Oooooo scaaaarrrrrrryyyyyy [UPDATED @ 7.25pm],posted February 29, 2008at01:30 PM
Oooooooooo boooggidy boooggidy boooggidy! The terrorists are coming to get us!!! If you don't vote for Hillary Clinton your children are going to die!
Thank you, Dick Cheney Hillary, for that lovely ad.
Obama's smart response:
Weíve seen these ads before. Theyíre the kind that play on peoplesí fears to scare up votes.
Well it wonít work this time. Because the question is not about picking up the phone. The question is Ė what kind of judgment will you make when you answer? Weíve had a red phone moment. It was the decision to invade Iraq. And Senator Clinton gave the wrong answer. George Bush gave the wrong answer. John McCain gave the wrong answer.
But I stood up and said that a war in Iraq would cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars. I said that it would distract us from the real threat we face Ė and that we should take the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Thatís the judgment I made on the most important foreign policy decision of our generation, and thatís the kind of judgment Iíll show when I answer that phone in the White House as President of the United States Ė the judgment to keep us safe, to go after our real enemies, and to provide the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States with the equipment they need when we do send them into battle, and the respect and care they have earned when they come home. And Iíll never see the threat of terrorism as a way to scare up votes, because itís a threat that should rally this country around our common enemies. Thatís the judgment we need at 3am. And thatís the judgment that I am running for President to provide.
I know who I want answering the phone. And no amount of fear-mongering is going to change my mind.
[UPDATE @ 7.25pm]
Obama responds with an ad of his own. This man knows how to run a campaign. Take a look:
In the general election, the Republicans are going to get a lot dirtier than Clinton's been, so it's good that Obama has rapid response systems in place. He's a fighter. C'mon, Ohio, please deliver the knockout punch to the Clinton campaign so that she can transform herself into the great liberal progressive Senator-for-life we need her to be.