National radio talk host Bill Cunningham (KVI Sundays, 7-10p) warmed up the crowd at a McCain rally in Cincinnati Tuesday saying Obama sympathizes with "world leaders who want to kill us" and invoked Obama's middle name three times calling him "Barack Hussein Obama."
The Michael Savage wannabe is a local host in Cincinnati, who went national last fall and replaced Matt Drudge on KVI in October.
John McCain is shocked, shocked, and says he's distancing himself from Cunningham.
But here's the Republican template for the next 8 months: extreme surrogates will trash Obama for his "Islamic" name, and alleged softness on on terrorism, and Mr. Nice Guy will pretend to disavow it. The voters will be exposed to unrelenting months of the crap, and McCain will cruise above it all.
These are the tactics predicted by Time Magazine's Mark Halperin and outlined here.
Cunningham called Obama "a hack Chicago Daley-style politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you -- all you're going to have in your pocket is change," he said.
Cunningham, warming up a crowd of about 400 people before McCain's arrival, accused the "stooges from the New York Times" and "sycophants in the media" of conspiring to elect Obama.
"At some point in the near future the media ... is going to peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama," he said. "At some point the media will quit taking sides in this thing and maybe start covering Barack Hussein Obama the same way they cover Bush, the same way they cover Cheney, and same way they cover every Republican."
Cunningham said he'd had a dream about "Barack Hussein Obama's wonderful life a year from today." In the dream, he said, Obama was president and had just met with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and was set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jon Il. Then, Cunningham said, Obama was going to "saddle up" to Hezbollah.
"All's going to be right with the world when the great prophet from Chicago takes the stand, and the world leaders who want to kill us will simply be singing ["Kumbaya"] together around the table with Barack Hussein Obama."
He told Hannity: "Don't call him Barack Hussein Obama, call him 'the Messiah.'"
Despite the picture above, Cunningham has apparently weathered the rumors in the wingnutosphere that he's a lesbian.
(Racism dipped in a thin, patriotically correct sugar shell of "security" really works on conservatives! The ambiguously racist remarks made by the likes of Don Imus, Limbaugh, Savage, Glenn Beck and Cunningham are calculated, and ubiquitous on right-wing radio- and gives listeners cover for their racist hearts-of-heart).