Friday, June 13, 2008

Obama's Organizing....

When it comes to harnessing the power of the Internet, the enthusiasm of supporters and rebutting smear tactics, Barack Obama is no swiftboated, flatfooted John Kerry.

Or a forked-tongue John McCain who declared to the Boston Herald yesterday about the expected attack ads against Obama, "I can't be a referee of every spot run on television." (Boston Herald)

What a change from 2004 when McCain strongly condemned attack ads from unaccountable political groups, called 527s.... he seems now to have lost his voice. His Straight Talk compass has gone all wobbly.

In proactive moves, the Obama campaign has launched a site to set the Straight Talk record straight. Was Obama born in America? Does he put his hand over his heart when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? For the truth about these and other vicious rumors, one can now go, and send rumor-besieged friends, to Fight the Smears.... for the real straight talk.

Putting to good use his three years of experience as a community organizer, Obama's campaign is sending 3,600 volunteers to 17 swing states this weekend, each committed to six consecutive weeks of full-time political work.

This isn't the usual here's-your-teeshirt-and-doughnut effort... to be chosen, volunteers were required to answer essay questions, supply references and go through a telephone interview with campaign staff members in exchange for training in community organizing techniques called "Obama Organizing Fellowships."

While McCain stages, with the help of Fox News, town-hall styled meetings populated with gushing flatterers, Obama's organization is.... organizing.

Since McCain can run, but he can't hide, from his support of Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq, tax cuts for the wealthy and the floundering economy, he's turning to last century's politics of personality and personal destruction.... while Obama swamps the swiftboats and flexes his "Yes we can" connectivity and involvement skills.

Supporting the smear campaign about to be launched against Obama, conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan arrogantly said on MSNBC last night to two Obama boosters objecting to such tactics.... "you run your little campaign, and we'll run ours."

How out-of-touch of him.

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