19 PM

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:08 PM

By the way, I wasn’t trying to be mocking. I agree with you completely.

BowHuntingTexas on February 27, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Maybe he’s just trying to appeal to some civility.

SouthernDem on February 27, 2008 at 8:37 PM
lol.

The hombre who tells other Republicans Senators to go f##k themselves.

Good sarcasm.

MB4 on February 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Exactly! When it comes to liberals, McCain takes the high road. But when it comes to conservatives, we get the finger.

Zorro on February 27, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Juan Mac just scheduled a presser for tomorrow 10:00 AM EST to apologize for the Wikipedia entry on Barry. heh.

redrock on February 27, 2008 at 9:22 PM

I DO think that being endorced by Louis Farrakhan might get some gullible voters to think that he is…or at least Hillary hopes so.

malan89 on February 27, 2008
Is it not a bit strange to anyone here that we are spending all this time over whether or not it is appropriate to speak a mans name??
For me it’s like this,, it’s the guys name. So,, if someone uses it, don’t make a big deal about it. It is just as strange to some how argue it is playing politics or insulting or demeaning to speak the mans name!! It is his name, for crying out loud!!
Oh,, I read he was also endorsed by Chavez, I believe. Or maybe it was good ol Ortega from down South!

JellyToast on February 27, 2008 at 9:24 PM

The war is kind of a big deal, no?

Do you care about abortion? Do you care about spending? Judges? Do you care about an outright socialist [Obama] screwing this nation for a generation?

Use your heads if you have ‘em!

toliver on February 27, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Did I say the war wasn’t a big deal? No, I said it is the only thing we have on him.

To answer your question about abortion. Yes, I care about it. But, since Roe V. Wade we have had 23 out of the 35 years since that decision with a R in the White House. How’s that been working out for us?

Do I care about spending? Yes. But, do I believe that John McCain will oppose big spending. He might to some extent.

You lose on the judge issue pal. Gang of 14, anyone? How about his saying Roberts was too conservative. EPIC FAIL.

Do I care about Obama screwing the nation. Yes, but J-Mac will do his best to screw it up by opening the flood gates for more illegals, kill our pharma companies, appoint judges liberals are cool with, etc. and so on.

Whichever way, our nation is screwed for the next 4 years.

As for using our heads… Dr. heal thyself.

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 9:24 PM

I’m guessing that no one remembers this movie.

baldilocks on February 27, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Good one!

Zorro on February 27, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Hey, Dick Cheney told Leahy to go pleasure himself. That was plenty civil.

A little profanity never killed anybody. Racism, or doing something stupid that makes it easy for others to accuse you of racism? Not a good idea if you’re running for office.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 9:25 PM

The crap with Obama’s middle name is no different from when assholes like Geraldo and Olbermann refer to Michelle as “Michelle Maglalang Malkin” when they talk about her stance on illegal immigration.

SnarkVader on February 27, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Maybe instead of trying to distance himself from those who are using “Hussein” in a derogatory sense, McCain can approach it this way: “My friends, I know that you are trying to use his middle name as a means to make people afraid of the idea that someone with the name “Hussein” could occupy the White House. And though I disavow your approach, I share your fear about an Obama presidency. But my fear is not in his name. It could be ‘Susan’ and I would still fear for this nation should he be seated as President. He has an economic policy that will increase existing entitlements at a time when the weight of those entitlements, as they currently exist, will become unsustainable. He has a foreign policy approach that resembles the audacity of naiveté, rather than hope. He wishes to continue the empowerment of the Federal government over against personal freedom. If a rose by any other name is still a rose, then a socialist by any name is still a socialist. So let’s hit him where it counts: in the soft underbelly of the Statist’s old, worn out, philosophy, rather than reciting a useless school yard chant.”

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:26 PM

McCain never, ever said Roberts is/was too conservative.

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 9:27 PM

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!!

Nyah!! Nyah!!

Can’t stop me jack ass.

thareb on February 27, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Well. You’ve certainly showed us. I’m sure that outburst will be a comfort to you when President Barack H. Obama is sworn in next January along with even greater Dem majorities in the House and Senate. We’ll pull out from Iraq in defeat months after that and from Afghanistan in defeat a year later. Ridiculous entitlement programs. Socialized medicine. Sky high taxes.

But your right to behave childishly will always be protected–we hope (no pun intended).

Republicans: the strategic thinkers.

