Obama Schools McCain

Digby has a great analysis of the latest war of words between Barack Obama and John McCain. It seems Obama made a statement about John McCain failing to appear in the Senate to vote on the GI bill:

I respect Sen. John McCain's service to our country. He is one of those heroes of which I speak. But I can't understand why he would line up behind the president in his opposition to this GI bill. I can't believe why he believes it is too generous to our veterans. I could not disagree with him and the president more on this issue. There are many issues that lend themselves to partisan posturing, but giving our veterans the chance to go to college should not be one of them.

Now this is a brilliant move by Obama, he's hitting McCain on veteran's issues, one of McCain's talking points.

I heard John McCain's response and he sounded like he was spitting mad (Obama scores!):

It is typical, but no less offensive that Senator Obama uses the Senate floor to take cheap shots at an opponent and easy advantage of an issue he has less than zero understanding of. Let me say first in response to Senator Obama, running for President is different than serving as President. The office comes with responsibilities so serious that the occupant can't always take the politically easy route without hurting the country he is sworn to defend. Unlike Senator Obama, my admiration, respect and deep gratitude for America's veterans is something more than a convenient campaign pledge...

And I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did...

Perhaps, if Senator Obama would take the time and trouble to understand this issue he would learn to debate an honest disagreement respectfully. But, as he always does, he prefers impugning the motives of his opponent, and exploiting a thoughtful difference of opinion to advance his own ambitions. If that is how he would behave as President, the country would regret his election.

(As Digby said: "YOU CAN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!")

But Obama and his campaign have learned how to make lemonade out of lemons, even those tossed by John McCain:

I am proud to stand with Senator Webb and a bipartisan coalition to give our veterans the support and opportunity they deserve. It's disappointing that Senator McCain and his campaign used this issue to launch yet another lengthy personal, political attack instead of debating an honest policy difference. He should know that this is not about John McCain or Barack Obama -- it's about giving our veterans a real chance to afford four years of college without harming retention. Senator Webb's bipartisan bill will do this, and the bill that John McCain supports would not. These endless diatribes and schoolyard taunts from the McCain campaign do nothing to advance the debate about what matters to the American people

I admit that one of my reservations about Obama was his ability to handle the Republicans' attacks on him (especially after Gore and Kerry). I also admit that he's damn good at it.

Digby looks at McCain's angry response as calculated by the campaign to play up the "maverick" role, I'm not sure I agree, but her analysis is always enlightening:

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/a re-we-clear-by-digby-if-john-mccain.html

Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain (all tags)

Comments

10 Comments

Re: Obama Schools McCain

McCain is the GOP's sacrificial lamb.  He was never going to be able to handle Obama. The plan is to blame the Democrats for everything, regroup, and come back strong a few years down the road.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-23 03:29PM | 0 recs
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I agree with you that McCain is the sacrificial lamb here, but for a different reason.
I think if he's elected, he will reinstate the draft to send more troops to Iraq.
He said not too long ago, that he would do "whatever it takes" to win in Iraq.
by skohayes 2008-05-23 03:37PM | 0 recs
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If he ever said it out loud he might get three votes!

by heresjohnny 2008-05-23 03:41PM | 0 recs
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With all the employees at Blackwater, etc., I think he could get hundreds. Plus if everyone votes there may be one to 2 percent that gets misvoted. Like a cell phone rings and you lose concentration or something. Those types of votes.

by Jeter 2008-05-23 10:49PM | 0 recs
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"even those tossed by John McCain"?

Not sure what that means, but Digby is the best. That McCain is definitely a nasty campaigner and shows he is willing to say just about anything. Senator Obama has voted several times to fund both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and has shown through his voting record that he cares about the troops, so what is McCain talking about?

But, as he always does, he prefers impugning the motives of his opponent, and exploiting a thoughtful difference of opinion to advance his own ambitions.

It's a good thing no one here impugns the motives of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama. The man is obviously going after Clinton supporters and Independents who might feel that way. He won't be very successful at getting Clinton supporters, because they are currently otherwise busy defending themselves from other people

You'd also think that with McCain sucking up to Bush when other Republican Senators who are going to lose in November anyway scrambled to vote for the bill that we would be focusing our attacks on McCain's supporters.

by Jeter 2008-05-23 03:48PM | 0 recs
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To clarify, I was talking about McCain's nasty remarks ( tossing the "lemons" that Obama turns into lemonade).
It sounded better when I wrote it. :)
by skohayes 2008-05-23 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Schools McCain

Great post.

by Jeter 2008-05-23 10:45PM | 0 recs
Thanks...

..skohayes, I'd rec but you know...

by hootie4170 2008-05-23 03:54PM | 0 recs
Your tagline is just..

not popping, you know? If I may suggest," McCain is a f**cking idiot. That's why he thinks you'll vote for him" Just saying...

by Jeter 2008-05-23 10:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Your tagline is just..

Good idea...thanks...

by hootie4170 2008-05-24 09:59AM | 0 recs

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