Taylor Marsh

The Swiftboating of Obama Is Already in Full Effect

This post, written by Taylor Marsh, originally appeared on The Huffington Post

Swiftboating is something I know a lot about. I've written on it for years. The latest efforts by the wingnuts began in January with Fox "News" and Steve Doocy. It continued in February with the Malcolm X hit. In March it was Roger Ailes. April came Townhall. Now, as the primaries close in, it's the Washington Post.

Obama is being swiftboated yet again. It's despicable. It's not surprising, because this is what wingnuts do best. Get scurrilous whisper campaigns inside the hack pack press, long after they've been debunked. South Carolina is known for this stuff. That The Washington Post is revealing it through a long winding piece is journalism at its worst. If it came as a warning on what's on wingnut radio that would be one thing. But what it actually does is provide a platform for a rumor campaign, not to mention a preview of things to come for Democrats. It's John Kerry revisited, the religious version.
Conservative talk-show hosts have occasionally repeated the rumor, with Michael Savage noting Obama's "background" in a "Muslim madrassa in Indonesia" in June, and Rush Limbaugh saying in September that he occasionally got "confused" between Obama and Osama bin Laden. Others repeatedly use the senator's middle name, Hussein.
The rumors about Obama have been echoed on Internet message boards and chain e-mails.
Bryan Keelin of Charleston, S.C., who works with an organization of churches there, posted on an Internet board his suspicion that Obama is a Muslim. "I assume his father instructed him on the ways of being a Muslim," said Keelin, who described himself in an interview as a conservative Republican who will vote for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
"The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out," says one of the e-mails that was posted recently on a blog at BarackObama.com, the campaign's Web site, by an Obama supporter who warned of an attempt to "Swift Boat" the candidate. "What better way to start than at the highest level, through the President of the United States, one of their own!"
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Foes Use Obama's Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him
Mr. Obama has to have a signed letter attesting to his Christian faith for assuage Iowa voters? Excuse me, but I'd tell them to go pound sand and so should Obama's team. The Post using this is disgusting. It's even worse than the flag pin hit.

Why Is Hillary Laughing So Hard?

This post, written by Taylor Marsh, originally appeared on TaylorMarsh.com

We likely won't see Clinton let loose with her now famous guffaw tonight. The target will be the frontrunner.
Clinton has been solid and steady in each of her debate performances, and her national standing doesn't allow her to be redefined easily in the space of 90 minutes.
"I think it's pretty clear if you've watched the debates so far, she's not going to make many mistakes," Elmendorf said.
"You can't hope she's going to stumble, so you've got to try and tear her down."
Clinton delivered a tour de force political performance on Sunday managing to do all five shows without getting hit or making news, minus her calculated slap at MoveOn.org, which was unnecessary. But there was one thing consistent throughout that was quite different from any of the males running against her. Segue to Clinton's Fox "News" Sunday appearance.
WALLACE: Senator, talk about conservative hit jobs, right-wing conspiracies -- why do you and the president have such a hyper-partisan view of politics?
(LAUGHTER)
H. CLINTON: Well, Chris, if you had walked even a day in our shoes over the last 15 years, I'm sure you'd understand. ... ..
I would have laughed at that question too. I would have also laughed at this one as well.
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