David Limbaugh

It's clear that Obama's re-election strategy is to demonize conservatives and his Republican opponents as extremists, "small," intolerant and morally deficient. That's a safer course, I suppose, than running on his miserable record.

Playing to his gay and lesbian audience, Obama took out his broad brush and smeared all the GOP presidential candidates in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner, saying the Republican contenders are "small" for "being silent when an American soldier is booed."

Obama was referring to an incident that occurred at the Republican presidential debate Sept. 22. When a YouTube question from a gay soldier was played asking the candidates their view about "don't ask, don't tell," booing could be heard in the audience.

Blogger Sarah Rumpf was in the audience only a few rows behind the "person" or, at most, "few people" who booed. Her version of what occurred is markedly different from the liberal media's spin.

Rumpf wrote: "The booing got an immediate and angry reaction from nearly everyone sitting around him, who hissed and shushed at him. Lots of loud gasps, 'Shhhh!' 'No!' 'Shut up, you idiot!' etc."

The truth, however, didn't deter Obama from distorting the incident for political mileage. Obama said: "We don't believe in the kind of smallness that says it's OK for a stage full of political leaders -- one of whom could end up being the president of the United States -- being silent when an American soldier is booed. ... We don't believe in standing silent when that happens. ... You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it's not politically convenient."

You see what Obama's doing here? He not only smeared the candidates for not attacking the audience, which, as it turns out, had itself already expressed its disapproval of the one or few who booed. By suggesting it would have been politically inconvenient for the candidates to condemn the people booing, Obama was implying that it would have hurt the candidates with most conservatives in the television audience had they criticized those booing. Obama, ever the uniter.

Obama expanded his "smallness" theme to encompass Republican opposition to his "jobs bill." He said, "I don't believe ... in a small America, where we let our roads crumble, we let our schools fall apart, where we stand by while teachers are laid off and science labs are shut down and kids are dropping out."


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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