Most Telling Exchange of the Week

Okay, look at this.  Sarah Palin criticizes Obama’s silly new restrictions on America’s use of nuclear weapons.  She says, “It’s unbelievable.  Unbelievable.  No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step…  Y’know, that’s kinda like getting out there on the playground with a bunch of kids ready to fight and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not gonna retaliate.’”

Asked about it on ABC’s Good Morning, America, the president responded, “Last I checked, Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.”  He added: “I would say…  that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.”

What I find wonderful about this exchange is that Sarah Palin in her down-home everyday lingo makes a perfectly reasonable argument, whereas Obama, with his elite, superior, “one of us” haughtiness essentially responds with a meaningless ad hominem attack.  Which sums up the tea party versus leftist clash perfectly.  The tea party is full of ordinary people talking good, logical sense.  The left is full of hyper-educated elites spewing insults and garbage.  Palin:  1, Obama:  0.  You betcha.

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  • Ellen

    I can almost see him tilting his head back and looking down his nose.
    How dare anyone critize him!

  • http://comingdawn.blogspot.com/ Michael

    Andrew, Andrew, Andrew.

    It’s only an ad hominem attack when the persona attacked actually is corrupt, or stupid, or morally suspect, or leftist or whatever. In that situation it will be noticed and denounced as a scurrilous ad hominem.

    Until Sarah Palin has some real scandal or makes an actually stupid statement, she had really better get used to ad hominem’s from the left. For, what else is in their arsenal?

    Michael Hutton
    (Australia)

  • Benjamin Arie

    Oh, but it gets better! Reality is actually the opposite of Obama’s statement. He pounces on Palin for “lack of nuclear experience” yet — Obama has never commanded anything before in his life. Exactly what nuclear experience does he have as a community organizer? Answer: None.

    But — BUT — Sarah Palin is the former Commander in Chief of the Alaskan National Guard and has received security briefings on nuclear issues. Alaska is one of the first lines of defense against the Russian nuclear threat — in fact the nuclear-armed 49th Missile Defense Battalion is a division of the Alaska National Guard and called Palin their Commander in Chief during her tenure.

    When she ran with John McCain for Vice President, she carried a HIGHER security clearance than BOTH Barack Obama and Joe Biden because of the nuclear strategy of the United States and how Alaska plays a key part in the defense of our country.

    Oh, Bama. Even when he fails, he fails.

  • semus

    Michael Michael Michael

    I don’t think you’re correct about “Ad Hominem” attacks, and I think you contradicted yourself in your comment. First you say it wasn’t an ad hominem attack, and you explain why is isn’t and then you say she better get use to them which of course by your own definition she hasn’t received yet so how can she get use to them? But that’s OK because your wrong the attacks were and are ad hominem. Try and watch that will ya, just kidding!

    Other than that I agree with you..

  • Hank Garciga

    Palin is another convenient personality prop who is milking the speaking circuit for her media notoriety. Anyone who takes her even slightly seriously is not worth wasting any breath on. I just want to know what Mr. Klavan thinks of Ronald Reagan. I despise hollywood group-think
    and political correctness, but find right-wingers equally disgusting for their selective view of history and their talk-show boot-licking establishment ‘free-market garbage’—Bohannon is a milktoast so I won’t learn much from his interview with you tonight.