The Audacity of Conceit
So much for “hope,” “change,” and “new politics,” in reality, for the Obama campaign its more like thug life—The Chicago Way.
The Obama campaign issued an Obama Action Wire calling on its supporters to intimidate Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio program in Chicago. Rosenberg interviewed National Review’s David Freddoso author of, The Case Against Barack Obama. Freddoso’s book chronicles the aspects of Obama’s speedy ascent to the Democratic nominee for the presidency, and the other aspects of his background that the tingy-legged press refuses to examine. Of course, the Obama campaign cannot allow this so they unleash the goon squad. The utter stupidity of the Obama campaign’s “fact sheet” against Freddoso reveals that they are not really interested in argument but in shutting it down.
This is the second time the Obama campaign issued an Obama Action Wire urging its minions to assault Rosenberg and WGN. Late last month Rosenberg interviewed NR author Stanley Kurtz, who has been exploring the true nature of Obama’s relationship with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. Rosenberg invited the Obama campaign to refute Kurtz, they declined. Instead, the campaign sent our an action memo to its henchmen to calling Kurtz a “smear merchant” and a “slimy character assassin,” and labeled his claims, “fear-mongering terrorist smears”
The directive said:
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Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse… It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies.
Of course they campaign itself declined to join the debate and make an argument. Instead it engaged in thuggish authoritarian tactics to shut down political speech they don’t like.
Guy Benson, who was in the studio for the show had this to report about the Obamaphiles angry calls:
One female caller, when pressed about what precisely she objected to, simply replied, “We just want it to stop!” Another angry caller was asked what “lies” Kurtz had told in any of his reporting on Barack Obama. The thoughtful response? “Everything he said is dishonest.” The same caller later refused to get into “specifics.” Another gentleman called Kurtz “the most un-American person” he’d ever heard. Several of the callers did not even know Stanley’s name, most had obviously never read a sentence of his meticulous research, and more than simply read verbatim from the Obama talking points.
Think that was bad, it gets worse. The Obama campaign has called on the Justice Department to shut down a factual ad it does not like.
Why is it that this campaign cries “smear,” every time it gets criticized? (They are doing it now after a McCain’s accurate sex-ed ad.)
Well when you declare and “cynicism” and “divisiveness” i.e., disagreement as your chief opponents in your campaign, crying foul anytime a legitimate criticism s leveled, is the only option you have left.
The fact that democracy is fundamentally about disagreement, not “unity” tears down the façade of Obama’s clever conceit—the “new politics” of “hope” and “change,”—revealing him to be just another Chicago machine pol, who is not above employing the very political tactics he claims to deplore.