John on September 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Well the polls are out now, the ones that take into account whatever bounce the Republicans received last week, and the news is not good for team Obama. Both Zogby and Gallup show McCain up 3-4 points, for the first time ever I believe.
In my opinion, one of the things helping push the Republicans over the top is the relentless smears on the very likable Sarah Palin. We’ve noted many of them here, but the list of smears/rumors is now up to 69 71 items (I joked on Friday — when it was only 40 — that it would possibly hit 50 by Monday. Clearly I underestimated.)
Barack Obama is no dummy. Even as the far left site (Daily Kos) that he’s written for in the past has come out with new smears almost every day, Barack announced publicly that his campaign would have nothign to do with those sorts of attacks. But the fact is, the attacks just keep coming.
So now Barack is trying to remind us that he’s been smeared too:
The exchange came after Mr. Obama said that Republicans are attempting to scare voters by suggesting he is not Christian, which McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said was “cynical.”
Asked about it on ABC, Mr. Obama said, “These guys love to throw a rock and hide their hand.”
“The McCain campaign has never suggested you have Muslim connections,” said Mr. Stephanopoulos, who repeatedly interrupted Mr. Obama during the interview.
“I don’t think that when you look at what is being promulgated on Fox News, let’s say, and Republican commentators who are closely allied to these folks,” Mr Obama responded, and Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted: “But John McCain said that’s wrong.”
Mr. Obama noted that when Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin “was forced” to talk about her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, he issued a forceful statement to reporters that the line of inquiry was “off limits.” But he said the McCain campaign tried to tie him to “liberal blogs that support Obama” and are “attacking Governor Palin.”
“Let’s not play games,” he said. “What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come.”
Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted with, “Christian faith.”
“My Christian faith,” Mr. Obama said quickly. “Well, what I’m saying is that he hasn’t suggested that I’m a Muslim. And I think that his campaign’s upper echelons have not, either. What I think is fair to say is that, coming out of the Republican camp, there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I’m not who I say I am when it comes to my faith — something which I find deeply offensive, and that has been going on for a pretty long time.”
The Washington Times is focusing on the verbal gaffe (“my Muslim faith”). But the real story is that Barack is now trying to tie his treatment at the hands of “Fox news” and the “Republican camp” to the treatment Sarah Palin is now receiving.
No doubt Barack has been smeared. The Muslim thing and the birth certificate thing are two examples. That said, those have been spread out over 18 months. The 69 71 (and counting) Palin smears/rumors have all appeared in a single week. Not to mention the fact that Palin is running for VP and Obama for President. Shouldn’t the scrutiny be the other way around?
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