Matthew Yglesias reminds me again why folks like me are obviously small minded (sarcasm) ...
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. Or maybe American politicians should only be allowed to speak in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the UK.
No, that isn't the point at all.
I guess my first question is does anyone think this wasn't a campaign event?
Contrary to what he may have said during his speech, lets all be realistic here, Sen. Obama was speaking in Berlin because is a candidate for President, he had 3 years before he was a candidate for president and was just the junior senator from Illinois to go speak in Germany.
As the poster in German seems to show it was a campaign event, lets all call it what it was. Also it is not nearly the same thing as John McCain speaking to a business group in Canada I strongly suspect that this
Campaign volunteers holding clipboards shouted to passers-by, “Stop here, registering American citizens to vote!”was not going on during McCain's speech in Canada.
No Matthew, Republicans don't have an issue with politicians speaking overseas. Some of us may wonder why in the heck they need to have campaign events overseas. This isn't Presidents Kennedy or Regan both pointing out how the Berlin wall symbolizes what is wrong with Communism. It isn't Winston Churchill at Westminster College talking about the Iron Curtain.
This is a candidate campaigning overseas, it's different. I guess I am just small minded because obviously it's ok to campaign overseas.
If McCain had some huge rally someplace overseas I am sure that Democrats would have been completely cool with it.. :-)