When radio talk show host, Bob Cunningham, had some very harsh and derogatory comments to make about Barack Obama, John McCain, quickly and personally, disavowed and condemned the comments, indicating his seriousness about trying to maintain a level of civility in the presidential campaign.
Recently, another radio talkshow host, Ed Schultz, referred to John McCain as a warmonger. Following an outcry against Schultz, an Obama spokesperson issued a statement disavowing and condemning Schultz’ characterization of Senator McCain but with the qualification that, after all, McCain is supporting the war in Iraq.
Was that really a disavowal and condemnation of Schultz’s comments about McCain? Why didn’t Obama make the statement himself?
An unnamed Obama supporter on the Giraldo Rivera show on Fox News Saturday night stated that people expressing expectations of presidential candidates were involved in political posturing.
Since when has the expectation of reciprocation of common courtesy become political posturing?
Could it be that the halfhearted and qualified condemnation of Schultz by an Obama underling was realistically as far as Obama felt he could go … and issuing the condemnation would have really put Obama into a fit of stuttering? Who knows, maybe he will issue a condemnation himself in several days … after he’s had enough time to practice it.
After all, when the Jeremiah Wright fiasco broke, Obama flatly denied knowledge of Wright’s comments and beliefs for two days. Not stuttering when saying “NO” must be relatively easy. It was another four days before he had his speech polished enough to reverse himself and admit that he had known all along about Wright’s inflammatory tendencies.
Political posturing or not, expecting Obama to show common courtesy to his political adversaries is a real stretch. It’s his way of “being above the fray”. How convenient. Apparently, being courteous isn’t a prerequisite for Columbia University or Harvard Law School and learning it isn’t a requirement for graduation either. Why am I not surprised?
There’s a favorite saying in South Carolina that goes like this, “You can take Clemson out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of Clemson.”
For those unfamiliar with Clemson University, it has South Carolina’s premiere agricultural college.
Likewise, you can take Barack Obama out of South Chicago, but you can’t take South Chicago out of Barack Obama.
Maybe a better analogy would be, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”
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