Goolsbee “was frank in saying that the primary campaign has been necessarily domestically focused, particularly in the Midwest, and that much of the rhetoric that may be perceived to be protectionist is more reflective of political maneuvering than policy,” the memo’s introduction said. 




The Obama campaign response:

Obama: He never met with them.  Oh … he did…?  Oh.  Then he didn’t say what they said he said.
Campaign spokesman: The senior campaign advisor who met with the Canadian consulate did not represent the Obama campaign.
Senior campaign advisor: I didn’t say what the consulate officials said I did.  That’s crazy.

Well, I think that about covers the possibilities for denial.  A+ for comprehensiveness, F for logical consistency.

Update: Canada backpeddles on the memo.  Obama says: “This notion that Senator Clinton is peddling that somehow there’s contradictions or winks and nods has been disputed by all parties involved.”

“This notion that Senator Clinton is peddling?” There wouldn’t be the appearance of winks and nods if Obama hadn’t reflexively denied that the meeting ever took place, and Obama’s spokesman reflexively stated that the campaign official’s statements didn’t represent the official Obama position.  Doesn’t tend to inspire trust, when the candidate and campaign seem pretty well-practiced in the deny-dispute-minimize maneuver.  You can’t put that on your opponent.

I mean seriously.  Obama’s reason for why he initially denied the meeting ever took place?  “That was the information I had at the time.”  Oh.  So Goolsbee told Obama he never met with the Canadian consulate?  Then Goolsbee should be fired, because he’s a dumbass. 

If, as is more likely, Obama just did not know that Goolsbee had, in fact, attended the meeting, the proper denial is “I have no knowledge of such a meeting.”  Saying there was no such meeting simply because he personally had no knowledge of the meeting is not “the information I had at the time.”  It’s a false statement of fact.  If I remember my MPRE correctly, even a lawyer knows a false statement of fact is called a “lie.”

I’m so tired of Obama.  Or, more precisely, I’m tired of people acting like he walks on water, when he’s just another politician.  You don’t worship politicians.  You scrutinize them, and applaud them when they do the right thing. 

I support Hillary – conditionally.  I’m not infatuated with her.  I admire her spirit, I believe her good intentions, and I think she has potential to achieve good results.  But I don’t think she’s something she’s not, and I don’t think she’ll never do anything unsavory or underhanded.  Because politics requires being underhanded sometimes.  So I don’t worship her.