Look, I liked the Manchurian Candidate [the original; the remake sucked] as well as the next guy.
And I think many of Senator Barack Obama's policies--say it again and put it in bold face--policies are potential disasters.
Especially that one about ignoring Pakistani sovereignty to chase down Osama bin Laden...
What I don't doubt is that Barack Obama is a sincere American citizen who believes his leadership and his policies will benefit this country. Maybe also the world, but not specifically Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, or Bumfuck, Egypt.
What I don't doubt is that comments like this, in Libertarian Republican, are not meant to report the news, but to evoke these patently ridiculous concerns:
Americans are tolerant of foreigners and certainly of immigrants to this country. But a major party Presidential candidate with such strong familial and legal ties to questionable countries such as Kenya, Indonesia and now Pakistan, legitimately could raise serious concerns among middle Americans. Obama's ultimate loyalties could be called into question. This is especially troublesome given that Obama announced to a crowd of nearly 200,000 three weeks ago in Berlin that he was a "citizen of the World."
Unfortunately, the same people who would decry this sort of smear, however, are not above playing the exact kind of game about Senator John McCain's Vietnam POW experience, as posted by my friend Pandora at Delawareliberal:
Can McCain answer a question without referencing his time as a prisoner of war? I’m thinkin’… No. And it seems that some of the POW cards he’s playing aren’t even his own.
Other POW cards are just silly, but I’m sensing a pattern…
Did McCain lift passages off Wikipedia? Who knows, but it sure looks that way. And justifying bad taste in music by playing the POW card is just sad. But the “Cross in the Dirt” story is beginning to smell.
This approach to analyzing the campaign and the candidates, is not one whit different from either (a) all the historical/factual problems that Hube pointed out with Obama's memoirs [including which concentration camp his dad liberated as a soldier in World War Two]; or (b) the times that the news media took Ronald Reagan ["an old horse cavalryman" who spent his entire WW2 career with the First Motion Picture Film Unit] or Hillary Clinton [dodging sniper fire in Bosnia].
Nor could John Kerry [go back and look at the speeches] talk for more than two minutes in 2004 without including his veteran status....
Couldn't the old gibe at Rudi Giuliani be paraphrased for Kerry: "(noun) (verb) Vietnam veteran"?
Look, here's the unfortunate reality in a media/information age: politicians constantly re-invent themselves, including burnishing their biographies and re-telling and re-interpreting old stories. It's not new.
In a biography of King Ibn Sa'ud a British reporter once (very diffidently, I suspect) challenged the old king on his rendition of a famous fight at a border fortress in which he had participated as a young man. The reporter noted that this version differed not only from the recorded facts, but also from all other retellings on record by the King himself.
The King sighed, smiled, and nodded, saying, "You're right. I don't think I've ever told it that way before."
By the way, Pandora, the Dancing Queen jibe at McCain in the video you posted is truly lame; it doesn't even catch him in a contradiction. He defends his taste as having solidified pre-POW days, and does not ever claim to have heard ABBA or Dancing Queen either before or during his captivity.
You can do better than this. We can all do better than this. And if we don't all do better than this, we're in deep shit.