Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Obama on Palin's Family: Taking the High Road or Merely a Convenient Ploy?

From CNN.com
Obama Says Palin's Family Off Limits

MONROE, Michigan (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama said firmly that families are off-limits in the campaign for president, reacting to news that GOP running mate Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

"Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president."

A note from Radarsite: After all that I have written about the very real dangers of an Obama Presidency, whenever I hear the leftist media -- and even some delusional conservatives shmoozing about how Obama has taken the moral high ground on an issue, my antennae start tingling. The latest example of OB's claim to moral heights is his kind and generous admonishment to his followers not to attempt to draw Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's family into the fray. This high-toned rhetoric would have carried much more weight if his army of sycophantic minions in the leftist media had not already jumped all over these personal family issues in what they themselves later characterized as an orgiastic "feeding-frenzy". A media frenzy so blatant and tasteless, so vile and contemptuous, that even some well-known liberal talking heads appear to be genuinely shocked.

So then this is what we have -- a perfect example of how you can have your cake and eat it too. Have your character assassins do the best and most efficient hatchet job they can possibly do, as quickly and expeditiously as they can do it; then after the deed is done denounce the denouncers. After all the bloody knives have been put back in their sheaves, you can step back and look aghast at the carnage.

And there is another game afoot. If we are to make all candidate's family members taboo for investigative journalists' probings, doesn't that also have the added benefit of removing OB's embarrassingly anti-American rhetoric-spilling wife from the field of battle?

Barack Hussein Obama as president would be absolutely disastrous for this vulnerable nation of ours. To lend him or his campaign any moral weight, based on their cynical manipulation of their sympathetic media is delusional and foolhardy. The only way Barack Obama can take the high moral ground in this race is to withdraw himself from it, and not to unleash the chaos on this country that his presidency most certainly would.


  1. We can't accuse Obama of letting his attack dogs go after Palin and then be critical of him trying to stop them. However i think he could and should go further, those who are deemed out of line need to be disciplined, not just lectured, after all it's not like they've stopped suddenly or something. And you have a point - "After all the bloody knives have been put back in their sheaves, you can step back and look aghast at the carnage."

    The way i see it, Obama's children are off limits, however his wife isn't as she is going to be first lady. Palin isn't off limits, and to an extent her hubby isn't either, but i feel he isn't in the same position as Michelle Obama. Palin's children are off limits and Obama needs to discipline those in his camp who went after them.

  2. Anyone remember the police inspector (Claude Reins) in "Casablanca"? Gambling?
    Nobody who's invested in BHO is going to let go of this.
    Look at who's around him.
    Of course, if handled correctly; the same people can be identified for who they really are, and the public will see their dirt all over him.

  3. Barack Obama, or whatever his real name might be, does nothing unless it has political value.

    Thus, it took him how many days to make his putative "high road" statement?

    Meanwhile, the mouthpieces of his campaign -- the Daily Kos, Andrew Sullivan and others in the lefto-blogosphere, as well as the wrongly named MSM, shills all for BHO -- continue their execrable attacks on Sarah Palin and her family.

    They, like Obama, lack conscience, decency, respect.

    And what's unfolding will backfire even more that it currently is.

  4. Thanks all.
    And Mk -- This is I think the first time I've ever disagreed with you:
    "We can't accuse Obama of letting his attack dogs go after Palin and then be critical of him trying to stop them."
    Yes, we can -- and I just did. And Chain Red State USA put it perfectly.

  5. I broke my own cardinal rule this week and made some angry comments about Sarah's daughter.

    Underage children of politicians are off limits. They are children and not to be targets by the left, right or center. Bristol Palin has enough to go through without having the world media calling her names. The same holds true for Barack and Michelle's daughters. They are and must strictly be off limits.

    Wives and husbands of politicians are fair game, especially when they make stupid comments in public. They are adults, they put themselves in the political arena and they can and will become targets.

    So let us drop this about Bristol's pregnancy other than hoping she has a healthy and happy baby and safe delivery. And let us get on with the real issues: The economy, the high price of gas, and the looming Islamic threat.

  6. posting under anonymous, as don't quite understand the google/blogger thing - have observed google's search results apparently being manipulated to favor obama, so don't want anything to do with them. and not sufficiently tech savvy to understand the effect of the other choices

    (normally post under "so saddened")

    re the article. am SO sick of obama getting credit for his phony pious words. just his typical game-playing - ensure that dirty tricks are played, then say dirty tricks are bad. then the corrupt media (even fox, since murdoch's in the tank for obama) praise obama for being so "classy."

    no way he'd get away with this game if it weren't for the obvious fact that the media will do ANYTHING to get him elected - cover up the truth about him, lie about mccain/palin, whatever.

    am praying for a mccain/palin victory (after 4 decades of straight dem voting). if obama wins, i fear 2008 will be the beginning of the end for american democracy.

    btw, this has NOTHING to do with hillary. find it insulting that the formerly democratic party simply assumes that any dem against obama must just be holding a grudge over hillary. i'd vote mccain/palin even if hillary were on the ticket.

  7. Agreed Findalis. But with OB i think it was merely a smokescreen.

    To "So Saddened"
    Because of the intriguing explanation you gave, I am making an exception in your case and posting your anon. comments, this time. But, if there is a next time, please post under So Saddened.
    Thanks, and hello.

  8. Shawmut -- I sure do remember. And you are right of course.