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No More Mr. Nice Guy?

Victor Davis Hanson effectively takes apart the notion that the McCain camp has taken a nasty turn and rightly directs his scorn at those elements of sometimes conservative bent who have jumped ship on the grounds that this is all just too "distasteful" for their stomachs. On the other hand, Bill Kristol makes a different argument. His stomach has not gone weak, but his brain is telling him that the legitimate attacks on Obama are not working or, at least, are not working in the way they are being offered at the moment. He suggests that this has to do with McCain’s lack of comfort with the style and a failure to understand the primary and common concerns that will move the voters at this late date in an election. The time for planting the seeds of doubt with Wright, Ayers, et. al. was in the summer. Now he should be reaping the crop. It’s too late for planting. Kristol is probably right about how he should proceed going forward.

UPDATE: Michael Medved has been talking about the notion that McCain should stop his attack on Obama for Ayers/Wright (though Mac hasn’t really mentioned Wright) and other questionable associates and suggesting that this idea is only half-baked. It’s true, he says, that focusing on this exclusively or primarily and sectioning it off from the broader campaign--as though it were not related to the big issues in the race (and right now, the only real issue is the economy)--is stupid. It’s not just a question of who Obama likes to hang out with or have tea with or go to fundraisers with or serve on boards with. It’s a question of what other things they share--like ideas. Noting the similarities between Obama and these questionable people in terms of thinking on the issues is not only fair, it could be effective. Is it not, for example, interesting to note that Bill Ayers’s daughter works for Hugo Chavez and that Hugo Chavez is, as most Americans know, a violent and vocal critic of America and of democratic capitalism in general. Doesn’t that have something to do with the economy? To what extent do the people surrounding Barack Obama agree with this sort of critique of our economic system? To what extent does he agree with it? That said, Medved also very much liked Kristol’s article--especially the part that advises McCain and Palin to open up and get back to that looser McCain style of letting reporters--even when they are in the tank for the other guy--have free access to you and your ideas untethered by a manuscript. He needs to look like he’s having fun again.

Discussions - 4 Comments

Palin's suggesting Obama was a terrorist cuts more cloth for everyday americans than all of this Hansen partisan stuff. It illustrates not just the desperation of these last few weeks but the vacuity of the 'terrorist' fear card all along. McCain should have been practicing much greater message discipline these last few weeks.

Governor Palin didn't suggest he "was a terrorist." Actually, when she said he was "palling around" with a terrorist, she somewhat trivialized the connection to Ayers and Dohrn, {the latter being perhaps the most warped and bloodthirsty member of that despicable organization}. She should have remarked on that fact that for most of Obama's adult existence, he has worked with Ayers trying to radicalize education in first Chicago, then throughout Illinois.

And that's indisputable.

So 'radicalizing' education makes one a terrorist? The others on that board included a former ambassador appointed by Nixon, two university presidents, the dean of the Harvard School of Journalism, and the publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Reminiscent of the Bush-Cheney years, any alternative viewpoints "emboldens the enemy" no doubt.

What does Ayer's daughter working for Chavez have to do with the price of rice in China? Ridiculous. It is like saying McCain's son in law worked for G. Gordon Liddy, therefore McCain is a terrorist. The people on this site will throw anything they can find on their posts. It is entertaining to watch.

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