Today, at the Miami, FL McCain rally, Cindy McCain revived her attack on Michelle Obama’s patriotism by saying, “And yes, I have always been proud of my country.” You can always tell when a political campaign is desperate because they try to resuscitate old attacks that they believe worked in the past.
During the primaries, Michelle Obama raised a bit of controversy by saying at a campaign event, “For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” This led Cindy McCain to introduce her husband at a rally by saying, “I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you, if you heard those words earlier, I am very proud of my country.”
The point that Mrs. McCain was trying to make by comparison was that Michelle Obama does not love America, and if she doesn’t love America, then her husband doesn’t love America either. This all feeds back into the you can’t trust Obama because he is a terrorist who doesn’t love America smear that the Republican Party and the McCain campaign are running on. It seems that no matter how much the polls show that these attacks actually help Obama, the McCain campaign is hell bent on pressing onward with this negative path.
These negative attacks are the best thing that the Republican Party and McCain could do to help Obama, because they reemphasize his point that McCain is the politics of old, and he represents a new kind of politics. The Republicans are running the same campaign in 2008 that they have done for the past 3 election cycles. Voters can see that the Republican Party does not represent change.
As far as Michelle Obama’s patriotism is concerned, I thought she put that discussion to bed with her performance at the Democratic Convention. This is just another extension of the old Michelle Obama is a radical who hates America smear that was going around this summer. The McCain campaign is starting to repeat itself daily. Do you think that they have run out of ammo for these attacks? I know that they would never stoop this low, but if they get desperate enough, they may need to talk about policy.