April 06, 2008

McCain A Warmonger? Obama Campaign Responds Weakly

Moonbat Ed Schultz stirred the throngs of Barack Obama supporters with accusations that GOP candidate John McCain is a "warmonger":
Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign on Saturday repudiated liberal talk show host Ed Schultz’s description of Sen. John McCain as a warmonger, a comment made to an audience that Obama later addressed.

Schultz, host of a nationally syndicated radio program based in Fargo, warmed up the crowd Friday at a $100-a-person fundraiser for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party in Grand Forks when he tagged the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting as a “warmonger,” Schultz acknowledged in a telephone interview Saturday.

He said he has used the term many times on the air to refer to McCain because of his support for the war in Iraq.

“He voted for this war. He’s a perpetrator of the war. He’s an advocate of the war,” Schultz said. “In my personal definition, that’s a warmonger.”

Obama was not in the room when Schultz spoke. [of course not] The candidate spoke after a series of introductions by the state’s three Democrats in Congress.

Obama thanked Schultz and called him “the voice of progressive radio.”

But on Saturday, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement: “John McCain is not a warmonger and should not be described as such. He’s a supporter of a war that Senator Obama believes should have never been authorized and never been waged.”

At a campaign appearance in Arizona Saturday, McCain said Obama should condemn Schultz’s use of warmonger.

“I would hope that in keeping with his commitment that Senator Obama would condemn such language, since it was part of his campaign,” McCain said.

“That kind of language is unnecessary,” he said.
Unnecessary, yes. Unexpected? No.

The Obama campaign's mealy-mouthed doublespeak--that McCain "is not a warmonger" but that Obama believes McCain's record is essentially not only wrong but morally incorrect--says basically the same thing, just more tactfully and not as a contentious epithet.

So much for "clean" campaigning from Obama's affiliates.

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