Ain’t No Valley Low Enough

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 13:59 EDT
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Okay, there’s low. Like, say, Death Valley is pretty low. Then there’s lower – the Marianas Trench, let’s say. And then there’s this, which to sum it up in as non-sketchy a way as possible, is conservative bloggers gleefully spreading the rumor that Barack Obama was molested by one of his childhood mentors as a disqualifying factor in his run for the Presidency.

As Jim Henley says, the disturbing part isn’t even that they’re gleeful about Frank Davis’ alleged perversion – they’re super gleeful that said perversion might have been visited on an underage Obama. The right tends to cheer for a lot of things when push comes to shove during an election cycle – allegations of treason, assaults on veterans’ service, so on and so forth. But I think this is the first time the explicit approval of child abuse has ever become part and parcel of a conservative smear campaign against a Democratic candidate.

Part of me wonders if we’re at the point where there simply is no movement conservative moral compass any more. Another part of me wonders if I can finally start selling my “Ho Chi Minh Just Whipped Your Candy Ass” McCain t-shirts. Only three weeks left to work this magic!

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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