Bush latte: Obama's Christianist brochure another frickin dogwhistle to the right wing
[Read Vast Left first for more red meat. And now for the steak Tartare....]
People, good news! Now Obama's whoring his religion to get elected just like Bush, Huckabee, and the Christianist right! Not that there's anything wrong with that. If Obama wants to bring low information voters, Hillary Haters, and Christianist theocrats into Unity with the rest of us as Democrats for a day in the primaries, then more charisma to him, say I. (Of course, if Obama really wants to get into bed with the Christianists, he should go in for fraud and misappropriation of assets, or possibly clergy sex abuse.*)
Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break.
Naturally, since Glenn called bullshit, the Oborg is out in full force explaining, yet again, what Obama "really means."
As Glenn updates remarks:
For all those angrily objecting to the notion that Huckabee and Obama are the same: nobody is arguing that they are. At least I'm not arguing that, as I think I made quite clear.
Instead, I'm focusing solely on Huckabee's explicit religious appeal for votes, which conveys this message: "Like you, I'm a Christian; my Christianity is central to who I am and how I will lead; and therefore, as a devout Christian, you should vote for me for President."
Hordes of Obama supporters are claiming in comments and elsewhere that this brochure was nothing more than a perfectly innocent attempt to counter the whispering campaign that Obama is a Muslim. As I indicated, I think that probably is one of the purposes, although there would seem to be lots of other ways to do that other than by creating something this overt. If Obama supporters are really intent on denying that part of the purpose here is to appeal to Christain voters by emphasizing Obama's "COMMITTED CHRISTIANITY," I suppose there is no way to persuade anyone otherwise.
But I do think this question should be answered: the "Obama-is-a-Muslim" whispering campaign has been around for a long, long time -- more than a year ago, it made national headlines. If the primary purpose of this flier -- as Obama supporters insist -- was simply to rebut that false claim, why didn't Obama distribute this Christian[ist] brochure to Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada? Why is it only the heavily Christian[ist] South Carolina Democrats who received it?
Sheesh. Who do I have to blow to get spam from the Oborg in comments? I feel so left out.
And let me add to what Glenn said: The rumor has been going around for a year, and it started on Limbaugh. So why didn't Obama call out Limbaugh a year ago? The question answers itself: If you plan to run, and govern, from the right, you can't call out iconic right wing figures. Not even the Oxycontin Kid. Call me crazy, but one way to show you're a leader is to, er, lead. Instead of making speeches about the Unity Pony.
NOTE And so much for Obama's comment about the "So called leaders of the Christian right", for which I gave Obama kudos. I guess I know what Obama "really means" by that comment: The Christianists just have the wrong "leaders." Sigh. Not cynical enough.