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Obama Speechwriter Switches to McCain; Ignored by MSM
By P.J. Gladnick (Bio | Archive)
October 29, 2008 - 10:56 ET

Imagine if a speechwriter for John McCain had switched sides and announced she was going to vote for Barack Obama. Would she not be featured bigtime in the mainstream media complete with new thrills running up Chris Matthews leg? Well, this did happen except that it was an Obama speechwriter, Wendy Button, who became disillusioned with The One and switched to supporting McCain. Here are the highlights of Wendy Button's explanation of why she made the switch:

Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party. Not anymore. Not after the election of 2008. This transformation has been swift and complete and since I’m a woman writing in the election of 2008, “very emotional."


Young lady, only when the switch is made from Republican to Democrat will it be mentioned in the MSM. They search the country for "lifelong Republicans" who are going to vote for Obama but when an Obama speechwriter switches over to the "Dark Side," all you will hear from the MSM is the sound of crickets chirping.

When we first met, Obama and I had a nice conversation about speeches and writing, and at the end of the meeting I handed him a pocket-sized bottle of Grey Poupon mustard so he wouldn’t have to ask staff if it was okay to put it on his hamburger. At the bottom of the bottle was the logo for “The South Beach Diet” and he snapped, “Oh so you read People magazine.” He seemed to think that I was commenting on his bathing suit picture.

I helped with his announcement speech and others. I worked in the Senate when he was in D.C. One day after a hearing on Darfur, we were walking back to the office. I was still hobbling from a very bad ankle injury and in a very kind and gentle way he offered his arm when we approached the stairs. But later in debate preps and phone conversations and meetings, I realized that I had made a mistake. I didn’t belong. No matter how hard I tried, my heart wasn’t in it anymore.

...The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”

Having worked in politics, I know that absolutely none of this is on the level. This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game. These lines are what I refer to as “hooker lines”—a sure thing to get applause and the press to scribble as if they’re reporting meaningful news.

As the nation slouches toward disaster, the level of political discourse is unworthy of this moment in history. We have Republicans raising Ayers and Democrats fostering ageism with “erratic” and jokes about Depends. Sexism. Racism. Ageism and maybe some Socialism have all made their ugly cameos in election 2008. It’s not inspiring. Perhaps this is why I found the initial mocking of Joe so offensive and I realized an old line applied: “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.”

The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations.

...Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates. At first, certain Democrats and the press called Senator Clinton “dishonest.” They went after her cleavage. They said her experience as First Lady consisted of having tea parties. There was no outrage over “Bros before Hoes” or “Iron My Shirt.” Did Senator Clinton make mistakes? Of course. She’s human.

But here we are about a week out and it’s déjà vu all over again. Really, front-page news is how the Republican National Committee paid for Governor Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? Where’s the op-ed about how Obama tucks in his shirt when he plays basketball or how Senator Biden buttons the top button on his golf shirt?

...Governor Palin and I don’t agree on a lot of things, mostly social issues. But I have grown to appreciate the Governor. I was one of those initial skeptics and would laugh at the pictures. Not anymore. When someone takes on a corrupt political machine and a sitting governor, that is not done by someone with a low I.Q. or a moral core made of tissue paper. When someone fights her way to get scholarships and work her way through college even in a jagged line, that shows determination and humility you can’t learn from reading Reinhold Niebuhr. When a mother brings her son with special needs onto the national stage with love, honesty, and pride, that gives hope to families like mine as my older brother lives with a mental disability. And when someone can sit on a stage during the Sarah Palin rap on Saturday Night Live, put her hands in the air and watch someone in a moose costume get shot—that’s a sign of both humor and humanity.

Has she made mistakes? Of course, she’s human too. But the attention paid to her mistakes has been unprecedented compared to Senator Obama’s “57 states” remarks or Senator Biden using a version of the Samuel Johnson quote, “There’s nothing like a hanging in the morning to focus a man’s thoughts.”

...I was dead wrong about the surge and thought it would be a disaster. Senator John McCain led when many of us were ready to quit. Yet we march on as if nothing has changed, wedded to an old plan, and that too is a long way from the Democratic Party.

