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McCain's Sista Souljah Moment?
Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 26, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/26/2008 3:52:09 PM PST by jdm

Apparently, John McCain doesn't like the asinine emphasis on Barack Obama's middle name any more than Obama himself. After talk-radio host Bill Cunningham introduced McCain at a Cincinnati rally, the presumptive Republican nominee apologized for the disrespectful tone taken by his emcee:

McCain wasn't on stage nor in the building when Cunningham made the comments, but he quickly distanced himself from them and the talk show host after finishing his speech. McCain spoke to a couple hundred people at Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati.

"I apologize for it," McCain told reporters, addressing the issue before they had a chance to ask the Arizona senator about Cunningham's comments.

"I did not know about these remarks but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them," he said. "My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign.

McCain called both Democrats "honorable Americans" and said "I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them."

Asked whether the use of Obama's middle name—the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein—is proper, McCain said: "No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate."

Some will ask what problem there could be with saying the candidate's full name. After all, Cunningham and others aren't making up names for Obama; Hussein is his real name. How can that possibly be "disrespectful", in McCain's own words?

The intent makes all the difference. Those emphasizing the middle name want to drive home the heritage of Obama, specifically his father. It seeks to extend the urban myth of Obama's supposed Muslim identity. The name "Hussein" has other connotations as well, a not-so-subtle link to Saddam Hussein, one of the worst dictators in recent times.

None of this is subtle, and anyone professing innocence of these intentions are either lying to us or lying to themselves. If we need to refer to Obama, his last name will suffice, or Senator Obama, or Barack Obama. Using the full name three times in an introduction makes it quite clear that the speaker wants to invoke a less-than-intellectual response to the likely Democratic nominee.

McCain rightly disassociated himself from that kind of politicking. Given that Cunningham represented his campaign at this event, McCain made the right decision to apologize for the speech and to categorically reject the tactic. He wants to win the election by remaining on the high road, not by appealing to fear and dislike. McCain just passed his Sista Souljah test, but his staff will have to do better to avoid these tests in the future, as Allahpundit points out.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; billcunningham; husseinobama; mccain; mccaint; obama; oh2008; sistasouljah; talkradio
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1 posted on 02/26/2008 3:52:21 PM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

McCain can kiss my butt! What a fool.


2 posted on 02/26/2008 3:53:35 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obama! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: jdm

Huge mistake by McCain....


3 posted on 02/26/2008 3:54:51 PM PST by The Forgotten Man (He works, he votes, generally he prays--but he always pays....)
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To: jdm
Unbelievable - McCain deserves to lose.

He shouldn't have just said anything. You don't play nice against Rats like Obama. Did Obama apologize on behalf of the NY Times' smear against McCain?

4 posted on 02/26/2008 3:55:13 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: jdm
Barrack H. Obama is scary enough. I think Jesus’ middle initial was H too.
5 posted on 02/26/2008 3:56:29 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: jdm

McCains kiss a$$ moment more like it. Better to say nothing. Every time he speaks it’s something dumb ... a hundred years in Iraq. even if it’s true you don’t say that.

Regards


6 posted on 02/26/2008 3:58:45 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: jdm

What a complete phony!


7 posted on 02/26/2008 3:59:35 PM PST by AdaGray
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To: jdm

Oh puhleease. If we have been gifted with the opponents middle name being Hussein then goody for us. His parents named him. People can make what they want of it.


8 posted on 02/26/2008 4:01:19 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: jdm
Sista Soulja moment???

NOT EVEN CLOSE,,,

when Slick pulled that crap--he had the black vote (base) 'locked up' while trying to appeal to others.

McCain HARDLY has the base 'locked up',,,won't gain any more support,,,BUT will lose some more conservative support.

9 posted on 02/26/2008 4:02:08 PM PST by stockstrader
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To: AdaGray

I agree. I saw what Cunningham said on TV. There wasn’t anything but truth in it but I guess that’s just too shocking for today’s sensibilities. Make you puke.


10 posted on 02/26/2008 4:02:16 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Bill Clinton: Life Member of the Liars' Club.)
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To: BallyBill

I think I’ll just start calling him Hussein. Or Hussein O. Or B. Hussein. One of those.


