Thursday, July 31, 2008

Obama Fights Back!

By: Harry Waisbren

It's about time Obama slams McCain and his media worshippers for the blatant hypocrisy inherrent in the "Straight Talk Express" all but saying that our country can't afford to elect an uppity terrorist darky:

This ad represents the tactic that John Kerry refused to employ: self respect. Obama isn't remotely going as far as he can, but at least he's exposing the unserious and contemptable nature of McCain's Rovian tactics. Obama's self defense has only come in response to McCain upping the anty of Rovian sleeze in a new ad relating Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears:

Chris Bowers noted the super-villain nature in this ad's utilization of all the worst forms of identity politics including how:
  • Obama is a girly-man. The ad only compares Obama to female celebrities, which is a direct shot at Obama's "manliness."
  • Obama will sleep with your white daughters: Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears are known for their sexuality as much as anything else. That must go for Barack Obama, too. And the history of attacking African-Americans in association with white women is such a positive one.
  • Obama is too young: For a campaign that is hyper-sensitive to attacks on McCain's age, they certainly have no problem attacking Obama's age. Which is what comparing Obama to Spears and Hilton is.
  • Obama is a Hollywood liberal: This is also a run of the mill attack on Obama as a Hollywood, liberal elite, in line with decades of conservative backlash narratives.

Good for Obama for fighting back against this narrative, but shame on our media for constantly helping the Republican party spread such unAmerican trash. If you don't yet believe the media is complicit in this shell game, maybe you'll be convinced by the venerable Jon Stewart:

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