PS- I wonder if, in the Muslim world, they have turned “elementary school” into a boogeyman the way we have turned madrassa into a scary thing? For example, if someone in the new free and wonderfully democratic Iraq was running for offfice, would a whisper campaign start because he/she attended “elementary school?” Boo!
*** Update ***
On second thought, given Jonah Goldberg’s revelations about who the real fascists are, maybe they do actually whisper that sort of thing about elementary schools.
*** Update #2 ***
The blogger formally known as the Commissar is right, more people should be explicitly stating precisely what the Clinton camp and their surrogates are doing here. It is bullshit what is being done to Obama.
For the record, I, for the life of me, do not really know what Obama’s positions are on anything. My favorite candidate was Chris Dodd, =but he has less chance of winning than the Dolphins do of winning the Super Bowl. I am instinctively repulsed by Clinton, and the populist BS from Edwards doesn’t really motivate me (although at a core level, I agree with Edwards- the system needs to be destroyed. I just don’t think he is the one to do it.), but I can say this- the fact that people are directing all sorts of bullshit and petty smears at Obama is pushing me towards him, even if I can not explain why or what he really believes in.
Maybe ‘I am not a total lying scumbag’ is enough this year to win the Democratic nod. Given the Republican candidates, it should be more than enough in the general election.
*** Update #3 ***
I love comments like this:
“I am instinctively repulsed by Clinton”
You know why…because she is a strong woman and you are a weak man. See the word “instinctively” gives you away. Can you articulate why you are repulsed?
For the very reason you now feel a need to vote for Obama (smear tactics) is the very reason I “instinctively” need to vote for Clinton.
Or, rather than it having anything to do with her being female, it could have a lot to do with my instinctive revulsion at her pandering, lying, manipulative, triangulating, condescending self. I really don’t care if she has a Clenis or a Clagina, to be honest, and you can keep these games elsewhere (am I supposed to list all the “strong women” I know and respect and would vote for, or should I say nothing and have your smear of sexism hold? I haven’t played this game in a while and am not up on the rules.)