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The White House Standard

Sophia Nelson at the Washington Post thinks Michelle Obama is under attack simply for being an intelligent black woman. The article is the usual leftist bilge about how unfair Life has been to the Obamas, and continues to be. In the first place, the kid-glove treatment given by the media to the Obamas relative to the McCains makes Nelson's hypocrisy laughable, but the real truth that I believe Ms. Nelson misses is this - running for President of the United States is a grueling course of tests and examinations, for the family as well as the candidate. And when a candidate fails such tests, especially by whining that he and his family should not have to face such tests, he proves something to the American people, something vital missing from his character and skill set. Like it or not, if Barack Obama intends to become President of the United States, his wife Michelle will have to pass similar tests of character and integrity.

Nelson is quick to point to the parody portrait on the New Yorker magazine, shrilly claiming it to be an attack on all black women, saying "welcome to our world". The fact that Michelle Obama did make comments which have been taken to mean she is hostile to the nominal American culture is not addressed; the fact that Michelle Obama has repeatedly displayed attitudes of radical political posturing is ignored; the fact that Michelle Obama wrote a thesis at Princeton wherein she argued that "assimilation into a white cultural and social structure will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society" is dismissed as old news, rejected in spite of its evidence of deep resentment of the society she hopes to help lead.

If Michelle Obama were considered someone with little influence on her candidate husband, such views might be more easily discounted, but in fact no potential First Lady is ever inconsequential, and so the views and statements of the wife of a candidate are, in fact, important signals as to the character and mindset of the candidate. The refusal by the Obama campaign to address valid questions brought up by Michelle Obama's statements and political postures, will be seen by many undecided voters as evasive behavior. This does not mean that Obama would lose the election because of his wife, nor even that her behavior would necessarily mean voters would choose McCain. McCain, after all, has his own baggage and political past to address, and while Cindy McCain has so far avoided damaging her husband's campaign the way Michelle Obama has made Barack's campaign more turbulent, she also must face the tests set up to challenge those who would aspire to high office. While the public largely rejects the "co-president" role claimed by Hillary Clinton in 1993, it nonetheless expects certain assurances of the First Lady's mind and character. This is nothing new, though. So much abuse has been heaped upon George W. Bush, that it is forgotten how Laura Bush was depicted early on. The difference is, Laura passed her test so well, that the jackals in the media found her an unproductive target. The press also challenged Hillary Clinton when her husband Bill was President, sometimes for things she said and did, and sometimes as a way to get at the President. The press challenged Barbara Bush (and came out the worse for it - remember Connie Chung?), and went after Nancy Reagan in a big way. The press had tests for Rosalynn Carter, and for Pat Nixon - not too many people noticed (or cared) what the Watergate scandal did to Mrs. Nixon. While different First Ladies and wives of candidates have seen differing levels of scrutiny from the media, all have faced the gauntlet, and no one can claim exemption from the challenge.

Ms. Nelson and people like her just don't get it. Michelle Obama is not being challenged because she and Barack are black, or because she's a woman, or because she and her husband have enjoyed success. The campaign to win the White House is an extremely serious set of tests, and she - like her husband - must face these tests precisely because she is being taken seriously. The answers and tone we Americans receive from Michelle Obama will tell us how seriously she takes that responsibility in her own turn.


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This is just the black medi... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

This is just the black media's posturing to warn all media if the question Barrack and/or his wife, they will be called racists. The typical Sharpton/Jackson approach. ww

You'd think that someone na... (Below threshold)
Clay:

You'd think that someone named Sophia would be a little, I dunno, wiser.

and for Pat Nixon - n... (Below threshold)

and for Pat Nixon - not too many people noticed (or cared) what the Watergate scandal did to Mrs. Nixon.

Don't forget what it did to Betty Ford.

The 1988 campaign wasn't very kind to Kitty Dukakis either. Michelle Obama should be thankful there isn't a Lee Atwater on the McCain staff.

This is also a way to keep ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

This is also a way to keep the MSM from EVER accusing Michelle Obama if and when she does say something controversial or just flat out wrong. They will be forced to remain silent since they already established that any criticism of her views is racism.

