“Politics of fear”: Obama spokesman whines over Hillary ad mentioning Bin Laden

posted at 7:00 pm on April 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

Entirely predictable, so much so that I’m embarrassed I didn’t foresee it in the post on the ad this morning. Let me atone by predicting that Olby, who loves loves loves to demagogue this subject, will broach it with Hillary in their interview tonight and will conspicuously fail to display the theatrical high dudgeon he musters in his special comments when she bats away his question.

The 30-second broadcast does not mention Obama by name, but the Illinois senator’s spokesman Bill Burton fired off a robust response and brought up Clinton’s vote in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war, which his boss opposed.

“It’s ironic that she would borrow the president’s tactics in her own campaign and invoke bin Laden to score political points,” Burton said.

“We already have a president who plays the politics of fear, and we don’t need another,” he said.

Read this post from after Hillary’s 3 a.m. spot came out, as all the old points still apply. Two things to take away: One, the left itself fearmongers relentlessly when it comes to McCain’s hawkishness, his temper (he’ll push the button!), his supposed racial politics, etc. That’s fine; politics ain’t beanbag. What’s objectionable is people like Olbermann, who compares Fox News to Al Qaeda and the Republican Party to a terrorist organization, pretending to display virtue on this point. Two, the outrage over this ad is manufactured with the same purpose in mind as the outrage over questions about Wright and Bill Ayers at the ABC debate, i.e. to render anything that hurts Obama’s chances as “illegitimate” and beyond the bounds of polite political discourse even when, as here, no one can say precisely why. Hillary’s making a pedestrian point that he’s not ready to deal with threats like Al Qaeda; that’s a stupid argument coming from someone with five years’ more experience than he has, but there you have it. Rather than restrict the response to the sort of “substantive” answers his supporters assured us they were interested in last Wednesday night, though, he whines about the “Republican tactics” at work in suggesting that people might reasonably worry about another mega-attack like 9/11. Exit question: By what strange feat of Messianic transubstantiation does insisting dishonestly that McCain wants to fight a 100-year war in Iraq not constitute the “politics of fear”?

Update: Here’s something for Hillary’s next ad. Remember, according to the left, international opinion is extremely important — unless it’s politically inconvenient, in which case it’s irrelevant and typical of “fearmongering” even to bring it up. How curious that Iranians, like so many Palestinians, seem to believe that Obama would be good for their interests despite his many noisy statements of support for Israel.


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aengus on April 21, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Exit question: By what strange feat of Messianic transubstantiation does insisting dishonestly that McCain wants to fight a 100-year war in Iraq not constitute the “politics of fear”?

How dare you question the ways of Obama! He knows all! He is all!

Don’t tell me that’s a far-fetched response. If that doesn’t work, they’ll try “Well, McCain’s a racist.” And don’t think people (the Obamanation) won’t believe them.

emailnuevo on April 21, 2008 at 7:07 PM

After a weekend of being bombarded by the whining meme the Obama campaign comes out Monday and whines some more? And this guys a political genius?

lowandslow on April 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Just wait for all the politics of fear you’ll hear from he and Hillary tomorrow about how the earth’s going to DIE from Global Warming on Earth Day…

The politics of fear fearmongering is lame.

NTWR on April 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM

The left is upset because they know that line of argument works for Republicans favor, and they don’t want Democrats using it. By Hillary using it during the primary, it defeats the left’s chosen way to counter that argument: to say that 9/11 was a one off event that can never happen again so we don’t need to defend ourselves.

pedestrian on April 21, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Does Obama not want to go after Bin Laden?

MayBee on April 21, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Hillary’s making a pedestrian point that he’s not ready to deal with threats like Al Qaeda; that’s a stupid argument coming from someone with five years’ more experience than he has, but there you have it.

And there’s the rub. The Left knows McCain CAN use this line, and he will.

SouthernGent on April 21, 2008 at 7:15 PM

By what strange feat of Messianic transubstantiation does insisting dishonestly that McCain wants to fight a 100-year war in Iraq not constitute the “politics of fear”?

Allah, I’ve asked myself that question a thousand times times myself. I’ve stopped trying to understand their logic.

I also don’t understand how Obama is the candidate of “hope” when all his ads our is about us going into an economic depression.

terryannonline on April 21, 2008 at 7:16 PM

A guy who wussies out of a debate with Hillary, on a far leftie channel, and his organization, talking about, wait…”The politics of Fear”….

I think I don’t deserve this much irony, entertainment, all gratis. It can’t be real, this year.

Entelechy on April 21, 2008 at 7:16 PM

The Palestinians backing Obama now – wait until Nov. The likes of Zawahiri will have to make their ‘relevance’ known. They won’t be able to resist. And, he will get, to his chagrin, the support of one named Jimmy Carter.

