It’s presidential election campaign season, so it’s time for all media to scrutinize every move made by Barack Obama and John McCain.
(I heard that Obama eats sausage links with his fingers and McCain puts his pants on right leg first, both facts bringing skepticism to their leadership abilities.) Okay, that was a joke; I have to clarify this, because some people don’t know the difference in levity and genuine criticism.
Here is one example of not understanding simple polliticking by the Obama campaign. The blog post links to a story about Obama’s people asking two women wearing Muslim headscarves to not sit behind a podium, where Obama was speaking. Granted, this is not the best move Obama’s people have made, but in their defense, they were simply looking out for their candidate.
Obama has been called everything short of Osam Bin Laden’s twin by his detractors; this Muslim link just won’t go away. So, what’s the most obvious, though maybe not the best, campaign strategy? Distance Obama from Muslims. Not that he’s afraid of the association. Americans are afraid.
In another obvious piece of politicking, Obama called the two women personally and apologized.
Maybe if Americans were less fearful of the Muslim faith, this sort of politicking wouldn’t be necessary.