Mission Accomplished

This is the homepage of the Obama campaign’s Fight the Smears website. It was launched to great fanfare as a one-stop shop to counter the scurrilous slurs circulating among opponents and your misguided relatives.

We don’t know how effective it was in practice, but we liked the symbolism: A candidate who wasn’t going to sit back and let smear merchants define the terms of debate. A campaign that would aggressively rebut the wild charges against it.

The website hasn’t been updated since November 2008. Because, as everybody knows, smears against Obama, Democrats, and their policies completely stopped the moment he was elected.


Jesus, I hope no one waited ’till Nov 4 to vote based on this site. They’d be sorely dissappointed.

But speaking to the bigger picture: the Democrats have always sucked at messaging. The low point, IMHO was during teh Health Care Town Halls that were held around the country in the summer of 2008. Oce Teabaggers started crashing these events and being loud pricks they should have been shut down, or by invitation only. That’s exactly what George Bush did at his Town Hall meetinsg, and while it makes it a completely farcical event from a public policy standpoint, from a PR standpoint it fucking works. The toughest question Bush had to deal with at his town hall meetings was something along the lines of “Mr. President, we just want you to know thath all of America is paraying for you and wants to know what we can do to help more teh country forward.”

Democrats need to be a bit more machiavellan, a bit more hard nosed, a bit more Madison Avenue and less Freshman Seminar.

George Soros nails it:

According to multiple sources with knowledge of his remarks, Soros told those in attendance that he is “used to fighting losing battles but doesn’t like to lose without fighting.”

“We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line,” he said, according to several Democratic sources. “And if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”

@Serolf Divad:
I’m inclined to agree with you.

The only major difference I can see between the Canada City Libruls and the US American Demoncraps is that the Canada City type will fight and fight dirty while the Demoncraps roll over. I suspect that this is why Canada City Libruls have been in power much more often than the Demoncraps have been since the 1950s.

I had a similar discussion with Nojo while eating popcorn and drinking Stinque paid for beer in the Eggo. The typical liebrul (no one here is) seems to feel they are “above” it all and don’t need to act/play dirty. That works in fantasy ONLY.

Maybe the US America Demoncraps leadershit should have been bullied more as kids. It sounds cruel, but probably is true.

I was bullied as a kid being the different shrimpy nice unREAL Canada City type. Not as bad as LGBT kids were/are, but it was enough to make life unpleasant for me. It wasn’t until I was able to learn “terrorize” bullies and out bully them or willing to take the punches and hurt them enough to make them look for a softer target were that things got better for me as a kid. I guess I was fortunate that I didn’t have the typical weenie Demrat consultant tell me that I’m no better than the bully and should be above it all thus not fought back and took it.

I remember that when I became the “big” kid in the neighborhood, I did not terrorize those who were different or new. I either welcomed them or let them be.

Later as an adult, my “nice but please don’t fuck with me” attitude kept me alive at work through 9 years of layoffs and interdepartmental backstabbing or being constantly treated as a pushover at work/life.

@Serolf Divad: @ManchuCandidate: It’s ironic that when Obama left Chicago, everyone was thanking FSM that he emerged from that scene without being tainted by the Machine, when in truth a little grubbing it up with Chicago politics probably would’ve helped by now (and Rahm, who was supposed to be the Chicago heavy, totally dropped the ball). Sure, a huge chunk of the resources get gobbled up in bureaucratic bloat because every city council member’s and alderman’s nephew or gold-star campaign contributor needs a cushy city job or no-bid contract, but the streets get plowed and garbage picked up, for the most part. Plus, they all have life terms and, if they’re lucky, their sons do too.

@ManchuCandidate: The alternative hypothesis is that both of our nation’s right-wing parties are in it together, with each playing its assigned role for the sole purpose of giving us the illusion of a functioning representative government. The actual Left in this country has little to no representation (except Bernie Sanders, maybe?), and is forbidden from having our ideas and views discussed in our war-profiteer-owned print and television media.

That’s a distinct possibility too.

I could have thought that way about Canada City, but the Liebruls put in a campaign reform law that reduced the power of corprat donations (and ironically gutted the Liebrul coffers for a while) which the current PM fatty wants to kill but can not.

@¡Andrew!: Andrew FTW.

@ManchuCandidate: When I was in college, one of the history electives I signed up for was Canada City history (yes, I actually bothered to study my neighbor to the north, and I know way too much about Pierre Trudeau as an American should). The professor had us argue for or agin’ the statement that the Liberal party was the natural governing party of Canada during the 20th century.

Speaking of Liebrals, let us mention Pierre Trudeau. We need the American equivalent — a leader who is not afraid to tell the opposition to go fuck itself. And to piss off oil loving conservatards.

@ManchuCandidate: I wish I had Jack Layton or Elizabeth May to vote for. They get a lot of flak in the Canuckistani media, but they’re 5,000,000 times better than the nutcases we’ve got.

@rptrcub: Or howz about that Jean Chrétien? He sure talked funny and was somewhat corrupt (though he was Tinkerbell by US standards), but he repeatedly served up the Conservatards’ balls on a platter.

Carville, this morning:

“If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.”

@nojo: Just saw an interview online of Hillbot 3000 on Aussie teevee, smugly explaining that she’s never supported marriage equality (there’s quite a storm brewing about it there right now since their Prime Minister Julia Gillard can’t seem to explain why she’s against it, especially given her own complex personal life). This is of course after HRH Clinton’s It Gets Better Video. Thanks for reminding us what a manipulative, duplicitous, triangulating, back-stabber you are, Hills.

@nojo: Replace the final clause with “she’d still have two” and that’d be quote of the decade right there.

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