Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Obama tells veterans group McCain questions his patriotism

McClatchy and other news outlets are reporting Obama complained to veterans at the VFW that John McCain questions his patriotism. Check out Obama's complaint:
"I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America's national interest. Now, it's time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same. . . ."
Put aside the embarrassing fact that Obama is whining in front of a bunch of foreign war veterans. Pathetic for a grown man. not to mention somebody who wants to be President. I like James Taranto's take:
Of course, if Obama were to accuse McCain of picking his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition, everyone would laugh, because it obviously is not true. By contrast, there is quite a bit of evidence that Obama has placed political expediency above national security (for an excellent example, see our item yesterday on his shifting explanations for his original opposition to the liberation of Iraq).

In politics one often hears the charge of hypocrisy: My opponent criticizes me for X, but he has done Y, which is just as bad or worse. Obama's argument here, though, is roughly opposite in form. He concedes that McCain is above reproach on this particular subject and therefore demands that McCain treat him as if he were beyond reproach. Obama's acknowledgment of a McCain virtue is well and good, but it does not mitigate or excuse his own shortcoming.

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