It’s not just Senator Obama. Even the woman he defeated for the Democratic presidential nomination has also shown a partisan streak that makes Obama’s voting recordÂ seem bi-partisan.
There was to be a public rally today at “Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, across from the UN, to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming speech to the General Assembly and unite in opposition to his nuke program and his vow to wipe the US and Israel ‘off the map.’”
The GOP had tapped vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to speak for our party. Hillary Clinton would speak for the Democrats. That latter backed out, claiming via a spokesman that Palin’s presence was news to them: “Clearly there was some miscommunication because this was never billed to us as a partisan political event. Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending this event” (Via Roger L. Simon).
So, the presence of a Republican at an event makes an event partisan?
When Hillary said, “No,” the organizers, the Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organization “trying to salvage the situation, then invited Palin’s counterpart on the Democratic ticket, Sen. Joe Biden. But his campaign turned thumbs down, reportedly citing a ‘longstanding commitment’ to speak at a National Guard convention in Maryland.”
At this point, Democratic operatives strong-armed the organizers into dis-inviting Palin (via Instapundit). Â (The Jewish Athena has more.)
The editors at the New York Post opine:
As Sen. John McCain rightly noted in a statement, the threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose, to Israel and to America, is too great for the issue to be used as a political football.
Hillary Clinton and the Obama campaign could have driven that point home by her appearance at Monday’s rally.
But they chose instead to play politics.
No wonder Obama attributes his toughness to his Chicago ties. He’s learned well the art of machine politics.
This guy may talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, he’s no different from any other ambitious pol, albeit with a more ruthless partisanship.
And claiming to be a new kind of post-partisan makes his hypocrisy all the more manifest.
The New York Sun reprinted the remarks Governor Palin would have delivered had she been allowed to speak. I include them below the jump: [Read more…]