Obama: Clark’s words were an “inartful” distraction

posted at 4:57 pm on July 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Behold the new buzzword of the Obama campaign, used most recently to explain away his flip-flop on the D.C. gun ban and recycled here today to spin Wes Clark’s lame slap at McCain’s foreign policy credentials. (Gabriel Malor of Ace’s site e-mailed yesterday claiming that David Axelrod had deployed “inartful” in an interview on MSNBC as well, but I can’t find it.) I like it almost as much as “nuance”: It’s not quite a lie, it’s not quite an error, it’s just … “inartful.” That’s in the first clip, in which you’ll also find St. Barack lamenting the fact that the press won’t let him get back to talking about the real issues a day after he preempted the real issues to deliver his vanity speech on patriotism. The second clip, via McCain’s campaign, is Obama insisting that the passage in the speech heralding McCain’s military service wasn’t a last minute addition aimed at rebuking Clark but had been in the prepared text for months. I guess he figures he’s compromised enough by all the flip-flops lately that he can’t afford to be seen making yet another purely expedient move, even one so minor as that.

Update: Almost forgot. As for the differences between Clark’s remarks and the Swift Boat attacks on Kerry, Jim Geraghty offers three.


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Is there a point at which we can just call Barack Obama an “unrepentant liar”?

Vizzini on July 1, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I liked “boneheaded” better.

TexasDan on July 1, 2008 at 5:00 PM

God, I have more disdain for this guy everyday.

jencab on July 1, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Allah,

If you have access to Rush’s archives, he played an audio clip of Axlerod using the “inartful” word. I heard him play it today.

Weebork on July 1, 2008 at 5:01 PM

The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round…..
THUMP

Think_b4_speaking on July 1, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Obama: The Inartful Dodger

rockmom on July 1, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Sent out the surrogates with the talking points and stay above the fray.

He’s good, real good.

swami on July 1, 2008 at 5:04 PM

McCain: Flyboy
Obama: Superfly

fogw on July 1, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Behold the new buzzword of the Obama campaign,

“inartful” is the new “nuance!”

wise_man on July 1, 2008 at 5:09 PM

In other words…”I’m glad he said it and not me”.

right2bright on July 1, 2008 at 5:09 PM

If this keeps up, we might actually see “inartful” in dictionaries.

Jobius on July 1, 2008 at 5:11 PM

I’ve heard ‘inartful’ just recently in the campaign but can’t remember where. Was it obama’s camp? Is this becoming anew catch phrase?

Google is my friend

Inartful seems to be an obama specialty – but I thought words mattered.

anne on July 1, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Obama: Clark’s words were an “inartful” distraction

Priceless

petefrt on July 1, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Riiiight. This isn’t a “distraction”, it’s an Obama campaign strategy. No way would we be seeing so many Dems using the same talking points all at about the same time if it wasn’t an intentional line of attack explicitly approved by the Obama campaign.

This “new” politician is using the very old tactic of using surrogates for his dirty work while publicly (but only mildly) distancing himself from the attacks being advanced by their own campaign.

Hollowpoint on July 1, 2008 at 5:15 PM

He’s quickly becoming a parody of a candidate. I recognize this is still inside baseball to most people, but it will get out before November. I hope this wasn’t inartful to point out.

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Vietnam Vets kept Kerry out of office. They will get McCain in.

If Obama keeps playing word games he will draw more ire than he can handle.

- The Cat

P.S. This election will be all about Gas Prices period.

MirCat on July 1, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Every time I glance at that word I see fartful. Did Wesley fart as a distraction?

Brat on July 1, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I’m happy to have a conversation…

I will vigorously debate…

Just um, uh, ahhh…not right now. Some uh, ah, y’know, other time. Like, uh, ahh, ahhh, ahhh, maybe midnight on uh, ahhh, y’know, November 12th. In a parking garage. In Peoria. In private.

Typhoon on July 1, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Did he say ohigher in the first clip?

Jordan Yentsch on July 1, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Is there a point at which we can just call Barack Obama an “unrepentant liar”?

Vizzini on July 1, 2008 at 5:00 PM

We reached that point long ago.

Les in NC on July 1, 2008 at 5:22 PM

P.S. This election will be all about Gas Prices period.

MirCat on July 1, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Don’t think so.

Gasoline =$50/wk. Heating oil =$250/wk.

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Did he say ohigher in the first clip?

Jordan Yentsch on July 1, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Yes. I wondered if that was an Illinois accent. But then again, he’s not from Illinois. Must be Hawaiian for Ohio.

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:23 PM

“Weaselly Clark is not the general I knew,” Obambi. Is this guy living in two dimensions or are his handlers so shallow they have him repeat the same lines over and over to not confuse him? Any democrat, who thinks Obambi was not aware to Weaselly’s attacks on McCain ahead of time, remove all doubt brainwashing works,

volsense on July 1, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Gasoline =$50/wk. Heating oil =$250/wk.

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Commute to work from somewhere warmer. You’d probably break even.

