tomorrow’s smear today

Obamainkenya_2Now he’s in a dashiki — heaven forfend!

Instead of dodging the whispering campaign (started by the Clinton campaign and certain to continue through November), Obama and his supporters should confront the ignorance of the smear merchants. That’s why I’m posting this pic.

Dashikis have nothing to do with Islam; they’re commonly worn in West Africa — by Christians, Muslims, tourists from Luxembourg …

Notice the undercurrent of racism on sites such as the one linked above. If Obama was wearing, say, a Russian Orthodox robe, would anyone raise a peep?

it depends on what your definition of ‘unfiltered’ is

Or, when a candidate’s supporter starts acting like the candidate they support:

The Andre to whom the above commenter refers is Andre Walker, who keeps the blog Georgia Politics Unfiltered.

He responded to my above post with a post on his own blog calling me a sucker for blaming Clinton’s campaign for the Obama picture. But rather than let anyone respond, he disabled the comments function on the blog. He even deleted a comment that arrived before he was able to switch off the comments function.

So much for unfiltered politics.

kiss me deadly

From today’s Maureen Dowd column:

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After saying she found her “voice” in New Hampshire, she has turned into Sybil. We’ve had Experienced Hillary, Soft Hillary, Hard Hillary, Misty Hillary, Sarcastic Hillary, Joined-at-the-Hip-to-Bill Hillary, Her-Own-Person-Who-Just-Happens-to-Be-Married-to-a-Former-President Hillary, It’s-My-Turn Hillary, Cuddly Hillary, Let’s-Get-Down-in-the-Dirt-and-Fight-Like-Dogs Hillary.

May I suggest one final evolution?

analysis of the day

From Sara of Going Through the Motions:

I’m pretty sure the Obama campaign would have heaping gobs of untrue and unfair rumors about Hillary Clinton that they could use for whisper campaigns, if they wanted to play that angle. Thankfully they don’t. And the fact that we don’t see “rogue” Obama staffers circulating Vince Foster conspiracy theory emails, and don’t have Obama surrogates repeatedly admonished by the campaign for bringing up Whitewater or Travelgate, shows a huge difference between the 2 campaigns. One has message discipline and has made it clear to the full organization that certain tactics will not be tolerated. And one has a chief strategist who repeated the cocaine rumor on national TV mere seconds after he said it was inappropriate to reference it. Not hard to figure out who is strict about what’s fair game, and who isn’t.

the simpsons did it first

KangkodosClinton strategist Mark “Professor Chaos” Penn is stealing Kang‘s slogan.

Penn: I have won about 70 major elections around the world, including many presidents, and I devised the simple message for Tony Blair in his last successful campaign: ‘Forward, Not Back.’

Kang (from his 1996 presidential campaign): We must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Now who’s the plagiarist?

(discovery fee to Andisheh)

it depends on what your definition of ‘unfiltered’ is

Or, when a candidate’s supporter starts acting like the candidate they support:

The Andre to whom the above commenter refers is Andre Walker, who keeps the blog Georgia Politics Unfiltered.

He responded to my above post with a post on his own blog calling me a sucker for blaming Clinton’s campaign for the Obama picture. But rather than let anyone respond, he disabled the comments function on the blog. He even deleted a comment that arrived before he was able to switch off the comments function.

So much for unfiltered politics.