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April 7, 2008

McCain Camp Using Obama's "100 years" - Over And Over And Over

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Via Jonathan Martin at Politico:

The way to kill a bad narrative based on one quote?

Hammer it home as a distortion, get independent sources to confirm it as such and then force your opponent to modify or altogether drop usage.

McCain has now reached the next to last step, as demonstrated by the below video wizardry.

Looking at the comments at Martin's blog, clearly the left is unhappy about the video and doesn't seem to be able to comprehend what McCain meant by his off the cuff "100 years" comment. As Jonathan Last wrote in his piece titled, One Last Thing: McCain is right about Iraq, Obama's claims are, at best, deliberately misleading, and at worst, they're the type of politics-as-usual distortion that Obama usually decries.

No one, in politics or the media, who voices the "100 years" canard is being fair-minded. So let's put it to rest now, once and for all:
On Jan. 3 in Derry, N.H., a voter prefaced a question to McCain by saying, "President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years . . ." Here, McCain cut him off, interjecting, "Make it a hundred."

The voter tried to continue his question, but McCain pressed on: "We've been in . . . Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or so. That would be fine with me, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It's fine with me, I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaeda is training, equipping and recruiting and motivating people every single day."

McCain's analysis is, objectively speaking, exactly correct. Throughout history, U.S. troops have remained in the field long after the conclusion of successful wars.

I'm not an avid supporter of McCain, and I didn't vote for him in the primaries. However, as Jonathan Last says, McCain is right on this one. Indeed it's passed time to put this tired canard to bed, it insults the intelligence of the average center-right voter.

I'll refrain from commenting on the intelligence of the average leftist that either doesn't want to get it or is just too stupid to understand.

Posted by Richard at April 7, 2008 7:27 PM

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