Obama Draws Endorsements Acorss Spectrum
I never thought I'd be quoting him favorably, but producer Michael Moore was on the Larry King show last night on CNN, and some of what he said about Sen. Barack Obama, whom he has now endorsed, bears repeating.
One, he noted that Julie Nixon had endorsed Obama last week. (And Jenna Bush implied recently she might back him). Such endorsements do tend to disprove the claim that Obama really can't cross partisan lines and would, perforce, lose to Sen. John McCain, if he wins the Democratic nomination.
Moore also pointed out that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "disgusting" in her attempts to concoct phony issues in the struggle for the Democratic nomination. Obama, he noted, never, never has suggested that people not vote for Clinton because she is a woman, or tried to use gender in any way. But Clinton constantly refers at least obliquely to the racial issue, and, has even said, duplicitiously that she doesn't know if Obama is a Muslim.
This is a disgrace. Now, Hillary declares on the Bill O'Reilly program that had she been a congregant in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Christian church she would have left long ago. Well, la te da, Hillary will do anything to keep Wright's perverse racial sentiments, disavowed completely by Obama, in voters' minds.
And, we also find out today, she has a last-minute commercial in Indiana, questioning Obama's devotion to guns. This is another way of reminding the voters he is black. But who doesn't know that already?
So now the woman who is pandering to the voters by offering a gas tax moratorium that will never come to pass, and has suggested she would "obliterate" Iran if it attacks Israel, is turning to the support of guns. This too is absolutely disgraceful. But it's what we have come to expect from Clinton just before primary day in important states.
Such tactics worked in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania, but they may not work in Indiana, the home state of the upright John Wooden. Voters there might be a little more skeptical of the authenticity of purported liberals who suggest obliterating other countries and support guns.
I think it's great that even Julie Nixon is backing Obama, especially since Hillary continues to emulate her father, who had the well-deserved nickname, "Tricky Dick." Richard Nixon said he had a plan to end the war in Vietnam in the 1968 campaign. Yet, when he came to the Presidency, he invaded Cambodia, sparking off the genocide there, and allowed many thousands more American troops to die in a war in Vietnam he would not end.
Now, Clinton says she would end the war in Iraq, which she would not, and she strikes a bellicose tone in Afghanistan and Iran. She, more than McCain, is the war candidate.
Our guide this morning in Oman said that men in the Muslim kingdom customarily have four wives. I wanted to be culturally sensitive and diplomatic, so I said, "Well, even our Hillary Clinton has been part of a harem."
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