The normally brilliant team at Hot Air seems inclined to give Obama a pass for indulging in the ocassional cigarette and then lying about it:
What right does a presidential candidate have to lie to a nosy reporter about something that’s totally irrelevant to the election and therefore none of his business?
Look, Obama is performing delivering a valuable public health service by getting up in the face of Jeremiah Wright's message that cigarettes were invented by Virginia plantation owners in order to enslave black men. But if he is lying to us and to his wife, not to mention whiny reporters, well, that is modestly newsworthy.
OH, BY THE WAY: I made up that Jeremiah Wright thing, I hope. But I bet if I listened to enough of his sermons I could hear something that sounded something like that - sometimes I do wish I were a lefty.
GREAT MOMENTS IN "IT'S NOT THE CRIME, IT'S THE COVER-UP": OK, I did have sexual relations with that woman... but I didn't light up afterwards. I suppose "I didn't inhale" would come too close to making sense.
Hmm, it is Friday, right? I have a big global warming piece that has been sitting around as a draft since Monday and wow, do I not seem to give a hoot...
ALL THAT SAID: It would take extraordinary delicacy to bash Obama for this without coming off as a whining, overbearing Puritan and making him a sympathetic figure. Where are Hillary and Bill when we need them?
AS I WAS SAYING: See, here is another guy who said he would quit, but has he? Well?
CAUTION FROM THE CAPTAIN:
In fact, if he wanted, Obama could turn the negative into a positive. Mindful that the Democrats want to expand S-CHIP on the backs of smokers — who tend towards lower-income, working-class groups — Obama could say that he wants to show solidarity with the underprivileged. He’s already having trouble establishing his street cred, according to Howard Kurtz, with bad bowling and cheesesteak snobbery; maybe lighting a cancer stick will help voters relate to him. He could even claim to be helping kids get health care by martyring his own health.
Better to leave it alone, I say.
No stone left unturned, or unthrown, says I. What kind of a Right Wing Noise Machine are we if we can't even rile up a few of the militant "Thank You For Not Smoking" crowd?