Skip to comments.The swiftboating of Barack Obama
Posted on 07/03/2008 9:29:33 AM PDT by pissant
The Republican party's attempts to portray Obama as arrogant could hurt him in the election.
Presidential races generally hinge on character issues - as Republicans understand. That's why, the last two times out, the GOP has won the White House by hammering into voters' minds the idea that the Democratic candidate embodies a particular negative quality. In 2000, Al Gore was depicted (with the help of a lazy and compliant press corps) as a serial exaggerator. Four years later, John Kerry was portrayed as a weak-willed flip-flopper. Ultimately, it was these personal caricatures, far more than any specific policy prescriptions, that doomed the Democrats.
So it stands to reason that Republicans are trying that strategy again this year - especially given how unpromising the issue climate is for their party. Over the last few months, Barack Obama has been variously labelled an "elitist", a naïve softie and simply "out of the mainstream" in his lifestyle and associates. And lately, in what appears to be the centrepiece of the GOP's attacks, Republicans have focused on portraying Obama as arrogant and self-interested.
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If I want an analysis of American politics Fleet Street is the last place I’d look.
Swiftboating - Exposing the truth about your opponent.
The Republicans don't have to lift a finger. Obama does it all by himself.
Like some guy who doesn’t understand the first thing about the term “swiftboating” is going to have credence?
As well as his propensity to smoke crack while having gay sex in limousines and hotels.
There, now it makes sense.
Hate to alert the lefty writer to this, but there is also the fact that the 'Rat candidate embodies a particularly negative ideology.
Great tag line, my feelings exactly. DITTO
You mean you don’t want a crack whore for POTUS?
Boo f**king hoo.
He is arrogant. Has anyone else noticed how often he seems to take offense from others in his speeches?
The GOP didn’t need to convince me of this. Obama’s own words told me so. Things like, “He disrespected me” and such.
All that said, I don’t mind an arrogant president. But I mind a marxist one.
They don’t understand because they’re not your “typical white person.”
His mom sung him “look for the union label” as a lullaby, when he was in his mid 20’s apparently.
He vowed upon his sisters death from smoking related illness to never have anything to do with tobacco again, except that he did, and when talking to tobacco farmers he said he was proud to have grown it.
He said his mother in law paid more for medication than his dog. But his dog wasn't on any meds.
Gore was a serial “exaggerator”, if the press wasn't so lazy and compliant they would have shown them to be repeated lies.
Obama can’t be swiftboated. BUT he can be Sinclaired.
I think Obama has been sinclaired by more than a few male Lewinsky’s.
Cost of the irony of Guardianistas commenting on “attempts to portray” Obama as arrogant?
It’s odd how Swiftboating became a “bad” word - the guys who knew Kerry in Vnam were simply telling their opinion of him - and the facts regarding his service. Every fact they stated was true and verifiable through other sources.
Obama cant be swiftboated. BUT he can be Sinclaired.
I want you to listen to me. I did not have
"sexual relations" with that fellow (Larry Sinclair),
nor were we ever alone together.
Larry Sinclair on youtube claiming to have performed "oral" on Obama:
WOW- Is this really true?
That tag line should be a bumper sticker.
How the heck should I know? Ask Pissant.
Yes. His arrogance is only the tip of the iceberg.
Forget the fact that he may be portrayed as a flaming liberal as reason enough not to vote for him.
“The Audacity of a Dope” running for president deserves to have the truth exposed (aka swiftboating). If we could but collectively dump liters of waste upon his head.
John Kerry, from his book, The New Soldier...
"We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans' Day waving small [American] flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the 'greater glory of the United States.'..."
"The John Kerry quote comes in the epilogue to "The New Soldier," the book put out by Vietnam Veterans Against the War [VVAW]. The book's cover features a group of not-particularly sober-looking anti-war protesters (vets, presumably) flying the American flag upside down [while mocking the historic flag raising event at Iwo Jima]":
Note John Kerry's name at top right of The New Soldier
John Kerry: "...if the United States were to set a date for withdrawal the prisoners of war would be returned."
"Under questioning from the Committee, Kerry referred to the democratically elected government of South Vietnam -- our allies -- as a "dictatorial regime, the Thieu-Ky-Khiem regime," while respectfully calling the North Vietnamese communist regime we were fighting by its oxymoronic official name, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and the murderous Viet Cong's political arm by their preferred "Provisional Revolutionary Government.":
During the question and answer period following his April 22, 1971 televised testimony before the Armed Services Committee of the United States Senate, Kerry said:
"I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government and of all eight of Madam Binh's points it has been stated time and time again, and was stated by Senator Vance Hartke when he returned from Paris, and it has been stated by many other officials of this Government, if the United States were to set a date for withdrawal the prisoners of war would be returned."
Even today, knowing what we know about the Vietnamese communists and about John Kerry, it is difficult to grasp the enormity of what he was confessing to. As an American citizen and a member of the United States Navywhile his former comrades and countless others were fighting and dying in Vietnam at the hands of Viet Cong guerillas and North Vietnamese regularsKerry consorted with the Viet Cong representative and discussed (talked with, he euphemized) her plan. That obscene plan included a trade: the return of our POWs for a withdrawal of American forces.
