June 26, 2008
Awesomely artful dodger
With a decision on the Heller case imminent, the Barack Obama campaign is
ABC News' Teddy Davis and Alexa Ainsworth Report: With the Supreme Court poised to rule on Washington, D.C.'s, gun ban, the Obama campaign is disavowing what it calls an "inartful" statement to the Chicago Tribune last year in which an unnamed aide characterized Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as believing that the DC ban was constitutional.Well, it's certainly a relief to hear that his earlier belief was an inaccurate representation!
As to why it's inaccurate now, they're not saying it has anything to do with the pending Heller decision. Rather it's inaccurate because Obama has "refrained from developing a position."
The Chicago Tribune clip from Nov. 20, 2007, is an inaccurate representation of Obama's views, according to Burton, because the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has refrained from developing a position on whether the D.C. gun law runs afoul of the Second Amendment.I'd say that unless "sidestepping" now includes backtracking, he's doing more than sidestepping.
He is disavowing his previous position as "inartful."
OK, so what does that make his current, um, position?
I think so. I also suspect there will be a lot more artfulness before this campaign is over. But what should we call this process, this artful spinning of the previously inartful?
And if Obama isn't an awfully awesome artfulizer, then who is?
MORE: Hot Air questions the timing of Obama's artfulizing of the inartful:
Suddenly, with the general election looming, Obama discovers that his campaign's statement was inartful. This seems rather puzzling, because before he ran for public office, Barack Obama was supposed to be a Constitutional law expert. One might expect the "inartful" excuse on wetlands reclamation or some other esoteric matter of public policy, but the Constitution is what he supposedly studied at Columbia and Harvard. One has to wonder whether Obama has any competence even in his own chosen field to have seven months go by before realizing that he got the Constitutional question wrong.Artfulizing his party registration too?
That would be waaay awesome!
Via Glenn Reynolds, who gives Obama the benefit of the doubt and blames the (presumably inartful) staff.
posted by Eric on 06.26.08 at 08:53 AM
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