If I were Michelle Obama an... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

If I were Michelle Obama and I had gone on the campaign trail as a surrogate for the candidate (who happened to also be my husband) and he told the press to "lay-off" me, that would be the last time I would do a campaign event for him independent of him. It might be the last campaign event I did for him at all, in fact.

How insulting to have your husband tell the world that you should not be taken seriously and that you are not responsible for the comments you make.

She is an adult. She is an intelligent adult. She couldn't possibly be so clueless that she didn't know that she would also be scrutinized in this campaign. When she made the comments that she has made on the campaign trail, she should have expected that her comments .... as would any candidates' wife and/or surrogate ... be reported and dissected. (If she didn't want them to be reported, why did she make the appearance in the first place?)

So as an intelligent, aware woman she should be ready to take and respond to any response her comments may have.

By not giving her the chance to respond on her own and instead scolding everyone to "lay off", he is infantizing her.

I would have wanted my husband to say "I have full faith and confidence in her to speak for herself in defense of her own comments. My wife is an intelligent adult. While I wish that she could be exempt from this public scrutiny, it is par of the life we have chosen and I would not insult her by insinuating that she needs me to speak for her."

Had he chosen Obama's response, there would have been some harsh words exchanged in our house that night.

Most women of any color wou... (Below threshold)

Most women of any color would be delighted to have the privileged life of Michelle Obama. The only one who doesn't seem to appreciate Michelle Obama's good fortune IS Michelle Obama.

To put it in simple terms, both the Obamas are applying for the toughest job in the world. And as in ANY job interview process, there are questions, tests and tasks to be completed that are requirements for being hired - and that process frequently includes a thorough background check. So what is this arrogant s.o.b. and his equally arrogant (and thoroughly nasty) wife whining about? If you don't want to fulfill the requirements for seeking this job or think you're too "special" to need to do it (nobody is THAT special), then withdraw now! We didn't plan to vote for you anyway.

Michelle Obama's Shortbread... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)
1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg white
Chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 325°F. Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar.
2. Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.
3. Stir in flour and salt until combined.
4. Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.
5. Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
6. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.


If you don't count her deca... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

If you don't count her decades of associations with crooks, racists, Marxists, America-haters, or her long time shame of America, or her elitist totalitarian rants about her husband putting America to work to change whether they want it or not, hell, Michelle is the life of the party. America just loves a condescending ungrateful privileged scold.

I do continue to be very un... (Below threshold)

I do continue to be very unhappy at how a few, especially in talk radio, have twisted a statement of Michelle Obama far out of context into some sort of an attack on her patriotism.

There were many highly qualified candidates running for president in the primaries, including Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, and Michelle Obama was "really proud" of her country that race relations had advanced enough where a well qualified African American candidate like her husband could be able to win primary contests in states with only a tiny minority population by voters giving an equal opportunity to a African American candidate. Her comment was a grateful praise of the nation for improved race relations and had absolutely nothing to do with patriotism.

It is some unfair attacks on Michelle Obama such as this, where a few pretend not to know what she means when she speaks out for political advantage that bothers me the most. This part is an unfair standard in my opinion.

Both candidates and their wives are decent persons. And I would have little problem accepting either Barack Obama or John McCain as president, no matter who finally wins. But some of the attacks on Michelle Obama have been simply unfair such as the "really proud" attack.

but in fact no pot... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
but in fact no potential First Lady is ever inconsequential, and so the views and statements of the wife of a candidate are, in fact, important signals as to the character and mindset of the candidate.

Not just the views of a "First Lady" but also of a "First Gentleman". That's really what cost Hillary the nomination. The views Bill expressed were such that the American people finally realized that he wasn't qualified to be president. With correcting that mistake being out of reach the public took it out on Hillary. :-)

Her comment was a ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Her comment was a grateful praise of the nation for improved race relations and had absolutely nothing to do with patriotism.

And the banner behind Bush referred to the mission of the U.S.S Lincoln and had nothing to do with the Iraq war.

Hey, we learned how to misinterpret messages from liberals along with lots of other dirty tricks. I pity Obama if he's fool enough to get elected.

