That whole anti-American, friend-to-the-terrorists thing about President-elect Barack Obama? Never mind.
Just a few weeks ago, at the height of the campaign, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told Chris Matthews of MSNBC that, when it came to Mr. Obama, “I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.”
But there she was on Wednesday, after narrowly escaping defeat because of those comments, saying she was “extremely grateful that we have an African-American who has won this year.” Ms. Bachmann, a Republican, called Mr. Obama’s victory, which included her state, “a tremendous signal we sent.”
And it was not too long ago that Senator John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, accused Mr. Obama of “palling around with terrorists.”
But she took an entirely different tone on Thursday, when she chastised reporters for asking her questions about her war with some staff members in the McCain campaign at such a heady time. “Barack Obama has been elected president,” Ms. Palin said. “Let us, let us — let him — be able to kind of savor this moment, one, and not let the pettiness of maybe internal workings of the campaign erode any of the recognition of this historic moment that we’re in. And God bless Barack Obama and his beautiful family.”
There is a great tradition of paint-peeling political hyperbole during presidential campaign years. And there is an equally great tradition of backing off from it all afterward, though with varying degrees of deftness.
But given the intensity of some of the charges that have been made in the past few months, and the historic nature of Mr. Obama’s election, the exercise this year has been particularly whiplash-inducing, with its extreme before-and-after contrasts.
As soon as McCain made his concession speech and the morning after the vast librul media had defined the speech as “classy”. I listened to it twice to make sure. At no point did McCain apologize for the outrageous slurs made by him or Palin ( who he wold not let be there). Human nature being what it is and McCain having certainly invested so much emotion, time and energy into the campaign – I let it slide – i tried on that momentous occasion to see what McCain said as a round about apology of a proud man. That is not to say that like many people i suffered the kind of rhetorical whip-lash that Jim Rutenburg refers to in this Op-ed for in the NYT- note that it is an opinion piece, not straight up reportage. Though like any good op-ed it is based on the facts. The right-wing Newsbusters will have none of that, NYT Displeased With Gracious GOP Congratulations To Obama, By Noel Sheppard, November 8, 2008 – 19:56 ET
Quite the contrary, as the losers in this election showed extraordinary class while demonstrating perfectly how those that come in second should behave in a civilized society, the Times’ Jim Rutenberg found ways to spoil the moment in a piece slated for Sunday’s front page
McCain swore to run an honorable campign. With that declaration combined with running what turned out to be perhaps the most despicable and dishonest in modern political history excuse the heck out people like Mr. Rutenberg, me and at least one presidential historian take notice. The Right’s discovery of class is short by about fifty years. As to spoiled moments, for who exactly? – sites like Newsbusetr who pedaled the worse of the smears – Newsbusters, September 23, 2008 – Barack Obama and Bill Ayers: Stanley Kurtz Makes the Connection, Kurtz made no such connection, but try and find any apologies at Newsbusters, The Free Republic, Little Green Snot Balls, The Weekly Standard and other fringe Right site for lie after lie and innuendo after innuendo they made about President-elect Obama.
McCain: Obama Campaign Has ‘Savaged’ Joe The Plumber. Liberal bloggers were critical of Joe,, but the Obama campaign never laid a glove on the guy.
McCain: Obama Socialist? “I Don’t Know”. This kind of attack is what passes for clever on the Right. McCain doesn’t point a finger and say “I accuse”. Turn it around and maybe it’s easier for some to see, Do you think that John McCain is a a two faced scum bag lazy gigolo fascist? Just asking. Fox uses this type of attack quite a bit – this site tracks them, Newshounds.
McCain also called Obama a decent family man. I got into McCain’s rhetorical schizophrenia here.
Of course Palin was ‘classy’ too, NY Times’ Harwood quotes Palin’s “palling around with terrorists” claim, but not Times’ own reporting otherwise
The troops sent America and John ‘100 years war’ McCain a message, U.S. Troops Deployed Abroad Reject McCain’s Iraq Plans, Donate 6:1 To Obama
Reporting from Baghdad and Washington — Presidential election exit polls showed that the economy was uppermost on the minds of most Americans. But when Baghdad-based Army Maj. Ian Howard cast his ballot, his top concern was whether this would be his last deployment to Iraq.
So Howard, a lifelong Republican, threw his support to Barack Obama, who has advocated a swift withdrawal of U.S. forces.
“I don’t want to come back here for another tour,” Howard said Wednesday. “Obama gives me confidence I won’t be back here in two, three or four years.”