Apparently getting advance word from the Republican National Committee that the key to win in 08 is slashing and burning Obama by all means necessary (I'm watching Rudy Guiliani right now), Charlie Sykes played the tough guy on his radio show to comic effect. (The car you saw swerving on the road this morning may have been the Brawler as his guffaws went off the charts.
Getting all indignant about Obama's jest that McCain has said he'll follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell but won't follow him to his cave in Afghanistan, Sykes called Obama a "sniveling,snot nosed community organizer." (A noble calling that Rudy Giuliani also bashed.)
(It should be noted that Obama's zinger would barely have been noticed in the RNC conclave.)
His remarks brought to mind this commenter at Whallah!:
Sykes and Belling are bullys, but only within their tiny radio booths. There, they push the buttons and decide who is allowed on, and who is not.
Then, if they miscalculate and start getting shredded by the caller, they can hit the mute button, pretend to turn and win the argument, and end the call.
I have met both men in public and neither is a bully then. They both fully realize their lack of self worth in equal situations, which is why you will never see either in a fight (no matter what they might be defending) or a fair debate. Even odds scare them. Give them credit. They have found their perfect niche in their little cubicles.
Meanwhile, this Palin matter is making Sykes look silly, but I doubt he knows it. Self awareness is not his strong suit. To be fair, members of the far left and far right both suffer some from this particular malidy. But Sykes and Belling are greatly afflicted, and they cost their side many good people. The right attacks and eats their young.
Sykes has gone through the looking glass, where ideology becomes more important than human beings. So he can rail against "those people" in the inner city of Milwaukee who have destroyed their society because of "children having children", and two weeks later defend a Vice Presidential candidate who has two years of "executive experience" running a state with about as many souls as Milwaukee Wisconsin (Barrett for VP! He's qualified!) for having the same thing happen under her roof.
When it turns out the daughter of that candidate is pregnant, Sykes can be all forgiving and understanding, because the IDEOLOGY of the candidate matches his. Ideology has now become more important than human beings.
Only a fool would argue that Sarah Palin has not afforded her daughter more advantages than are available to "those people" in the inner city of Milwaukee.
Yet Palin is honorable, and the inner city mothers are deplorable.
Let me offer you a possible truth. Sarah Palin should not be persecuted for her daughters pregnancy, and her daughter should not be considered anything other than what she is, a young woman who has become pregnant perhaps too soon.
If only we could allow those with far fewer opportunities at least this equal opportunity, to be treated the same in Syke's eyes as Sykes wants us to treat his VP candidate.
Maybe all these young women deserve our concern, not our condemnation.
BUT YOU CAN'T SELL RADIO AIR TIME WITH AN ATTITUDE LIKE THAT!
-Soft Words and Broad Swords-
And for the record, Obama's remark was certainly in bounds. Behold McCain's famed -- and incoherent -- "muddle through" remarks on Afghanistan. McCain clearly viewed Afghanistan as a sideshow at a time (fall of 2003) when the Taliban (as described in Ahmed Rashid's Descent into Chaos) had been pouring back into Afghanistan for months.
Contra Giuliani, McCain did not keep on offense against the terrorist.