I do continue to be very... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

I do continue to be very unhappy at how a few, especially in talk radio, have twisted a statement of Michelle Obama far out of context into some sort of an attack on her patriotism.

Of course Paul you neglect to mention that "really proud" was from an amended speech by her given later in the day. Here is the comment from her original speech:

for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback

Now she may have misspoken, but I be damned if her words were taken out of context.

Gawd, you right wing nut jo... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Gawd, you right wing nut jobs are bizarre!

even before bo came onto th... (Below threshold)
mickey lane:

even before bo came onto the nat'l scene I was aware of his doings in Illinois; so that now that he is running I'm not surprised at all that he believes that because he is black, educated & written a book we have to bend over for WHAT? Change? THE CONSTITUTION? NO sireee! Where are the sound alternatives, and how does he plan to implement them? As my family & friends have been advised that my tombstone will read: HERE RESTS A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT - EXCEPT FOR 2008!!!!

"I pity Obama if he's fool ... (Below threshold)

"I pity Obama if he's fool enough to get elected."

I pity the country if we're fool enough to elect him.

Tim -Obama's got e... (Below threshold)

Tim -

Obama's got essentially zip as far as a legislative record goes, and a whole lof of votes where he registered 'Present' rather than take a stand on something. The man reminds me of a weathervane - he will say what he has to say AT THAT MOMENT, TO THAT AUDIENCE, to get their vote - regardless of what he might have to say or do later.

Have you ever noticed that each public stand of his usually has to be parsed at least twice before the actual meaning is determined? I may well be wrong on this - but it reminds me very much of a used car salesman trying to sell a lemon to an unsuspecting buyer. He'll promise you ANYTHING to get elected (or sell the car) but the day after when you expect him to keep his word? He won't recognize you at all.

How dare you point out the ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

How dare you point out the truth to comrade Hooson, J.R.!

What the Obama's actually say is irrelevant. It's what they MEANT TO SAY that is the only thing that matters to the Marxists.

And damn those talk show hosts for repeating Barack & Michelles actually words on the air! The audacity! Why it really makes the Marxists unhappy when their comrades are quoted in context like that!

Would you rather have Ci... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Would you rather have Cindy McCain as First Lady? Be honest.

"Michelle Obama was "rea... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Michelle Obama was "really proud" of her country that race relations had advanced enough where a well qualified African American candidate like her husband could be able to win primary contests in states with only a tiny minority population by voters giving an equal opportunity to a African American candidate."

Then why didn't she say so?

The Obama's have it down pa... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

The Obama's have it down pat. If anyone disagree's with you start whining and call them a racist. It's worked all of their lives (unlike them, no work) and they'll use it as long as the lame stream media drops to their knees everytime O bends over. This is a prime example of a life on welfare and the affairmative action program. Worthless people remain worthless but they get the I'm a victim 'give me' something down pat.

McCain has, on <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
Brian:

McCain has, on multiple occasions, stated that he didn't love America until he was a captured POW. Which means he didn't love America until he was 31, including during seven years of military service.

At least Michelle Obama has a plausible "I misspoke, and what I meant to say was..." explanation. McCain has no such wiggle room.

This is a prime example ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

This is a prime example of a life on welfare and the affairmative action program.

You don't have any idea what you're talking about, you blathering bigot. Haven't you got a turnip patch that needs tending?

Michelle Obama was accurate... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Michelle Obama was accurately depicted on the cover of the New Yorker Magazine. Some claim it was satire. Wasn't. It was a forecast of what would be with his election. Leopards don't change their spots and radical libs only hide their true politics for election purposes. Never, should Obama be allowed to occupy the White House. His first guest would be Willam Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn. Guests to sleep the in Lincoln bedroom. For free.

McCain said "I rally di... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

McCain said "I rally didn't love America until I was deprived of her company."

Michelle said "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback"

McCain had a change of heart because of his deprivation. People who've lost a parent can relate.

Michelle became proud of her country only when it appeared to embrace her ideals.

McCain's is an honorable statement made in humility. Michelle's is a selfish statement flowing from pride of self. The two statements are not equivalent, but nearly opposite.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft III, for ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Zelsdorf Ragshaft III, for the last time, go back to sleep! There are no Communists under your bed.