I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that. And also say that the Democratic Party’s talking points—that Senator John McCain is just four more years of the same and that he’s President Bush—are now just hooker lines that fit a very effective and perhaps wave-winning political argument…doesn’t mean they’re true. After all, he is the only one who’s worked in a bipartisan way on big challenges.


Wow! Pretty strong stuff. However, Wendy, don't expect any accolades from the MSM for making your political switch in the "wrong direction." Oh, and I highly doubt you will ever again be permitted to post to your Huffington Post blog.


http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladn...ain-ignored-msm
 

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questions for the messiah

“If a Supreme Court candidate believed in a federal constitutional right to gay marriage, would that disqualify them in your eyes?” No good answer for The One to that one, given the constituencies he’s trying to straddle.

why have you sealed your records.

what have you accomplished and can you compare that with governor palin.

none of it matters because the questions are just so, ... racist.
 

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This is on the same lines as the idiot guy in CA(no offense Knabe) who hung the effigy from his house of Sarah Palin, a little outcrying but that was about it. But yet when two students at the Univ. of KY hang an effigy of Hussein they get arrested. One is free speech & one is racism. 2 geusses which one is which & the 1st geuss doesn't count.
 

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Unfortunenlty the McCain campaign has not been able to counter well and bring up negative such as this on the Obama campaign, I think this has really hurt them. 
 

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Doc said:
This is on the same lines as the idiot guy in CA(no offense Knabe) who hung the effigy from his house of Sarah Palin, a little outcrying but that was about it. But yet when two students at the Univ. of KY hang an effigy of Hussein they get arrested. One is free speech & one is racism. 2 geusses which one is which & the 1st geuss doesn't count.

this was a better opportunity than saturday night live for palin to show up for.  if i was her, i would have shown up on the lawn of that guys house and spoke about the double standards that the left has.

if  obama is against gay marriage, which he says he is, would he disqualify a judge  for the supreme court based on their support for gay marriage?

where is the HOSPITAL generated birth certificate. 

obama has sealed more records sealed than richard nixon.  just who is odinga (a muslim in kenya) and why did obama campaign for him and why was obama kicked out of kenya?  too many questions with kill the questioner responses.  i say che guevara is right.  revolution. 

if mccain can't raise the money obama can, should't obama just give mccain some of his money and air time?  speaking of that air time, did anyone notice everyone on that stupid reduction from 250k to 200k fundraiser that everyone that was "struggling", particularly with 2 new cars, a 3500 sqft house actually lived better than people did in the 60's?  these are struggling people?  they have to eat oatmeal?  just tugs at the heart strings doesn't .  they are making a "good faith" effort to make their payments?  why not just let them rent, forgive the debt and let the value of the house be reset and let someone buy it who can afford it?  why do we have to create democratic voters with republican money?

both parties are absolute thieves, but that stupid show was so outrageous.
 

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Jill, I loved the comment about Obama should spread his wealth with McCain so he can have the same airtime.  Maybe, Obama could use some of that money to pay for all the events Hillary didn't pay for. 
 

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the repubs need someone with updated hair.  they all look like jim baker hair and older metro sexuals.  their ideas all seem so.....me too ish, the only difference being abortion and which war they are for or against.  seems like someone should be for decentralized economies.
 

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We (Republicans) have been taking the high road and now look where it has got us..

 
Jill said:
Unfortunenlty the McCain campaign has not been able to counter well and bring up negative such as this on the Obama campaign, I think this has really hurt them. 
I was watching Hannity & Colmes last night & they had some political analysist on who was saying the same thing..  I think (HOPE) we'll be hearing alot more about Wright & Ayers in the next few days..

 

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knabe said:
the repubs need someone with updated hair.  they all look like jim baker hair and older metro sexuals.  their ideas all seem so.....me too ish, the only difference being abortion and which war they are for or against.  seems like someone should be for decentralized economies.

You know that sounds funny, but they did a study I saw a couple of years ago and Americans love hair, almost without fail the guy with the good big hair wins.
 
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