Those who are going out of their way to stress Obama's middle name know full well that they are really suggesting that Obama is a Manchurian candidate -- a Muslim disguised as a Christian. That's garbage politics and McCain was right in denouncing the tactic.
My fellow conservatives had better understand that this election isn't just about us.
If somebody invited me to emcee an event or to introduce them I would keep in mind that my role would be to uplift the candidate, not to use the event as a pulpit from which I could promote Michael Reagan's views.
John McCain is following in my dad's footsteps when even in the heat of an election battle he shows respect for his opponents. Their stands on issues are fair game to him, but as fellow Americans they deserve respect. Anybody presuming to speak on his behalf owes it to him to be just as respectful to his opponents.
My dad understood Christ's admonition that "whatever you do unto the least of my brethren you do unto me." He showed respect for everybody no matter who they were or how often they attacked him -- Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Gerald Ford; he respected them all. He saw Christ in all of them. That's why he was able to accomplish all that he did.
Bill Cunningham and all those who think sly personal attacks on their opponents are a justified tactic should take that to heart.
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