As John ONeill expressed in his important bestselling book Unfit For Command, . . . America could have its POWs back only if we agreed that we lost, then surrendered, and then set a date to leave.
Kerrys wartime trip to Paris was confirmed about six months ago by a campaign spokesman, who tossed it off as a mere fact-finding excursion.
Yet Kerry was apparently so impressed with the facts he found in company with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese that a few months after his return from Paris he had the effrontery to urge the President of the United States to accept his communist hosts plan for 'peace' in Vietnam."
"We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans' Day waving small (American) flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the 'greater glory of the United States.' "
So John Kerry would have a difficult time marching with those waving small American flags yet had NO problems marching with those waving HUGE VIETCONG FLAGS?
"Pictured above: VVAW-supported demonstration during the Washington Spring Offensive, April - May 1971. Notice the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong flags."
June, 1970 -- Kerry joins Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), a national veterans group that is part of the Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice. The PCPJ is a broad coalition of local and national organizations, including the Communist Party, USA, "committed to conducting demonstrations aimed at ending the war in Indochina, and poverty, racism and injustice at home." The VVAW, CCI and PCPJ all have headquarters at 156 Fifth Avenue in New York City. VVAW Executive Secretary Al Hubbard, a former Black Panther, is also on the coordinating committee of the PCPJ. Hubbard soon appoints Kerry to the VVAW's Executive Committee, bypassing the normal election process.
November 22, 1970 -- During a fund-raising tour for GI deserters, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the Black Panthers, Jane Fonda is quoted in the Detroit Free Press as telling a University of Michigan audience:
"I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would someday become communist," and "The peace proposal of the Viet Cong is the only honorable, just, possible way to achieve peace in Vietnam."
Fonda made the following statement at the University of Texas:
"We've got to establish a Socialist economic structure that will limit private profit-oriented businesses. Whether the transition is peaceful depends on the way our present governmental leaders react. We must commit our lives to this transition ...... We should be very proud of our new breed of soldier. It's not organized but it's mutiny, and they have every right." --Karen Elliott Dallas Morning News December 11, 1971
PHOTO: "Jane Fonda and John Kerry at an anti-war rally in Valley Forge, Pa. (Leif Skoogfors/Corbis)"
John Kerry and the VVAW--Hanoi's American Puppets?
"Two recently discovered documents captured from the Vietnamese communists during the Vietnam War strongly support the contention that a close link existed between the Hanoi regime and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) while John Kerry served as the group's leading national spokesman."
Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) Complete FBI files:
Well, what's your point?
I’m going to bitterly cling to my guns and religion. :P
Here, let me help that title...
Naah, nothing arrogant or condescending there.
“Swiftboating” = telling the truth about a commie/pinko/liberal/fellow traveler
Oh, we stupid Crackers. Too dumb to study the candidate and make a logical decision based on reason, we cling to our guns and religion and vote solely on rumor and gossip.
Unlike the 98% of blacks who are voting for "the one" only after careful examination and dissection of his policies, associations and experience.
It’s only racism if 53% of crackers prefer someone other than Obama. It is simply healthy solidarity that 90% of the brothers want Obama.
No no no no. His positions were portrayed as being nuanced. Yea. Nuanced. That's the ticket ...
Ok, no need to continue. This is clearly a joke, or a barf alert worthy piece of eurosh*t.
The first sentence should read:
Barry [”can’t make a speech without a teleprompter”] Hussein obama’s attempts to portray himself as arrogant could hurt him in the election.
I wonder what it would be like if someone made a comedy album.. er, CD, like Vaughn Meader's mega hits. I think he was under thirty when "The First Family" was released in 1962.
Vaughn Meader answered what some called the "star-struck American public, [thirst] for all-things-Camelot." Millions loved JFK and Meader's impersonation of JFK. Meader's LP comedy records sold by the millions. The White House did finally let him know, Thanks but no thanks.
I wonder -- I bet today if someone tried that with Obama in the White House he'd get charged with a hate crime.
Anything less than worshipfulness is hate mongering -- back in JFK days the Tenth Amendment was considered code words for racism. Now the First Amendment is deemed code words for hate.
Algore’s greatest achievement has been overlooked. Invention of the Internet.
I can't understand why those swift boaters would portray algore as an exaggerator.
Some animals are more equal than others.
Seriously wrong facts.
Al Gore did himself in by being a headcase throughout the campaign on top of his past “breaks with reality” while VP.
Kerry was not exposed as a “week-willed flip-flopper”. He was exposed as an absolute fraud through and through.
Lazy writing indeed.
Obambi is being swiftboated? Does that mean some other Chicago rabble-rousers have come forward to show proof that Barry Obama didn’t really file a grievance (or whatever it is that a “neighborhood organizer” does) when he claimed to have been saving Chicago?
‘A taxpayer voting for Obama
Is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders’
You know it. Sinclair was interviewed for 2 solid hours thursday on Talkstarradio.com Neighborhood 21, and he also took calls from his rabid opponents and held beat them .
Obambi has got problems.