I think the McCain campaign is terrified that this election might get away from them sooner rather than later. They are still relatively close as a recent Rasmussen poll had him down just 6%. This before picking a VP or the Republican National Convention bump. Yet this week he seems to be trying to throw everything possible at Obama as if his defeat is imminent.
From author Muzikal203 at the Daily Kos:
At the Holocaust memorial, Obama wore a white skullcap as he laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Nazis.
Later, he said: “I am always taken back to sort of the core question of humanity that the Holocaust raises. That is, on the one hand, man’s great capacity for evil, and on the other hand, our ability to come together to stop evil.“
He added, “So despite this record of monumental tragedy this ultimately is a place of hope because it reminds us of our obligations and responsibilities hopefully to raise a better future for our children and our grandchildren.” He said he hoped he could bring his two young daughters with him on his next trip.
In signing the guestbook, he wrote, “May we remember those who perished, not only as victims but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.“
I’m looking for the full text of what Obama wrote in the guestbook, but have not found it online yet. In the note he invokes the phrase “Never Again”.
McCan’ts people were quick to respond quoting that portion of the guestbook with this press release:
Obama on Genocide
Obama today at Yad Vashem:
“Let our children come here and know this history so they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again.’ And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us and who have become symbols of the human spirit.”
Obama on July 20, 2007:
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.
“Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven’t done,” Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Unfortunately, for the McCan’t fact checkers, Obama has clearly been on record as wanting to keep a military response unit in Iraq to stop any such ethnic cleansing. And it could be argued that Obama was stating that when considering US war policy it’s just not as simple as “there is a need”, we have to evaluate a whole stratum of things before we make the leap into war. I know, you warmongers have been spoiled like children given chocolate for dinner with the current blood thirsty administration, so perhaps you don’t understand the decision to actually go to war and kill thousands of people should be one that is given the most sober of contemplation.
When asked to clarify their attack McCain aide Michael Goldfarb responded:
“Today he says ‘never again.’ A year ago stopping genocide wasn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces in Iraq. Doesn’t that strike you as inconsistent?”
And as for the overall attack. It is classless. First of all, McCan’t point is dubious. Secondly, Obama was at a place that some may find sacred. It’s certainly a place people visit with a large amount of reverence and respect. For him to be attacked for his words is jam droppingly bad politics for a man that touts himself as a straight shooter that is running a “clean” campaign. How the fuck is this clean campaigning? The thing that eases my mind on this is that McCan’t point didn’t score. No one will vote based on this attack. Yet this flub looks like another “oops” on the campaign trial and might be a catalyst to increasing his downhill slide into being the victim of an election rout.