It is some unfair ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
It is some unfair attacks on Michelle Obama such as this, where a few pretend not to know what she means when she speaks out for political advantage that bothers me the most. This part is an unfair standard in my opinion.

Paul,

Thank you for providing an example of what I alluded to in my earlier post.

Michelle Obama IS an adult woman. Her words in question are on public record.

Nonetheless, you have decided you know what she really meant by them. Ironically, you do so in the same sentence that you criticize others for the very same thing that you yourself have done.

Obama may or may not be the best candidate for the position. I know that I certainly haven't made a decision yet about my vote.

However, the one thing Obama is *NOT* is different than the standard political model we have learned to know over the last few years.

Rather than an honest response to the situation that Michelle Obama (an adult, highly intelligent and highly educated woman) created herself, he chooses to blame anyone and everyone but the source - and does so all for political advantage.

Politics as usual. No "change" there.

McCain had a change of h... (Below threshold)
Brian:

McCain had a change of heart because of his deprivation. People who've lost a parent can relate.
Michelle became proud of her country only when it appeared to embrace her ideals.

Your argument is anchored in bias. I could just as easily say that Michelle Obama had a change of heart because of the elimination of deprivation. People who have a child after years of trying can relate. And McCain became enamored of his country only when one that did not embrace his ideals caused him personal physical harm.

Plus, you're apparently joining the Marxists (according to Bunyan) by focusing on what he meant, rather than what he said.

Brian, I am assuming that y... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Brian, I am assuming that you were born post-Vietnam. You have an interesting concept of the risk-factor McCain faced.

Your argument is a... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Your argument is anchored in bias.

Not at all, it's anchored in the well understood principle that people don't appreciate something until it's lost. McCain is not saying that he loved America only when it came to him. He loved America when it was taken away from him. McCain is saying America was always worthy of his love, but didn't realize it until he was apart from her.

That's completely different than Michelle's statement which is that America wasn't worthy of her approval until it embraced her husband as a candidate for president. It's saying that America had to change, not Michelle.

I could just as easily say that Michelle Obama had a change of heart because of the elimination of deprivation.

You could say that, but it has no basis in what Michelle said.

People who have a child after years of trying can relate.

Yes, they have achieved their goal, one they have worked for, one they feel they have earned. There's no change of heart involved in achieving a goal. You are right, that's the sentiment of Michelle's statement.

Mac Lorry said: "People who've lost a parent can relate."

Once they are gone you realize all the things they did for you, the sacrifices they made for your. In that realization you love them as you have never done before. They didn't change, they were always worthy of that love and now in humility you have a change of heart. That the sentiment of McCain's statement.

They statements are not the same. Only a fool would try to make them so.

Brian:"At least Mi... (Below threshold)

Brian:

"At least Michelle Obama has a plausible "I misspoke, and what I meant to say was..." explanation."

Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with the constant need for explanation and interpretation of the Obamas' statements?

Not at all, it's anchore... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Not at all, it's anchored in the well understood principle that people don't appreciate something until it's lost.

That's not the bias. The bias is that you take McCain's statement and apply a "well understood principle" to describing it, but then you take a similar statement from his opponent's side and claim its basis is selfishness.

McCain is saying America was always worthy of his love, but didn't realize it until he was apart from her.

Wrong, that's not what he said. You're putting words in his mouth that are consistent with your pre-conceived bias about what you wanted him to have said.

That's completely different than Michelle's statement which is that America wasn't worthy of her approval until it embraced her husband as a candidate for president. It's saying that America had to change, not Michelle.

Now the reverse... that's not what she said, and you're putting words in her mouth that are consistent with your pre-conceived bias about what you wanted her to have said.

There's no change of heart involved in achieving a goal.

Oh no? There's no change in your appreciation of how difficult it is? How lucky you are? How you shouldn't take it for granted? Perhaps you need to try achieving more rewarding goals.

They statements are not the same. Only a fool would try to make them so.

Ah yes, end with an insult. Nothing says "my argument stands on its own" better than that.

Hyperbolist:"Would... (Below threshold)

Hyperbolist:

"Would you rather have Cindy McCain as First Lady? Be honest."

