I received two unsolicited emails from two Cincinnati area family members last night. Both are die-hard conservatives and talk radio listeners. Both thought that having WLW personality Bill Cunningham on the stage for a John McCain rally was monumentally stupid. Just as I think highlighting Obama’s middle name when it is not in common use is also monumentally stupid.
I remember eight years ago being the recipient of one of those emails that claimed that George W. Bush was basically responsible for the dragging death of a black man while Bush was governor of Texas. Even though there were elements of truth in the letter, it was so preposterous on so many levels. The ham-handed and obvious purpose of the email was to inflame blacks against Bush. When I pointed out the errors to the friend who sent it to me, it cost me a friendship. Sadly, the letter’s purpose apparently worked since Bush got something like 7% of the black vote.
This whole “Hussein” meme wherein he is a secret Wahabi infiltrator is the same thing.
Let me be clear: I am not a Barack Obama supporter–with or without the Hussein. Quite frankly, if I had to choose a Democrat, I’d take Hillary over him. She’s evil and corrupt but at least she’s competent. Obama? Give me a break. What has he ever done?
In the entire history of the United States I know of only two presidents who selected their middle names: Hiram Ulysses Grant didn’t like his monogram, and Dwight David Eisenhower changed the order of his first two names because it was too confusing. To my knowledge Barack Obama had nothing to do with the selection of his middle name. It certainly wasn’t meant by his parents to honor the former ruler of Iraq, who when Obama was born, was just a low-level thug in his twenties.
Republicans will win this election if we make it about issues. However, if the GOP walks into the trap of elevating style over substance, then we will deservedly lose to a master stylist who has no substance to his name.
Coincidentally, I was just the recipient of a vile comment about Obama.
Maybe he was named for this Hussein. No shame there, since he was the leader of a very moderate (for the region) Muslim country.
The Music City Oracle reminds us of another clumsy attempt at not-so-subtly interjecting an appeal to ignorance on the part of John Edwards.
Even Karl Rove agrees that this is a low blow.
This is how McCain beats Obama: by letting Americans know that he’s an idiot, not by implying that he’s an insurgent.
Ed Morrissey, formerly of Captains Quarters and now at Hot Air (is this his inaugural post at his new home) weighs in on the Cunningham flap:
McCain repudiated the attack and emphasized that he would not allow his campaign to pursue that kind of politicking. In doing so, he set the stage for the general election and established the kind of credibility he will need to aggressively pursue Obama’s record and lack of experience.
If the election is a fight over record and experience, Obama won’t win.