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Why not challenge Palin to a debate, Mr. Obama?

 

Oddly enough, Barack Obama’s latest campaign attack ad is leveled at Sarah Palin, dishonestly editing a number of her remarks into a one-minute video that can’t even rebut any of the phony sound bites Team Obama manufactured, other than to unilaterally declare “these attacks are wrong and dangerous” at the end of the video:

As a look into the twisted psychology of this failed President and his desperate campaign team, the video is fascinating.  For starters, there’s the implication that merely criticizing the Dear Leader is “wrong and dangerous.”  The correct path of good citizens is quiet obedience!

What makes the ad truly bizarre is that Palin is not running against Obama, or running for any elected office at all.  She’s a private citizen, whose comments Team Obama heavily edited to turn her into a demon figure, apparently in the belief that it will help them raise money and energize their dispirited base.  Wasn’t it just a few days ago that Obama was lecturing us about the evils of demonizing private citizens – particularly female ones – because they choose to become involved in civic affairs?

Palin responded to the Obama ad with a Facebook post, in which she offered to “talk about the real issues” with the President:

Just off the top of my head, a few of these concerning issues include: a debt crisis that has us hurtling towards a Greek-style collapse, entitlement programs going bankrupt, a credit downgrade for the first time in our history, a government takeover of the health care industry that makes care more expensive and puts a rationing panel of faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor (aka a “death panel”), $4 and $5 gas at the pump exacerbated by an anti-drilling agenda that rejects good paying energy sector jobs and makes us more dependent on dangerous foreign regimes, a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending, a global presidential apology tour that’s made us look feeble and ridiculous, a housing market in the tank, the longest streak of high unemployment since World War II, private-sector job creators and industry strangled by burdensome regulations and an out-of-control Obama EPA, an attack on the Constitutional protection of religious liberty, an attack on private industry in right-to-work states, crony capitalism run amok in an administration in bed with their favored cronies to the detriment of genuine free market capitalism, green energy pay-to-play kickbacks to Obama campaign donors, and a Justice Department still stonewalling on a bungled operation that armed violent Mexican drug lords and led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people.

Palin allows that she might have “missed a few things,” but that list sounds good enough for a three-hour Lincoln-Douglas-style debate, which Palin would be happy to hold “anywhere, anytime” – provided “any of the four patriots currently running for the GOP nomination” don’t want to take advantage of the opportunity.

So, how about it, Mr. President?  Your cowardly attempts to whip up your base by demonizing a private citizen have led to her gracious extension of an offer to repeat this garbage to her face.  How many great leaders of American history have tried to run against the vice-presidential candidate from the previous ticket, after they retired from all elected offices?  Here’s your chance to convince us what a brilliant strategy that is!

Obama should benefit from widespread public exposure to Palin’s “wrong and dangerous” ideas, and from the way a debate with Palin would diminish the four actual GOP candidates for president, especially if he mopped the floor with her.  And that’s what should happen, right?  Granted he won’t have his campaign propagandists available to edit her remarks, but he should still be able to demolish this contemptible snowbilly and her “drill, baby, drill” slogans, shouldn’t he?

What’s the matter, McFly?  You’re not… chicken, are ya?

 

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