[Guest post by DRJ]
Yesterday in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Barack Obama accused Republicans and the McCain campaign of “making stuff up” to criticize him:
“When [Republicans] say this isn’t about issues it’s about personalities what they’re really saying is ‘we’re going to try to scare people about Barack,’ the Democratic presidential candidate said.
Obama said Republicans are “going to say that you know, ‘maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.’ Just making stuff up.”
Complaining that critics are “making stuff up” is a new Obama theme. Last month Obama complained that Jerome Corsi, author of Obama Nation, was “getting a lot of play on Fox News” by “making stuff up.”
The month before Obama aired a radio ad claiming John McCain was “just makin’ stuff up” on Obama’s tax plans.
And in June 2008, Obama told CNN that evangelical leader James Dobson was “making stuff up” when he accused the Illinois senator of distorting the Bible and taking a “fruitcake interpretation” of the U.S. Constitution.
I sense a pattern.
Care to guess what Barack Obama said today in Terre Haute, Indiana, in his first public criticism of Sarah Palin? All together now:
“I know the governor of Alaska has been, you know, saying she is change,” Obama said at a town hall meeting here. “And that is great. She is a skillful politician. But when you [have] been taking all these earmarks when it is convenient and then suddenly you are the champion anti-earmark person.
That is not change, come on,” Obama continued. “I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just make stuff up. We have a choice to make and the choice is clear.”
Candidate Obama needs new talking points. Grade school rhetoric won’t win elections and it certainly won’t intimidate the leaders of Russia, Iran, or North Korea.