Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Desperation Of The Right

The right is getting desperate. Hillary, who automatically embodies everything the right hated about Bill was an easy candidate to target. But along comes Obama as the front runner. Obama taking the lead in Iowa. Obama looking strong in new Hampshire.

I can just hear them in the neoconservative enclaves: “Think Goshdarnit, think! What dirt can we pull up on this guy?”

Because attacking Obama’s African American roots, much as they’d love to do so, could backfire radically, and attacking his drug use didn’t work, they’ve resorted to try to turn him into – you’ll never guess: a woman.

The New York Post, mouthpiece of the right and one of Murdoch’s little numbers, has produced a piece that portrays Obama as - well, they don’t actually ‘say’ “girlie-man”, but they do warn Americans, that by electing Barack, they won’t be getting a man in the White House:

Yet it's not only Obama's policies and strategies that appeal to women. He is like a woman: slim, good looking, with long elegant fingers, appealingly dressed - all terms more typically ascribed to female candidates.

Unfortunately for the right, with its dwindling support all over the country, this is not really going to have any effect: no one except those already engendered with the idea that being a man means "huntin’, fishin’ an’ …. Well huntin’ again" is going to be taken in by this salvo. Anyone with half a brain is going to understand that these are the words of a right that sees its grasp on the Presidency slipping day by day. They are one sentence away from calling him gay but that will come too.

This from the group that gets upset because we call Dufus stoopid.

1 comment:

Todd Dugdale said...

The media pundits have been staggeringly incorrect on just about everything, and they are as desperate as the Republicans to appear relevant. Neither has any credibilty with the public anymore, but neither the GOP nor the media realise it yet.

I don't think the "Obama is a secret Muslim" rumour will have any more legs than this "effeminate" slur. As everything else about the Republicans, their magic only works on their base, and even that is seriously sliping.

What really is getting them nervous, though, is that no money is coming their way. The rich elite that has cashed in on the Bush Agenda is not writing any checks this time around; nobody's gambling on them.
That should tell us all something right there.

It's great that you're back.