Ladies and gentlemen, the General Election campaign has officially started:
WATERTOWN, S.D. — Barack Obama rebuked Republican rival John McCain and President Bush for “dishonest and divisive” attacks in hinting that the Democratic presidential candidate would appease terrorists, staunchly defending his national security credentials for the general election campaign.
Obama responded Friday to Bush’s speech to the Israeli Knesset in which he spoke of the president of Iran, who has called for the destruction of the U.S. ally, and then said some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals. McCain subsequently said Obama must explain why he wants to talk with rogue leaders and said Obama’s position was a serious error.
Obama said McCain had a “naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up it’s nuclear program and support for terrorism.”
Other Democrats also accused McCain of hypocrisy Friday, saying the certain GOP presidential nominee had previously been willing to negotiate with the militant Palestinian group Hamas.
I watched the speech on MSNBC and, quite honestly, it was one of the first times I’ve ever seen Barack Obama fired up like this:
And thus, you see before you the Democratic strategy in 2008. Tie McCain to Bush. Tie McCain to Bush’s foreign policy. Tie McCain to the most unpopular President since Richard Nixon.
Quite honestly, if they’re able get the public thinking that way, they are probably going to do pretty darn well in November.