Friday, September 05, 2008

Setting the Record Straight

This afternoon I was listening to the Laura Ingraham show when she had Howard Gutman from the Obama campaign on to discuss the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee. Gutman was promoting the "shouldn't she be home taking care of her kids" line that seems to be one of the current Democratic talking points. That was infuriating enough but then he proceeded to say that he admired former Virginia Governor Mark Warner's decision to not run for President this year on the basis that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Memo to Mr. Gutman: Mr. Warner is running for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring John Warner.

It's true, he did site the family reason in announcing his decision not to seek the presidency. But at the time that he made the announcement Hillary Clinton was the presumptive nominee. Since he was a relative unknown on the national scene it made more sense to run for Senate especially since he is still relatively popular here in Virginia. Plus, landing a plum speaking spot at the 2008 Democratic National Convention wouldn't hurt either.

Next time, maybe it would help if Mr. Gutman had a few facts on his side. Then again, when have facts mattered?

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