I haven’t commented on the Rightie Bloggers’ snarking after the Debate, mostly because it was too pathetic and desperate to warrant mention. Grasping at straws, they seemed to fail to notice that McCranky, Patriotic War Hero, wasn’t wearing a flag lapel pin, but IOKIYAR* on that.
[* IOKIYAR = It's OK If You're A Republican]
But they decided to attack Obama’s ‘disrespect’ of the soldier’s bracelet he was wearing.
From Memeorandum earlier today: (1:35 PM, EDT)
Warner Todd Huston / NewsBusters.org:
Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son’s Bracelet… Where is Media? — Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom: “Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son’s Bracelet… Where is Media?”
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner: Take Off the Bracelet, Senator
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Soldier’s Family Asked Obama Not To Make Son’s Death A Campaign Issue
Kim Priestap / Wizbang: About Obama’s “I’ve Got a Bracelet, too” Comment
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Did Jopek family ask Obama to stop wearing the bracelet?
Rod Patrick / http://www.redstate.com: Sgt. Ryan David Jopek’s Father: The Bracelet was… between Obama …
Gateway Pundit: Sick! Soldier’s Family Told Obama Not to Wear Son’s Bracelet!
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs: OBAMA’S WORST MOMENT: EXPLOITING DEAD AMERICAN HEROES UPDATED …
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere: Did Obama Use Dead Soldier In Debate Over Objections Of His Family?
Morgan Freeberg / Right Wing News: I’ve Got a Bracelet, Too — Matthew Sheffield, Newsbusters.
The Campaign Spot: Did Obama Have a ‘Bush Looking At His Watch’ Moment Tonight?
Michelle Malkin: Debate video: Obama can’t remember the soldier’s name on his bracelet
Er … Whoops! The Chicago Tribune has this AP story up:
Soldier’s mom defends Obama’s mention of bracelet
MILWAUKEE – After Tracy Jopek gave Sen. Barack Obama a bracelet in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq, she asked Obama not to mention the bracelet on the campaign trail.
But Jopek told The Associated Press on Sunday that she’s satisfied with how Obama discussed it during last week’s presidential debate.
Jopek gave Obama the bracelet at a Green Bay rally in February. It has the name of her son, Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, and the date the 20-year-old was killed by a roadside bomb, Aug. 2, 2006. “All gave some — He gave all,” it says.
A few days after offering it to the Illinois Democrat, Jopek, of Merrill in north-central Wisconsin, had a change of heart. She realized it could be interpreted as a protest against the war, a statement that made her uncomfortable because other military families who suffered losses still supported the conflict.
“I am a mother, a mother who lost her son. It’s hard to know what’s right, what’s wrong about this war. Very hard,” she said. “And I know there are a lot of families who lost loved ones.”
So she e-mailed the Obama campaign through its Web site asking that he not mention it during debates or speeches.
She never got a reply but said she didn’t hear of him mentioning it after that — until Friday, when Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain appeared in their first debate. In response to a question about Iraq, McCain said a New Hampshire woman asked him to wear a bracelet honoring her fallen son, and asked him to make sure the Iraq mission succeeded so his death would not be in vain.
Obama responded that he too wears a bracelet, one for Sgt. Jopek, but for a different reason — to make sure all American wars are fought for good reason.
“No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain because they’re carrying out the missions of their commander in chief. And we honor all the service that they’ve provided. Our troops have performed brilliantly,” Obama said. “The question for the next president is, are we making good judgments about how to keep America safe, precisely because sending our military into battle is such an enormous step.”
It was an answer that Tracy Jopek said made her proud.
“His response in the debate was exactly that, a response, after John McCain put it out there first,” she said. “I think it was an appropriate response — he was just saying there’s another side to the story, there’s two different viewpoints.”…
Turns out it was her Gitmo military ex-husband who decided to score GOP points with his dead son’s bracelet. (Whether under orders, of course, we don’t know …)
Obama’s comment sparked a number of angry comments from bloggers who suggested Obama was exploiting her son’s death to score political points. Jopek said those bloggers might have heard comments that her son’s father made on Wisconsin Public Radio on March 20.
In an interview with Glen Moberg, National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian Jopek said his ex-wife asked Obama not to wear the bracelet at any further public appearances. But Obama was still apparently wearing it, he said.
“So, that’s his own choice. I mean that’s something Barack Obama, that’s a choice that he continues to wear it despite Tracy asking him not to,” he told Moberg.
Tracy Jopek said she didn’t hear the interview but that her ex-husband, who is currently stationed in Cuba, mischaracterized her viewpoint….
If they had a sense of shame, … but of course, they don’t. The Who’s Who of the Blogosmear™ just tried to exploit a dead soldier for political gain, all the while claiming that it was OBAMA who was doing so. How creepy and satanic are THEY?
If the juvenile insult “I know you are, but what am I?” were removed from their bag of tricks, they wouldn’t have much left to work with.
The outraged outrageous are suddenly missing from the debate. Funny how they seem to vanish into the woodwork when caught pimping a smear whose veracity they never bothered fact-checking.
See how they’ve completely vanished on Memeorandum (10:00 PM EDT)*. Whoopsies! (That’s GOTTA hurt!)
(*Except for Butt Plug Bob, the Confederate Wanker, who’s come up with a new desperate peyote hallucination: “The Ayers-Weatherman Terrorist Attack as It Might Have Happened” complete with “MeeToos” from the hebephrenic “Jawa Report”Vinnie / The Jawa Report: Have You Seen Our Media Lately? and ever-pathetic coward Macs(alleged)Mind (who won’t allow any comments on his vicious slurs) Mac Ranger / Macsmind: What if? Obama’s buddy William Ayers might have accomplished.
I can not think of a more desperate stretch than coming up with an alternate reality, science fiction tale and then trying to somehow pin it on Obama. But that’s Wingnut abuse of psychedelics for ya. When the Righties’ spin on the debate is that it was a TIE, you know they lost. When they’re hallucinating “terrorist” attacks by Weathermen in the 1960s, I’d keep them away from sharp objects, lest they try and harm themselves in their despair.
But, even though they get it wrong, time and time again, and get caught, time and time again, they just return to their vicious, lying ways as if nothing had happened …
Time and time again.