Good instincts

Although I’d be most amused to see him sworn in as president, I’ve been almost completely underwhelmed by Obama’s increasingly bizarre performance since the early part of the Democratic primary when he was driving Team Clinton nuts. That being said, Obama handled the dangerous curve ball of the pregnancy in the Palin family much, much better than many of his supporters:

Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, was asked at a brief press conference in Monroe, Mich., about the suggestion by some Republicans that Democrats – particularly liberal bloggers – were trying to advance rumors about the Palin family.

“Our people were not involved in any way in this and they will not be,” Mr. Obama snapped, his voice raised. “And if I ever thought there was somebody in my campaign that was involved in something like that, they’d be fired, O.K.?”

And that ends that. Well done. All may be fair in love, war, and politics, but there are some attacks that are more dangerous for the attacker than the target. When one considers the fact that the Palin family quite obviously love children, attacking the VP candidate’s daughter for having a baby would be crazy. Throw in Obama’s position on abortion and it would be a recipe for self-inflicted disaster. The Christian family values crowd has no inherent problem with 17-year old mothers; remember, they’re not the ones who believe all women should go to college, obtain graduate degrees, and work in an office for at least ten years before contacting their doctors about their IVF regime before giving up and settling down with six cats and/or an overweight lesbian partner.

Republicans blackball a blogger

The Right Wing News isn’t welcome at the Republican convention:

This week, the Republican National Convention is kicking off and there are going to be almost 200 bloggers attending. However, I’m not going to be one of them. That’s not because I didn’t put in an application, it’s because they didn’t want me there. My application for media credentials was not approved.

That’s despite the fact that…

* Right Wing News is one of the 15 biggest conservative blogs.
* I was actually invited to attend in 2004.
* I founded Rightroots in 2006 and, along with the help of a crew of other bloggers AND the RNC, I helped raise almost $300k for Republicans candidates in 2006.
* Right Wing News is one of the websites permalinked on the Republican National Committee’s Blog….

My best guess as to why I’m not being allowed to go to the RNC is a post I wrote back in March called, “Why I Will No Longer Support John McCain For President.” The piece savagely denounced McCain for his breathtakingly dishonest flip-flop over illegal immigration, was widely linked, and a source of mine inside the campaign told me they were very aware of it.

This is just insane and an apparent confirmation of McCain’s notoriously thin skin. Hawkins isn’t just a Republican, he’s a serious Republican loyalist and if there isn’t room for the likes of him in the Republican tent, a small kitchen cabinet should suffice.

I wasn’t invited to the convention either, but then, I’m not a Republican and I’m not supporting John McCain for president.