The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pulling on Obama?

The anti-patriotic comments are starting to swirl around Obama, it is becoming a pattern, and don't think Rove and company are not taking notice of how weak a candidate Obama would thus be in the general.  

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 408/Roves_antiObama_roadmap_patriotism.h tml

They started with the lapel pin (and indeed this resonated in interviews in the NYT this week with Pennsylvania voters) but now they are getting assists from Obama's own team.  This exposes Obama's rookie handling of big sensitive situation - the Iraq war.

The latest from WV Senator Jay Rockefeller impugning McCain's war experience.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/200 8/04/08/mccain-camp-calls-on-obama-to-de nounce-smear/

One does not have to be a supporter of John McCain's politics to appreciate why this is a crass thing to say, a gigantic gaffe, and why Obama will own this kind of talk from his supporters - especially when thousands of young American men and women are walking in McCain's shoes right now in Iraq.

The Democrat who has always handled the military service issue impeccably is Al Franken - never attacking the warrior, only attacking the war.  I think Obama does not know what he is getting into, and it is gaffes like this that underscore for me why Hillary is better able to handle the general election than Obama is.  Obama comes off as too arrogant about the military, this will not fly.

Roll this into the comments from Michelle Obama about being ashamed of her country (and BTW - she has completely disappeared from the press??)  and the mother of all military insulters Rev. Wright and we do not have a winning Democrat in Obama.

Good thing that 12 million people still have to vote.

Tags: Hillary, mccain, obama, patriotism (all tags)

Comments

47 Comments

Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pullin

Why exactly will Obama "own" this kind of talk from his supporters anymore than any of the other candidates "own" the words from their surrogates...?

But your concerns are noted.

by JenKinFLA 2008-04-08 03:24PM | 0 recs
Because this is becoming a narrative that will

help the Republicans in November.  Ferraro's race gaffe won't translate into a Rove narrative, nor will Mark Penn's thoughtless move on NAFTA - in both of those cases we are looking at Dem-on-Dem squabbling - but when it comes to the war - LOOK OUT.  That's something the Republicans can seriously work with to destroy a candidate.  

by Molee 2008-04-08 03:49PM | 0 recs
Cower in fear if you must, but I think Dems...

... would be better off fighting Rove narratives.  Don't let Rove mess with your mind.

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-08 04:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Because this is becoming a narrative that will
Molee, please define patriotism for us. If you are going to accuse someone of it, I would like to know what your definition is?
by lion king 2008-04-08 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Because this is becoming a narrative that will

Because the war is just so popular now.

by haystax calhoun 2008-04-08 05:07PM | 0 recs
great another

concern troll.

by kindthoughts 2008-04-08 03:25PM | 0 recs
Re: great another

jebus, is there something in the water here tonight?

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-04-08 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: great another

Oh, that it were it only tonight...

by Skaje 2008-04-08 03:58PM | 0 recs
Re: great another

I'm ordering a 200 lb. tub of troll repellant.  Ya'll want I should share some?

by fogiv 2008-04-08 04:14PM | 0 recs
Once the primary is over

what will the Obama haters do (see the odds are about 85% for Obama to win and it is most of the way through the campaign)?

by Student Guy 2008-04-08 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Once the primary is over

Note I am not a Hillary hater and will be fine at the end of the primary.

by Student Guy 2008-04-08 03:30PM | 0 recs
Re:

How to write a concern troll diary

1. Perpetuate rightwing smears on Democrat.

2. Act concerned about smears, but do nothing to counter them.

3. ????

