Political Posturing or Expecting Common Courtesy?

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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6 Responses

  1. Responding to Laraine,

    Then what does that make Barack Obama who has repeatedly stated he would make incursions into Pakistan?

    “Progressive” … that’s a good word for Ed Schultz … and I don’t consider it a complimentary description. For a “movement” and philosophy that’s been around for over 100 years, it’s anything but “progressive”. It’s as stale as the people who profess it.

    Besides being grossly inaccurate as well as boringly repetitious, both literally and figuratively, your depiction of John McCain is also stale … no, stagnant.

    Democrats and “Progressives” or “Progressive ” Democrats need to get a little more creative and stop bottom feeding at the local treatment pond. It’s causing severe cerebral anoxia.

  2. But what you’re overlooking is that McCain IS a warmonger. “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran,” 100 years in Iraq. Sounds pretty warlike to me. Also, you might check out the messages that McCain is approving, as opposed to something that was said by a person in an introduction. Ed Schultz is a great progressive. What the Republicans need to do is stop posturing and start creating some positive news for themselves. I’d hope Americans have had it with the Karl Rove tactics.

  3. […] Earl says … wrote an interesting post today on Political Posturing or Expecting Common Courtesy?Here’s a quick excerptWhen radio talk show host, Bob Cunningham, had some very harsh and derogatory comments to make about Barack Obama, John McCain, quickly and personally, disavowed a…Likewise, you can take Barack Obama out of South Chicago, but you can’t take South Chicago out of Barack Obama…. […]

  4. I have to applaud you for making an intelligent argument here. I totally disagree with you, but it’s nice to read a post that offers more than just name-calling.
    I happen to think the “South Chicago” in Barack is one of his strengths.

  5. […] Elisabeth Bumiller wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptPolitical 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’ta prerequisite for Columbia … […]

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