Obama losing the war against cynicism
Sen. John McCain's campaign on Monday called retired Gen. Wesley Clark's remarks that McCain lacks command experience "the lowest form of politics."A cynic might beleive that Obama sent Clark out to make that statement in a cynical attempt to set up Obama's statesmen like appreciation of McCain's patriotism. But the calculation looks too calculated. Ben Smith examines some of the other voices of Obama supporters who have said the same things Clark said or worse. You get the feeling the left is doing their own "Swiftboating" but they have far less material to work with.
Clark, a military adviser for Sen. Barack Obama, questioned Sunday whether McCain's military experience qualified him to be commander in chief.
"I think it's kind of sad," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Monday on CNN's "American Morning."
"I think all the promise that Barack Obama made about trying to change the political dynamic and run a different kind of campaign is evidenced by the fact that he's completely changed his political strikes and become sort of a partisan hack."
Davis added, "Sending Wesley Clark out as a surrogate for your campaign and attacking John McCain and his war record and his military experience and his service is, I think, just the lowest form of politics."
Obama's campaign on Monday issued a response: "As he's said many times before, Sen. Obama honors and respects Sen. McCain's service, and of course he rejects yesterday's statement by Gen. Clark." Watch what McCain says about Clark's comments »
In a speech about patriotism Monday, Obama did not directly address Clark's comments, but after calling attention to McCain's service, he said, "No one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign, and that goes for supporters of both sides."
Obama said, "We must always express our profound gratitude for the service of our men and women in uniform. Period."
The statement came from his campaign just as his speech was ending in Independence, Missouri.
Clark on Sunday said he was referring to McCain's experience, or lack thereof, in setting national security policies and understanding the risk involved in such matters.