William Hamilton: Wile E. Coyote, a summer of Looney Tunes?
May 8, 2012
Last week, President Obama announced the official opening of his campaign for re-election, making whatever he does that seems political fair game for comment by one and all.
One comment that comes to mind is that President Obama might need to replace campaign manager, David Axelrod. According to humorist-commentator Mark Steyn, some of Axelrod’s recent gambits are reminiscent of what happens to the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote when he tries to attack the Roadrunner.
For example, President Obama’s mentors decided to remind voters that 29 years ago the Romney family set off on a camping vacation with their dog riding in his sleeping cage on the top of the family car. That’s not something Wonder Wife and I would do; however, some dogs would rather ride on top than spend two weeks in a kennel. Anyway, the Obama campaign decided to “sic” animal lovers on the Romney family.
But someone on the GOP side found passages in one of President Obama’s autobiographies (Dreams From My Father) in which President Obama (back then, Mr. Barry Soetoro) said he used to eat dogs during the four years he lived with his Muslim stepfather in Indonesia. Voters can decide if taking the family dog on vacation is better than eating the family dog, or not. But let’s be fair. While Barry Soetoro ate dog, we can be reasonably certain that Barack Hussein Obama does not.
Next, the Obama campaign decided to insinuate that Mr. Romney comes from a long line of polygamists. But neither Mr. Romney’s father, nor his grandfather, nor his great-grandfather practiced polygamy. On the other hand, President Obama’s biological Muslim father and his Muslim step-father and all of President Obama’s Muslim male ancestors have practiced polygamy ever since Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that it was OK to have three wives at the same time.
Everyone wants to take credit for killing Osama bin Laden. Even Pakistan’s duplicitous Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). President Obama wants sole credit for killing Osama bin Laden as if no one in the U.S. government ever thought of that before. Shortly after Sept. 11, then President George W. Bush signed a “finding” directing our forces to bring Osama bin Laden to justice – dead or alive. So, when President Obama took over, what happened to that earlier “finding?”
Nevertheless, if the Navy SEALs had walked into a trap and been slaughtered, someone would have to bear the blame. Logically, that person would have been President Obama. Well, if you going to be blamed for a failure, then you should be able to crow about a success.
An Obama campaign TV advertisement suggests Mr. Romney would not have approved the raid on Osama bin Laden. Suggested response: “I would have ordered a slow and agonizing death for Osama bin Laden. I would have turned Osama bin Laden over to one of the ObamaCare death panels.”
In law school, you learn to never ask a witness a question unless you know that the answer is going to be an answer that either helps your client or harms your opponent. That is a lesson the Obama campaign staff needs to learn. But get ready. It may be a summer of Looney Tunes.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.
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