“Punish our enemies”

President Obama:

If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.

(Emphasis mine.)

Obama isn’t talking about Al Qaeda, Iran, or North Korea, he’s talking his domestic opposition. This language is unworthy of a free nation. This is Hugo Chavez territory.

One thing is for certain; Obama won’t be able to get away with this kind of crap any more:

The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.

So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.

“Put our country first” was 2008. In 2010, it’s “punish our enemies”.

UPDATE: Charles Krauthammer has a way with words:

This is how the great post-partisan, post-racial, New Politics presidency ends – not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution.

UPDATE: Obama retracts the word “enemies”, saying that “opponents”  would have been better. But, significantly, he doesn’t retract the word “punish”.

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