Tuesday, May 20, 2008

They Don't Come Much Dumber

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say, ‘OK.’ That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”
--Barack Obama, campaigning in Oregon over the weekend
-->In the great hall of stupefyingly idiotic political rhetoric that quote goes in the main display case. Obama's evident assumption that free Americans desire a President who believes we need to go hat in hand to "other countries" for permission to live our lives is so wooly-headed it's almost tragic. Now, I am quite certain that there are many self-loathing people out there, better known as the Democrat base, who find nothing wrong with what BXO had to say to the assembled crowd. But, in the world of getting elected in November that brain fart should come back to haunt him. I say "should" instead of "will" only because the opposition team is so incredibly hapless. But you don't have to be a marketing genius to come up with the TV ad depicting the dark, shadowy, international tribunal (looking suspiciously like Soviet-era communist apparatchiks) that Americans must bow to and beg permission from for transportation, food, and United Nations HVAC approval documents. In triplicate. It becomes more evident every day that this fellow Obama has never had to win over people who weren't already in the tank for him.
-->In a debate during the 2004 campaign Sen. John Kerry droned into a gaffe wherein he proposed that America should have to pass a "global test" of some sort before acting in her own best interests in foreign policy. The Bush team immediately seized on this and exploited the portrayal of a President Kerry always seeking approval from despots and stumblebums around the globe before acting. The theme, as voiced by President Bush was clear and succinct,
"When our country's in danger the president's job is not to take an international poll. The president's job is to defend America."
-->Will the McCain campaign, come September and October, have the ability and inclination to hold BXO accountable for saying that, with Obama as president, American citizens would need to seek the approval of Egypt before buying a pickup truck? Or Pakistan before stopping at Mickey D's? Or a thumbs up from the French before taking a hot shower?
The more he talks, the dumber he gets.