At least Obama is extorting on behalf of people who vote for him
Posted by aogTuesday, 05 June 2007 at 23:05 TrackBack Ping URL

Via Brothers Judd I see that Senator Obama is playing the social extortion card

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a “quiet riot” among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.

I noted in the comments there that Obama is just following the path laid out by Senator McCain but that remark was purged, soiling as it did the annointed one.

Update: I realized that I forgot to point this out as an example of how rewarding a behavior creates more such behavior. We now see two main stream politicians openly endorsing political extortion via threats of violence for American domestic policy. More worrisome is that neither is likely to attract any opprobrium for it, outside of the loonies like us in the blogosphere.

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Tom C., Stamford,Ct. Wednesday, 06 June 2007 at 20:34

I’ve never been confident about McCain. McCain-Fiengold, which a fellow like Reagan would have vetoed, was sold as a method of putting an end to corruption in congress. Limiting the speech rights of the people rather than the power of congress in the name of fighting corruption could only make sense to a member of congress. It’s ancient history but his testimony and outrage at being implicated in the Keating 5 deal will always be memorable to this life long republican. He played it dumb and pulled it off.I don’t trust the guy and I’ve never been able to figure out what makes him such a viable candidate other than his being, at one time, the favorite republican of the NYT editorial page. What am I missing?

Ali Choudhury Thursday, 07 June 2007 at 07:46

The guy survived five years in a POW camp. It’s a badass backstory that distinguishes him from a lot of his contemporaries.

cjm Thursday, 07 June 2007 at 09:25

our own little nelson mandela, with all that implies :)

what really distinguishes mccain from his contemporaries is his ongoing practice of scoring points against his own team. he’s like a soccer goalie who catches the ball and then throws it into the goal. i don’t know why he doesn’t run as a democrat, he’ll get more votes that way. as it is, his campaign is near to flatlining. i hope judd’s head doesn’t implode when mcain doesn’t get the nomination, although he doesn’t seem to really care about facts so much.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 07 June 2007 at 09:34

No, no, McCain only gets all that fawning press because he scores own goals. If he did switch over to the Democratic Party, he’d be just another dwarf among the pygmies. Such a fate is more than McCain could endure.

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