Every side has their crazy nutcases for supporters. But Obama should be really hoping his stop trying to help.
Everything was going so well.
“The worst Republican Environment since Watergate up against an exciting, charismatic Democratic Nominee.” (Mary Matalin)
Then he went to Berlin and pretended he was already president. The smug level that day in Germany was especially high and it did not play well back in the States.
Then he had a “forum” (please don’t call it a debate) with John McCain at Saddleback Church and lost so convincingly the (forum not debate) that his own supporters said “McCain must have known the questions ahead of time.”
His “safe” choice of Joe Biden actually dropped him 2 points in some polls the next day. No matter, he had the convention speech. It’s all anyone would be talking about the next day. Only McCain picked Palin and the news-cycle went something like this: McCain picks Palin!! What do you think of THAT!! McCain picks Palin!! What do you think of THAT!! McCain picks Palin!! What do you think of THAT!! Obama gives a right pretty speech. McCain picks Palin!! What do you think of THAT!!
Knowing they should be up more than they are they go on the attack. “Palin is not experienced! She’s so inexperienced our guy almost looks like he has experience!” You cannot focus on the potential Vice President’s “lack of experience” when it just reminds people of the lack of experience of the potential President.
But now the arguments are going from experience into things that should not matter.
You cannot go after a mother because her 17 year old daughter got pregnant. And you cannot…can NOT go after Palin for deciding to have her child, knowing before its birth it had Down Syndrome. Yes these are the kinds of arguments Obama has wisely asked people to lay off.
Here is an example of the kind of criticism I am talking about from a guy who signed his name as “reporter” on a political site.
Sarah Palin lacks personal moral scruples. Knowing that her baby (and 5th child) would suffer Down syndrome, she deliberately carried him to term. For her, religious belief is more important than human compassion: the humane thing to do would have been to abort the fetus in order to spare it from a life of suffering. Also, Palin deliberately chose to give birth to a 5th child even though she, as governor, does not have time to properly care for him.Note that about 90% of women who are aware that their fetus is afflicted with Down syndrome choose to terminate the pregnancy. These women (including both conservatives and liberals) did not want their potential child to live a life of suffering. (reference: “Anti-Abortion Activists Cheer McCain’s V.P. Pick” @ online.wsj.com/article/SB122005503104485161.html )
How many Down Syndrome people do you know? How many do you think are suffering and wished they had never been born? How does this person (or anyone) know what kind of care the child is receiving?
Must we be deemed perfect pre-birth to be worthy of love or life?
Because pretty much as soon as you are born you are no longer perfect.
“How dare she take the VP job when she has a 4 month old disabled child!!” (another comment on the same site)
So much for the feminist spirit if you are running against a Democrat.
How did that song go? I am woman hear me roar/but only if I am Democrat, let me out the door!!
I mean if 90% are going one route, it must be the correct route.
Obama wisely has said Palin’s daughter is off limits. I hope he says the same about her son. I give him the benefit of the doubt.
If these people think they are helping, they are sincerely wrong. The more people hear these kinds of attacks or want to focus on someone having or not having children, the more ammunition for the Republicans.
Diehards will have to bring up Obama’s support against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
And why does a far left position on abortion still matter in this election? Because these are the people who are voting:
“A new poll finds half of voters don't know that presidential candidate John McCain is pro-life on abortion or that Barack Obama is pro-abortion. The survey shows that, when pro-life voters know that information, they support McCain by a three-to-one margin.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds voters are more interested in the 2008 election than they were the 2004 election, but they are less informed on where the candidates stand.
Pew finds that just 52 percent of voters rightly identify Obama as pro-choice and only 45 percent know John McCain is pro-life on abortion.
A stunning 38 percent of voters don't know where either Obama or McCain stand on the issue of abortion. Some ten percent wrongly identify Obama as pro-life and 17 percent think McCain supports abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/nat4043.html
There is a long way to go. Obama could be photographed saving a child from the storm while Palin makes her speech Wednesday (and if he is smart he will) That would be good for at least a 5 point surge. But it looks like we might have a race on our hands after all.
This has been considered the Democrats Election to lose.
Sounds like they are taking that as a challenge.