I used to really hate my name. I was named after a friend of my mom and dad’s in South Whitley, and I just couldn’t understand why I was given an old, fuddy-duddy name. Growing up I answered to the likes of “Charles”, “Charlie”, Chuck”, “Chuckles”, and, in law school, I became “Char.” Probably about the only ones who called me “Charlotte” with any regularity were my parents and our grocery store customers.
But the one thing I did know was that I sure didn’t have anything to do with picking my name. So I find it interesting that the desperate Republican muckraking machine still tries to slam Obama for his name – and not his first name or his last name but that one squeezed in between – his middle name. Yes, that’s right – his middle name.
The tactic is classic Republican dirty politics. Distract the public with red herring issues – like a name – so as not to draw attention to the fact that the McPalin ticket is inept, uniformed, incompetent, uninspiring, and losing its luster – if it had any in the first place.
So let me ask you readers out there – how many of you helped your mommy and daddy pick your name? Any of you? None of you? So while Obama and Biden are campaigning to talk about real issues, the Republican dirty trick machine is still hard at work spewing hatred and fear – all based on a middle name that Obama was not asked to approve from the depths of the womb.
Photo Credit: Election Center 2008