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bobbys
04-30-2012, 09:14 PM
Did Obama Spike the ball.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-tv/arianna-obama-bin-laden-romney-ad_b_1464156.html

Captain Intrepid
04-30-2012, 09:39 PM
She'd be right, assuming the advertisement is what it sounds to be. I despise attack ads from anyone, aimed at anyone.

David G
04-30-2012, 10:21 PM
Well... Obama certainly has the right, it seems to me, to celebrate his accomplishments... including the elimination of a high-profile enemy.

What candidates DON'T have the right to do is to question - on no evidence - what goes on inside their opponent's head. A gratuitous - again, on no evidence... or in spite of the existing evidence - shot at another's motives or character.

Is that what Obama did? Of course we'll all decide for ourselves. Probably based on our pre-existing partisan biases... what else is new.

My first thought was that I didn't like such negative advertising, and I assumed it was a cheap-shot. In fact, it reminded me of a thread I'd just started:

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?147282-Jimmy-Carter-Defended

Then I recalled that Romney had criticized efforts by the Obama folks to hunt down BinLaden (partly as a defense of Bush's failure to do so, IIRC). Maybe he opened himself up to such speculation by the Obama team? Maybe's Obama's comments WEREN'T 'on no evidence'.

Then I watched the ad.

My conclusions:

First -- I still hate negative ads. I hate that they're effective. I hate that even the good guys (you define that for yourself) have to resort to them... or risk being overwhelmed by the opponents attack ads. I hate that we're stuck with them.

Second -- I'm not convinced that Obama's speculation about Romney's backbone was such a cheap-shot as I initially thought. But still - no one knows for sure what decision a man will make when the rubber hits the road... and you're in the hotseat. Probably, no one of us even knows it about themselves. So... it's speculative. But... given Romney's prior comments on the issue... not gratuitously speculative.

Lew Barrett
04-30-2012, 10:33 PM
I have a question related to Mrs. Huffington's comments, given her usual status (or lack of) as a commentator by the right wing. Does her equanimity in her criticism of the President make anybody who'd normally be inclined to discount everything she says see her in a different light, or do you reckon she just slipped? I have always found her witty, charming and exceptionally well informed, so it comes as no surprise to me that she plays the field in this way.

She's easily my number one pick for any debate with right leaning commentators or political consultants. So bobbys, will you have any more of her or was she only any good just this one time?

skipper68
04-30-2012, 10:42 PM
She sold her sight for Zillions, she has no word NOW. So, here we are. WHO will use the law, in office, to confine us? All our right wingers are banned.EEKK!

LeeG
05-01-2012, 05:31 AM
Did Obama Spike the ball.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-tv/arianna-obama-bin-laden-romney-ad_b_1464156.html


Is this a question.

SamSam
05-01-2012, 08:44 AM
Romney said what he said. Obama said what he would do and did it.

If the issue is using the death of OBL or 911 for political purposes, I can't believe rightwingers would be so stupid as to make that an issue.

boatbuddha
05-01-2012, 08:48 AM
Where was all the Republican outrage when Karl Rove was hammering the democrats with 9/11 back in 2002 and 2004?

Nicholas Scheuer
05-01-2012, 08:59 AM
Does AH realize she is on the same team as Karl Rove? She should be wearing sack cloth and ashes, fercryingoutloud. The NERVE of the woman!

boatbuddha
05-01-2012, 09:04 AM
Does AH realize she is on the same team as Karl Rove? She should be wearing sack cloth and ashes, fercryingoutloud. The NERVE of the woman!


The point is both sides act indignant when the other side does the same things they do. There's a reason it's called silly season.

L.W. Baxter
05-01-2012, 09:08 AM
Yeah, whatever.

I am in favor of the Obama campaign doing anything necessary to win. We saw what happened last time a Democrat took the high road when being smeared: four extra years of the worst president in living memory.

Sic 'em, boys.

Lew Barrett
05-01-2012, 09:18 AM
Yeah, whatever.

I am in favor of the Obama campaign doing anything necessary to win. We saw what happened last time a Democrat took the high road when being smeared: four extra years of the worst president in living memory.

Sic 'em, boys.

I agree, especially since reviewing Romney's cmments of a year or so ago make him look like a joker in respect to getting Bin Ladin.

I am surprised that Huffington took the tack she did on this, but reckon it's an anomaly. Everything is subject to being political fodder. Rove has and will stoop to anything to make his point. The gloves are off.

When Huffington returns to form, the right will disavow her just as quickly.

L.W. Baxter
05-01-2012, 09:22 AM
I'm not surprised; Democrats have a long history of self-inflicted wounds. It comes with the liberal psychology.