4. Profit.

by Skaje 2008-04-08 03:30PM | 0 recs
Re:

 Number 3 would be:  make a quick sandwich....

by JenKinFLA 2008-04-08 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re:

I always thought #3 was "eat booger".

by fogiv 2008-04-08 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re:

They are just loyal Democrats trying to help us vet one of our candidates.  The Republicans are going to do it eventually anyway so they are just saving them the trouble.  Yeah, that's the ticket!

queues up 9/11 / Obama is a Muslim / Wright / Rezko youtube video

by thatpurplestuff 2008-04-08 03:35PM | 0 recs
Re:

I'd be the happiest man alive if I never had to hear the word "vetted" again.  What the hell does that even mean?  The Republicans will throw slime at whoever we run, if they can't dig up anything they'll just invent it.  If 2004 has taught us anything, it's that we need a powerful, rapid response team ready for anything.

by Skaje 2008-04-08 03:43PM | 0 recs
Re:

we need lasers.

by haystax calhoun 2008-04-08 06:12PM | 0 recs
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Yes i have seen this.  This is what BO supporters do to HRC.  Every day.

david

by giusd 2008-04-08 07:36PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pullin

" swirl around Obama, it is becoming a pattern"

Rove are you writing here, or have we fallen this low?

For feminists:

Great profile of Michelle Obama:

Read it and tell me that Hillary would be a better first woman president:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/ 03/10/080310fa_fact_collins?currentPage= all

by wrb 2008-04-08 03:32PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism

the mother of all military insulters Rev. Wright

Do you mean former Navy Corpsman and Marine Jermaiah Wright?

Concern Troll indeed.

by LandStander 2008-04-08 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism

you mean the one who re-upped during Vietnam?

by wrb 2008-04-08 03:40PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism

What you didn't realize that decorated marines who hate the Military and America are allowed to assist on an operation involving the CiC (LBJ in this case, not sure what the operation was for but Wright was the assisting nurse), why after Reagan was shot they flew him to Havana so castro could save his life personally.

by Socraticsilence 2008-04-08 04:20PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism

Heart surgery, Wright was a pulmanary technician.

by Drewid 2008-04-09 04:22AM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism

I am just wondering what you think "the Wright re-upped during Vietnam" means to Reagan democrats?  I can tell you zero.  Kerry was a war hero and got smeared to death.  These voters just don't care about that.  What the care about is BO adviser for 20 years making not one, not two, not three but multiple anti-American, anti-white, and anti-Israel comments.  Not one slip but multiple statements.  If you all want to spend a lot of time talking about context good luck.  That will go over as well as the definition of is is.

My mom, a 70 year old life long dem and she called me and asked why BO doesn't put his hand on the chest during the pledge???  She asked why he goes to a racist church??  And she is not very fond of HRC for other reasons.  Mind you she has to my knowledge never voted gop in the GE.  i almost fell off the floor.  If you think these "he served lines will change working class voters minds you are kidding your selves.

BO already has a problem here and long explanations will not fix this.  If Wright is not under the bus it will hurt BO in the GE.

david

by giusd 2008-04-08 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism

It hurts mainly when people on our side repeat rather than debunk the smears.

He puts his had over his heart during the pledge, not during the anthem, as is proper.

The Wright and the "typical" issues would lose much power if those on our side didn't pile on with out-of-context misinterpretations

Hillary could have killed those discussions. Her failure to do so has cost much admiration on my part.

by wrb 2008-04-09 02:13PM | 0 recs
To answer your question

It would appear that the Clinton scorched-earth, build-up McCain strategy is what's having a "quicksand" effect.


Pres '08
Apr 8 RasmussenMcCain (R) 47%, Obama (D) 45%
Pres '08
Apr 8 RasmussenMcCain (R) 47%, Clinton (D) 43%

The candidate figured that out, and demoted Jabba the Penn. Has the memo not reached her "supporters" on this site?

**Irony quotes to point out that your constant sniping and portentuous, melodramatic Obama Is Doomed pronouncements  may give a couple of dozen MyDD posters warm fuzzies, but you're not doing much to help the Clinton campaign:


Pres '08 (D)
Apr 8 RasmussenObama 51%, Clinton 40%

Pres '08 (D)
Apr 8 GallupObama 51%, Clinton 43%

by BlueinColorado 2008-04-08 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pullin

How many diaries from ignorant troll hacks like this do we need.

