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The shape of things to come

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, June 20, 2008 12:16 EDT

No time for the Friday Random Ten today, but I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to this article about the whisper campaigns against Barack Obama that exploit Americans’ xenophobia and other forms of ignorance. More than any other factor, these whisper campaigns are going to be damaging to Obama’s chances. Mark my words—the vast majority of redonkulous smears that are floated by the wingnut and mainstream media against him will be, in one form or another, feeding the idea that Obama is somehow fundamentally different from “real” Americans and not to be trusted.

It looks like most of the smears are going to be variations on a theme: Looking over what Barack and Michelle Obama wear or do to find “secret” evidence that they’re imposters with a tin ear for how “real” Americans do things. There’s obvious examples of this, like the fuss over Obama and the flag pin. But even stuff that initially doesn’t make a lick of sense to thinking people, like all the fussing over Michelle Obama’s taste for cap sleeves and sleeveless dresses, is a way of communicating the idea that the Obamas just don’t know how we do things in America.

What’s weird is that the response to all this smearing that people are giving is standardized and rehearsed—”I worry about his allegiance to the country.” Outside of calling him a terrorist, you hear this the most. There’s something fishy about how everyone knows exactly what to say and in what words.

The campaign has put up a website you can reference when debunking rumors.

Obama’s first general election commercial — released on Juneteenth

By pams

The Obama campaign has tapped North Carolina as one of the states to air this ad; it’s been Red at the presidential level, but NC’s in play this time around. It will also run in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia. I’m Barack Obama. America is a country of strong families and strong values. My life’s been blessed by both.…


Better Congress, Please

By Jesse Taylor




By Jesse Taylor

It occurs to me upon reading this that the last movie I saw which mentioned condom use was Knocked Up. And they did it wrong. As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last…


Paragons Of Consistency

By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, June 19, 2008 23:21 EDT

At this point, I don’t think John McCain is running on the same platform he was three months ago. It’s a really weird thing how, after more than two decades in public service, he’s decided that virtually everything he believed was in need of a refresh. All at once. In…


Cincinnati and HIV ads

By Amanda Marcotte

Heading towards Cincinnati for the National Women’s Studies Association conference. Which means blogging might be a bit haphazard over the weekend. For those who are attending, the general plan is that I’m helping Seal Press with tabling, so stop by and say hi. Meanwhile, I’m linking to this post of…


The Log Cabin Republicans’ ‘education’ of the LGBT community on McCain begins

By pams

I almost lost my lunch reading this spin. You might recall from a recent post that the Log Cabin Republicans organization said it “will do its part to educate gay and lesbian voters about Sen. McCain in the weeks ahead.” Are you ready for the “education“? As a Republican organization,…


We Make Shit Up

By Jesse Taylor

Congressional Quarterly seems to be admitting that ideological rankings of Senators and Representatives, including their own, provide inaccurate, selective and mislabeled impressions of politicians. Yet, for some reason, they keep doing them. The Voteview approach is widely praised by political scientists because it has been very accurate at predicting how…


Are you racing to buy tix for the Values Voter Summit?

By pams

Mark your calendars! On September 12-14 at the Hilton Washington Hotel the professional “Christian” set will hold its 2008 Values Voter Summit. Featured confirmed speakers include Newt Gingrich, Tony Perkins, Michael Medved, Phyllis Schlafly and Gary Bauer. The bleating in the press release indicates California marriage equality is going to…


Molecularly Composed of Fail

By Jesse Taylor

Without comment, from Protein Wisdom: # Comment by syn on 6/19 @ 4:26 am # ‘It’s a matter of civil rights’ Homosexuals have always been able to marry, even have children, even divorce and marry again just not to a person who is of the same sex, and just like…