Yes.

I don't want a First Lady who essentially sees herself as having the same powers as the President, and from my point of view Michelle sees it as a "Co-Presidency".

Cindy McCain doesn't give me that impression.

Is it just me, or does a... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with the constant need for explanation and interpretation of the Obamas' statements?

You may have a problem with it, but apparently McCain doesn't. Like when McCain explained what he "meant to say" about gay adoption. Or what he "meant to say" about the timing of the troops coming home being not important. Or what he "meant to say" about the Iraq war being over oil. Or what he "meant to say" about the Constitution establishing the US as a Christian nation. Or what he "meant to say" about being in Iraq for 100 years. Or what he "meant to say" about identifying his religion. Or what his mother "meant to say" about Mormons.

Yeah, now that you mention it, it is getting tiresome.

That's not the bia... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
That's not the bias. The bias is that you take McCain's statement and apply a "well understood principle" to describing it, but then you take a similar statement from his opponent's side and claim its basis is selfishness.

That's the problem with your analysis. You take two statements that have only a superficial similarity and you assume they are in fact the same.

Wrong, that's not what he said. You're putting words in his mouth that are consistent with your pre-conceived bias about what you wanted him to have said.

Not at all. McCain found "love" for America when he was deprived of her. That meaning is in McCain's statement. It has nothing to do with bias it has to do with comprehension.

Now the reverse... that's not what she said, and you're putting words in her mouth that are consistent with your pre-conceived bias about what you wanted her to have said.

First, I'm not quoting McCain or Michelle except where I use quotes, and thus, I'm not putting any words in anyone's mouth. I hope it's not news to you that this is a discussion about the meaning of their statements. If the meaning is different then the statements are different. It's that simple. If words mean anything, then it's their meaning that counts.

Oh no? There's no change in your appreciation of how difficult it is? How lucky you are? How you shouldn't take it for granted? Perhaps you need to try achieving more rewarding goals.

Difficult goals often involve some element of luck and you would have to be a fool to not understand that. Nevertheless, achieving a goal that you have worked for doesn't involve a change of heart.

Ah yes, end with an insult. Nothing says "my argument stands on its own" better than that.

It's not an insult it's a warning. You're trying to take the statement of someone that when they lost everything realized their love for America and make it out to mean the same as someone who became proud of America only when America embraced her ideals. McCain's statement is honorable and comes from humility while Michelle's statement is prideful and bigoted. The two statements are nothing alike and your argument fails for all to see.

I am having a really good t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am having a really good time watching the leftist whacko's try to defend their candidate. Really entertaining. And Hyper? I think Cindy McCain would be a very elegant first lady. What are you smoking? ww

Hyper,I would defi... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Hyper,

I would definitely rather have Cindy McCain as First Lady than Michellle Obama. On many, many levels I would.

Cindy went to school to become a special needs teacher. Michelle a lawyer.

Cindy took over her father's business and made it an even greater success. Michelle was a lawyer.

Cindy has served an international organization dedicated to clearing landmines and traveled the world assisting thier detonation teams. Michele gave speeches at pro-Marxism conferences.

Cindy has a son serving in Iraq and another in the Naval Academy.

Michelle doesn't want her daughter's to be punished with a baby.

Cindy and John adopted a young girl with medical problems and brought her to America where she could have many operations to fix her medical issues.

Michelle has, until Barack started winning primaries, never in her adult life been proud of America.

Cindy has always been proud of America.

How about focusing on who h... (Below threshold)
Howard:

How about focusing on who has the experience, judgement and character to protect us and bring prosperity to Americans ... not someone who in the eleventh hour, finally tries to establish foreign policy credentials, in a one week visit, as a transparent political ploy to get himself elected. Where was Obama, when he was supposed to chair the congressional committee on Afghanistan, and never had a single meeting. Why did Obama vote 'present' over 100 times in the senate? Even if he stages a political rally in the Roman Coliseum, he's still just an inexperienced politician, who is not qualified to be President of the United States of America !!!

