Is It Time Yet?

I think we already are seeing the GOP strategy against Barack Obama.  It seems it will be difficult to paint Obama as an "out of touch elitist", a man with "questionable ties", or a person "who doesn't love his country".  Thanks to a hard fought primary between two of the best Presidential candidates in decades, many of the "issues" about Barack Obama have already surfaced and have been analyzed, debated and MSM'd out.

His San Francisco remarks, Jerimiah Wright, Tony Rezko, flag pins, and Bill Ayers just won't have the same shocking effect anymore.  Sure they will be used in 527's, by Faux News, and will be listed as "talking points" by the GOP, but the effectiveness will be limited.  The American public does not like "old news", they thrive for something new and want something to hang their hat on.

Well, the GOP thinks they have found it...Michelle Obama.

It's not a new strategy, many of us remember the ruthless attacks that Hillary Clinton and Teresa Heinz-Kerry took while their husbands ran for the presidency.  The GOP has no problem in trying to tearing down women and attempting to expose vulnerabilities.

Hillary has answered that bell...As she proved back then and how she proved this primary season, Mrs. Clinton is no punching bag...she does the punching the now.

But how does Mrs. Obama and the campaign handled this?

The Repubs are trying to hang the "unpatriotic radical" albatross around her neck and therefore tying it to BO. Using her comment:

"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country ... not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.  I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment."

In response Bill Kristol, a GOP mouthpiece, responded:

"She was an adult when we won the Cold War without firing a shot. She was an adult for the last 25 years of economic progress, social progress," he told FOX News. "I think the Democrats have to be careful ... they're running against the status quo ... You have to be careful not to let that slide into a kind of indictment of America. Because I don't think the American people think on the whole that the last 25 years of American history is a narrative of despair and nothing to be proud of."

Now they have turned to phase 2 and have begun attacking her race...

First their was Faux News and the "Obama's Baby Mama" slur and that was followed up by the "Angry Black Woman" stereotyping by Conservative pundit Cal Thomas.

SCOTT: All right, Cal, you look at that cover. It seems like pretty powerful people in the media have already made up their mind about Michelle Obama and that's before the general election got under way.

CAL THOMAS: In this campaign, we are being asked to accept three things simultaneously, the first woman with a credible chance of being president, the first African-American with the chance to being president and, whoever Michelle Obama is going to be styled, the angry black woman, first lady? This is an awful lot.

If she's going to be out there talking about policy, being a surrogate for her husband, then, within certain boundaries, she is open for criticism and critiques just like any other political figure.


THOMAS: I want to pick up on something that Jane said about the angry black woman. Look at the image of angry black women on television. Politically you have Maxine Waters of California, liberal Democrat. She's always angry every time she gets on television. Cynthia McKinney, another angry black woman. And who are the black women you see on the local news at night in cities all over the country. They're usually angry about something. They've had a son who has been shot in a drive-by shooting. They are angry at Bush. So you don't really have a profile of non-angry black women.

When do we fire back?  Is it time yet?

I know Barack has said "I also think these folks should lay off my wife." But I think we need to "Lay the Smacketh Down" more forcefully and much more direct.

It needs to come from someone who has been the target of it...
It needs to come from someone who has fought that fight...and won...
It needs to come from someone who, when they speak, people listen...
It needs to come from someone who has fire, conviction and truth in their voice and actions...

It needs to come from Hillary Clinton.

Tags: Barack Obama, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, racism, sexism (all tags)



Tips for a Fighter..

by hootie4170 2008-06-17 09:57PM | 0 recs

Michelle will be ok; she can surely take care of herself. She practically fell off her chair laughing when Barack said "lay off my wife."  I don't think she fears the GOP at all.

Very good cover of the Obamas in US Weekly; they definately are a cute couple.  This fistdap was pretty badass.  She also has an opportunity on the View tomorrow to paint a different picture of herself.

by Blazers Edge 2008-06-17 10:05PM | 0 recs
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No it doesn't.

It needs to come from Obama.

She need a breather , I am glad she is going on vacation.

Obama and his team would have to find a way to handle these attacks.

I am not a big fan of Michelle Obama because of some of the things she has said but I think the Obama camp has the right idea with the NY times story on the makeover.

Hootie , you are my favourite but



by lori 2008-06-17 10:06PM | 0 recs
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I didn't mean it as a call out.  I meant she has experience in this area and could say things that maybe MO couldn't say.  I believe she would be one helluva spokesperson in this regard, and help squash it before it becomes an issue.

by hootie4170 2008-06-17 10:16PM | 0 recs
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she would probably do it in time.

its just a little too early.

patience is a virtue , honey.

by lori 2008-06-17 10:21PM | 0 recs
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<tail between my legs>


by hootie4170 2008-06-17 10:25PM | 0 recs
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Michelle can more than hold her own.

Can't potential First Ladies debate? Heh.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-17 10:08PM | 0 recs
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Oh how I wish we could have had a time machine to go back in 1992 so Hillary could debate Barbara Bush or Elizabeth Dole in 1996.

by Blazers Edge 2008-06-17 10:11PM | 0 recs
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Now THAT would of been classic stuff.

Total Hillary pwnage.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-17 10:14PM | 0 recs
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Could you possibly have picked a worse time to put up this diary? Unless Michelle Obama goes on some sort of crazy tirade on The View today, we will see no less than three positive and detailed looks at her today. US Magazine, NY Times, and The View.

by vcalzone 2008-06-17 10:14PM | 0 recs
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Do you think that will stop the GOP from attacking her?

by hootie4170 2008-06-17 10:17PM | 0 recs
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Very true, they'll keep coming.  But its clear the Obama campaign is aware of this and has realized they need to make Michelle a visible presence to try to counter the negative impression the GOP and creatures like the ones who reside at No Quarter are trying to create.

