Too late, too late! Top Democrats ratcheted their umbrage meters upto stun. Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement, Time after timein this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show thathe has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-linerhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. Does the Obama team think Romney secretly sympathizes with the callto put their guy in the dock? No, they know better. They re justmaneuvering for a tiny bit of rhetorical advantage in a campaignthat s becoming more personal by the day. Handling supporters who go over the line isn t easy, after all.Sure, in the 2008 campaign Sen. Blackberry LCD Screens
John McCain did it pretty well. After a rally supporter called Obama an Arab who couldn t be trusted, Senator McCain took the mike andsaid, No, ma am, he s a decent family man. But it s more common for candidates to look on with a strainedsmile that says, I hope that person did not say what I think theyjust said Even some generally liberal commentators sounded as if they thoughtthe blistering Democratic response seemed a touch … sensitive. Blackberry LCD Screens
It would be nice if we could establish some kind of clearstandard for when candidates are and aren t responsible for thethings their supporters say, but that isn t going to happenanytime soon, since both campaigns seem to think they profit fromjumping on such episodes, perhaps because they re easy ways tomotivate base supporters, wrote Greg Sargent on his liberal Plum Line Washington Post blog . Others added that the problem here is not Romney s response perse, but the political culture that produced the woman s comment.If Donald Trump can question whether the president is legally a US citizen, whycan t the rank-and-file yell treason ? I m not sure which is worse: the idea that we re all supposedto care whether or not Mitt Romney adequately knocks down the crazyevery time it s thrust in his face … or the fact that the crazyis constantly thrust in his face (and that he and other Republicanleaders encourage it), wrote George Washington University political scientist Jonathan Bernstein on his A plain blog about politics . Conservatives, meanwhile, charged Democrats with hypocrisy. Samsung LCD Screens
At the RedState blog , Ben Howe pointed out that at a Labor Day rally with President Obama in 2011, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa said Democrats should take these [Republican expletives] out. Interviewed afterward, White House adviser Daniel Pfeiffer said that officials shouldn t beresponsible for everything said and don t have to serve as the speech police. So there you have it, wrote Mr. Howe.
There is absolutelynothing worse than a man of Governor Romney s stature stayingquiet while awful things are said about his opponent. This issomething that Obama would never find himself on the wrong end of.Unless of course when he was exactly on the other end of it justlast year.