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Yesterday John McCain apologized profusely when a Cincinnati talk show host, “Bouncing” Billy Cunningham (who’s show you can pick up on WLW 700 AM on a good clear winter’s night) kept referring to Barak Obama’s middle name “Hussein” during a warm-up speech before a McCain rally in Cincinnati. Here’s what happened:
“McCain, who was not onstage as Cunningham spoke, said he was told about the “disparaging remarks.”
“I absolutely repudiate such comments, and again I will take responsibility — it will never happen again. It will never happen again,” he said.
In a statement, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said that McCain’s remarks were appreciated: “It is a sign that if there is a McCain-Obama general election, it can be intensely competitive, but the candidates will attempt to keep it respectful and focused on issues.”
Cunningham said McCain “ought to attack Democrats and quit attacking conservatives like me.”
“I, for one, regret that John McCain is the nominee of the conservative party,” he said.
Cunningham told CNN that organizers in Cincinnati asked him to speak.
“They told me to fire up the crowd … get them fired up and give them some red meat,” he said.
Local campaign workers confirmed Cunningham’s account.
This just proves my point to Daniel Larison and others that John McCain is not going to run a 1988-style, Lee Atwater/Karl Rove kind of attack camapaign against Barak Obama’s ethnicity and if anyone tries to do so in his stead McCain will, as Cunningham said, throw them right under the Straight Talk Express. In fact, McCain called Obama an honorable American and if he feels that way then McCain is hardly going to run a campaign that will make Obama look un-American. So much for that.
Nope, McCain’s campaign is going about fighting the Hundred Years War and why you’re not pulling your fare share do to so. He even admits if he can’t focus the campaign on the war issue he’s all but finished. Well, Republicans should get ready to campaign in support for a war that 70% of Americans want to see solution to. If not outright withdrawal then at least some end in sight or some end game to at least conceptualize the end in sight. McCain doesn’t even promise this. Just more war. A war he’ll pay for with deficit spending since he won’t raise taxes nor will he able to find enough waste, fraud and abuse in the budget to pay for it either.
I’m sure there are those who will vote against Obama because his middle name is “Hussein” or because he doesn’t look likeÂ them or what have you. But considering all the voters who will not vote for Hilary Clinton under any circumstances whatsoever (which would give McCain a good chunk of the electorate already) I’d say that’s a wash. To most people, Obama is like the black guy at work or who’s their good neighbor. You can’t view Obama through the prism of race-baiters like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton because he was fortunate enough to be a little kid when the Civil Rights/Black Power movements were going on. He wasn’t old enough to wear dashikis or grow four-foot afros. Thus he has no baggage with white voters, even the far-left ones, the way Jackson and Sharpton had luggage racks worth of baggage. I would also remind everyone Obama is not 100 percent black. If one of the most popular golfers and sports figures in the U.S., Tiger Woods, can draw millions of fans as a mixed race person, then I don’t see why mixed race Barak Obama can’t draw millions of votes or be elected president as far-fetched as that would have been even a year ago.
Right now I’d rather be under the bus than a sitting duck to Barak Obama.