Monday, March 03, 2008

okay, class. let's review.

Let's go over a few things, so we can be clear.

1. Barack Obama is not a Muslim.
1a. There is nothing wrong with being a Muslim.
1b. Most people know this.
1c. Some people, however, don't know this.
1d. Since we're engaged in a conflict with radical Islamic terrorist groups, some people think that all Muslims are radical Islamic terrorists.
1e. Therefore, the mistaken view that Barack Obama is a Muslim could be politically damaging to him.
1f. Hillary Clinton knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Barack Obama is a Christian.
1g. She's been in politics, as she likes to point out, for a very long time.
1h. Hillary Clinton knows how to choose her words. She's nothing if not careful.
1i. When Hillary Clinton is probed on 60 Minutes, "You said you'd take Senator Obama at his word that he's not…a Muslim. You don't believe that he's…," and she responds, "No. No, there is nothing to base that on. As far as I know," she knows exactly what she's doing.
1j. Hillary Clinton is leaving room for doubt.
1k. Otherwise she would have said, "Look, I know full well that Barack Obama is a Christian."
1l. Should any of this matter? No.
1m. Does it? Yes.
(1n. If the shoe were on the other foot, I have no doubt that Ol' Obama would have come right out and said the above on Clinton's behalf. But that's speculation and extra credit so you don't have to memorize that.)

All right. Moving on.

2. The Canadian Embassy has come out and stated unequivocally the following:

The Canadian Embassy and our Consulates General regularly contact those involved in all of the presidential campaigns and, periodically, report on these contacts to interested officials. In the recent report produced by the Consulate General in Chicago, there was no intention to convey, in any way, that Senator Obama and his campaign team were taking a different position in public from views expressed in private, including about NAFTA. We deeply regret any inference that may have been drawn to that effect.

This is in reference to a meeting that one of Obama's advisors had with a Canadian official, a memo surfacing from which suggested that Obama's been talking out of both sides of his mouth on NAFTA. Well, there you go. There you fuckin' have it, as it were. There you have it, Wolf Blitzer. The only 'pretty embarrassing' thing in this story is your coverage.

3. Tony Rezko's trial starts today.
3a. CNN is all, WOW, BAD TIMING.
3b. When, what? Obama isn't a factor in this trial.
3c. But it makes a hot story! Is the worm turning? And whatnot.

4. Wolf Blitzer is a fuckin' potatohead.

Thank you. That is all. Class dismissed.

P.S. This is from John Aravosis at Americablog. Food for thought.

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