Seriously? "Roll this into the comments from Michelle Obama about being ashamed of her country".  Yeah, she REALLY said she was ASHAMED of her country.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

by campaignmonitor 2008-04-08 03:39PM | 0 recs
Apparently there is never

enough to satisfy the unstable people here.

by SocialDem 2008-04-08 03:49PM | 0 recs
*YAWN*

Lots of speculation here.

by SocialDem 2008-04-08 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pullin

:)

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-04-08 03:51PM | 0 recs
I always like to see who recs these posts.

Makes me laugh.

by Bob Johnson 2008-04-08 03:53PM | 0 recs
Re: I always like to see who recs these posts.

Anyone who doesn't recommend this diary is anti-patriotic!

by thatpurplestuff 2008-04-08 03:54PM | 0 recs
Re: I always like to see who recs these posts.

It is usually the same happy group also.....

by mefck 2008-04-08 03:55PM | 0 recs
Re: I always like to see who recs these posts.

Careful with your words youngster.  You might find yourself "DISAPPEARED" too. :-((((()))))))))

by zadura 2008-04-08 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pullin

Gotta love how the argument from a fellow "Democrat" is that Obama doesn't just suffer from a lack of patriotism, he's actually got the anti-patriotism vibe going on.  Top that off with a little "Michelle Obama is ashamed of America" cherry on top and you've got a perfect hatchet-job sundae.

by thatpurplestuff 2008-04-08 03:53PM | 0 recs
These comments above are a pro BO rant, I think

the people monitoring this site recognize that. These kinds of comments are the reason the Daily Kos is basically garbage now.  Please don't spread it here.

by Molee 2008-04-08 03:55PM | 0 recs
Re: These comments above are a pro BO rant, I thin

While you're here, would you mind citing the quote of Michelle Obama saying that she is ashamed of America?  I must have lost that link somewhere...

by thatpurplestuff 2008-04-08 04:03PM | 0 recs
Or perhaps it is

diaries like yours that are the garbage...

Seriously answer the question I asked.

by Student Guy 2008-04-08 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: These comments above are a pro BO rant, I thin

Sounds like you are speaking of your own diary.

by mefck 2008-04-08 04:05PM | 0 recs
The Patriotism Card has lost its meaning.
After 8 years of Bush labeling any whiff of disagreement as Anti-Patriotic, Americans have become skeptical of the charge.  If Rove wants to force the issue, he would be setting Obama up for another brilliant speech that would render the patriotism card useless to anyone but the most hopeless of right-wing jingoists.
 
by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-08 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: The Patriotism Card has lost its meaning.

"After 8 years of Bush labeling any whiff of disagreement as Anti-Patriotic, Americans have become skeptical of the charge"

I'm not so sure.  How many of us thought America would fall for another Bush term (not that we fell for the first one - we were pushed)?  The gullibility of the American public should never be underestimated.  Or should I say "misunderestimated".

by AnnC 2008-04-08 04:23PM | 0 recs
Many questions above, so little time...

check out this post on TalkLeft, I think it expands on the theme posted here, the comments are very informative.

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/4/8/1 74331/5821

by Molee 2008-04-08 04:37PM | 0 recs
hee hee

good one

by BlueinColorado 2008-04-08 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: The quicksand of anti-patriotism, is it pullin

MyDD is now my favorite humor site.  This stuff is just comedy gold.

by Gene In PA 2008-04-08 05:05PM | 0 recs
i'm not worried about obama.

he's adept enough to talk his way out of most things. i'm worried about his supporters. they booed sheila jackson lee in houston when she said she was proud to be an american. they shouted down a speaker in oregon who suggested saying the pledge of allegiance. they're not doing themselves or their candidate any favors.

by campskunk 2008-04-08 05:38PM | 0 recs
Re: i'm not worried about obama.

Perception is interesting.  Do Obama supporters get that the patriotism (or not) perception is key in the general?

by christinep 2008-04-08 05:50PM | 0 recs
Re: i'm not worried about obama.

i haven't seen much evidence that they have.

by campskunk 2008-04-08 06:45PM | 0 recs

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