"If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful, because that I find unacceptable -- the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family."
--Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, today on ABC's "Good Morning, America"
That's a pretty naive view for the presumptive Democratic nominee, whose wife has been an effective advocate for him. By sending her on the campaign trail as a surrogate for her husband, the campaign made her an issue.
In this case, it was a GOP ad criticizing her widely publicized remark, earlier in the campaign, about being "really proud" of her country for the first time.
(Don't know quite how it happened, but in the clip I saw numerous times, the word "really" was all but eliminated -- a significant change.)
From what I've seen, Michelle Obama is more than capable of defending herself, and I would have been more impressed if her husband's response had been to challenge his rivals to an in-depth conversation about what his wife actually said and meant.
It's an issue worth broad public discussion.