Hillary and McCain are the luckiest people in the world, today.

Entelechy on April 21, 2008 at 7:19 PM

I’m sort-of liking this “politics of fear.” I say: let’s do it.

I think, given that Western Civilization is hanging in the balance, you’d better be playing the politics of fear, by which I mean, fearful of what can happen to your country if you become lazy and sluggish – which just so happens to be the single most apt description of the Democratic base.

emailnuevo on April 21, 2008 at 7:27 PM

This is all a joke right??? Someone tell me we’ve been collectively punked because this Obama clown just cannot be serious. I would be laughing my head off if the stakes weren’t so high!

HawaiiLwyr on April 21, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Commies, Muslims, and terrorists (domestic and international) all support Obama.

Why should we be afraid?

AZCoyote on April 21, 2008 at 7:32 PM

The only thing we have to fear is Obama itself.”

If a line of questioning hurts Barry, it’s bad.

If the very same tactic helps Barry, it’s legitimate.

He must have to shave twice every morning.

profitsbeard on April 21, 2008 at 7:34 PM

All Democrat commentary on the War on Terror and Osama bin Laden can be understood through the Rosetta stone of “Farenheit 911″. The segment in which the World Trade Center attacks are literally blacked out – nothing but a blank screen and sound effects – was Michael Moore’s benediction to the Left to pretent that 9/11 never happened. They’re still incapable of dealing with the reality of it, because to acknowledge the events of that day unravels the entire Democratic Party platform – the focus on soft socialism and maternal policies, the denigration of the military, the insistence that America has no menacing external enemies and therefore needs no military (or at least a much smaller one), the unshakable faith that all conflict is a result of misunderstanding and can be resolved through negotiation… A glimpse of bin Laden in a campaign ad terrifies them, because no one who truly remembers September 11, 2001, could possibly vote for any of the sad old frauds the Democrats have offered as candidates since then. The true “politics of fear” is the fear Democrats feel whenever something forces them to think about terrorism and see anything except that black screen in the movie theatre.

Doctor Zero on April 21, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Doctor Zero on April 21, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Yes, the “politics of fear” is a term of art referring to the idea that the War On Terror was a fiction created George McHalliburton Bush to make his cronies richer.

Without actual politics of fear, there would be no left wing.

pedestrian on April 21, 2008 at 7:44 PM

They’re still incapable of dealing with the reality of it, because to acknowledge the events of that day unravels the entire Democratic Party platform – the focus on soft socialism and maternal policies, the denigration of the military, the insistence that America has no menacing external enemies and therefore needs no military (or at least a much smaller one), the unshakable faith that all conflict is a result of misunderstanding and can be resolved through negotiation…

After WTC was hit, Kerry sat in a daze for 40 minutes

From Kerry’s description it sounds as if they weren’t even watching the television, as tens of millions of normal people did, to follow and try to make sense of the unfolding events. They simply relapsed into a passive state, neither taking in nor reacting to the fact that America was under an unprecedented attack. This is not surprising, since liberals are constitutionally incapable of acknowledging the existence of evil and enemies (except of course for evil and enemies on the right).

aengus on April 21, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Its obvious that Hillary didn’t get the memo from the Obama camp about the topics Obama may legitimately be criticized for. It’s a very short list.

Cicero43 on April 21, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Hey Barry . . . Osama is a real threat and if you go home and hide your head under your pillow he will still be there when you wake up. This isn’t the politics of fear, it’s the politics of reality.

rplat on April 21, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Hey Barry . . . Osama is a real threat and if you go home and hide your head under your pillow he will still be there when you wake up. This isn’t the politics of fear, it’s the politics of reality.

*plugs fingers into ears* Just words…just words…just words.

aengus on April 21, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Politics of fear? You mean like Al Gore and Global Warming?

Connie on April 21, 2008 at 10:32 PM

You’re engaging in distraction. Expect protesters outside your parent company’s office.

snaggletoothie on April 21, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Just breaking…

More evidence of Obama’s racism and hatefulness towards Whites and anyone on the Right. A top Obama aide compared “libertarians” to Terrorists yesterday. NR’s David Frum has the exact quote.

Also, on CNN there’s a video that purports to show that Obama is not a Radical Muslim and did not attend a Radical Muslim Madrassa in Indonesia. Yet the video has footage of a little girl saying Blacks need to take America back from “White America” and another clip of a little saying that he’s “bored with White Men.” Also, clips of young Muslim kids at Obama’s old “School” praying to Allah and wearing Muslim garb.

On CNN’s site this morning. Funny the liberal reporters don’t even realize that their video footage completely contradicts the aims of the story.

We’re linking to the story at http://www.worldwideliberty.blogspot.com

ericdondero on April 22, 2008 at 6:58 AM