McCain Denounces Radio Host; Much ado about nothing?
Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama and called the Democratic presidential candidate a “hack, Chicago-style” politician.
Hussein is Obama’s middle name, but talk show host Bill Cunningham used it three times as he addressed the crowd before the likely Republican nominee’s appearance.
While this is just a small blurb of the story, it pretty much sums up the fact that many pf the conservative talk radio personalities that have attacked McCain for condemning these remarks are making a bigger deal out of this situation than they need to.
First of all, there is absolutely no reason that Bill Cunnigham needed to refer to Obama by his middle name three times in his speech, attack him on his record, not his name. Fear mongering is a tactic that should be saved for times in the campaign when it is truly needed, not for some ridiculous statement that doesn’t even make any strong claims.
Furthermore, John McCain is running for President in what is going to be a highly contested election. People are going to be voting for someone that they believe will be ready to take the job on day one, without any training. With that being said, should it surprise anyone that John McCain is already starting to act Presidential so that people can see that he knows what he is doing?
If this speech was given before the President of the United States spoke, I have no doubt in my mind that the White House Press Secretary would have a statement on the wire within minutes decrying Cunningham’s remarks and taking a different position.
Somehow I have a feeling that if Cunningham were speaking before a George W. Bush event and this happened, and Bush gave the same response as McCain, conservative talk radio hosts wouldn’t be in attack mode like they are now.
This is really something that is concerning for me as the election draws near. Is talk radio going to keep attacking McCain, calling him a liberal and making foolish claims, such as supporting Hillary Clinton instead? I really hope not.
These talk radio hosts need to realize that if we don’t have McCain, we’re going to have one of the most liberal and unexperienced members of the United States Senate in office, with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, and Supreme Court Justices getting up there in age.
While that might give them plenty to talk about on the air and guarantee that their base of listeners will increase exponentially, is the future of our country something that they truly want to play with?
I’m hoping that the majority of conservatives look beyond those in talk radio who are attacking McCain for doing something that any President would have done, and focus on the real issues, and more importantly getting on the ground persuading as many people as possible to support the Republican nominee.
Things link this are not going to help conservatives win in 2008.
Since when did a philosophy of supporting the liberal ever help advance conservatism? Bill Cunningham needs to stop crying, grow up, and stand by his Party.