Posted by Brad @ 4:31 pm on July 23rd 2008

The Dumbest Political Controversy of the Month

If you’ll remember, June’s winner belonged to Michelle Malkin (and brigades of other right wing bloggers) for the keffiyeh controversy (a keffiyeh being a scarf which holds anti-American views), and the one-two punch served to such Jew-hating terrorist sympathizers as Rachel Ray and Meghan McCain.

Now, I think we have a winner for July.

At issue: Obama’s campaign is printing campaign materials in German. For their event. Which is in Germany.

Patrick Ruffini:

This is pretty extraordinary. A candidate for the American Presidency is using flyers printed in German to turn people out for his campaign rally in Berlin on Thursday. This flyer can be found on a bilingual page on advertising the event:

The German flyers bear Obama’s campaign logo and say “Paid for by Obama for America.”

I’m surprised at this lapse in judgment in an otherwise well-oiled and professional Obama campaign. The last time they printed up campaign paraphenalia in a foreign language, it didn’t work out so hot for them.

This, some contend, is just like when the Nazis did it.

I am not making that up.

Ruffini also deems extraordinary that an American politician holding events in foreign countries could be said to have conducted a campaign event on foreign soil. Because that’s never happened before. Never ever.

It’s easy pickings. My favorite (Matt Yglesias):

Patrick Ruffini slams the Obama campaign for using a foreign language in its promotional material for an event in Germany. Apparently it’s now unpatriotic to so much as concede that they speak foreign languages in foreign countries.

And there you have it. The dumbest political controversy of the month. A little schadenfreude is, I think, in order.


  1. Stupidity of baffling dimensions. One wonders who these people are trying to persuade. Can there possibly exist an uncommitted voter who would make up his mind based on this?

    Comment by Rojas — 7/23/2008 @ 5:56 pm

  2. The stupid demographic! It’s who the candidates should really be fighting for. Perhaps the newest swing block of voters are the dullards.

    Comment by Cameron — 7/23/2008 @ 8:01 pm

  3. Gotta love that Clouthier thing though.

    “It’s in German! Just like the Nazis!”

    Comment by Brad — 7/23/2008 @ 8:07 pm

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