You gotta’ be kidding me. Frankly, I’m not really even sure the latest Obama gaffe is really a gaffe. Grammatically awkward, maybe. But it’s pretty clear that he’s referring back to “heroes,” not “fallen heroes.” His mistake seems to have been to use the word “them” instead of “heroes” in the second part of the quote. Of course, can’t a wounded veteran be a “fallen hero,” too? And I’m sure there were some wounded veterans in the crowd. In other words, this is a far cry from “putting food on your children.”
The other gaffe the righty blogosphere’s jumping on is Obama’s statement that his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz. As it turns out, it was his great uncle, and it was Buchenwald. Again, this isn’t even cringe-worthy, much less dishonest. These are really pretty pathetic criticisms.
It is sorta’ cute, though, to watch the right-wingers and longtime defenders of President Bush attack Obama for—of all things—his inability to speak articulately. The choreographed way in which several high-profile right-wing blogs picked up the gaffe meme strongly suggests hat there’s already a coordinated effort afoot to push a narrative, here. “Barack’s a doofus!” (You may remember similar memes, such as “Al Gore invented the Internet!” and “John Kerry’s a Flip-Flopper!)
I know. The lack of self-awareness is mind-boggling. But I think it’s calculated. This is a page right out of the Rovian playbook. Project your onto your opponents your own biggest weaknesses. So the Bush campaign ducks the National Guard issue by calling John Kerry a coward. Draft-dodging Saxby Chambliss attacks Max “I Left Three Limbs on the Battlefield” Cleland’s patriotism. It’s brilliant, really. Your opponents are so taken aback at the sheer audacity (sorry, it’s the only word that fits, here) of the charge, they stagger, nonplussed. Then of course, you pounce.
Hence, the spectacle of a Bush sycophant like John Hinderaker taking aim at Barack Obama’s eloquence.
These sorts of stories are useful, though. And I’m sure we’ll see similar stories emerge from the left about McCain. The come out in every campaign. They’re useful in that they let us see which bloggers and pundits are serious people with any semblance of intellectual honesty, and which are knee-jerk party hacks.