As I reading yesterday about Barack Obama’s interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulus, it seemed the Democratic presidential nominee was whining (yet again) about non-existent attacks from the McCain campaign.
To be sure, some people on the right have leveled some pretty disgusting attacks on Senator Obama just as some on the left have leveled some pretty disgusting attacks on John McCain and Sarah Palin, but you don’t see the Republican nominee nor his running mate whining about their treatment. They leave it to the campaign staffs–and supporters on the editorial pages and in the blogosphere–to counter such nonsense.
The more Obama whines, the more voters will question whether he has the temperament to be president. Defending his hard-hitting campaign style in 1948, then-President Harry S Truman opined, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”
This leads me to wonder what is somebody who can’t stand the rough and tumble of politics is doing in the presidential race.
The charges against Sarah Palin have been just as vicious asÂ (if not more so than)Â those leveled against Barack Obama. Â And they’ve have gained more currency in the mainstream media where those against Obama (like the charge that he’s a Muslim) have been quickly shot down — as well they should.
But, it ill behooves a candidate to whine about the attacks against him. It makes him look weak, as if he winces whenever someone challenges him.
He should take a page from Sarah Palin and not whine about her treatment. Like her, he should let his supportersÂ handle the rebuttals. Â (Sometimes even his adversaries have taken up the slack.)
The reason “the liberal media’s attack on Palin” in Victor Davis Hanson’s words had become “an unforeseen gift” for the McCain campaign is that she has not flinched under the smears, continuing to campaign energetically, enthusiastically, sticking to the Republican message and smiling as she ridicules her opponents.
As voters admire her strength and her resolve, some gain sympathy for her, the public figure unfairly maligned in the media. Seems to me that sympathy is what Obama’s been pining for.
Seems the Democratic presidential nominee could learn a thing or two from his running mate’s Republican counterpart.