“George Voinovich calls Barack Obama a ‘socialist'”
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer blog:
Sen. George Voinovich, what do you really think of Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for president?
“He is left of Teddy Kennedy. With all due respect, the man is a socialist.”
Ohio’s senior senator, a Republican, made his comments Thursday to a reporter for The Daily Sentinel in Pomeroy, Ohio. He was visiting the Meigs County Republican Party.
Voinovich said he felt that John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, had the “maturity, experience and proven record of reaching across the aisle” and would be a “responsible president” in one of the “most challenging times in the history of this country.”
Voinovich’s office did not back away from the “socialist” quote today.
Spokesman Chris Paulitz said it was based on Voinovich’s strong belief in a limited role for the federal government. Paulitz cited the 10th Amendment, which says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Said Paulitz: “Sen. Voinovich has been a mayor and a governor, and believes the 10th Amendment is sacred. And he does not believe that Sen. Obama has an understanding or respect of the 10th Amendment.”
McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, do, said Paulitz, adding that Voinovich has spoken with Palin specifically about the government’s role and that she, McCain and Ohio’s GOP senator are in agreement.
Wow. Quite the pointed breakdown of Senate “collegiality.”
Too little, too late, likely, — at least for this election season. But perhaps a sign of things to come — as it will have to be, if we’re to rescue the nation the founders imagined from the new self-selecting professional political class of elites, beltway insiders, media advocates, and big government guardians on both sides of the political aisle.
If there’s a bloodless battle for the soul of classical liberalism in the offing, Voinovich may just have assumed the role of that South Carolinian on Morris Island who fired on the Star of the West, marking the beginning of the Civil War.
Metaphorically speaking, of course.
(h/t Gateway Pundit, via Geoff B)