Yep. I just pointed to that on your prior post. I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the very real danger that McCain and Palin pose to this nation.
What a hilarious display of that biased reporting you were pooh-poohing only a few posts ago.
I could easily find some equally smarmy and scathing character admonitions of Obama on YouTube, but I don’t bother, because they are fruitless in understanding what a candidate’s policies are. None of this race should be about personality or character. It really boils down to issues and ideas.
Biased reporting is saying that Obama “pals around” with a guy who committed crimes when Obama was still a child. When Obama’s connection to the guy was very distant at best.
People who know McCain well and are close to him who talk about how they think he has a dangerous temper…that seems like relevant information to me.
If you can show me people to Obama who talk about his deep character flaws, let me know.
This incidentally is coming from someone who is far from being an enthusiastic admirer of Obama.
“When Obama’s connection” would have been better phrased as “And Obama’s connection”. The “when” was not referring to Obama’s childhood, in other words.
To put this another way, one of the most disturbing things I ever heard about Clinton was that he, too had anger issues. That he, too would fly off the handle and shout at people during meetings. That does not display solid judgment in my opinion. His spitefulness in this campaign, throwing his support a different direction each day, seems to confirm this.
It disturbed me to learn that Reagan routinely nodded off during meetings.
It disturbed me to learn that Nixon spent many a drunken night railing against his enemies.
One of the things I found to admire about Kennedy (again, I am no fervent fan) was that, in spite of the chronic back pain and the drugs, he never seemed to lose his mental grip on things. On the other hand, his inability to resist every skirt showed a weakness in character that might lead to national tragedy in the wrong circumstances.
@Dan – I can definitely see where you are coming from, but this video is pretty sensational.
Furthermore, character just isn’t important to me in voting for a President. I’m equally likely to ignore crazy tactics to incite fear of Obama as I am McCain. That’s also the reason I don’t feel need to “dig up dirt” on Obama. His policies speak clearly to me, and I simply don’t agree with them.
I have a feeling that if this were reported about Obama or some other Democrat, Miss Thomas might find the character issue of some importance.
These comments come from people across the political spectrum, not just left wingers.
For god’s sake, military men find this disturbing and they are the ones who will have to carry out this guy’s orders!
The worst thing I can find about Obama is that he got deal on property and housing from someone in bed with the Chicago machine. I live in Illinois and realize that high ranking politicians here make deals with the bipartisan combine that runs the state. I don’t like it and it is a strike against Obama. But if that is the worst thing to be found, then it pales in comparison with McCain’s issues.
You think that video is sensational, wait’ll you see this one!
Just slap the old Republican brand on it. (That’s about what it’s good for.)
@Mark – Hmmm, I have a feeling if you knew anything about me, you would be reluctant to say such things. I’ve actually written 3 posts on my blog defending both Barack & Michelle Obama against ridiculous claims: that they are racist, terrorists, housing property opportunists, etc. I try to limit my criticism to things that matter – their ideas that I disagree with.
I don’t have to be voting for someone to show I can respect them as human beings, and that is not something I’m seeing here despite the heavy-handed liberal rhetoric about “seeing the light” and “unbiased reporting.”
Thanks for the information.
I respect that you disagree with ideas.
My position is that I think character is an issue if an individual’s problems are chronic. I feel that there is enough anecdotal evidence with McCain to show this.
On the other hand, when other sites talk about something like rumors of spousal abuse, I say show what evidence there is or don’t bring it up.
Milena, I think that Putin could push McCain’s (or Palin’s) buttons in such a way that (to use the passive voice so beloved of the Repubs as a way of deflecting responsibility) a great mistake could be made. A mistake fatal to thousands, if not millions. I don’t want Gollum to have his thumb anywhere near the virtual red button. This is a guy who is still smarting from being shot down, captured, and abused, and I suspect that there’s a primal part of him that wants revenge upon anyone who seems to be an enemy. As for Silly Sarah…from what I can see, she doesn’t have the sense not to go too far…kind of like she taught her daughter, to be really snarky about it. Palin would need a good box of contraceptives applied to her foreign policy issues.
@Mark – your position makes sense, and perhaps we draw the importance of character at different lines. Do I think Clinton, Edwards, and McCain’s cheating ways makes them sleazy? Sure. Poor decision-making in the love department? Yep. Does that mean they aren’t “Presidential” in my book? No. (Again, ideas are still up for debate.)
In my opinion, McCain’s “rage” problem would need far more substantiation before I would consider it a trait that could interfere with issues of governance.
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