Posts Tagged ‘Howard Gutman’

Obama Camp Says Family Off Limits, Then Attacks Palin Family

September 6, 2008

As bitterly opposed as I am to Barack Obama’s candidacy for President, I just don’t have it in me to create heinous stories about the Obamas’ two daughters, or try to destroy the Obamas’ as parents.

Apparently, that’s why I’m a Republican, and not a Democrat.

Barack Obama tried to put himself loftily above the army of liberal cockroaches who were eagerly out polluting the world with vile lies in order to advance his campaign, claiming that “families were off limits.”

But as the famous astronaut line puts it, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Obama Campaign National Finance Committee Member Criticizes Palin’s Parenting

September 05, 2008 9:27 PM

Lee Speigel

–>On the Laura Ingraham Radio show, Friday, attorney Howard Gutman — an original member of the national finance committee for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. — very directly criticized the parenting of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Ingraham was taking issue with a column by Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn, asking whether Palin’s 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy is raising “the question among the evangelical base about whether Sarah Palin has been enough of a hands-on mother.”

Pondered Quinn: “Not only do we have a woman with five children, including an infant with special needs, but a woman whose 17-year-old child will need her even more in the coming months. Not to mention the grandchild. This would inevitably be an enormous distraction for a new vice president (or president) in a time of global turmoil.”

To Ingraham, the insinuation was sexist, since no one would ask such questions of a man.

Gutman said the issue wasn’t one of gender, but one of parenting -– regardless of the gender of the parent.

“This has nothing to do with gender, whether Todd Palin was the nominee or Sarah Palin was the nominee,” Gutman said. “If my daughter had just come home at 17 years old and said, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m pregnant, we have a family problem,’ I wouldn’t say, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to take this private family problem…and you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to go on the international stage and broadcast this to the world.'”

Gutman continued, “this wasn’t a working mother issue, this was a parent issue…The proper attack is not that a woman shouldn’t run for vice president with five kids, it’s that a parent, when they have a family in need, a Down’s baby who needs them — mother or father.”

“So you are judging her parenting skills,” Ingraham said. “You’re saying you don’t think she’s a good parent for doing this job.”

“I’m saying the proper criticism is not that it’s a woman or man – it doesn’t matter whether it’s Todd or Sarah,” Gutman said. “Think of how many politicians have said it’s not the right time in my family’s life for me to run.”

Gutman cited approvingly Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., in 2004 and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner in 2008, both of whom said they weren’t going to pursue the presidency because it wasn’t the right time for their families.

“They put their family above their career,” Gutman said. “Your responsibility is to put your family first.”

“So you’re saying she’s not putting family first,” Ingraham said.

“Absolutely not,” Gutman said. “If you take a daughter who’s got this emotional strife and subject her to the most intense scrutiny of the world at this time in her life, I think you’ve put your career above your family.”

Obama spokesman Bill Burton, asked to respond to Gutman’s remarks, said “Obviously these comments do not reflect our frequently stated views that families of the candidates should be off limits.”

Several times during the interview, Ingraham expressed bewilderment that the Obama campaign would attack Palin’s parenting. Gutman said, “I don’t give you talking points, Laura, I give you Howard points.”

Howard Gutman is an original member of the Obama campaign’s finance committee.  He is one of only 35 bundlers to raise more than half a million dollars for Obama.

Here’s what the National Review, in a piece that underscores what a hypocrite Obama has been in attacking others for having “lobbyists,” had on Howard Gutman.

Other notable bundlers include former registered lobbyist and defense attorney Howard Gutman, who in 2001 represented Susan Rosenberg a member of Bill Ayers’s domestic terror group the Weather Underground, someone who was “Lobbyist of the Year” in 2006. And there are a few more influential bundlers that seem problematic, despite the fact that they haven’t been afflicted with the lobbyist pox:

So when a guy crawls out of the Obama campaign basement and slams Sarah Palin as a wife and mother – in spite of Barack Obama’s hoity-toity “See how nice I am” ban against attacking families – and then we find out that he’s a “former lobbyist of the year” – in spite of Barack Obama’s equally hoity-toity rhetoric on lobbyists – well, that’s what they call a double whammy dose of that nasty enema solution known as HYPOCRISY.

And on top of that, we get to find out that, not only is Barack Obama friends with terrorist bomber William Ayers, but his slimeball friends are friends with him too.

When some sub-rodent vermin like Howard Gutman believes he has the character and credibility to attack an outstanding woman like Sarah Palin, you know that these people are fundamentally morally insane.

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