Who can forget the middle name slur, compliments of Fox \”News\” morning
show. When I pushed back at one of the main wingnut blogger attackers, I was
even threatened with a lawsuit.
We also had the whole madrassa thing. Even had it connected to Clinton\’s camp,
which was an outright falsehood. Of course, this was also pushed forward by
Fox \”News,\” especially through the never ending baloney spread by
Dick Morris, who never misses an opportunity to hit Hillary.
But now we\’ve got someone else chiming in, Mike Allen, a reporter who it seems
is miffed at not getting access to Obama.
Stoller targets one section with pinpoint accuracy:
Whoever gave Allen the smear sought him out because they are building a political
narrative around Obama divorced from important political issues. And Allen
repeated the smear without checking because it seemed to fit into the story
he wanted to tell. In this same article, Allen said that party strategists
argued that Obama is vulnerable because of \”his frank liberalism in a
time when the party needs centrist voters.\” Where does this come from?
According to recent polling data I dug up in one minute, Obama is stronger
among independents relative to Clinton than he is among any other block of
voters. Yet there Allen is, writing a conventional wisdom that \’party strategists\’
are telling him, even though it\’s patently false.
Now, there\’s a lot in the Allen piece to go after, but I found this little
offering especially interesting.
Officials at the top of both parties calculate that Obama has risen too fast
to sustain his popularity in the cauldron of a presidential campaign. Democrats
talk of “vapid platitudes” that could produce a “soufflÃ©
effect” â€“ an implosion as journalists and activists begin probing
for substance behind Obama’s appealing promise of “a different
kind of politics” and “a new kind of politics.”
“With a couple of pinpricks here and there, the whole thing could fall
apart,” said a Democratic strategist familiar with the plans of Obama’s
Says another top Democrat: \”Once the shooting war starts, he\’s not going
to be able to get away with these grand pronouncements.” …
Now, if I weren\’t a white chick out here in the west, I\’d give you the shorter
version flat out. But since I am, let me just say this smacks of the DC insiders
calling Obama an uppity newcomer. You use whatever word you want to
replace newcomer, because I\’m sure you catch my drift.
Here\’s more evidence of Allen\’s thinly veiled attack on Obama, which is nothing
less than what we\’re getting from the wingnut racists and bigots.
Now, Obama’s about to endure a going-over that would make a
proctologist blush. Why has he sometimes said his first name is Arabic, and
other times Swahili?
Two minutes of Googling would have told Mike Allen that \”barack\”
is both a Swahili word meaning \”blessed by God\” and an Arabic word
meaning \”blessed.\” There\’s been lots of trade between Swahili-speaking
East Africa and the Arabic-speaking Middle East for millennia. That \”barack\”
is a word in both languages is part of the same process by which the largest
Swahili-speaking port in the world has a pure Arabic name–Dar es Salaam,
meaning \”House of Peace.\”
As a chaser, Allen brings the big donkey in the room, which may have helped get the DLCers on their high horse.
The senator is unabashedly more liberal than the centrist path charted by
President Bill Clinton. Back in 1996, a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter wrote
that Obama â€“ then the Democratic nominee from his state Senate district
â€“ sighed when asked about the fall election. “Bill
Clinton?” Obama was quoted as asking. “Well, his campaign\’s fascinating
to a student of politics. It\’s disturbing to someone who cares about certain
issues. But politically, it seems to be working.\” (emphasis
Sound like someone else we all know?
All this is very interesting, plus it keeps the whole Barack Hussein
Obama – madrassa conversation afloat, obviously, but at the very end of Allen\’s
piece comes the real red meat for the wingnut radio rabble and the
Fox \”News\” crowd.
It is immensely valuable as a Rosetta stone to a man who wants to lead the
free world and who wrote rawly about his shame when he had referred to a Beaver
Cleaver-like, argyle-sweater-wearing black friend as an Uncle Tom in order
to try to ingratiate himself to more radical friends. But Obama, who would
start his career in politics as a community organizer in Chicago, wrote that
he also found solace in the autobiography of Malcolm X, with his “unadorned
insistence on respect.”
That\’s Allen\’s real contribution to forwarding the Obama swiftboating trend the media
began on Fox \”News\” with the madrassa slur. Because nothing scares
Republicans and pasty white media pimps more than the thought of the militant
civil rights leader Malcolm X. Nothing. That is unless it\’s a black man out
of Harvard running for president and talking about civility, instead
of anger and arms, after having learned the importance of respect from
Malcolm X. Especially when that black man was against a war most DC Democrats
and current presidential candidates pimped out to the public and still don\’t
have the spine to end, because none of them had the courage to stand up and
push back against Mr. Bush and his neocon cabal from the start.
But just in case that wasn\’t enough, Allen, the latest media hack pack pimp,
throws in sex and drugs, minus the rock \’n roll, at the end. Malcolm X more
than makes up for it.