Guess which card Obama pulled out of the deck today?

posted at 3:30 pm on September 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

With both Rasmussen and Gallup showing Barack Obama moving backwards even before the Republican Convention dropped its balloons on Andrea Mitchell, one can excuse the Democratic nominee for hearing footsteps.   How desperate has he gotten?  Looks like he’s playing the race card once again:

“I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told executives and employees of the Schott glass company Friday afternoon, “and I just want to be honest with you. I know that.”

“And I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? …The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington.,’ You know, ‘he’s got funny name,’ You know, ‘we’re not sure about him,'” Obama continued. “And that’s what the Republicans, when they say, ‘This isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.’

Once again, Obama has resorted to a smear campaign against the McCain campaign.  They have never —never — even hinted that Obama has “Muslim connections”.  They have never made even a slight attempt to make his race an issue, despite this fourth repeat of this particular smear.  Neither has the RNC nor any mainstream Republicans.  In fact, the McCain campaign let go one staffer who only Twittered a link to a Jeremiah Wright video earlier this year.

If Obama wants to argue that some misdirected bloggers have made these kind of attacks, he might have a point.  But by that standard, the Democrats have attacked Bristol Palin, smeared Sarah Palin about the maternity of her youngest child, and questioned the mental capacity of John McCain.  If Obama wants to start making these kinds of accusations, then maybe he ought to get his own house in order first.

That’s not the only data point of desperation today, either:

Sen. Barack Obama ditched his normal languid cool today, punching back at Gov. Sarah Palin as he spoke with reporters in York, Pa, hotly defending his work as a community organizer. He said he assumes Palin “wants to be treated same way guys want to be treated, which means their records are under scrutinty. I’ve been through this for 19 months. She’s been through it, what four days?”

Obama’s hackles were clearly raised by Palin’s dismissal of his community organizing –a response to his earlier dismissal of her record as a small-town mayor. “Why would that kind of work be ridiculed?” Obama said. “Who are they fighting for?” The idea that community organizing is not relevant to the presidency, he said, just shows why Republicans “are out of touch and don’t get it.”

The Obama campaign was clearly on the defensive today, acknowledging how appealing Palin came across, and sending out surrogates hitting their talking points that Republicans have spent their time on attacks rather than substance.

Says the man who keeps calling John McCain the same as George Bush.  There’s a word for a man who can dish it out but can’t take it.  I’ll leave it to you to reach your own conclusions.


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The idea that community organizing is not relevant to the presidency, he said, just shows why Republicans “are out of touch and don’t get it.”

Sheesh. It is this buffoon that just does not get being a community rabble-rouser is not relevant to the Presidency…unless he means the presidency of his local community club.

His being so sensitive about this tells anyone listening that he has little else to his resume.

91Veteran on September 5, 2008 at 11:42 PM

What do you expect from a man who promised hope and change, then gave us Joe Biden?

richard_223 on September 5, 2008 at 11:50 PM

I’m not a fan of Obama’s mannered and stentorian public speaking style, but he’s a damn disaster when he talks off the cuff. He sounds like a sniveling weasel, trying to slip little insults into the end of every sentence, then rushes on to the next thing before anyone can object. It’s like he’s verbally cringing from a lingering fear that someone will slap his teeth out, or he somehow hopes he can repair the damage later and claim he was misquoted, if he lets every sentence trail off into a mumble.

He also seems incapable of opening his mouth without committing a cosmic blunder. I can’t believe he was dumb enough to drop that little bon mot about how “no one could have anticipated the surge would work,” or trying to shuffle off his terrorist ties by lumping them in with conspiracy theories about him being a Muslim. That’s like something a seven-year-old would try. What’s next, a candid interview where he says, “Some of my opponents accuse me of spending time in the strangest places, like alien spaceships and the pews of racist churches?”

Amateur Hour is well under way. It highlights how he’s only gotten this far because the media carried him. I never thought they’d be able to carry him across the finish line. Sooner or later, after all the fawning interviews, doctored magazine covers, celebrity endorsements, buried scandals, and styrofoam Greek temples (h/t S. Palin) have faded away, there needs to be a candidate who can answer questions, debate his opponents, and get through a twenty-minute interview with starry-eyed sycophants without making an utter fool of himself. There never was any there there.

In the last thirty years of American politics, the only media-inflated candidate who went the distance was Bill Clinton, and that was arguably more due to Ross Perot and a horrible Dole campaign than anything Clinton himself did. The fall of Obama is a tale we’ve heard many times before. Remember how Kerry was an unbeatable colossus with war-hero credentials to fool the hayseeds, and the MSM was swooning over his elegance and refinement? Or how Al Gore was a super-genius technocrat that couldn’t fail to win Clinton’s third term against the goofy cowpoke frat boy? Or how Dukakis was an urbane citizen of the world, into whose arms the voters couldn’t wait to swoon after eight horrible years of Ronnie Raygun’s jingoistic Fourth Reich? The higher they polled in the summer, the more the press insisted they were super-candidates, the further they fell. And this is the first time one of the Dem’s empty suits has tried to claim divine powers, so it ought to be a spectacular fall indeed.

Doctor Zero on September 6, 2008 at 12:48 AM

“We’re not going to be bullied, we’re not going to be smeared, we’re not going to be lied about. I don’t believe in coming in second.” — Sen. Barack Obama
http://wcbstv.com/campaign08/bon.jovi.obama.2.811125.html

For a split second I thought I read “I don’t believe in the second coming.” So, maybe he’s the third one?

