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Posted on February 13, 2007 9:21 PM in Elsewhere
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I just read an article over at Newsvine about Barack Obama apologizing:

During his first campaign trip this weekend, the Illinois senator told a crowd in Iowa: "We now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.

He immediately apologized on Sunday...

Why?

Are we really that sensitive? How many times do you hear someone refer to the object of their criticism with an adjective like "brave" beforehand?

This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts about politics in general, and the presidential race in particular. Every word is processed, pondered, regurgitated and apologized for many times over.

Where are the Barry Goldwaters of today?

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Ryan on February 15, 2007 at 9:37 AM:

Barry Goldwater lost the election. Need I say more?

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Bernie Zimmermann on February 15, 2007 at 9:07 PM:

And Bush won. So yes, you may need to say more.

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Ryan on February 17, 2007 at 12:06 PM:

I guess I don't understand. I was trying to say, the Goldwaters are gone because Goldwaters don't win elections. By the same token, the Bushes are around because the Bushes win elections. Is that enough more?

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Bernie Zimmermann on February 17, 2007 at 12:52 PM:

I think who wins elections is often times a reflection of the society or time they run in, not necessarily of what kind of person they are. I have a level of respect for people who speak their minds and don't recant simply because their "sensitivity advisors" tell them to. I equate Barry Goldwater with someone who wasn't afraid to speak his mind and catch a little fire for it, and that is why I mentioned his name. Whether he or W. did more for our country or politics, I'll leave as an exercise for the reader. However, I think the point of my post would have been clear even without the last sentence.

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