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.