Barack Obama must be good — they’re already smearing him!

He’s just a state senator, and already somebody’s working 24/7 to destroy his reputation over at Obama Truth Squad. Somebody obviously sees him as a big threat.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 9 Comments

Kind of hard to justify calling this “smearing” Some legitimate questions on his positions on some issues. Some dissembling on his past statements (possibly taken out of context) and a couple of cheap shots. All in all just what you’d expect from any opposition – even from within his own party.

As he gains more stature he will draw more responses, both positive and negative. So far I saw nothing on this site that attacked him personally or aleged past scandals or corruption. That will come I suppose (deep sigh of disgust) but this is pretty light weight so far.

Look on the bright side. George hasn’t posted any attacks on him – yet.

July 29, 2004 @ 2:23 pm | Comment

It is smearing. They actually send out press releases about him!

July 29, 2004 @ 2:32 pm | Comment

Consider the reason for the website: Obama’s running unopposed after a brutal scorched-earth campaign that ended up with his opponent dropping out when his divorce records were unsealed.

July 29, 2004 @ 4:35 pm | Comment

Obama had nothing to do with the records being unsealed, nor has he been blamed for that. It was the newspaper. I personally felt that was wrong, and it set an ugly precedent.

July 29, 2004 @ 4:40 pm | Comment

Some of the Google search queries to my blog after the keynote have been searches for “obama anti-semitism.” More interesting was the person who searched for “obama antichrist.” Silly monthly and category archives…

July 29, 2004 @ 6:22 pm | Comment

Not surprising, Martey. He’s a threat, and they want to get the character assassination done now to stop him dead in his tracks. Looking at the smear site, I’d say they are doing poorly and that they’ll have to go out of their way to stretch the truth — and they will. Luckily America has seemed to wise up a good deal about the Republican slime machine, and it may well backfire on them.

July 29, 2004 @ 6:43 pm | Comment

hey, Conrad:

go to hell, get out of Hongkong!!!! you loser, can not find a job in your country, then beg your life here in china!!! loser, loser, every body knows you are a loser, complaining only yourself is the “virtue” of all your losers here, is there anyone here can tell me he is successfun in his career, actually my friends in US told me, those who come to asian for life from american are all losers, they can not find a job in his own country, so Conrad, whoever you are, you are just a loser!!!!!! go to hell with all your family! and get out of Hongkong and china!!!!!!

July 30, 2004 @ 12:35 am | Comment

OK Richard, I looked at the site. Here’s a summary of the posts (note the tone):
1. Press release on Obama’s voting record
2. Post politely quoting Obama on trade and questioning his understanding of the issue.
3. Links to keynote commentaries
4. Post questioning Telegraph article that said Obama is really an Adam Smith devotee (questioned intelligently in the comments).

Etc.

Richard’s take:
“he character assassination…to stop him dead in his tracks… the smear site…go out of their way to stretch the truth…the Republican slime machine.”

With all due respect, I think your reaction to a site put up by a guy who doesn’t want to be represented by Obama and is making his points in a polite manner, is exaggerated.

July 30, 2004 @ 5:13 am | Comment

Boo, we’ll have to disagree on this. Anyone who sets up a web site that is dedicated solely to spewing out bad things about someone is a smearer. Its not about how good an alternative candidate is, it’s not about any ideals of its own, just about attacking Obama. You’re right, it may not be the Republican slime machine, but just a disgruntled individual; I don’t know.

July 30, 2004 @ 12:23 pm | Comment

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