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Sunday, February 24, 2008

"Conservatives" attack Obama on patriotism

Nedra Pickler helpfully carries water for the Republicans and outlines one of the likely smears Obama could face in the fall.

What no one seems to remember about 2004 is that the Swiftboaters themselves weren't all that much. It was the media who gave them months of free airtime and treated them credibly that did the damage.

Will they do that again? Maybe.

The press is very aware of what went on and what their role was. I have no doubt we'll see the ads, but will Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer, etc give it the same "controversy" coverage?

They might be overtaken by a frenzy, but my feeling is that the environment is different.

Later: Obama is asked about all this at a press conference.

Later Still: CNN carries a website poll: Does Barack Obama show the proper patriotism for someone who wants to be president? I'm not kidding.

4 Comments:

  • I want to believe this is a different environment. That voters who were asleep at the wheel in 2004 are alert and active this time around. I want to believe this sort of only-conservatives-own-patriotism will backfire. That too many of us non-wingers feel personally affronted by the phony patriotism of emblem wearing -- be it lapel pins in 2008 or certain armbands in 1939. I want to believe this time around the traditional media will not give legitimacy to the illegitimate just to create a perverse "balance," and a phony ratings-generating "controversy."

    I want to believe.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:01 AM  

  • I just don't think t5hey'll play long again. Those guys will get their slots on the talk shows and make their points, but the Swiftboat thing was much more than that.

    The media lifted up a couple people's shaky arguments and made them a controversy. They treated it like a dispute rather than an attack.

    I just don't see this getting the same treatment.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:39 PM  

  • I'd say this is both less serious and more serious than the Swiftboat thing. Less serious, because those charges were truly heinous, but more serious, because these charges reflect something that is probably true: Obama is not a flag-waving, chauvinistic hyper-patriot. That's to his credit as far as I'm concerned, but there are places where it will hurt him.

    By Anonymous tg, at 3:19 PM  

  • Very well put.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:04 PM  

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