Another sign of the Democrats grasping at straws in their eagerness to attack Republicans is their attempt to read an attack on the likely Democratic presidential nominee in President Bush’s address last Thursday to the Knesset in Jerusalem.
Yet, in that speech, the president made no reference to Barack Obama nor to the Democratic Party, mentioning the name of only one Democrat, former President Harry S Truman and then in a mostly favorable context. So, what was the reference which so excited all the leading Democrats as well as a growing list of left-wing bloggers, ever looking to be offended by conservatives’ comments and Republican remarks? Well, you see, the president faulted those (“some” was his exact word) who would “negotiate with the terrorists and radicals,” likening them to Nazi appeasers.
New York Times reporters Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jim Rutenberg observe that the president’s remarks have been “widely interpreted as a rebuke to Senator Barack Obama,” who has advocated greater engagement with countries like Iran and Syria.”
Note the clever use of the passive here. “Widely interpreted” if your idea of a broad-range of interpretation includes Democrats and their supporters in the mainstream media.
And the Democrats have been quick to allege that Obama was the target of these remarks. As the Wall Street Journal put it, “the party’s top four Democrats [have] come roaring out of the blocks in unison.” Even Joe Biden joined in the fun, using an expletive to fault the president for saying something he didn’t say.
Given the speed of the new media, that due to my focus on gay marriage last week, I’m only getting to this now, it seems that other bloggers and pundits have already said pretty much all that I wanted to say about this, but it so amused me to watch the Democrats outraged over something that wasn’t said, that I just had to chime in. They really are grasping at straws to find offensive Republican statements.
But, it does say something about Barack Obama’s prickliness that, as James Taranto put it, when he and his supporters “hear the president talking about countenancing hatred, appeasing terrorists and breaking ties with Israel, they think: He’s talking about us!”