Bill Kristol burps up another column on the most pressing issue of the day, Obama’s lapel pins (or lack thereof):
But Obama chose to present his flag-pin removal as a principled gesture. “You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.”
Leave aside the claim that “speaking out on issues” constitutes true patriotism. What’s striking is that Obama couldn’t resist a grandiose explanation. Obama’s unnecessary and imprudent statement impugns the sincerity or intelligence of those vulgar sorts who still choose to wear a flag pin. But moral vanity prevailed. He wanted to explain that he was too good — too patriotic! — to wear a flag pin on his chest.
This may turn out to be the dumbest election of my lifetime. They have no issues to talk about, so all we are going to do is to debate Obama’s patriotism.
BTW- check out the comments to this Politico piece about CNN’s patriotism poll. It is almost universal condemnation, and I do not consider the Politico to be a left-wing site. This shit is not going to fly this year.