So while I think Hillary will be a key ally in this eventually, the start needs to come from the Obama campaign, and I think we're seeing it.

by bosdcla14 2008-06-17 11:42PM | 0 recs
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I fully expect the GOP to come after her with everything they have. I expect the GOP to stop at NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING. If it gets closer to time and it looks like Obama will win, I expect really awful attacks and dirty tricks. If he wins, I half expect Bush to just completely tank the country in his last days.

But what they will do and what will work are two different things. Obama's camp are working hard to let people know who Michelle really is. When people see more about her, they will note the incongruity between that and the GOP's characterization, and at that point, it becomes a big win for Obama, because they see the sort of lies that the GOP throws.

by vcalzone 2008-06-18 03:51AM | 0 recs
Michelle has a cover on USWeekly

that's coming out tomorrow, and she has the interview on The View.

by slinkerwink 2008-06-17 10:21PM | 0 recs
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Folks, I'm not talking about HRC becoming MO's spokesperson.  I know MO can hold her own...but isn't it a fine line on what you can and can not say as a potential first lady?  I feel HRC could rebut in a more forceful manner without the repercussions.

by hootie4170 2008-06-17 10:24PM | 0 recs
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I think Hillary making a very serious attack regarding sexism in the media would be a great idea, and I think if she made sure to include the stuff with Michelle Obama as being the future of that sexism, it'd be even better. I definitely agree with you there. But Michelle's more than capable of defending her own character.

by vcalzone 2008-06-18 03:54AM | 0 recs
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I hate to add to the consensus here (at this magic moment in time,) but I agree with everyone.  Michele has shown that she can hold her own.  And, at this moment she has a whack of positive press hitting the streets.  Hillary just isn't needed for this task.  

I'd also think that putting Hilly on guard duty for Michelle would make Michelle look weak - it would make it look like she needs protection.  I don't think that would be beneficial.  

by candidate D 2008-06-17 11:07PM | 0 recs
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I think any bridge between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton has been burned.

by feelfree 2008-06-17 11:52PM | 0 recs
Give me a break
It needs to come from Hillary Clinton.

"Obama is the better candidate"<----Remember?
If Obama can't handle this situation without Clinton, he shouldn't be the Democratic nominee.
by soyousay 2008-06-18 04:26AM | 0 recs
No, Give me a break

This has nothing to do with Obama needing Clinton.  

Rather, this has to do with whether Hillary Clinton will make good on her promise to do everything she can to make sure Barack Obama gets elected president.

Hillary can make a huge impact by calling out the repubs on their sexist/racist smear campaign of Michelle Obama.  Not only would it dominate the media narrative, it would effectively kill McCain's attempt to appeal to Hillary supporters and white women voters.  

So, if Hillary really does want to help out Obama, she could make some statement about a "vast rightwing sexist and racist conspiracy," put the repubs on the defensive, and help unify the party.  

Of course, just because it makes sense doesn't mean she'll actually do it.  We'll see.

by ProfessorReo 2008-06-18 05:01AM | 0 recs
Re: No, Give me a break

It would be lovely if everyone that got so bent out of shape over the sexism towards Hillary got equally bent out of shape when it's directed towards Michelle Obama.  But I'm not holding my breath just yet.

by ihaveseenenough 2008-06-18 06:21AM | 0 recs
Re: No, Give me a break

I'm not saying you're right or wrong but that seems to be a different issue. Defending Michelle Obama from right-wing attacks which will be racist and sexist and getting mad at the media for sexist remarks at Sen. Clinton (and sexist and racist remarks at Sen. Obama) are two different things.

If you prefer to not go all out to win that's fine but as a party and a nation 100% is needed from all the players so that we can maximize our success in the fall.

I personally don't think Mrs. Obama needs protecting. She can handle herself just fine. But that's also not the issue. The issue is about a full-court press against the GOP with the intent of crushing them at every turn.

Just because we don't need to do it to win doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.

by LiberalDebunker 2008-06-18 07:26AM | 0 recs
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I'm with you 100% on that one.  And in a way I'm glad that Hillary's candidacy shined some light on how truly horrible the media treats women, minorities, and essentially anyone who's not a rich white guy.  But I just don't think right now is the time for that fight- this has been a problem for 40 years, to think we can solve it before November (or, as some have demanded, OBAMA take up that cause before the convention) is short-sighted.

Going to be a long fight, and it's worth fighting, but it's doable.

But yeah- you're right- Michelle can handle herself (and they poke at candidate's wives at their own peril).  We need to assume we're 10 point down.  No coasting, and for Christ's sake no letting the GOP smears get a free ride.  So far so good, but miles to go.

by ihaveseenenough 2008-06-18 07:39AM | 0 recs
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" Hillary can make a huge impact by calling out the repubs on their sexist/racist smear campaign of Michelle Obama."

- Where was Obama when Clinton had to deal with that during the primary process ?

I don't recall he ever said anything about it.

by lori 2008-06-18 08:50AM | 0 recs
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I think the GOP is aware that they attack Michelle Obama at their own peril.  I don't recall her in rehab, nor stealing drugs from charity.

Hell, all Cindy McCain has had to do was reveal her tax records (not happening) and send in her cookie recipe (stolen, as was her last recipe).  THAT'S who they want to compare Michelle to?

GREAT.  Bring it.

by ihaveseenenough 2008-06-18 06:21AM | 0 recs


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