Tim has already weighed in on this one and I have to agree with his thinking this is a good thing. I think it’s not only great, but will get talked about. It allows for two things to happen, both of which already have:

1. Obama can communicate disgust and outrage at the imagery. Bill Burton complies:

“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

2. The McCain camp is forced to join in the opinion of the Obama camp and we get him on record (again) saying these types of things are inappropriate. Cue Tucker Bounds:

“We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive.”

Is there a risk this will just be publicized enough as to gain more traction with those whose votes it might affect in a negative way for Obama? There is certainly a section of our electorate that would make that a worry. I would argue there is a greater section of our electorate who tire on the vile nature of attack politics and my thinking in this cycle is the more you expose the vicious nature of the right when it comes to Barack Obama, the better.

They don’t have anything else to beat him with – if you don’t count their weak attempts to toss flip flopping stones from glass houses. Nothing. They are so completely devoid of ideas at this point that McCain is forced to borrow from the left and become some Manchurian environmentalist candidate. They have fear and loathing tourettes syndrome. It’s the only card they know how to play. Too bad it’s not gonna work this time.

I’ll be headed out tomorrow to pick up a copy, if for not other reason than to tell my kids about the time we beat fear by cutting off it’s ugly head and holding it up for all to see.

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  • notice that no wingnut ohio bloggers are posting it. why not? isn’t this what they believe?

  • Robert Murdoch
  • Yes. Tell them well done! Get this out there and let’s talk about it in the open and shame those who would try to run whisper campaigns, email smears, and irresponsible blogging.

  • Fred

    Tim, you must be working on your next conviction….or were out trying to woo someone….Your old buddy Matt at WMD has posted on it and thinks it is awful. Hmm, you guys think it is great, that they are using racist imagery…Hmm…now who is racist again?

    What group continues to be pushers of welfare state “crack” to inner city families creating a climate and culture of generational dependence? Oh yeah, you guys. If you regress a people’s progress, how can you be called progressive?

  • Fred

    Yes, let’s shame those who engage in irresponsible blogging, like nothing but f-bombs, and lampoon the death of people….yes, let’s shame those…oh wait, you meant something else…my bad.

  • Fred

    And devoid of ideas?

    Uh, Obama took Jimmy Carter’s steno pad to get ideas….

    Come on now….and how do you know what he is really going to do? He moves here and there depending on his audience….I thought he was supposed to change that. That he was supposed to be different…Oh wait, that is a flip flop. Can’t use that….nope, that doesn’t count even though more dems are getting buyers remorse….Yep, keep spinning…Maybe you will get dizzy, puke up all the hate and bile you have, and be decent for once.

  • Fred, calm down man. And fuck off. You apparently can’t read. Matt may think “it’s awful”, but my bet is he’ll continue doing his “Barack HUSSEIN Obama” routine and spouting the same crap as all the wingers – you included.

    Trust me when I say this. You do NOT want to get in a flip flopping contest with us. Don’t go there. You’d lose in a massive way.

    Nice cheap shot at Tim. That all you got? Don’t bring some weak ass shit up in here. We smack that regularly. You know this.

  • love the trolls. they prove every point we make, every time!

  • especially SOBer trolls from Cincy.

  • Gina

    Since the beginning of the primaries, I have read the most insulting blogs about Hillary and about McCain from Obama supporters. For the first year of the campaign, Obama was never vetted by the press, and was given a virtual free ride. To this day, Obama bloggers still use a litany of disrespectful names for Senator John McCain. Obama, and his angry supporters can dish it out, but they sure can’t take it.

  • Oh we can take it, Gina. The cool thing is we’re tossing it back. There is where the dissonance comes in. The right thinks they can smear their way into office again, but it just ain’t so.

    Continual use of “Hussein”. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Photos of Obama in weird clothing. Wink. Email smears about him being Muslim. Nudge.

    If you want to see free rides, check out some McCain media coverage. Ought to be in wikipedia next to the term “free ride”. Seriously.

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