We’ve hypothesized all along that Obama cannot take a punch. We’ve had evidence all along that this is the case.
Now, let’s go on and call it proof positive.
First, Obama has had to use distorted McCain quotes in attack ads designed to scare voters about McCain’s economic policies. It’s no wonder considering polls now show McCain running ahead of Obama on the economy.
Second, Obama has resorted to Kerryesque claims that McCain questions Obama’s patriotism.
“If we think that we can use the same partisan playbook where we just challenge our opponent’s patriotism to win an election, then the American people will lose. The times are too serious for this kind of politics. The calamity left behind by the last eight years is too great.”
Senator Obama, I’d submit that if John McCain were to question your patriotism, you’d be in a world of hurt because John McCain knows patriotism. But Senator, John McCain has not questioned your patriotism, he has questioned your judgment. I realize you think doing so makes one a dirty racist and apparently now judgment equals patriotism.
That did not fly with John Kerry and it won’t fly with you either.
I do hope McCain punches back against this charge as hard as he punched back when you said he was playing the race card.
And I’d note the irony of you referencing “the same partisan playbook” of, you know, the “politics of old.”
(A) Senator Obama selectively edits quotes of John McCain in an attack commercial.
(B) Senator Obama accuses McCain of playing the race card.
(C) Senator Obama accuses McCain of questioning Obama’s patriotism when McCain has only questioned Obama’s judgment.
Sounds like somebody is using the same old partisan playbook. It’s just not John McCain.