"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Barack Obama said last week and we were thrilled.
He showed huevos John Kerry never showed in the catastrophic 2004 election -- a lack of display that proved fatal to his chances.
Obama says he'll stand up to the nasty mudhoney being flung at him by a Republican Party hard put to find much else to throw at him.
(Other wild rumors batting around talk radio are that he's a secret Mormon; he's George Soros' or Geroge Jefferson's love-child; attended a radical Harvard madrassa; refuses to say grace even on Thanksgiving; was sworn in to the U.S. Senate with his hand on Michelle instead of a Bible; has eaten human flesh during voodoo rituals in the Senate basement; is a stealth jihadist waiting to bomb the White House from the inside!).
Talk radio has been an important generator and prime instigator for the right-wing shit machine for nearly 20 years. It's an easy place to start stuff because talk hosts are amoral and craven entertainers in a cutthroat business who'll make up or repeat just about any damn thing in order to:
- Get listeners pissed off enough to call in (to get ratings)
- draw mainstream media attention (to get ratings)
- Promote right-wing politics (to get ratings)
Not sure if it's going to work this time. It's a silly way to create
civic discourse -- but, of course, it's neither civil nor discourse.
It's just sensational, cynical and avaricious, and the Bad Guys as
always, are putting it to good use. Not sure if the electorate will
fall for it in 2008.
Barack has put up his own personal Snopes -- Fight the Smears -- to vet the lies as they're reported by them what hears 'em.
We got a whiff of the stink that's being sent up to smear Barack at the rat turd level of local talk radio last week when we tuned into KVI's Kirby & Co, (m-f, 5-9a) and heard the execrable Floyd Brown tell listeners that the Obammunists would raise the taxes of those who work for money to 50% of our income!
A two-fisted lie out of the mouth of one of the least credible bottom-feeders in America -- but feeding one of the schmemes that Republicans love to let catch fire to add to their narrative of Obama as a class-baiting, uberlib who wants to confiscate your money to spend on his big [socialistic] ideas, and his [black] friends. (schmemes: btw, are repetitious smears, we know because we made the word up).
We dutifully reported Brown's remarks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us in listening and reporting to the campaign the things you hear from hosts and callers to talk radio.
Obama is an historic candidate: the right is willing to resort to historic means to see he's not elected.