Ed Driscoll

Game, Set, and Match

Tina Korbe writes at Hot Air writes, “Bristol Palin to Obama: When should I expect your call?”

In a post on her new blog and in clear, sincere language, Bristol appeals to the president’s highest, noblest instincts — most especially his instinct to protect his daughters, the instinct he cited as the reason he felt compelled to call Sandra Fluke to apologize for Rush’s insults. She writes:

If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you.  After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager.  That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.

Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you.  Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women.  You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.

But…

What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women… even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?

What if?

Ace adds that it’s a case of “Absolute Moral Authority: Bristol Palin Wants To Know When Barack Obama Will Be Standing Up For Her?”

I gotta tell you, I love this.

Well-played.

Make them live by their own rule-book.

I really do want to know– when will he be calling her?

It’s a very good question and the press should insist on an answer.

And recall Obama’s frequent ham-handed Godfather-style references to “civilians” during the 2008 campaign whenever things got too hot for him and one of his (to use another gangster-movie cliche) lieutenants:

[Allahpundit of Hot Air] notes a familiar phrase has returned to Obama’s lexicon: “essentially, spouses are civilians.”

Much like Reverend Wright was, back in April. But as I noted back then:

How is Wright a civilian? When your ideology makes “the personal the political”, and in an effort to create a holistic worldview, has politicized everything from religion to light bulbs to national defense, how can there be any “civilians” in politics?

And as Allah notes, Michelle’s “not a ‘civilian’ if she’s out on the trail promising that you’re going to immanentize the eschaton, champ.”

By the way, Obama’s use of the word “civilian” always strikes me as an odd Godfather homage, where the gangsters were careful not to take out anyone not actually in the mob. I.E., “Sollozzo knows he’s a civilian.” Ironically, and safe to say entirely unintentionally on Obama’s part, it becomes an even more interesting word choice considering the rapidly escalating level of real violence back in his hometown.

If Obama considers his hyper-politicized wife and former spiritual advisor to be “civilians,” then surely the daughter of a retired politician is a civilian as well and therefore, both out of bounds and deserving of a phone call as well. What say you, Mr. President?