Hot on the heels or left-wing radio host Randi Rhodes' recent obscenity-laced rant, fellow lefty host, Ed Schultz (jealous of all the attention Rhodes was getting?) decided to make some headlines of his own. While Rhodes let loose at an Air America promotional event, Schultz went one better,
speaking before Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a Democratic state party event in North Dakota on Friday night...calling Republican Sen. John McCain a "warmonger."
The McCain camp immediately called on Obama personally to denounce Schultz and the reference, as McCain did after a similar incident in Ohio in late February.
Saturday in Arizona, McCain, a decorated former POW who has spoken often of the horrors of war, said, "I would hope that, in keeping with his commitment, that Senator Obama would condemn such language, since it was part of his campaign."
Apparently Senator Obama wasn't terribly offended by the comment when Schultz said it because afterwards he called Schultz the "voice of progressive radio" . Considering the tone of left-wing radio, the good Senator actually had that just about right. After Schultz's comments started to gain press attention Obama suddenly realized that (as a campaign statement later said),
"John McCain is not a warmonger and should not be described as such. He's a supporter of a war that Senator Obama believes should have never been authorized and never been waged."
It is understandable how Senator Obama may not have noticed Schultz's slur as he was concentrating on how he would soon retell the lie that McCain is alright with a 100 year-long Iraqi war, a claim that has been debunked and which Obama has even been called on publicly.
And so it goes with the party of love.