Not.

baldilocks on February 27, 2008 at 9:27 PM

The crap with Obama’s middle name is no different from when assholes like Geraldo and Olbermann refer to Michelle as “Michelle Maglalang Malkin” when they talk about her stance on illegal immigration.

SnarkVader on February 27, 2008 at 9:26 PM

funky chicken on February 27, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Well Allah, you finally have a bar-fight subject to rival the old Fred!threads. How’s traffic?

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 9:28 PM

By the way, I wasn’t trying to be mocking. I agree with you completely.

BowHuntingTexas on February 27, 2008 at 9:20 PM

I never thought that at all. And you are right on. The unease of being viewed as “mean” is going to really hurt us when the time comes to really hit hard.

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Look, there’s really only two things to call Obama. It’s either “Messiah” or “Jesus 2.0″ You decide.

Sugar Land on February 27, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Heh. This is an ice cream sundae for AP, methinks. The cherry for it would be if he saw a video of Rosie weighing commenting on this on his iPhone.

Blarg the Destroyer on February 27, 2008 at 9:31 PM

I love how conservatives cannot say this or that minor innuendo yet the left regularly call republicans out right thieves, murders, warmongers, war profiters, idiot, uneducated dolts, and hell even the regular Hitler Nazi reference.

But yeah it makes sense?

Until the Repubs realized who the enemy is and start calling them out unrepentant it is going to be a hopeless battle.

By the way when Clinton made the Cheney Darth Vader innuendo did the dem party flip out?

Grow a f*ckin sack!

C-Low on February 27, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Everytime someone deliberately uses Hussein and chastises the use of Hussein fails, in my opinion. The use of it presumes that the American people are stupid enough to change their opinion of BO because of his middle name. The hysteria over the use of it presumes the exact same thing.

My $0.02

p0s3r on February 27, 2008 at 9:05 PM

And there are some people commenting on this very blog whose opinion of the man is based on his middle name.
Take a look at what happened in the 2002 French election if you don’t think this is a problem. The French electorate re-elected a mediocre-at-best, corrupt wanker whom they loathed in a landslide just to repudiate his opponent who was perceived as a racist. (IMO, that perception was accurate, but that’s beside the point.)
If the only people vocally opposed to Obama come across as Muslim-haters, then whom is a reasonable, cool-headed swing voter to support? Right now, a vote for Obama is a vote against success in Iraq. Do we want a vote for Obama to become a vote against puerile hate-mongering?
The really stupid thing about this whole mess is that Barack Hussein Obama isn’t even a Muslim, but that totally moot point seems to be totally lost on quite a few folks.

hicsuget on February 27, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Everyday, he earns just a little more respect from me. Besides, I think it’s a good tactic to do this early on, if he is going to go about calling the enemy “radical Islamists” later on. The “Islamophobe” label might not stick so hard when he goes hawk on the matter.

NorthernCross on February 27, 2008 at 9:31 PM

I love how conservatives cannot say this or that minor innuendo yet the left regularly call republicans out right thieves, murders, warmongers, war profiters, idiot, uneducated dolts, and hell even the regular Hitler Nazi reference.

Neither of the big candidates of the Democrats use that kind of rhetoric today to describe conservatives, for very good reason. It turns off independents, a great many of whom consider themselves conservative on at least some issues. McCain is wise to try to stay above it.

NorthernCross on February 27, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Ok…got the shoes and socks off. Now, how many votes are we going to gain with the ‘Hussein’ stick? Go slow so I can add it up correctly.

Limerick on February 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM

The unease of being viewed as “mean” is going to really hurt us when the time comes to really hit hard.

Weight of Glory on February 27, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Exactly.

BowHuntingTexas on February 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM

The RNC needs to be careful about threatening the people whose donations they depend upon.

As for the middle name thing, I’ve been occasionally referring to “J. Sidney McCain” and “H. Diane Clinton” since all this “B. Hussein Obama” stuff started–just ’cause I think it’s funny. I don’t use Obama’s middle name myself, but I wouldn’t presume to try to stop anybody else from referring to a candidate by his full given name. The more you tell them to stop it, the more they’ll do it. Makes me wonder if that isn’t McCain’s real intention with all this. He gets the Hussein story in the headlines while saying all along how he disapproves of it. And if Obama thinks this is a smear, he must be ashamed of his middle name. How do Muslim voters and those of Arab descent feel about that?

aero on February 27, 2008 at 9:43 PM

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