Obamaphobia in action

With sufficiently distorted lenses, it’s possible to blame McCain’s latest disgusting lie about Obama on … Obama.

An Obamaphobic reader blames McCain’s false charge that Obama didn’t want to visit wounded soldiers unless the cameras were present on …. Obama, of course.

If his campaign had been honest about why he wasn’t going from the outset, it wouldn’t have become an issue.

Entirely true. If the campaign had decided to get the Defense Department in the middle of a political squabble, McCain wouldn’t have had a chance to tell his disgusting lie. Instead, the campaign invented a diplomatic excuse that didn’t help Obama but did avoid damage to the Defense Department, and McCain jumped on it, not bothering to find out that (1) No cameras have been present at Obama’s previous visits to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed; or (2) The press was not invited along for the visit in Germany before it was cancelled by DoD.

Note how close the original Obama campaign excuse (“didn’t want the visit perceived as a campaign event”) was to the truth (“DoD decided to call it a campaign event &#8212 after it was too late to change the arrangements &#8212 and canceled it”) with the difference entirely to the advantage of DoD and the disadvantage of the campaign.

Note also that my reader isn’t a winger, but a frustrated Hillaryite who may yet wind up voting sensibly. That should give you a sense of the depth of the rage still left over from the primary campaign.

Update My correspondent denies being a Hillaryite; she suppotred Clinton, she says, only as a way of preventing Obama’s nomination.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com