Supporters Playbook for Upcoming Slander against Obama

With 30 days left in the campaign, McCain has finally admitted that he is facing an uphill battle for the election.  His retreat from Michigan was a significant marker in that admission.  But the more important one is that his new mantra is ‘Going negative -all places and all the time’.  What I’d like to do is keep a post running to try and separate the slander from the facts.  I will caveat, the facts will be very largely based from Obama’s Fight the Smears Website.  That, I even admit, may not always be 100% grounded in reality – but at least you get the talking points provided by Obama.  When possible, I will try to find some MSM (main stream media) sources that counter the attacks on Obama.

Every Obama supporter needs to understand this VERY CLEARLY – the next 31 days are going to be EXTREMELY bumpy.  The turbulence may throw you from your seat.  McCain, Palin, the GOP, the 527 groups will be hurling accusations at Obama – so buckle up.  It’s going to be nasty, it’s going to put a pit in your stomach, the polls are going to vacillate, and at times, his lead may seem to be slipping away.  What these groups will throw at Obama will be anything from 10% fact, to extreme exaggerations, and even 100% utter falsities that have no grounding except for a prayer they will stick.  They are going to question his patriotism, our patriotism, leadership skills, hidden agendas, and even race.  

As his supporters – we are *NOT* the ones that he is targeting.  His core support will not waiver in their dedication to his campaign.  It’s the independents who haven’t decided and those soft leaners (for Obama and for McCain).  That means we cannot stand idly by and take comfort in knowing these accusations are false.  We first must firm up our resolve and always keep focused on why we are supporting Obama – his policies and the vision of the future he presents is what is right and needed for America.  We then must be VOCAL, financial, and proactive advocates for ensuring his message of change is heard and to refute the lies forthcoming.  Only through a comprehensive rebuke will Obama be able to fully maintain control of this election.

Already the GOP is starting with the rhetoric: (From the Washington Post, as pulled from the Huffington Post)

 “We’re going to get a little tougher,” a senior Republican operative said, indicating that a fresh batch of television ads is coming. “We’ve got to question this guy’s associations. Very soon. There’s no question that we have to change the subject here,” said the operative, who was not authorized to discuss strategy and spoke on the condition of anonymity. 

Sarah Palin started the attacks: (from the AP): 

 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign’s effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.

Before everyone starts thinking the sky is falling, here’s a little dose of reality:


  • The Obama campaign knew these attacks would be coming, as did most pundits.  His campaign has been extremely disciplined and prepared from the primaries and until now – fighting all allegations.  Obama already has a game plan.  He’s learned from, particularly, Kerry and Dukakkis, and also Gore.  Don’t get discouraged if he doesn’t attack right away.  We can do that for him.  But he sees the field of play at a much higher level than us.  That’s why he didn’t go negative or panic a month ago when Palinmania was going strong. Case in point from a Daily Kos Diary: Breaking: Obama Camp: Political Jujutsu to Begin Monday.
  • Obama knows Obama.  There will not be a surprise that he doesn’t know about – if there is any basis in fact.  Sure, we all know about Reverend Wright, ACORN, Ayers, etc.  It’s the weaknesses he might have that we don’t know about that can be worrisome.  I am relatively sure, as well run as his campaign has been, that he’s discussed all the ‘what if’s’ of things in his background.
  • Obama has one very large trump card.  Nothing about these known attack areas (e.g. ACORN, Wright, Ayers) has any illegal implications for Obama.  The attacks are going to be on his judgement and ability to lead.  Obama has tried to stay above the fray and focus on the issues.  However, if pushed and polls start to plummet, he can always pull out the Keating 5.  The fact it hasn’t even been mentioned yet means that when he plays that card, it will get much media exposure and take the focus off him.  Additionally, questions about his character and even legality of past discretion will have an answer back – simply mentioning the Keating 5 puts McCain on the defensive.
  • Obama’s game plan is to focus on the issues.  There’s apparently much research that shows that independents and later choosers of candidates do not like the negative rhetoric.  His cushion on the polls will allow him to try and play out above the fray for awhile.  He doesn’t have to get into the mud right away.  That will allow him to push his solutions, when McCain won’t be focusing on solutions.  It will also help him seem more Presidential and McCain more desperate.
  • So far, when you pull the thread on just about every attack line – Obama comes out relatively clean.  He is cleaner than most politicians.  That has something to do with significantly fewer years in politics and also his background.  If the MSM and his supporters can tell the ‘full story’, than this will help.
  • The election will get closer.  Let me say that again – historically, polls tend to close as the election draws to a conclusion.  Panic should not set in if the polls begin to close.  Understanding that this is a normal occurence will keep all us supporters from being Chicken Little and giving the Republicans hope as the waning days come upon these campaigns.
I have created a new page (located at the top of my site – as an additional tab) called ‘Fight the Obama Smears’ and it will have details on all the attacks the GOP, 527’s and McPalin try to throw at Obama over the next 30 days.  Many of these issues – both the attack and the truth cannot always be explained in succinct paragraphs.  I would urge you to take these points as fundamental knowledge, but go do some more ‘digging’. Now – bring on the trolls because I am sure they are looking and ready to pounce on this article.

One Response


    they are practiced in the tactics of winning with dysfunction.
    The WINK ,SMILE POSE ,POSE of Palin, The lure of greed and AWHILE BACK even preaching its God’s reward in their churches.
    The intolerance and threatening eternal damnation to any who disagree with the
    One way, My way for the USA

    constantly using projection “It is me, so ill claim it is you!”

    checkout one of their propaganda machines!

    Didn’t people wait for it to just go away?
    Didn’t we face this before?

    When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.
    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.
    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.
    When they came for the Jews,
    I remained silent;
    I wasn’t a Jew.
    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.



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