Anonymous Swift-Boaters Infesting S.C. Presidential Waters August 26, 2007Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.
UNKNOWNS SMEAR OBAMA, ROMNEY IN EFFORT TO SCARE WHITE CHRISTIAN VOTERS
FITSNews – August 26, 2007 – It’s called “swift-boating,” and in the political world it has become synonymous with the sustained delivery of a devastatingly negative attack against a specific candidate. Taken from the infamously successful “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” TV ads run against former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004, Republican pollster Frank Luntz describes the impact of “swift-boating” on Kerry’s campaign in his new book Words That Work:
The Purple Heart persona that Kerry had labored so long to create was shattered by the Swift Boat Veterans’ devastating counternarrative. The message of the Swift Boat ads had overwhelmed John Kerry, the messenger.
At the end of the day, “swift-boating” relies on the fact that politics is less about specific policy positions than it is about a handful of root perceptions. Candidates like to think that they are in complete control of their message, but the simple fact is that no matter how good that message is or how disciplined they are in delivering it, one well-targeted attack can create a root perception in the minds of voters that undermines everything.
This weekend, we were forwarded the text of an anonymous e-mail seeking to do just that to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Racist, rudimentary and replete with spelling errors, the e-mail purports to “expose” Obama’s Muslim roots in the hope of creating a devastating root perception in the minds of its readers – specifically that the Illinois Democrat is cut from the same cloth as the September 11, 2001 terrorists.
“Who is Barack Obama?” the e-mail begins innocently enough. “Should we give him a chance?? You decide, he looks like the most promising from the democrates (sic).”
Of course it doesn’t take long for the message – which has infiltrated faith-based e-mail networks across South Carolina – to drop its feigned objectivity and go straight for Obama’s jugular.
Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta. Wahabism is the Radical teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a Christian when seeking Major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential candidacy. Please forward to everyone you know. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level.
Talk about red meat for the black helicopter crowd, which as you might suspect boasts quite a devout following in a state as poor and uneducated as South Carolina.
Obama’s campaign wouldn’t speak with us on the record about the e-mail, and frankly we don’t blame them. Some right-wing nut job suggesting that Obama is part of a vast Muslim conspiracy to destroy America isn’t something we’d dignify with a response, either.
It’s bullsh*t, and like most bullsh*t it’s designed specifically to prey on stupid people.
Yet while declining an official response, there is considerable concern in the Obama camp that this sort of faith-based attack is much more problematic for his candidacy than previous anonymous attacks based on Obama’s race, which despite coming from both the right (“he’s too black”) and the left (“he’s not black enough”) haven’t done much to slow his momentum in South Carolina.
Of course, Obama isn’t the only candidate to be victimized by anonymous “swift-boaters” in South Carolina on issues of faith. On the Republican side, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is also taking incoming fire for his Mormon religion, which has been repeatedly derided in Christian conservative circles as a “cult.”
While we’ve made no secret here at FITSNews of our disdain for Romney’s candidacy, these faith-based attacks against him (like those leveled against Obama) are out of line and reflect poorly on our state.
We’re not planning on casting our votes for either Obama or Romney, but our reasons for not choosing them have nothing to do with their race or religion – or the race or religion of their parents. We just think Obama is hopelessly beholden to the status quo with respect to taxes, spending and education, and that Romney is hopelessly opportunistic with respect to everything that comes out of his mouth.
Plus, we’re incredibly frightened of their respective plans to socialize American health care.
It doesn’t matter one iota to us whether or not Obama is a Muslim (which he isn’t) or that Romney is a Mormon (which he is), and frankly we think anybody who votes against them for those reasons should have their card revoked.
Good ideas cross every imaginable human boundary – racial, religious, ethnic, economic, you name it. And while we think voting for someone other than Romney or Obama is definitely a good idea, voting against them solely because of what religion they or their parents choose to practice is stupid.