Paul Pless
05-01-2012, 09:31 AM
I watched the video, and failed to see anything controversial about it, whatsoever.we shouldn't be surprised

Lew Barrett
05-01-2012, 09:37 AM
I'm not surprised; Democrats have a long history of self-inflicted wounds. It comes with the liberal psychology.

Huffington is smart; I'd expect better from her on this sort of thing, but I get your point.

Paul Pless
05-01-2012, 09:39 AM
unspecified bombs???

wardd
05-01-2012, 09:45 AM
Where was all the Republican outrage when Karl Rove was hammering the democrats with 9/11 back in 2002 and 2004?

especially while bush was looking the other way when the attacks occurred

Andrew Craig-Bennett
05-01-2012, 09:53 AM
Whenever Arianna shows up as Protector of the Downtrodden an image flashes into my mind of her at the Trinity May Ball of 1973 wearing a dress of cloth of gold.

BA.Barcolounger
05-01-2012, 09:55 AM
n December 2003, U.S. forces captured Saddam (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,105706,00.html) in Iraq. He had been hiding in a hole in the ground. Two months later, as Kerry began to wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/ballot_box/2004/02/kerried_away.html), Gillespie, who was then the RNC chairman, embarked on a media tour to brand Kerry a wimp. Here’s Gillespie on CBS in February 2004: “If his policies were in place, Saddam Hussein would not only be in Baghdad; he'd still be in Kuwait.” And on CNN: “If his policies were in place, Saddam Hussein would not only be in Baghdad today, he'd still be in Kuwait, and we would not be waging an aggressive war against terror (http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0402/23/ltm.05.html).” And on NBC: “If John Kerry had his policies in place today, Saddam Hussein would not only be in Baghdad, he'd be in Kuwait.” And on Fox: “If his policies were in place today, Saddam Hussein would not only be in Baghdad, he'd be in Kuwait (http://209.157.64.201/focus/f-news/1088252/posts).” And at a Republican dinner: “"If Sen. Kerry's policies were in place today, Saddam Hussein would not only be in Baghdad, he would still be in Kuwait (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-03-12/news/0403120262_1_sen-kerry-bush-adviser-karen-hughes-president-bush).” And so on. That summer, Gillespie turned the Republican National Convention into a martial victory parade. Speaker after speaker bragged that Bush had defeated, deposed, and captured Saddam—and that Kerry couldn’t be trusted to make such tough calls. “We have captured or killed hundreds of al-Qaida,” Vice President Dick Cheney crowed (http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/cheney.html). “In Iraq, we dealt with a gathering threat and removed the regime of Saddam Hussein. … Tonight he sits in jail.” Cheney went on: “Time and again, Sen. Kerry has made the wrong call on national security. … America needs and America has a president we can count on to get it right.”


Introducing Bush at the convention, New York Gov. George Pataki reminded voters of the hole in which Saddam had been found (http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/pataki.html): “President Bush understands we can't just wait for the next attack. We have to go after them, in their training camps, in their hiding places, in their spider holes.” The convention’s keynoter, Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., used Saddam’s capture to smear Kerry (http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/miller.html): “As a war protester, Kerry blamed our military. As a senator, he voted to weaken our military. … President Bush is committed to providing the kind of forces it takes to root out terrorists, no matter what spider hole they may hide in.”


McCain, the main speaker on the convention’s opening night, hailed Bush’s courage (http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/mccain.html): “He ordered American forces to Afghanistan and took the fight to our enemies, and away from our shores, seriously injuring al-Qaida and destroying the regime that gave them safe haven. … President Bush made the difficult decision to liberate Iraq. … We need a leader with the experience to make the tough decisions and the resolve to stick with them.” Romney, in his speech, argued that Kerry lacked this toughness (http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/romney.html): “I don’t believe Sen. Kerry is the leader our country needs. … He’s campaigned against the war all year, but says he’d vote yes today. I don’t want presidential leadership that comes in 57 varieties.” And Bush, in his acceptance address, described the loneliness of making the call to take down Saddam: “I faced the kind of decision that comes only to the Oval Office (http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/bush.html).”






Hypocrites.

Shang
05-01-2012, 10:02 AM
WASHINGTON POST, PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that he would have given the order to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Asked by reporters following a campaign event here whether he would have given the order to go after bin Laden, Romney suggested that any president would have made the same decision as President Obama.
“Of course. Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said, referring to the former Democratic president known for his reluctance to use military force.

"…Even Jimmy Carter…" ?

Romney's got a lot of damn gall. Evidently he doesn't remember that during the Iran Hostage Crisis Jimmy Carter rejected the Iranian demands, and ordered Operation Eagle Claw, the secret rescue mission. When Eagle Claw failed because of mechanical problems and the crash of a helicopter and a refuelling aircraft, Carter was devastated, but took full responsibility on himself.

