The NY Times published the preface of Jerome Corsi’s Obama hit job and it contains some eye-opening and telling statements:
In this book, I intend to argue that an Obama presidency would lead us into an “Obama Nation.” The play on words is fully intended, because Obama’s radical leftist politics, driven by the cult of personality he has intentionally manufactured, would be an abomination…
Corsi, who is an ideologue of a “certain age” appears to be mired in the ideological conflicts and political campaigns of his youth and inexplicably views the Obama candidacy as a repeat of the McGovern candidacy:
Obama has so doggedly positioned himself on the extreme left that it is doubtful he can credibly move to the political center without alienating his Democratic Party supporters on that extreme left as well as his youthful base. This, in many ways, was the liability Senator George McGovern faced in running against President Richard Nixon in 1972. After McGovern won the nomination on a radical antiwar platform, Nixon was able to show the vast majority of center-right voters that McGovern’s policies spelled defeat in Vietnam…
The truth is that only someone whose views are as right-wing extremist as Corsi’s could see Obama as a McGovern clone. The rest of the American people will not make such a mistake no matter how many fake books Corsi writes. First, Obama is no McGovern. He has positioned himself well as a credible candidate of the center left. Second, McCain is no Nixon and he has no hope of running a campaign as masterful as Nixon’s in 1972. Third, Nixon was running in that election as an incumbent and had all the benefits that this confers. McCain has no such benefit. In fact, he’ll be running away from one of the least popular presidents in recent history. That’s a burden that it would be hard for any Republican candidate to surmount.
This passage somewhat spookily reveals Corsi to be a literary-political stalker:
I began researching Obama and following him in the Senate; I’d frequently sit in the Senate gallery to observe him on the Senate floor, and watched him on C-SPAN…
Corsi has already said he expects the material in this book might be used in ads trashing Obama come November:
He said he was planning to aid several conservative groups that intend to run advertisements against Mr. Obama this fall, though he would not name them.
Considering the above, doesn’t the following disclaimer ring a tad hollow?
…Let me clearly state that this book has been written solely on my initiative. There has been no attempt made, nor will there be any attempt made, to communicate the shape or contents of this book with anyone in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Constitution Party, or in any third party with a candidate running for the presidency.
If he’s got it in for Obama and is essentially shilling for McCain what does it matter whether he’s an official shill or merely acting parallel with McCain’s interests??
Here is more wishful thinking from Corsi:
In contrast to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has not been vetted, not even by Democrats. Even today he is largely an unknown…
Corsi is betting that the impression Obama has made on the American electorate has been so ephemeral that he can replace any of the positives with his shady insinuations and lies. But again contrary to his expectations, the American people won’t be buying what he’s peddling. Only in the mind of a tortured ideologue is Barack Obama an “unknown.”
When I read this I realized just how absolutely twisted is the alleged mind of Jerome Corsi. Here he posits that Obama has some kind of tribal blood bond with “radical socialist” Kenyan prime minister Raul Odinga. You just have to read it to [dis]believe it:
I have pursued Obama’s extensive and continuing connections with Kenya, the homeland of his father, where Obama has continued to involve himself personally in advancing the goals of Raila Odinga, the radical socialist presidential contender who comes from Obama’s home tribe. Even for Obama, his past is prelude…
So if we elect Obama we’re essentially electing a Kenyan tribal chief to run our country. Simply dumbfounding. All I can say is 2004 is not 2008 and Barack Obama is no John Kerry and that Corsi’s book will soon be in the remainder racks and the dustbin of literary history.
Dan Sniderman says
>In contrast to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has not been >vetted, not even by Democrats. Even today he is largely >an unknown…
This is complete and utter bullshit (not like the rest of it isn’t, but I digress)
Perhaps, before this election cycle, Obama wasn’t well known outside of Illinois; he is certainly well known in this state. He has a long reputation as housing activist and then a State Senator. He was very high-profile in the Illinois General Assembly well known for working with both sides of the aisle.
He also has been widely criticized by hard-left Illinois progresssives for being in with “Chicago Machine Politics” which is hadly “the extreme left”.
No To Obama says
The last BBC interview with refugees in Kenya was heartbreaking.
O’Dinga [sic] spoke after the refugees. He is a liar. Accidentally a relative of Obama.
The Kenyan genocide is an early stain on Obama’s record.
By the way, a little truth on Abhasia [sic]:
Will Obama overlook this mini-genocide too?
The nastiness of this campaign is going to break records, because unlike previous, both sides are going to take gloves off by this month end, and it will become really dirty.
This is the Obama group’s rebuttal of this new Swiftboat piece
Richard Silverstein says
@No To Obama: You’re ranting again, Steve. How would Obama have any responsibility for the Kenyan violence? And how would you propose that he single-handedly end the hostilities in Georgia?? What do you take him for? Superman?
No To Obama says
The Kenyan affair became a screaming stain on the Obama resume.
He struck a cozy alliance with Odinga, and the mini genocide just happened accidentally following the Odinga defeat.
Who would forgive Obama such a major error?
Obama has failed to apologize to the relatives of the victims for his link to the Odinga clan.
When Odinga will be tried in the Hague one day, Obama should be in the dock, as a willing accessory to the crime.
See one of the emotional minireports:
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Richard Silverstein says
@No To Obama: THis is such a bizarre comment I’ve decided to moderate all your future comments. I don’t publish bizarre conspiracy theories here just to humor my readers & commenters like you.
But you sure do prove why Obama deserves support. With oddities like you around people can understand how truly nutty many of Obama’s enemies are.
Taking Mr. Obama at face value would be a mistake. There is a lot more than assumption at work when dealing with Mr. Obama’s choice of assocation. When many of his associates (Mr. Wright, Mr. Ayers, Mr. Odinga, and others) seem to have a record of abusing the power of their positions, it is NOT a conspiracy theory to suggest that Obama has a similiar mentality (birds of a feather). On the other hand, I am not convinced that Mr. Obama himself knows the catastrophe his policies would inflict upon this country.
Richard Silverstein says
@someonedifferent: You’re not “someonedifferent” you’re just more of the same Obama smear trash talkers. Odinga is an Obama “associate??” Perhaps in Jerome Corsi’s sordid worldview he is. But not the rest of us.
Luckily it appears Obama will become our next president while you will have to be content railing at him fr. the sidelines.
Global Opinion says
Ok so Obama is associated with Odinga for supporting someone he thought was a ‘clan relative’, which turned into ‘cousin’. I’m sure you guys will know that George Bush’s Daddy dropped bombs on iraqi people. I’m sure he didn’t apologize on senior’s behalf. Not trying to be a left asshole of downplay the genocide. Just say Obama shouldnt be held responsible