August 30, 2008
Remember Lee Atwater

It is a little ironic.

The attack dogs will eagerly embrace formerly hated targets. All last week Republicans lauded the achievements and brilliance of Hillary Clinton, seeking to exploit divisions in the Democratic Party. It has rounded up former Clinton supporters who now back McCain and paraded them like captured prisoners of war. “[McCain] really does admire and respect her and honours the campaign that she ran,” said Carly Fiorina, a top McCain adviser. Those are astonishing words from a senior figure in a party which spent two decades demonising Clinton as a left-wing uber-feminist. But that is the key to the success of the Republican attack machine: the past does not exist. What matters is what works now. Democrats know more of the same is coming. “This is going to be the most vicious campaign we have ever faced,” said Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s former campaign chairman.

How vicious?

There is an industry devoted to publishing anti-Obama screeds. The most popular has been The Obama Nation, by conservative polemicist Jerome Corsi. The book paints a radical picture of Obama as having a secret Islamic past — but critics say the book can be proven to be wrong. Corsi has also called for Obama to take a drugs test and warned that he might create a “department of hate crimes” if elected. The Obama Nation has been a bestseller, relentlessly promoted by sympathetic media figures such as Fox News’s conservative host Sean Hannity. On his show, Hannity allowed Corsi to claim Obama wanted to allow women to have “abortions” even after their child was born. Instead of refuting the ridiculous claim, Hannity merely expressed shock. The incident forced a liberal media watchdog to issue an analysis showing Obama had never actually supported the murder of newborn children.
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Posted by Chuck Dupree at August 30, 2008 08:59 PM
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And these folks aren't exactly Jon Swift types either. Not swift at all in fact. There are people who in this country who take that trash literally. I do hope Obama has good Secret Service protection. It wasn't long ago that this crowd, egged on by the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, etc was out firebombing abortion clinics and shooting doctors in their homes and they are certainly capable of it again. Our home grown terrorists are a real problem in this country and I'm afraid we're going to see them rear their ugly heads again.

But I do hope the Obama Justice department can show more restraint than the FBI and Janet Reno did in the 90's, who also added fuel to the fire.

Posted by: Buck on August 30, 2008 9:26 PM

So the right-wing bag of tricks still includes the blood libel. Shouldn't be a surprise, I suppose. Still, it's a surprise.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on August 31, 2008 3:19 AM

It continues to be a surprise how low they'll sink, and what ridiculous bullshit people will believe if it fits their preconceptions.

At some point in the near future we'll be forced to address our national psychology. Then will come the reckoning.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on August 31, 2008 8:54 PM
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