Barack Obama yesterday made the single biggest mistake of his campaign, yet it seems to have been lost in the commotion surrounding his ill-advised “e-mail” ad and its aftermath. In an unbridled display of naked hypocrisy, Barack “Don’t Question My Patriotism” Obama repudiated a campaign’s worth of rhetoric and openly questioned John McCain’s commitment to the United States.Let’s look at the candidate’s evolving position on the patriotism issue:
“I don’t mind them arguing with me about policy, but don’t let them question my patriotism.” – Barack Obama, November 14, 2007
“You know, he’s got a funny name. And we don’t know where he’s coming from. And, you know, he may be not sufficiently patriotic. I think that’s going to be the race they run.” – Barack Obama, June 4, 2008
“I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign. And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine.” – Bacak Obama, July 1, 2008
“One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism. I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America’s national interest. Now, it’s time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same. Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country.” – Barack Obama, August 19, 2008
“When American workers hear John McCain talking about putting country first, it’s fair to ask – which country?” – Barack Obama, September 12, 2008
This is the most stunningly hypocritical statement of the entire campaign. Obama deserves to be tarred with this for the next two months. Let’s see an ad juxtaposing his earlier statements with this one, and then let’s talk about what John McCain has done to demonstrate his love of country and compare it with what, if anything, Barack Obama has done.