December 12, 2006

Republican Scorched Earth Campaign Tactics

Barack Obama is a very attractive politician who is garnering lots of good publicity all over the country. Today, of all the candidates on the Democratic side, only Obama would be considered a genuine superstar. Yet, as Dave Johnson and James Boyce recently wrote despite the current viability of Obama, odds are he will be a considerably tarnished candidate when the Right Wing Smear Machine gets through with him. In a piece called, How Long Will The Right Let Us Love Obama?, they remind us that it won't matter who the Democratic candidate is, because when the 2008 election rolls around, many will be holding their nose casting a vote for the Democratic candidate, and many others will find it impossible to vote for him or her.

[B]ack to Senator Barack Obama. Or is that "Balak HUSSEIN Osama" - as some Right Wing commentators are saying it already? What will happen when he faces the wrath of the Right's machine? Will we still love him then?

Maybe you think this just won't happen because people are smarter than that. Yeah. Well, that's what we thought before. And if you think they won't go after Obama, think again. They've already started. After all, as Josh Marshall reported today, Jeff Greenfield has already started to compare the way Obama dresses to that of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So what is your bet that he didn't come up with that analogy all by himself? As Josh says:

But if Barack Obama goes around wearing a jacket, collared shirt and no tie, do I figure he's trying to look like a happening dude from a GQ spread (maybe, ok, check), trying to appeal to the youth vote (sure, check), looks like your average tech executive (sure), just likes to dress that way (sounds right)?

Do I think he reminds me Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Wow. I've got to say I really didn't see that coming.

Read Dave's piece because it's an very important story and one every Democrat should understand. Because it's going to be up to us to discredit the emotional undertow of the smear machine if we want to get sane leadership in the White House.

And here's an article you should read if you want to understand why the Republicans keep going back to the poisoned well of trying to destroy their political opposition. They truly do not believe in the government our founders created. They look at democratic rule as illegal and think nothing of cheating to keep power. No wonder they use eliminationist language - because it fits their worldview. With this as today's Republican Party's underlying philosophical roots, I worry about what will happen with our country. Because a democracy cannot work when one side refuses to accept the legitimacy of their opposition.

Posted by Mary at December 12, 2006 12:32 AM | Elections | Technorati links |

This is a joke, right?

The Democrats dominate the print, electronic, and most elements of the academic world. You could look it up if you weren't so set in your views.

The fact that a recent poll concerning pols had John Kerry 20th out of 20 has more to do with the fact that Kerry is a silly poster-boy for stupidity than any smear campaign.

Posted by: daveinboca at December 12, 2006 05:00 AM

Don't you think the Clintons might have an interest in Democrats not "loving Obama"? It's always easier to look away from the smear tactics and dirty politics of your own side and blame everything on the GOP.

I'd be 100% certain any smears against Obama at this stage are generated by the Clintons.

Please stop playing the victim---it's just not convincing.

Posted by: paladin at December 12, 2006 05:18 AM

Congratulations, Mary. You're starting to seriously annoy the wingnuts. Obviously, you're doing something right. :P

(And right-wing bias in most of the US media has been pretty well documented. Although reporters lean left, most of the editors and media owners lean heavily right, and they control what gets printed, which is reflected in the actual bias displayed. You could look that up, if you weren't so set in your views. The academic issue is a little bit more complex, with there possibly being a point in colleges of law, business, and political science (though not the hard sciences), but since it's become very difficult to separate those merely with beliefs in classic conservative theories from the modern right-wing nutjobs, it's hard to tell how much of that is a self-inflicted injury by the right.)

Posted by: Zed at December 12, 2006 06:10 AM

Ya gotta ask Greenfield if Obama reminds him of Ahmadinejad because both of them are Brown People, which is a lot more likely than a sartorial cue.

Posted by: Scorpio at December 12, 2006 11:58 AM