Why Obama Didn’t Go Far Enough To Condemn Palin Attackers

In the face of rather vicious attacks by the left against Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Barack Obama came out with a strong statement that families should be off-limits in presidential campaigns.

But he failed to go as far as he needed to go, or frankly as far as he should have gone.

The worst perpetrator of the hate directed against Sarah Palin came from the Daily Kos.

Barack Obama was one of the Democrats who boycotted the Fox News Debate but participated in the Daily Kos debate.  It is frankly amazing that Democratic candidates for President of the United States would boycott an event hosted by the largest cable news channel in the nation and then attend an event hosted by an organization that rejoiced in the death of Tony Snow in the most graphic, despicable ways imaginable.

Liberals claim that Fox News is biased; but in rejecting the Fox event but agreeing to participate in the Daily Kos event – which is a far left radical hate site (see also its connection to anti-Semitism) – Barack Obama has tied himself to this organization.

By participating in its forum, he helped legitimatize it.

So when the Daily Kos led the shockingly hateful campaign to claim that Sarah Palin was not the mother of her young son Trig, but that rather her daughter Bristol was – and even charged that the father was Sarah’s husband and Bristol’s father Todd Palin – Barack Obama really needed to come out and forcefully condemn this hate group.  He did not do so.

The Daily Kos – cowards that they are – purged the article from their site after yesterday’s revelation that Bristol is five months pregnant with a child of her own, making it impossible that she could be the mother of Trig.  When caught in a flat-out lie, these purveyors of hate merely scrub the evidence, and then move on to their next lie.  A partial transcript of the Daily Kos story is here.

As to Obama’s statement, the Politico had this:

The recently dialed-down Democratic response to Palin’s nomination is an indicator that the Obama campaign is beginning to understand what it’s up against.

At a press availability Monday in Monroe, Mich., Obama strongly distanced himself from personal attacks on Palin.

“I have said before, and I will repeat again: People’s families are off-limits,” Obama said. “And people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know, my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics.”

Obama also firmly insisted that his campaign was not responsible for the proliferation of rumors about Palin’s family in the liberal blogosphere:

“I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us,” he said. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I thought there was somebody in my campaign who was involved in something like that, they would be fired.”

I don’t believe that the Obama campaign created the malicious hate that permeated the left wing blogs.  I don’t know that he wouldn’t stoop to such behavior if he felt he needed to, but he doesn’t need to; outfits like the Daily Kos do it for him.

There does seem to be a recognition by the Obama camp that going after Sarah Palin too aggressively had a deleterious effect on them.  It’s one thing to criticize a candidate’s ideas or policies, quite another to venture into negative attack.

As long as he continues to allow the Daily Kos – which he is now and forevermore affiliated with – to launch hate campaigns that advance his political interests, he is part of what they do, whether he asks them to do it or not.

So, as I hear Barack Obama say that familes are off limits, yada yada yada, excuse me, but I just hear a guy saying the politically expedient thing, rather than doing the courageous thing.

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