Friday, May 16, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday lost by a 41% margin to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary. By late Friday afternoon, he closed out one of the best, most exciting week's of his campaign. Ya gotta love politics.
Within 24 hours after his colossal loss to Hillary, his masterfully orchestrated endorsement by John Edwards served to erase this dismal performance in the Mountain State. Man, what a difference a day makes. And then came a mini-rush of delegates and super-delegates, including many previously pledged to Edwards.
That same day, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, in a surprise move announced its endorsement of Obama as well. NARAL had previously had a close relationhip with Hillary Clinton.
And then the unintended coup de grace came the next day, with President Bush's gift of thrusting Obama onto the world stage during his visit to Israel. Bush, never really known to actually do or say the right thing in his entire two terms in office, once again suffered from foot-in-mouth disease by comparing Obama to Neville Chamberlain, the late 1930's British Prime Minister whose policy of appeasement allowed Adolph Hitler and the Nazis to stormtroop across Europe. That was awfully generous of Bush to elevate Obama, while on foreign soil, to a level on par with the office of the president. Talk about instant legitimization. Bush made it abundantly clear that not only is Obama going to be the Democrats' nominee, but that two months before the Denver convention he's important enough to start attacking.
Bush's smear also gave Obama the opportunity to finally strike back hard and decisively against both Bush and Sen. John McCain, the GOP's presumptive nominee, who was all too happy to pile on this week and do some ObamaBashing of his own. It was great to see Obama come out swinging in his own defense, showing America that perhaps the toughness they've been wanting from him is actually there:
"I want to be perfectly clear with George Bush and John McCain and the people of South Dakota, if they want to have a debate about protecting the United States of America that's a debate I'm happy to have any time, any place, and that's a debate I will win any time because George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for." Amen, brother, amen.
Lastly, to close out the week, former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee, while speaking at an NRA convention in Kentucky, responded to a loud crashing noise by joking to the gun-worshipping crowd that "That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He was getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him, and he dove for the floor." Nice assassination joke from the God-fearing evangelical. Jeez, is this Republicans Gone Wild? If this reprehensible and irresponsible pandering doesn't garner heaps of newfound sympathy and support for Obama I don't know what will.
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