Amazing posts this morning.... (Below threshold)
Hannah Stevens:

Amazing posts this morning. It seems that some people think too much and some too little. As far as who the Obama's really are as people, take a look at their family. They appear to have the good "family values" that all good Christians adhere to and speak of. And then look at McCain, John and Cindy. John met Cindy while still married and in fact started living with her before the divorce. John divorced Carol, his wife of many years who waited for him to come home from Viet Nam. In fact Carol was disabled at the time and was no longer the attractive wife he had married and Cindy was prettier, and richer. McCain appears to be an opportunist, I would say, in the worst way.

If your smear were true, Ha... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

If your smear were true, Hannah, then tell me why McCain's first wife is working so hard to get him elected? Why won't Carol say or tolerate one bad word against John McCain?

From what the former Mrs. McCain has said on John, I'd say you're just a bitter liar.

From the Wikepedia entry on... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

From the Wikepedia entry on Carol, her own words on McCain 2008:

"He's a good guy. We are still good friends. He is the best man for president."

Take your libel somewhere else.

I suppose any woman would s... (Below threshold)
Hannah Stevens:

I suppose any woman would say that about an ex who has been paying all her medical and probably other bills all these years. You certainly would not want to alienate the source of your income. Nancy Reagan was appalled when John divorced Carol and has been very cool to him ever since.

"They appear to have the... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"They appear to have the good "family values"

Most people who are not leftists/Marxists don't consider not wanting their children to be punished with a baby to be a good family value.

Repeating a baseless lie do... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Repeating a baseless lie does not make suddenly true, Hannah.

Go back and tell your Kos boss it didn't work.

I suppose any wom... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
I suppose any woman would say that about an ex who has been paying all her medical and probably other bills all these years. You certainly would not want to alienate the source of your income.

You're coming close to suggesting that Carol is blackmailing John. Is that it?

Carol is likely a better woman than you're used to, and like John, has a depth and quality of character you don't comprehend.

I am just stating the facts... (Below threshold)
Hannah Stevens:

I am just stating the facts. And as usual some have selective reasoning here. McCain did cheat on his first wife; fact. He did co-habitate with Cindy before he was divorced; fact. His first wife had been in an auto accident and had lost her looks and stature; fact. Cindy McCain is younger, richer and prettier; fact.

I forgot, most people here ... (Below threshold)
Hannah Stevens:

I forgot, most people here are on the extreme right here. I am sure that most of you would defend bush to the end as well even though he and his cohorts have nearly ruined this country. But it is Clinton who is at fault, hey.....

I forgot, most peo... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
I forgot, most people here are on the extreme right here.

That's just your opinion.

I am sure that most of you would defend bush to the end as well even though he and his cohorts have nearly ruined this country.

Which is just more of your opinions.

But it is Clinton who is at fault, hey.....

It's clear you don't know the difference between fact and opinion. It's not unusual for lefties to try to pass off their opinions as facts, but it seldom works on this blog.

Hannah does not seem to kno... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Hannah does not seem to know much history, either. Particularly blog history. My goodness, if Wizbang were "extreme right", there really are places where Hannah would indeed fear to tread.

When you are very young, yo... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

When you are very young, you tend to think more in "black and white". As you get older, you realize that people make mistakes and that you don't always know what they have experienced that may have influenced them to do what they did. You have a choice of hating them forever - and letting that hate consume your life - or accepting imperfection and forging a new relationship with the person who has hurt you.

I suspect that the first Mrs. McCain has a greater grasp on the situation than any of us here. She, for example, has an idea of what McCain really went through as a POW. I know that I have no idea what it would be like to be shot down, beaten and tortured and not know if you are going to live to see the next morning let alone see your family again. I certainly don't know how I would react once I reentered the world. I suspect that I too would go a little crazy.

She has apparently taken into account that while she was suffering physically and mentally so was he. She has chosen, for herself and her children, to forgive his bad behavior and to create a new relatioship with him that allows her family to move forward rather than dwell in the past.

I think she should be applauded - and not have her honesty questioned - for that reaction.

This current Mrs. McCain is... (Below threshold)
Felicia:

This current Mrs. McCain is not the one that was married to him when he was a POW. Actually he left that wife for this one which is probably why she is not put out on the chopping block like Michelle Obama has been.




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