Using Democrats Against DemocratsMany Democrats are still operating under the illusion that in spite of the bitter, nasty, divisive primary campaign that just now appears to be drawing to a close (maybe), they are somehow going to win in November. While it is certainly possible that John McCain will not use every advantage the Democrats are giving him, if he opens up and decides to fight, there is an opportunity to rout the Democrats. In recent days, his campaign is showing some signs of fight:
Asked to respond to Obama's comment that the 71-year old
senator is "losing his bearings," McCain said today that questions raised about
his age are "fine with me."
And, he added, if age is a legitimate issue,
so are a few things about his likely opponent.
"Every issue that the
American people want to be an issue, and it's part of their discussions, it's
fine with me," he said in response to the question about his age.
missing a beat, he added the controversial statements of Jeremiah Wright onto
that same list. Obama, McCain noted, "has said that [Wright] is a legitimate
topic of discussion.” He added, “If that's what the American people want to
discuss, that's fine.”
McCain also told reporters that the recent
complimentary remarks ofObama by a Hamas spokesman are also fair game for
debate. Prefacing his comment by saying he believes it's clear Obama "shares
nothing of the values or goals of Hamas," the presumptive GOP nominee added that
the Palestinian organization's favorable assessment of Obama's candidacy is "a
legitimate point of discussion."
"That's of interest to the American
people," he said. "And that is something that needs to be discussed."
If liberals and Democrats don't think their own words can and will be used against them on the campaign trail by our side to unbelievable effect, perhaps they need a bit of a reminder of just how effective the words of an angry Democrat in their own primaries is when used in a Republican General Election campaign.