Obama’s Surge Stance Goes Down Memory Hole

by Sean Hackbarth

Edit a Presidential candidate’s view on the Iraq surge? “Yes we can!” At least that’s what Sen. Barack Obama’s web team did over the weekend. Instead of simply saying he was wrong about the surge Obama and his campaign pretends we won’t notice his alterations in emphasis. Events on the ground in Iraq have changed yet Obama is still adamant to pull U.S. troops out in 16 months. This causes Jim Geraghty to write,

That suggests the candidate is wedded to ideology and oblivious to the consequences of policy changes. And a candidate who has the… well, audacity to claim that he always said the surge would result in an “improvement in the security situation and a reduction of violence” when he said the opposite many times thinks that A) voters are gullible and B) the media have the attention span of an over-caffeinated ferret.

Gateway Pundit has a side-by-side before-and-after of Obama’s Iraq page.

Rick Moran goes for the jugular. Just like Obama thinks he’s better on Iraq because he possesses superior judgment it’s been wrong about the surge.

James Joyner doesn’t see the big deal with altering the website:

But campaign websites are marketing vehicles, not permanent document repositories.

True which is exactly why the campaign should have been more forthcoming. Obama’s marketing shtick is post-partisanship and a new kind of politics. He occasionally brags about working on greater government transparency. By doing what they did his campaign damaged Obama’s brand. It fuels the building storyline of Obama willing to shimmy and shake like any other politician in order to get elected. Also, as a marketing tool Obama’s website will be a prime destination for undecided voters soon before Election Day. They will be reading his position on Iraq without knowing how the nuance has changed. That’s a lack of transparency.

Obama’s team would have been better off dealing with the surge edit in the same way they handled Obama’s changed stance on FISA. He released an statement then had policy people converse with anxious supporters.

Barack Obama: just like any other politician. I wouldn’t be surprised if a webhead gets thrown under Obama’s bus next.

Barack Obama Purges Web Site Critique of Surge in Iraq” [via memeorandum]

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[...] Sean Hackbarth in an American Mind piece calls it, “Obama’s Surge Stance Goes Down Memory Hole“: Edit a Presidential candidate’s view on the Iraq surge? “Yes we can!” At least that’s what Sen. Barack Obama’s web team did over the weekend. Instead of simply saying he was wrong about the surge Obama and his campaign pretends we won’t notice his alterations in emphasis. Events on the ground in Iraq have changed yet Obama is still adamant to pull U.S. troops out in 16 months. This causes Jim Geraghty to write, That suggests the candidate is wedded to ideology and oblivious to the consequences of policy changes. And a candidate who has the… well, audacity to claim that he always said the surge would result in an “improvement in the security situation and a reduction of violence” when he said the opposite many times thinks that A) voters are gullible and B) the media have the attention span of an over-caffeinated ferret. [...]

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