Friday, February 23, 2007

Ballrack Oballma

Why did it take until February 22, 2007 for someone to call bullshit on Dick Cheney like this?

Obama, speaking at a massive outdoor rally in Austin, Texas, said British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision this week to withdraw 1,600 troops is a recognition that Iraq's problems can't be solved militarily.

"Now if Tony Blair can understand that, than why can't George Bush and Dick Cheney understand that?" Obama asked thousands of supporters who gathered in the rain to hear him. "In fact, Dick Cheney said this is all part of the plan (and) it was a good thing that Tony Blair was withdrawing, even as the administration is preparing to put 20,000 more of our young men and women in.

"Now, keep in mind, this is the same guy that said we'd be greeted as liberators, the same guy that said that we're in the last throes. I'm sure he forecast sun today," Obama said to laughter from supporters holding campaign signs over the heads to keep dry. "When Dick Cheney says it's a good thing, you know that you've probably got some big problems."

I have to say I've been an Obama doubter at times, not the quality of the man but the depth of governmental experience.

Well, to paraphrase Stephen Colbert, cajones do count for something. Especially smart cajones, especially these days.

With this and his smackdown back at Australian Prime Minister John Howard, it looks like Obama is anything but fearful of the far right. And a good thing, per Talking Points Memo reader LJ, who writes about the inevitable "GOP bitch slap" and which candidate seems most likely to stand up to it:
When the Australian Prime Minister said that Al Qaeda wants Obama to win, Obama responded that Howard needs to send another 20,000 Australians to the war or else he's just spewing empty rhetoric. He didn't whine about being attacked. Howard's attack seems rather Cheney-esque and I don't think he succeeded in making Obama look weak.
He has more to say specifically about Edwards and Clinton, and while you might not agree with him on his two negative examples, there's no question that when John Kerry was Swiftboated, he needed to slap back, hard, and just come out and call Bush a "deserter".

Whether or not the language would have been measured, it would have shuffled the deck and thrown the cable news debates into haywire mode.

And the rest of us would have known he had balls.

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