11 posted on 02/26/2008 4:02:30 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: jdm

Another reason I won’t waste my time voting for him. He still wants to make love across the aisle.

Geesh, could we please get a decent candidate?

Hello?


12 posted on 02/26/2008 4:03:23 PM PST by dforest
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To: jdm
McCain called both Democrats "honorable Americans"

There may be some Democrats who are honorable Americans, but for the most part it has been Democrats who have dishonored so many men and women serving and sacrificing in our armed forces. McCain shows himself as a old RINO relic and a pandering Washington insider of the lowest order by heaping such INCLUSIVE praise on Democrats.

13 posted on 02/26/2008 4:06:09 PM PST by Biblebelter (I will NEVER EVER vote for McCain or any other current Senator.)
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To: jdm

This is exactly the behavior I would expect from a Senator. They are overly respectful of each other - recall expressions like “my esteemed colleague”. They love to project the image of “The world’s greatest deliberative body”. To me, it shows that McCain’s loyalties are more to his brothers and sisters in “The world’s greatest deliberative body” than to the American people. It would have been better if he had said nothing about Cunningham’s comments, but no. I am not surprised.


14 posted on 02/26/2008 4:08:51 PM PST by COBOL2Java ("McCain is a war hero. He's also a useful idiot for the Democrats." - Mark Levin)
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To: jdm
The really SAD part about McCain's pathetic response,,,is that it DOES EXACTLY WHAT THE LIBERAL MSM WANTS!!!!

When Slick was debating Pres Bush in '92,,,,in that debate with Carole Simpson as the moderator,,,when that guy with the long pony-tale asked that question,,,

which (paraphrasing here) asked--that character be kept out of the debate,,,and the debate ONLY be allowed to focus on issues--PRES BUSH LOST THE ELECTION RIGHT THERE.

The MSM was trying to take character and integrity "OFF THE TABLE" for that election--and that question did just that.

Likewise, in this situation,,,the MSM does NOT want to focus (or even discuss) Hussein's muslim background for fear that it will alienate Reagan democrats.

McCain played right into their hands by taking discussion of Hussein's islamic background "OFF THE TABLE". How sad, because it most certainly IS an issue in the post 9/11 world.

I feel that not only was this NOT a Sista Soulja moment,,,,it was just the opposite--the new version of the pony-tailed question "Can we just stick to the issues".

McCain just made the election of Hussein even MORE likely by taking Hussein's muslim background 'off the table'.

15 posted on 02/26/2008 4:09:29 PM PST by stockstrader
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To: jdm

I like Captain Ed and often agree with him, though not so much here. What I don’t like about McCain’s reaction is that he didn’t have to grasp at the opportunity to act sanctimonious. He was’t in the building when the remarks were made and didn’t hear them. He could have said look, I don’t want to shoot my mouth off when I did not hear the remarks myself. I’ll look into it.

But no, he had to show off what a fine, fine fellow he is.


16 posted on 02/26/2008 4:10:40 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: jdm; MeekOneGOP; potlatch

Good Grief! What a pandering jerk. Sorry. Make the a RINO pandering jerk.


17 posted on 02/26/2008 4:10:52 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: jdm
None of this is subtle, and anyone professing innocence of these intentions are either lying to us or lying to themselves.

Correct, of course. I don't think anyone is claiming this is particularly subtle.

If we need to refer to Obama, his last name will suffice, or Senator Obama, or Barack Obama. Using the full name three times in an introduction makes it quite clear that the speaker wants to invoke a less-than-intellectual response to the likely Democratic nominee.

So? Isn't that done ALL THE TIME in politics by people of both parties? How about Ann Richards' 'silver foot' comment about GHWB's parentage? Mr. Morrissey seems to be quite the pantywaist. The guy's name is Hussein. He's had decades to get it legally changed if he didn't want to be called by it.

18 posted on 02/26/2008 4:11:01 PM PST by Sloth (If you took an oath to support & defend the U.S. Constitution, can you vote for its domestic enemy?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

McCain is showing why he won’t win in November, no matter if every conservative in the US votes for him. He wants a patty cake election and the ‘Rats will be playing hardball with plenty of dirty tricks thrown in.


19 posted on 02/26/2008 4:14:35 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Sloth
Exactly. Isn't Hussein his name?

