Thursday, July 17, 2008

Surprise, surprise--Michelle Obama's negatives go up, and Barack Obama blames...

...his own version of "the vast right-wing conspiracy":

"Senator Barack Obama blamed the right-wing media for attacks on his wife, Michelle, that have driven up her negative ratings. In an interview with Glamour magazine , Mr. Obama pointed to “the conservative press — Fox News and the National Review and columnists of every ilk,” and said they “went fairly deliberately at her in a pretty systematic way” and that they “treated her as the candidate in a way that you just rarely see the Democrats try to do against Republicans.” He suggested that spouses be off limits, calling them “civilians” and saying “they didn’t sign up for this.”

Really, now, Senator? Off-limits? Who was it who had her out campaigning for you? Was it the "right wing" that forced her to be out there on the campaign trail? The fact is, that was your decision, and hers; and if someone is going to be out there on the campaign trail, then that person and what he or she says deserves to be open to analysis and criticism, if warranted.

And it wasn't the "right wing" who told her to make rather outrageous statements on the campaign trail, about how this was the first time she'd been proud of the United States in her life, about all the things Obama would "require" his followers and others to do should he be elected, about how terrible life is for both she and her husband and how much everything costs (in a desperate attempt to bond with ordinary folks, one suspects)---never mind that subsequent investigations demonstrated that she alone in her job made over $200,000 a year.

Pathetic, Senator Obama. Quit whining. And quit borrowing from the Clinton playbook; you can't blame some evil, mythical "right wing" for the messes you get yourself into.