“For them to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class and I think they — most of the American people would think that as well,” he said. “I would never think of going after somebody’s spouse in a campaign.” [...] Obama later added, "I think that the American people also would like to see some restoration of decency to this process. And when you start attacking family members, there's a lack of decency there."
We find this from Ramesh Ponnuru at the Corner:
Cindy McCain's Taxes
From the new issue of NR, a comment by the editors:
Cindy McCain refuses to release her tax returns. “This is a privacy issue. My husband is the candidate,” she said on the Today show. The McCains have filed separate tax returns for 28 years. Mrs. McCain, who inherited one of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributorships from her father, may be worth as much as $100 million. “What is John McCain trying to hide?” asked Howard Dean. We assume nothing. But the age of financial discretion is long gone. Our candidates live in fishbowls. So do their families, and this applies to the resources of wives and husbands. Cindy McCain is within the law to keep her business to herself, but she is not within the mores of contemporary politics.
So this is where we stand. Obama says Michelle’s words in campaign speeches are not campaign material.
National Review says the Cindy McCain’s tax returns should be fair game in the election.
Howard Dean goes after Mrs. McCain, suggesting there must be something to hide for her to keep them private.
Obama says Howard Dean, for going after the wife of a candidate, lacks decency.
We agree! (with Obama on Dean, for those keeping score at home)
And yes, the number of times Obama has gone after candidate-spouse Bill Clinton makes Obama out to be calling himself out for a lack of decency.
But we think it a sign of some measure of decency when you are willing to admit your own decency deficiency. Good for Obama.