The Race Card on July 1, 2008 at 5:30 PM

It looks like the Obama campaign has only three words to respond to any problem:

“That was a nuanced inartful distraction from my real views…”

“They are trying to distract you with inartful nuance…”

“Oh, the inarfulness of nuanced distraction from the real issues…”

“The distracting nuance of their inartfulness prevents clarifying the issue…”

eeyore on July 1, 2008 at 5:30 PM

the dems are trying to copy the swift boat campaighn. the only difference is the truth. McCain is honorable, Kerri is a LIAR.

custer on July 1, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Coming Attraction: The Inartful Administration.

As the NAFTA snafu previewed, The Inartful Administration is going to be one holy hell on foreign policy.

Dusty on July 1, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Must be Hawaiian for Ohio.

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:23 PM

This is the Hawaiian translation of Ohio.

“Ohaio”

BTW, did anyone see Clark on Clintoon News Net this afternoon? He was even more clueless than Sunday. He also praised Jean-Claude Kerry’s “moral courage” for what he did after coming back fron Vietnam.

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2008 at 5:39 PM

The “inartful” act of channeling Governor Cuomo.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9F01E1DF1038F937A3575BC0A963948260

Enlightened on July 1, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Commute to work from somewhere warmer. You’d probably break even.

The Race Card on July 1, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Well I will definitely retire somewhere warmer, and with lower income and property taxes. If this keeps up, you may see the de-populating of the northern half of the country. Some freaking national energy policy that is!

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Step one: Send out campaign flunky to see if new meme has legs.
Step two: Assess public reaction.
Step three: If positive reaction, OWN IT, BABY! Otherwise dismiss it, throw flunky under bus.
Step four: Flip-Flop as needed.
Step five: Repeat steps one through four.

innominatus on July 1, 2008 at 5:51 PM

innominatus on July 1, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Exactly, you have just written the Dems playbook in less then 50 words.

right2bright on July 1, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Obama: Clark’s words were an “inartful” distraction

“Hon, no wonder this guy beat you. He studied my way of talkin’, and he beat me and you at it” ~ ~ Bill Clinton

Entelechy on July 1, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Obama is obviously the least distracted person on earth.

AbaddonsReign on July 1, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Another distraction tossed beneath the shortbus.

TheUnrepentantGeek on July 1, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Obama: My surrogate inartfully expressed the nuances of my consistently eloquent position, which resulted in a distraction from the issues of this campaign, which is a hopeful change from the failed policies of the past of George W. Bush, for which I claim full credit. Any other questions, Sweetie?

Steve Z on July 1, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Obama could tell the Democrats to eat dog excrement and they’d eat it and thank him and proclaim how great it tasted.

drjohn on July 1, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Clark is just a cracker, whaddya expect?

d1carter on July 1, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Clark is just a cracker, whaddya expect?

d1carter on July 1, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Since we’re being offensive, F U!

I get your attempt at sarcasm. But I don’t like the term “cracker” any more because you think you’re being funny.

The Race Card on July 1, 2008 at 6:54 PM

The Race Card on July 1, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Lighten up, Francis!

innominatus on July 1, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Obama: The Inartful Dodger

rockmom on July 1, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Perfect!

I wonder where Oliver Twist comes in?

Rosmerta on July 1, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Lighten up, Francis!

innominatus on July 1, 2008 at 6:58 PM

What does race have to do with this discussion? I don’t like it when some lefty makes some obtuse and irrelevant connection. It’s worse on the right.

I’ll handle my payload, you handle yours. Mine is light enough a load for me.

The Race Card on July 1, 2008 at 7:45 PM

He’s quickly becoming a parody of a candidate. I recognize this is still inside baseball to most people, but it will get out before November. I hope this wasn’t inartful to point out.

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 5:15 PM

It was. Inartful.

Jaibones on July 1, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Inartful distraction? How about saying they were wrong and stupid and that you will no longer have Wesley Clark on your campaign team?

SoulGlo on July 1, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Obama: My surrogate inartfully expressed the nuances of my consistently eloquent position, which resulted in a distraction from the issues of this campaign, which is a hopeful change from the failed policies of the past of George W. Bush, for which I claim full credit. Any other questions, Sweetie?

Steve Z on July 1, 2008 at 6:17 PM

You captured OhBummer’s rhetorical stock rather artfully, I must say. You did, however, forget that he reminds us that he has said his talking points repeatedly.

onlineanalyst on July 1, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Did he say Ohi-r for Ohio?

Chakra Hammer on July 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM

O-Hire.. New name for Ohio..

Chakra Hammer on July 1, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Sen. Obama, all this talk about “inartful” this, or that, is artful bullshit.

Entelechy on July 1, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Can anyone list an example of a honest-to-God military hero affiliated with the Democrats? So far, it seems like the Dems military spokesmen have the following in common:

* If highest rank was flag officer, person served under Clinton (and yes, flag rank requires immense political savvy); or

* If highest rank was operations officer (LTC or below), their service record was either truncated (e.g., Kerry, Murtha) or else having either little or no combat or similiar leadership experience.

The only possible example I can think of is Bob Kerrey.

Anyone???

Wanderlust on July 1, 2008 at 11:43 PM

INARTFUL, watch for this one in MSM… This could be the GRAVITAS of 2008????

pueblo1032 on July 2, 2008 at 9:57 AM