He's tanned, rested and ready to be President and is too damn tough to sit around and be a target for the vicious and infamous Republican smear machine. Barack Obama is fighting back against the great Right-Wing Conspiracy. Because he's at the cutting edge of, well everything, he already has a website up (called fighthesmears.com What did you think it would be called?) and is fightin' back for Truth, Justice and the Leftist way!
Listen to Barack Obama lately and you might get the impression that the little scenario above bears some relation to reality, that the Republicans, as in every election are getting ready to dump truckloads of sludge over our shiny new hero. The only problem with this scenario is, in truth if Obama is looking to find a smear merchant his best bet would be to look in the mirror, rather than under his bed for Republicans bearing mud.
James Kirchick, assistant editor of the New Republic has a column in Politico that deconstructs what turns out to be the myth of the 2008 Republican slime machine. Chronicling Obama's creation of this fraud with the assistance (of course) of the msm Kirchick finds that the mud is actually in the other hand.
In contrast Kirchick recounts four smears that have been levelled at John McCain by Obama supporters, including Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller saying...
Writers Evan Thomas and Richard Wolfe [of Newsweek] concluded thatthe 2008 presidential election will be no different. “It is a sure bet that theGOP will try to paint Obama as ‘the other’ — as a haughty black intellectual who has Muslim roots (Obama is a Christian) and hangs around with America-haters.”
But has it been a “sure bet?”
Not really. Thus far, no one with any serious affiliation to John McCain's campaign has resorted to the alleged“scare” tactics in which Republicans — and, apparently, only Republicans — have been perfecting since Richard Nixon was first elected. On the contrary, if the past few months have showed us anything, it’s that the Obama campaign is the one dealing in crude smears.
There have been only two incidents in which people officially associated with McCain have done anything approaching what Thomas and Wolfe predicted those dastardly, conniving Republicans would inevitably do. In February, a conservative talk radio host speaking at a McCain rally made reference to “Barack Hussein Obama.” McCain immediately condemned the statement, leading the embittered and embarrassed professional yacker to complain that McCain “threw me under the bus.” The only other smear-worthy episode occurred in March, when the McCain campaign suspended a low-level aide who provided a link on his Twitter account to a video featuring the rants of Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Heavy stuff, to be sure.
that because McCain “was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from35,000 feet,” and “was long gone when they hit,” the Arizona senator who spent five and a half years in a Vietcong tiger cage having his arms repeatedly broken didn’t really understand the carnage of war. “What happened when [the missiles]get to the ground?”He also also recounts Senator Tom Harkin's howler abut McCain's military service saying,
Interestingly these and all the other smears attempt to take the luster off McCain's very honorable service to his country. The consistency of the attacks are so stark that Kirchick goes so far as to wonder if they might not all be a coordinated effort directed by the Obama campaign. This very logical thought will probably wind up on fighthesmears.com as the latest Republican smear.
“Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous.”
The truth is that despite the Democrat spawned meme of Republican smears, Democrats have proven more than adept at them, all by themselves. One of the first smears of the technological era is also one of the most memorable:
Lyndon Johnson suggesting that Barry Goldwater doesn't "love" and will therefore lead the world into a nuclear conflagration set the bar high early. Not always matching Johnson's ambitious smears the Dems have kept at it through the years with varying degrees of gusto.Some examples that come to mind immediately are: The commercial sponsored by the NAACP in the 2000 Presidential race in which it was suggested that GWB was responsible for the dragging death of an innocent Black man, James Byrd in a tagline stating, "So when Gov. George W. Bush refused to sign hate crimes legislation, it was like my father was killed all over again.". Then there was the conspiracy theory that floated around after Ronald Reagan's election in 1980 and husckstered by former Carter administration official, Gary Sick.
This is the October Surprise theory: that the Reagan campaign colluded with Iran to delay the release of the hostages until after the 1980 election; that William Casey-then campaign manager, later head of the CIA-went to Madrid in July to negotiate the deal; and that George Bush went to Paris in October to nail it down. Originally floated by Lyndon LaRouche and dismissed in a footnote by the HouseSenate Iran-Contra committee, the theory remained the preserve of the loony Left-until Mr. Sick became a believer. Frontline, Nightline, the New York Times, and other major media organs all climbed aboard.It was, of course, bs but that didn't stop the Dems from riding it for all it was worth. The examples go on and on of the actions of the Democratic hate machine, not that you'd know it if you listened to Barack Obama and his buddies in the msm.
But when you hear him bemoaning the horrors to which he is being subjected in the future just remember that it is nothing more than some a psych-op being brought to you by Barack Obama, Agent of SMEAR.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air is also on the case
As is Wake Up America
Betsy's Page also takes note