From the Left: Inside the Beltway, many Democrats are privately expressing worry that Barack Obama’s predilection for taking the high road in his battle against Republican rival, John McCain, is costing him support.
In recent weeks, McCain ramped up the personal attacks against Obama in a blistering ad comparing Obama to pop tart, Britney Spears, and socialite, Paris Hilton. In the ad, McCain called Obama the “biggest celebrity in the world.”
Obama’s campaign responded to McCain’s barrage by accusing him in television ads and press releases of taking the “low road,” while casting Obama as above such attacks on his opponent’s character.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer isn’t buying it.
“I would not be afraid to attack back. When they say, ‘He’s not one of us,’ you don’t say, ‘Here’s our plan on health care,”‘ Schumer said.
“I would answer back hard. What do you mean he’s not one of us? It’s John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses, and comes from one of the richest families in his state,” Schumer said. “It’s Barack Obama who climbed up the hard way, and that’s why he wants middle-class tax cuts and better schools for our kids.”
I agree with Schumer. One of my biggest gripes about Barack Obama is he’s too nice. Whenever Obama mentions McCain by name he says, “Sen. McCain is an American hero and I respect his military service to his country.” Barack, everyone knows McCain is a former POW held by the Viet Cong for years. But this was nearly 40 years ago and he’s attacking your character now.
It’s OK to hit back hard and clip the Old Coot in the knees. No one is going to think any less of you. In fact, my guess is, most people will respect you.