Isn't he PROUD of it? If not, why not?

Isn't he PROUD of his heritage?

Isn't he PROUD of his muslim background?

Why isn't he using this to HIGHLIGHT his additional 'diversity' (which liberals boast is so important)???

20 posted on 02/26/2008 4:15:08 PM PST by stockstrader
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To: jdm
So a question in the debate will be "how do you feeeeel abooot yer name,in full,bein islamic and all,bein an issue in the news?bein since you say yer a christian an alll...what are yer thoughts on that and wazzap with yer links to radical islamics?"

uff-dah,I might get reprimanded fer that....

21 posted on 02/26/2008 4:15:17 PM PST by Minnesoootan (attn John McCain,select a solid conservative VP,NOW!)
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To: jdm
Ok, we can not mentioned Barry’s middle name, we can not mention his fascination with radical Arab countries and clothes, we can not mention that he is black, we can not mention that he says nothing, we can not mention his liberal policy proposals......etc etc
Then how is JM going to campaign against him? Oh. never mind - he wont.
22 posted on 02/26/2008 4:16:23 PM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: jdm

Afraid to take on the MSM (just like Dubya) and we’re supposed to think he’s gonna take on Tehran and Pyongyang. What a total crock.


23 posted on 02/26/2008 4:18:00 PM PST by Notary Sojac ("John Mc Cain here. I'm not a conservative, but I play one on TV...")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
McCain keeps Osama's middle name in the headlines. The non-apology apology.

"America, I refuse to make a big deal of Husseins middle name. Barack Hussein Obama is not a terrorist. Repeat, not a TERRORIST. No matter what his middle name is. He is not Hussein Osama. It is not polite to refer to him by the middle name his Muslim father gave him. He is not Sadam Hussein."

yitbos

24 posted on 02/26/2008 4:20:57 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. - Ayn Rand")
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
McCain can kiss my butt! What a fool.

Yuh know, why don't you and all the other blowhards on this thread get back to me when Cunningham wins an election.

I'll be waiting a long time.

25 posted on 02/26/2008 4:20:57 PM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: jdm

This is probably a really dumb question, but here it goes....

Could another person be selected to run on the Republican ticket during the convention?


26 posted on 02/26/2008 4:21:19 PM PST by notaliberal
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To: All

McCain made a huge mistake

But, C-ham makes a bigger mistake if he continues to support McLame. C-ham needs to distance himself from McLame

Only a McCain liberal thinks John Sidney McLame looks good after this.....


27 posted on 02/26/2008 4:22:14 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (You know what they call a McCain supporter? A Liberal)
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To: jdm

Juan is just reaching out to his best friends...


28 posted on 02/26/2008 4:25:23 PM PST by TADSLOS ( McCain-Feingold: "Good for thee but not for me"- John McCain)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If McCain is in the apologizing mood, then let him apologize to the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth About John Kerry.

They were right; McCain was wrong. End of story.

No wonder they call him John McLame.


29 posted on 02/26/2008 4:37:09 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: jdm

If Ed Schultz instead of Bill Cunningham had warmed up the audience by calling President Bush a chimp, Secretary Rumsfeld a bloodthirsty old fool and Mitt Romney a polygamist, *you can bet that Sen. McCain would have made no such statement disavowing the commentary.* And most likely Sen. McCain would have known Ed Schultz and not called him “that man.”


30 posted on 02/26/2008 4:39:16 PM PST by CreviceTool
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To: jdm
Bill Cunningham was on Hannity today saying that he was invited to speak and whip up the audience before McCain was to speak. He did that, then gets poked in eye by McCain.
Oh, yeah, what was I thinking? Bill Cunningham is a rock-ribbed conservative. Duh.
(Cunningham has since withdrawn any support for McCain.)
31 posted on 02/26/2008 4:45:56 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Illegetimi non carborundum.)
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To: bruinbirdman

I think I read on another thread a comment from some Arab person that Barack is just a short form of Mubarack.
So to be accurate, we should probably use the senators real name. MUBARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
That way he won’t be mistaken for an apostate MUSLIM.