Romney's remark was ignorant and snide.

Gerarddm
05-01-2012, 10:20 AM
Quietly acknowledging the ObL anniversary would have been better. As some have noted though, the over reaction from Republicans has been as phony as a three dollar bill, given their Mission Accomplished triumphalism.

In particular, remember Joe Biden's devastating barb about Rudy Giuliani? That all Rudy has was ' a noun, a verb, and then 9/11'.

Greg Nolan
05-01-2012, 10:24 AM
Some here seem upset because Obama did what Bush tried to do, but couldn't, and did what Romney said, unequivocally, shouldn't be done -- eliminate Bin Laden.

Sounds to me that those who criticize the ad really want Bin Laden to be alive and well still. Romney did say that he didn't think it worth the effort to go after Bin Laden, didn't he?

How is it an "attack" for Obama to simply point out that his policy on Bin Laden was different than Romney's clearly-stated position? Isn't that why we have campaigns before elections-- to learn about the policies of the candidates?

wardd
05-01-2012, 10:29 AM
max cleland

Shang
05-01-2012, 10:37 AM
max cleland

In his detailed recounting of that hellish time [the Bush administration], Cleland in particular expresses outrage at the negative ads that cost him his Senate seat. Republican challenger Saxby Chambliss ran TV commercials featuring Cleland alongside photos of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, falsely implying that the Senator had voted against the proposed Department of Homeland Security,
Soon after the ad started running, GOP Senators John McCain and Chuck Hagel expressed their outrage at the dirty tactics. Cleland says that Hagel approached him and went so far as to offer to do a TV spot rebutting the hateful Chambliss ad "even though it was being aired by his own party."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/17/max-cleland-memoir-former_n_287674.html

wardd
05-01-2012, 10:50 AM
In his detailed recounting of that hellish time [the Bush administration], Cleland in particular expresses outrage at the negative ads that cost him his Senate seat. Republican challenger Saxby Chambliss ran TV commercials featuring Cleland alongside photos of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, falsely implying that the Senator had voted against the proposed Department of Homeland Security,
Soon after the ad started running, GOP Senators John McCain and Chuck Hagel expressed their outrage at the dirty tactics. Cleland says that Hagel approached him and went so far as to offer to do a TV spot rebutting the hateful Chambliss ad "even though it was being aired by his own party."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/17/max-cleland-memoir-former_n_287674.html

2 points

wow 2 republicans spoke up

and the adds were run anyway

John of Phoenix
05-01-2012, 12:13 PM
Let's not forget Regan's brave order to invade Grenada! Talk about gronicles.

Then Daddy Bush took on the entire combined Armed Forces of Panama.

Then dubya invaded the wrong country.

They “faced the kind of decision that comes only to the Oval Office.” There ought to be some sort of medal for stuff like that.

wardd
05-01-2012, 12:50 PM
then there was the iraqui army, not exactly the wehrmacht

John of Phoenix
05-01-2012, 01:25 PM
It just occured to me what incredible, truly ballsy decisions the invasions Grenada and Panama actually were. What would have happend to Regan or Daddy Bush if either had FAILED?

It really was all on the line for those brave men.

wardd
05-01-2012, 02:03 PM
It just occured to me what incredible, truly ballsy decisions the invasions Grenada and Panama actually were. What would have happend to Regan or Daddy Bush if either had FAILED?

It really was all on the line for those brave men.

remember beirut?

Lew Barrett
05-01-2012, 02:19 PM
Whenever Arianna shows up as Protector of the Downtrodden an image flashes into my mind of her at the Trinity May Ball of 1973 wearing a dress of cloth of gold.

She frequently comments on her life before switching parties, but in the long run nothing has changed in that Arianna Huffington remains a very wealthy woman. I'd still sooner see her supporting public policies that make economic and political sense for the majority of the people that read her columns than policies that extend privilege to a few. She seems to have made that transition since 1973, but I am not up on her personal behavior. I recall you mentioning this before, but I don't remember the context.

John of Phoenix
05-01-2012, 02:41 PM
remember beirut?I think pulling the Marines out was a sensible call. He'd be strung up by his Sissy Little Tea Bags if it were to happen today though.

John Smith
05-01-2012, 03:42 PM
I wonder where one draws the line at running on one's record. Especially when one's opponent says you can't run on your record.

I don't think Romney's words today carry much weight. What did he say back then? Now, we are told, he advocated exactly what Obama did to save GM. Back then, he opposed it.

Gerarddm
05-01-2012, 06:16 PM
" Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive "