An appeal: Get a fucking grip, Obama.

I've started to follow various fact-checking websites -- among them factcheck.org.  Some with a clear political agenda and some which I hope are as non-partisan and independent as they advertise.  It worries me that Obama seems to engage in much the same tactics of half-truths and distortions in his ads as the McCain campaign.  Admittedly these distortions are not (yet) of the same magnitude as the outright lies that McCain tries to propagate, but nonetheless, they are distorions and inaccuracies.

Obama, what are you doing?  What the hell is wrong with you? 

I understand that winning the election is important.  The US and the world cannot take four more years of the sort of inept leadership we've seen the past 8 years.  That much is clear to everyone.  

Every reasonably intelligent person who bothers to read up on voting records, recent history and can judge for themselves understand that McCain and Palin are The Wrong Stuff.  They understand how McCain is flip-flopping too fast for cameras to catch and that he is too old and too ignorant. They understand that Palin is a religious nut who believes she is on a mission from God and can't wait for the end of the world to come about. 

By stooping to the levels of the McCain/Palin you are risking too much.

Have some respect for the voter.  Keep this campaign about the issues.  Make sure everything your ads say is the truth.  Sort of the truth does not cut it.

2 comments:

jnorthrop said...

Gore tried to appeal to our intellect. Look at where it got him?

Kerry tried to take the high road by ignoring the Swift Boat ads. Where did it get him?

Obama is playing offense and it is working. His attacks for the most part are fair although decidedly low-brow, but if you think he will win by playing policy wonk you are wrong. His well laid out plans have already labeled him "elitist." Simple one liners is what we need

X said...

My point is that Obama can attack McCain and Palin without stooping to their level and distort the truth. The McCain/Palin campaign are sitting ducks simply because they can't stop lying. Even about pathetic, petty small stuff.