Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Obama: Have we ever Seen a More Thin-Skinned Candidate?

Read more from Scott Martin at Conservatism Today.

Calm down, I said 'thin-skinned.' We can still say that, right?

Barack Obama reacted in an extraordinarily defensive manner to a simple question from a Nevada reporter recently. From Hot Air:

RALSTON: I guess what the American people want to know though Senator, is what is the real difference between you and John McCain. You are running this ad tying him to the industry saying that he has taken all of these contributions, but as you well know there is a story out today about how you supported the Dick Cheney bill and he opposed it. That bill gave subsidies to the oil and gas companies, John McCain opposed the bill saying those are tax breaks for those companies, Barack Obama favored it.

SEN. OBAMA: Hold on a second Jon, I thought I was talking to you instead of debating John McCain, but I am happy to let you serve as his proxy. The fact of the matter is that I supported that energy bill saying at the time that those tax breaks were wrong but also recognizing that this was the largest investment in alternative energy in history. And that it was important for us, for the solar industry to get off the ground in places like Nevada, for to get wind kicked off the ground, that that was something that we had to do and I immediately said during that time and subsequently that we should strip out those tax breaks for oil companies. I would point out that in December of last year, we had a vote to strip out those tax breaks for oil companies, there was one Senator that did not vote on that measure, and that was John McCain.

Absolutely stunning. A reporter asks a valid question, and Obama accuses him of serving as John McCain's proxy? Perhaps Barry is far too inexperienced to remember these days, but it used to be considered the job of the media to ask the difficult questions of our political leaders. He berates a man fr simply doing his job. Obama seems afraid of any real debate on the issues. He apparently envisions a future where he eloquently proclaims his latest positions on the issues of the day (using a prepared speech, of course) and then goes off into his White House without answering questions, while Congress thanks him with a hearty "heil, mein Fuhrer" and goes off to implement his orders.

In the rest of the interview, Ralston presses Obama on his policy reversals and asks him how voters can trust him not to shift again for political reasons. In Nevada, the proposed nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain remains a highly controversial topic, and Ralston wonders aloud when Obama will change his mind and support it — a killer for him in Nevada. Obama gets offended at the suggestion:

SEN. OBAMA: John, don’t put words in my mouth or anticipate what I am going to do. I’ve been opposed to Yucca Mountain from the start so if the suggestion is that John McCain who is in favor of Yucca right now should get a pass on that.

He was opposed to telecom immunity at the start, supported public financing at the start, thought the surge would create more violence at the start, and so on, and so on. “Don’t anticipate what I am going to do?” No one can anticipate what he will do — that’s the problem.

That's the way Obama wants it. We are not to anticipate what he will do, we are to humbly accept his greater wisdom whenever he chooses to give it, without question.


  1. This is pretty one sided. Both of these candidates are running on basically no sleep for months on end and dealing with questions both valid and stupid at all times.

    I recall a clip from a few months back where McCain nearly ripped a reporters head off for asking him whether he had considered joining Kerry's ticket in 2004. And McCain in general is notoriously temperamental. He once even referred to his wife by a very vulgar slur in public (too vulgar to reprint here).

    Heck, I get cranky on one or two days with little sleep.

    There's no story here.

  2. If you are looking for fair and balanced coverage, you won't get it from me. I have an agenda, namely keeping America safe from liberals.