Cross posted from Article of Faith:
It’s getting nasty out there (and I’m not talking about the weather). Look at what the Wingnuts are blathering about this morning:
“As Senator Barack Hussein Obama enjoys superstar status within the news media, a background check of the 45-year old Illinois Democrat revealed that he was a student in a Muslim madrassa in Indonesia and that he was raised by his stepfather as a Muslim. Some observers believe Sen. Obama himself used his revelation about drug use — including cocaine — as a smokescreen to hide his Islamic background.”
Don’t you just love the way the right wing kooks love to work “Hussein” into his name every time a story with him comes about?
Of course, this “revelation” itself is a yawner. No one gives a rat’s rear end what Obama’s religious background is other than Fox News, who apparently considers this “breaking news”, and Republican losers.
What’s startling about this story (and why I’m linking conservative cretins on this blog this morning) is the following: “While there are several stories about this latest Senator Obama revelation, many inside the Beltway believe the story came from Senator Hillary Clinton’s supporters in order to take the wind out of the sails of Obama’s fledgling presidential run.”
As Pamela has noted, Hillary’s camp is already launching attacks on Obama’s positions, so the fact that she allegedly leaked this story isn’t all that shocking. In fact, given her track record the past few months, it seems to fit the Clinton’s modus operandi.
We all remember John Kerry’s “botched joke” and the insanity that followed, but what gave that story legs wasn’t the Republican Swift Boat machine. It was the abandonment of Kerry by members of his own party, including one Hillary Clinton, that really drove it.
The Clintons (I love typing that…it sounds like “The Clampetts”) have a vast smear machine built up and ready to go for ’08. The Republicans won’t have to lift a finger when it comes to “opposition research”. If I were Obama I’d grow a pair quick and learn how to deal with it.
John Kerry, should he join the fray, may be the only seasoned candidate strong enough to dispense with the Clinton’s and their below the belt tactics.