Sarah Palin to Obama: I challenge you to debate anytime, anywhere
Quick question: Is the average American more likely to vote against
Barack Obama because he was close to a Harvard law school professor who
advanced critical race theory or because, under his administration,
unemployment has never been below 8 percent and gas prices have risen to
as much as $6 in some places?
The Obama campaign is masterful at turning distractions to the
advantage of the incumbent president and his reelection effort.
Conservative backlash to the contraception mandate becomes the Obama
campaign’s vehicle to rally the ire of liberals and to paint
conservatives as extreme on social issues. The release of a video that
underscores Obama’s radical past becomes a vehicle to rally the ire of
liberals and to paint conservatives as extreme on racial issues.
By now, conservatives should know what happens when we discuss
anything in terms other than freedom and the president’s failures as a
president: The president uses our words to his political advantage, even
if he has to lie to do it. Conservatives want to ban contraception!
Conservatives think Obama will bring back racial discrimination against
the Obama campaign’s use of Sarah Palin in a campaign ad is evidence
that they don’t have a very savvy playbook. I disagree. Unless voters do
a little research into critical race theory, the president’s connection
to it and the full context of Sarah Palin’s comments, they’ll see the
Obama campaign ad, think Sarah Palin is stupid and representative of the
GOP at large, and either stay home on Election Day or vote Obama. That
ad isn’t going to hurt Obama’s reelection effort, that’s for sure.
The Obama machine’s ability to distort and spin what conservatives say isn’t necessarily a reason not to
engage in discussions about the morality of contraception or about
critical race theory, though. The Internet is the perfect salon for such
discussions — a place for us to hash out ideas … and not worry so much about what effect our discussions will have on the elections in November.
The campaign trail is not such a place. In the midst of all the
distractions, the GOP candidates — and anyone who could be perceived as
surrogates for them, including Sarah Palin — have to maintain strict
message discipline. Fortunately, in her response to the Obama campaign’s
ad against her, Sarah Palin, for the most part, did that:
“I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy
to accept the dubious honor of being Barack Obama’s ‘enemy of the week’
if that includes the opportunity to debate him on the issues Americans
are actually concerned about,” Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page,
posted late Monday. Palin was responding to a Web video fundraising for
Obama that uses recent footage of Palin criticizing the president.
Palin also offered a challenge to Obama.
“I’m willing and free to discuss these issues with the President anywhere, anytime,” Palin wrote. …
Palin said it is an example of Obama’s “diversionary tactics” that
“shows that our President sure seems fearful of discussing the economy,
energy prices, and all the other problems people need addressed.”
At this point, if the GOP candidates really want to beat
Obama, their every word and action should primarily be determined by
this consideration, “Will this help me beat the president in the general
election?” That sounds cynical, but it’s politics. Incidentally, it’s
also why I marvel that so many people want to run for office.
What we need in the White House is a good president. What we need on
the campaign trail is a good politician. Any one of the GOP candidates
would be a better president than Obama; now’s when we need them to prove
they’re all also better politicians.
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