Kokonut on September 6, 2008 at 12:50 AM

Sweet Jeebus on a dashboard. Look… mailman, veterinarian, art director, cable guy… Those are real job titles. But “community organizer?” That’s like calling yourself “tribune to the people,” or “man about town.”

George Orwell on September 6, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Next thing you know they’ll find a noose tied to his hotel room door.

(Placed by his own staff of course.)

Mojave Mark on September 6, 2008 at 1:43 AM

Why is this clown running for president? Want a fu*king joke this weasel is.!!!!

Good grief!

Winebabe on September 6, 2008 at 2:17 AM

WAAAAAAAAAAAH!

What a freaking WUSS!

What a LOSER!

Poor baby Barak could not handle 1/10th of the crap Sarah Palin has had to in the last week without a total meltdown.

Nahanni on September 6, 2008 at 2:53 AM

The debates are going to be better than the conventions. I’m going to have to buy stock in Orville Reddenbacher.

JustTruth101 on September 6, 2008 at 3:32 AM

Obama wants to be elected as First Victim Of The United States.

Seriously.

Halley on September 6, 2008 at 5:18 AM

I’m gonna go with “hurricane aimed at New Orleans”.

DaveS on September 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Just outta curiousity, has anybody on the left excoriated BHO for his Hawaiian vacation while there was a “hurricane aimed at New Orleans”?

I mean, Bush was savaged by the left for a vaguely similar situation.

And does the vacation mean Barack Obama “doesn’t care about black people
Cajuns”?

soundingboard on September 6, 2008 at 5:20 AM

I’m gonna go with “hurricane aimed at New Orleans”.

DaveS on September 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

well Me$$iah the Lightworker needed to recharge his duracells….

sven10077 on September 6, 2008 at 6:20 AM

Obama wants to be elected as First Victim Of The United States.

Seriously.

Halley on September 6, 2008 at 5:18 AM

heh….

John McCain Don’t KNOW what HE UP AGAINST!

No Barry I’m willing to bet he’s taken your measure and found you wanting….

sven10077 on September 6, 2008 at 6:22 AM

tis’ the racist who cries “racism” first and loudest is it not..

Viper1 on September 6, 2008 at 7:01 AM

Community organizer – phooey. That’s just a polite name for an agitating Communist rabble rouser. Keep’em stirred up, Barack – that’s what you do best.

abcurtis on September 6, 2008 at 8:35 AM

I have a few words for Obama:

Dan 5:25 And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

:26 This is the interpretation of each word.
MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it;
:27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting;
:28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to
the Medes and Persians.

abcurtis on September 6, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Read the hand writing on the wall, Obama.

abcurtis on September 6, 2008 at 8:39 AM

If he protests too much maybe there is something to hide? That is my take on his playing the Muslim card.

{^_^}

herself on September 6, 2008 at 8:46 AM

The idea of calling “community organizing” presidential experience is laughable. It shows how devoid of relevant experience the man actually is.

petefrt on September 6, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Why isn’t everyone sick of this guy? That’s what I don’t get. The whining, the perceived affronts, the “fight the smears”, his obsession with race and dollar bills, the glib personality with thin content. The even thinner skin. I guess his “cult of personality” forgives all sins.

Paul-Cincy on September 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Why isn’t everyone sick of this guy? That’s what I don’t get. The whining, the perceived affronts, the “fight the smears”, his obsession with race and dollar bills, the glib personality with thin content. The even thinner skin. I guess his “cult of personality” forgives all sins.

Paul-Cincy on September 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM

oh there’s one sin they won’t forgive….

The last poll is in November, we neet at Dawn.

sven10077 on September 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM

*meet even

sven10077 on September 6, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Poor baby Barak could not handle 1/10th of the crap Sarah Palin has had to in the last week without a total meltdown.

Nahanni on September 6, 2008 at 2:53 AM

That is so true! Every single time the press has gotten warm in their scrutiny, he’s cried, “distraction” “off-limits” “back-off” and more I probably can’t remember at the moment.

4shoes on September 6, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Ah, it’s he only card he has in his deck.

Virginia Shanahan on September 6, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Obama plays the victim well. What a stark contrast between this spineless equivocator, his running mate (another spineless equivocator), and McCain/Palin.

sgt_rich on September 6, 2008 at 10:13 PM

POTUS, no.

But WOTUS, yes.

Whiner Of The United States.

All 57 of them.

profitsbeard on September 6, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Bejeebus Chuck, If they had worked; we wouldn’t still be the Iraqi twa-lettte in the desert after seven years…?

Would we…?

J_Gocht on September 5, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Having a little trouble measuring time?

The Iraq theater began in March of 2003. That’s not seven years by my reckoning.

onlineanalyst on September 7, 2008 at 5:05 AM

Having a little trouble measuring time?

The Iraq theater began in March of 2003. That’s not seven years by my reckoning.

onlineanalyst on September 7, 2008 at 5:05 AM

Math is not their strong suit.

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 9:11 AM

JAGGER: I see a Red Door and I want to Paint It Black….

B HUSSEIN OBAMA: Racist!

JAGGER: Brown Sugar! How come you dance so good Yeah…

B HUSSEIN OBAMA: Racist!

StatenItaly08 on September 7, 2008 at 11:37 PM

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