Extreme reaction to truth
Aside from Hillary Clinton's comfortable win over Barack Obama in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary, most of the Sturm und Drang of the week just past was incited by a television spot produced for the North Carolina GOP. The ad makes three points: Obama attended Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years, Wright said the Almighty should damn America and, because of his apparent comfort with his pastor's extremism, Obama is "too extreme for North Carolina." The first two points are matters of undisputed public record. And one need not agree with the third point in order to concede that it is an imminently reasonable assertion, given the moderately conservative political preferences North Carolinians have expressed at the polls in recent decades.Democrats try to shut off debate on any issue that is inconvenient to their cause. That is why they usually try to pick a spokesman they deem unassailable to push their agenda. If they can't do that they fall back on victim group status and claim any criticism is racist, bigoted or sexist etc. The problem for them is that the only racist in the ad is one of theirs, Rev. Wright.
Predictably, however, Obama's cheerleaders in the mainstream media, the left side of the Blogosphere and political fellow travelers in the Democratic party immediately began blasting the North Carolina ad. Typical was Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean who called the ad "racially divisive" and challenged presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain to pass this "test of leadership" by forcing the state party to stop airing the ad (which by the way has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube at last count). Amazingly, McCain quickly joined this condescending chorus, demanding that the ad be pulled as "inappropriate" and "offensive to some." During a Friday conference call with bloggers, McCain added that the ad "is not the tenor of the campaign we want to wage." And he said the North Carolina GOP is "out of touch with reality." A McCain campaign spokesman was unable to say what part of the ad conveyed the objectionable tenor.Indeed, none of the critics point to factual inaccuracies in the ad, so they hide behind a parade of accusatory generalities about tone and tenor. As for Dean's observation, we look forward to hearing his explanation – delivered, please, without his usual opportunistic bombast - of precisely what in the ad is "racially divisive."...
John McCain's reaction to this ad is instructive. He tends to buy into the arguments of Democrats on some issues too easily. That was the case with this ad. For some strange reason he wanted to pretend that Obama's judgment in his association with Wright was out of bounds. The voters obviously disagreed. This weekend after Obama admitted Wright's statements were a legitimate issue, McCain pivoted on a dime and started being even more critical than the North Carolina ad. The lesson from this is apparently if Democrats admit their is a problem McCain can see it too.