June 15, 2008

Metaphorically shooting

via memeorandum

Sen. Obama's sounding tough:

Barack Obama is warning supporters that the general election fight between him and John McCain may get ugly, but the Illinois senator is vowing not to back down.

"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," Obama said at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, according to pool reports.

"We don't have a choice but to win," Obama said, joking that he has heard "folks in Philly like a good brawl. I've seen Eagles games."

Obama again said that the GOP will make try to make him look "scary" to voters.

Threatening to "bring a gun" sounds pretty scary to me, I don't know how much work the GOP will have to do on that score.

The McCain Campaign had a cute reply according to Ben Smith:

"Barack Obama's call for 'new politics' is officially over. In just 24 hours, Barack Obama attacked one of America's pioneering women CEOs, rejected a series of joint bipartisan town halls, and said that if there's a political knife fight, he'd bring a gun," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said, referring also to the Obama campaign's shot at Carly Fiorina's lavish pay package and role in layoffs at Hewlett-Packard.

"Why is Barack Obama so negative? In the last 24 hours, he's completely abandoned his campaign's call for 'new politics,' equating the election to a 'brawl' and promising to 'bring a gun,' " said the RNC's Alex Conant.

(Smith points out that Sen. Obama never promised "new politics." Maybe. But he also runs on a platform of change. If change is interpreted to mean that he is bringing a more dignified tone to political discourse, this statement certainly doesn't mark any kind of change.)

McCain's campaign blog:

A couple thoughts from McCain HQ on this. First, Barack Obama has a long track record as a proponent of stringent gun-control regulations--to the point that a questionnaire filled out by his staff, and with the candidate's handwriting on it, stated that Obama favored a ban on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of handguns. Can we assume that Senator Obama now opposes efforts to ban the possession of handguns?

Second, would Obama be carrying a concealed weapon to this fight? Will he have a permit?

And finally, we're having second thoughts about our proposed series of town halls.

That last line is brilliant.

(Similar thoughts in this e-mail to Instapundit.)

UPDATE: A reader emails: "And here I thought his side didn't like guns. I guess they're OK when they suit their needs, even rhetorically. That is so Rosie O'Donnell of him." Ouch.

Finally, Just One Minute:

And since Obama said it we may not hear the typical Dem denunciations, but let me get a start on filling in the blanks:

1.  I deplore this exhortation to random gunplay - what sort of a message does this send to America's youth, too many of whom have grown up in a culture glorifying violence?  Is Obama a serious Presidential candidate or yet another rapper with yet another beef?

2.  I deplore the imagery of a black man waving a gun to settle a dispute - surely if Team Hillary's mention of Obama's teenage drug use was a despicable play on regrettable ethnic stereotypes, this is too.

See, it's fun taking a candidate's comments out of context. The only real criticism is here about Sen. Obama's tone. The rest is tongue in cheek.

Still, for a candidate, ridicule is worse than criticism. So let's just say that in an unguarded moment, Sen. Obama metaphorically shot himself in his reputation's foot.

Posted by SoccerDad at June 15, 2008 6:35 AM
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