We don't know -- maybe we spend too much time going back and quoting ourselves. But, what the heck...
But one of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can't disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism.
Now, this was a speech delivered to Veterans, in the context of the Iraq War.
So forgive us if we take some liberties with the context. But the overall formulation is not new.
We've written about how Obama wants to shut off debate about his character and patriotism.
Later in the same speech [Obama's Feb 2007 DNC Winter Meeting Speech here], Obama expanded the ground rules:
... for every attack ad that questions the character or honesty or patriotism of somebody, there are real patriots fighting and dying in Iraq whose families deserve to know how we plan to bring them home.
Questioning Obama's character or honesty or patriotism is a distraction. Anyone questioning Obama on these grounds would be judged as lacking in their support for the troops.
Obama has not set about setting up these restraints on his opponents simply because he doesn't want to be inconvenienced with such questions and criticisms. Obama clearly understands that his history, his associations, his decisions and actions are such that such questions and criticisms would be devastating to his campaign were they undertaken in earnest and robustly discussed and vigorously debated.
Obama does not want anyone to be able to question his character as it relates to having a 20 plus year relationship with his race-baiting pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. He wants to prevent anyone from questioning his honesty when he repeatedly engages in dishonest double-talk like a dissembling pol as he changes his story about his relationship with indicted friend and political backer Antonin Rezko. Obama knows he must head off any questions of his patriotism because of his long relationship with an America-hating unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.
Well. Let's press on and inject some additional context under which Obama might have a renewed concern about people questioning his character and patriotism.
Steve Diamond at Global Labor, Tom Maguire at JustOneMinute and Stanley Kurtz at National Review are relentlessly pounding the drum on the Obama-Ayers relationship regarding their mutual involvement in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge that has been heretofore unexplored by the media and buried by the candidate and his campaign. See each of those links for details. Lots of details.