March 25, 2008


Conservatives' Hate-Based Campaign Against Obama: The right-wing smear campaign against Barack Obama has already begun. Conservatives intend, as they have so many times before, to appeal to Americans' ugliest prejudices and most craven fears. (Paul Waldman, March 25, 2008, American Prospect)

When the controversy over Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright reached critical mass last week, it was the political equivalent of the green flag at a NASCAR race. The conservative strategists and talkers had been slowly circling the track, feet itchy on the accelerator, just waiting for the signal to floor it. But now, as The Politico reported in a story titled "GOP sees Rev. Wright as path to victory," the Republican strategists know exactly what must be done, starting with famed ad man Alex Castellanos:

"All the sudden you've got two dots, and two dots make a line," said Castellanos. "You start getting some sense of who he is, and it's not the Obama you thought. He's not the Tiger Woods of politics."

As Castellanos knows well, these kinds of attacks have their greatest power when they tap into pre-existing archetypes voters already carry with them, and the deeper they reside in our lizard brains the better

If that's an attack, nevermind a vicious one, then the Democrats really don't belong at the grownups table.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2008 11:07 AM

I, for one, deeply resent the denigration of my inner lizard.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 25, 2008 12:44 PM

We've begun? Why? The Democrats were doing so well all by themselves.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 25, 2008 1:56 PM

I've run into this idea that it's the mean old Republicans attacking Obama on both the lefty blogs and in real life. All I can say back is that this is all y'all's problem. We perfectly content to wait until you decide whether to nominate the most hated woman in American, or the man who hates America.

Posted by: Ibid at March 25, 2008 7:40 PM