32 posted on 02/26/2008 4:47:00 PM PST by ExSafecracker (Press 1 for english. . .2 for jibberish.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

How’s about “B O”.........:)


33 posted on 02/26/2008 4:49:21 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Dane

What’s your middle name, Dane? Are you ashamed of it?


34 posted on 02/26/2008 4:53:02 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: jdm

Bill Cunningham will be on tonight’s Hannity & Colmes - 9pm EST. Bill is also pretty ticked that the Rezko trial is being silenced by the lamestream press.


35 posted on 02/26/2008 4:57:24 PM PST by Libloather (February is Liberal Awareness Month.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

agreed


36 posted on 02/26/2008 5:15:07 PM PST by italianquaker (Hussein is his middle name, maybe his parents should apologize for it)
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To: CreviceTool

Sad but true statement. This is what really makes me mad about McCain, he’ll throw conservatives under his bus, but praise democrats or make no comment when they denigrade any republican.

Pathetic.

Not a smart move by McCain, imho.


37 posted on 02/26/2008 5:17:04 PM PST by Laverne
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To: jdm

38 posted on 02/26/2008 5:17:38 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: jdm

This is exactly why at the end of the day his campaign will represent a collection of wasted opportunities. Every time I almost convince myself to get motivate, he opens his mouth.


39 posted on 02/26/2008 5:22:51 PM PST by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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To: jdm

I heard something about this on the radio, today, but I didn’t know what the person was talking about. So, according to McCain, Barack Obama’s own middle name disparages him?

How can you be disparaged by your own name.

McCain is an idiot, but I already decided that I wasn’t voting for him, so it shouldn’t matter to me.


40 posted on 02/26/2008 5:24:23 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: Dane
I'll be waiting a long time.

You will be waiting even longer for another Freeper to care what you think. Danegirl.

41 posted on 02/26/2008 5:28:55 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: Dane
Yuh know, why don't you and all the other blowhards on this thread get back to me when Cunningham wins an election.

Cunningham isn't running a political campaign and by the looks of it neither is McCain. An overblown sense of anointment laced with a liberal love fest maybe, but not a Presidential campaign. Heck, maybe McCain is maneuvering for a cabinet post in the Obama Administration. He could be El Jeffe of La Migra. I'm sure that would tickle you and your illegal gardeners pink.

42 posted on 02/26/2008 5:29:47 PM PST by TADSLOS ( McCain-Feingold: "Good for thee but not for me"- John McCain)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
You don't play nice against Rats like Obama.

The check-pants crowd has never understood that. That's part of the reason they always lose.

43 posted on 02/26/2008 5:32:17 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: bruinbirdman
McCain keeps Osama's middle name in the headlines. The non-apology apology.

and don't think of an elephant.

44 posted on 02/26/2008 5:35:32 PM PST by zeebee
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To: jdm

45 posted on 02/26/2008 5:38:17 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: ARE SOLE; TADSLOS
You will be waiting even longer for another Freeper to care what you think. Danegirl.

LOL! It only took Tadslos less than a minute to reply.

46 posted on 02/26/2008 5:41:30 PM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: jdm
McCain made the right decision to apologize for the speech and to categorically reject the tactic. He wants to win the election by remaining on the high road, not by appealing to fear and dislike.

McPain wouldn't want to offend any one of his elitist friends in the U.S. senate ... particularly a 'rat. This same emphasis was put on Obama's middle name (Hussein) at a Hillary rally earlier in the campaign season by none other than former senator Kerrey of Nebraska ... it was considered nothing more than a political tweak by the liberal MSM. Of course Kerrey is a screaming liberal so it's OK ...

47 posted on 02/26/2008 5:41:37 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: jdm

McKennedy is a weak tool. Apologizing for something that HE DID NOT SAY????

what a POS.


48 posted on 02/26/2008 5:42:24 PM PST by Grunthor (McCain voters believe that it's possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.)
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To: svcw
Here is the problem....the Lefties been setting this up for a long time....

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49 posted on 02/26/2008 5:43:16 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: ExSafecracker
"Barack is just a short form of Mubarack."

I kinda like that Barack thing. Reminds me of Kazakstan. Didn't Hussein star in some movie about that country recently?

yitbos

50 posted on 02/26/2008 5:47:40 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. - Ayn Rand")
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