WTF is the Obama campaign thinking on the subjects of gun rights and free expression?
Obama doesn't like some NRA-sponsored radio advertisements in Pennsylvania and Ohio critical of his record on gun issues. He says the ads are inaccurate. So does he put out a competing advertisements? No. He has his lawyers write to the radio stations and tell them not to run the ads, and threaten them in a manner both unsubtle and bumptious:
"This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about Senator Obama's position on the Second Amendment," says the letter from Obama general counsel Bob Bauer. "For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should refuse to continue to air this advertisement."
That's bullshit. Now, when the anti-Obama forces were wetting themselves because the Obama campaign asked its flying monkeys to write and call radio shows to counter anti-Obama talk, I had no sympathy. That's appropriate response speech, and the whiners who called it suppression of free speech are either spinning furiously or self-deluded about the bounds of free expression. The right to broadcast your asinine views does not include the right to be free of angry calls and letters calling you an ass.
But writing a radio station on behalf of a sitting Senator saying that the advertisement they are running is inaccurate and they ought to worry about their broadcast license? That's straight-up thuggery. What's worse, it's embarrassing, weak thuggery. How could the Obama campaign think this would do anything other than make them look like censorious, impotent asses, and draw much more attention to the advertisements?
To put it in Obamaesque terms, I hope that he changes it.
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