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Rush Limbaugh in the first hour of his show today said, “if there is any hate-mongering today it is spawned on the left.” Once hearing this I instantly thought of all the hate that has been coming from the right as of late. First and foremost is the McCain campaign itself documented here on Daily Kos. The campaign hires Bill Cunningham, a conservative radio talk show host with a habit of referring to Senator Obama as “Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama” and then acts surprised when that same person emphasized Barack’s middle name over and over again.
Now lets not be naive. They say that’s his name and it is; however, they don’t use John McCain’s middle name or Hillary Clinton’s middle name. They are using Obama’s middle name to tag him as a Muslim, terrorist sympathizer, etc. They’re hoping there are enough Americans with bigotry or fear in their hearts who will be swayed by these attacks that the majority of the American voters won’t vote for Obama thanks to their efforts. It’s disgraceful. Republicans have been so entertained by this type of bigotry attack politics that Republican radio talk shows are running bigoted contests. Take a look at Mike Gallagher’s website. There’s a picture of Obama in Somali tribal clothing, and Mike Gallagher is asking his radio audience to come up with a caption for the picture of Barack Hussein Obama. Unbelievable. The picture below is what is on Mike Gallagher’s website today. Click the picture to enlarge.
The Atlantic documents how the Tennessee Republican Party recently called Obama “Barack Hussein Obama” in a recent press release. The press release has since been edited to remove Obama’s middle name. This is, however, not the KKK or another hate group launching these attacks. This is the REPUBLICAN PARTY using bigotry attack politics. While Senator McCain did apologize, and the RNC did ask the Tennessee Republican Party to discontinue using Obama’s middle name, quite frankly we’re truly seeing the bigotry that exists on the right.
Media Matters is a group that monitors this type of activity in the media, and if you do a search for these attacks on their website, you’ll be shocked at how common an occurrence this is. 664 entries come up under this search. 664….No doubt that number will grow into the thousands by November.
I want to mention one other reference to this bigotry, and it’s personal. My wife and I went out to dinner last night. We took my car. When we came home, we walked by my wife’s car, which proudly displays an Obama sticker. It was dark, but we could see a word was written on the sticker. We looked closer and closer, trying to read the word in the dark. Did it say Muslim? Terrorist? Liberal? We couldn’t tell. Finally we saw what it said. Nigger.
In last night’s debate Senator Clinton again refused to release her tax returns. Hillary, what are you hiding? We need to win in the general election to beat back the path that the Bush administration and Credit Card Republicans have put us on. We can’t afford to lose because Hillary has some secret in her tax returns that will put John “McLovin” McCain into office.
We need to see what scandal Hillary is involved in that is revealed in her tax returns before the March 4th primaries and caucuses. Demand Hillary release her tax returns. Sign the petition.
Watch Hillary in Iowa discuss how she’s learned her lesson and wants to be more transparent:
Email this to everyone you know. The more people who sign the petition the more the press will pay attention to us and push Hillary to do the right thing.
UPDATE: The Clinton campaign was asked today when Hillary will release her tax returns. The response: “As is customary, as the Democratic nominee Senator Clinton will release her tax information in April at tax time,” said spokesman Jay Carson. Keep signing the petition and email it to everyone you know. She needs to release her tax returns BEFORE March 4th!
UPDATE 3/5/08: Senator Obama’s campaign is finally getting the message and fighting back. Here’s their post on Hillary’s tax returns.
I am so proud of our Democratic candidates. Obama and Clinton are doing great! So, who do you think is winning the debate?
Poll: Who is winning the debate?
UPDATE: The debate is over but I’m keeping the poll open so everyone can get a chance to vote. Tell me in the comments section what you liked and didn’t like about the debate!
The graph below shows the website traffic of five presidential candidates, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee, over the last three months. Barack Obama is the blue line and clearly has more visitors to his site than any other presidential campaign website. OBAMA WINS! Click on the graph to get a bigger picture and see it more clearly.
A few minutes ago Rush Limbaugh made a passionate argument for Hillary to stay in the race. He said, “an enemy divided is weak” and suggested that she should attack Barack, gather as many superdelegates as she can, work hard to get the FL and MI delegates seated despite a low turnout in FL and Barack not being on the ballot in MI, and have a huge fight on the convention floor. My fear is that she would do such a thing despite losing 11 straight contests. Are you listening Hillary? Democrats want to go into the general election strong. It’s people like Rush Limbaugh that’s pushing for you to fight. Here’s my advice to you Hillary. If you can’t at least tie Barack in the delegate count by March 5th then bow out gracefully so we can happily support you in 2016.
There are some crazy emails out there saying insane things about Senator Obama such as the title of this post. I’ve even seen a video of Senator Obama not putting his hand over his heart during the national anthem. Well, I know there are a few occasions where I’ve forgotten to do it. Apparently one occasion for Senator Obama was caught on video and this video is being used as “evidence” he never does it. Ooooo! Well Oliver Willis puts the “hand over the heart” nonsense to bed in his post Barack Obama and the Pledge of Allegiance. In his post he has not one but two videos of Senator Obama saying the pledge and putting his hand over his heart. I feel so silly having to address such ridiculous allegations. By the way he’s a Christian and will put his hand on the Bible when he is inaugurated. To quote me when I was a kid, DUH!
UPDATE: When I wrote this little did I know that Hillary was going to join in on the smear campaign. AP has the story. Absolutely disgusting.
UPDATE 2: Apparently Representative Jack Kingston from Georgia joined in on the Obama smear campaign on Bill Maher’s show on Friday. An audience member was so pissed he responded on YouTube. Here’s the Bill Maher clip and the audience member’s response:
UPDATE 3: It is clear in this photo that former President George H. W. Bush refuses to put his hand on his heart and say the pledge! Why does Bush hate America?!?! 😉