Saturday, February 23, 2008

Muckraking at Politico.com

Ben Smith at Politico does Musings & Migraines no favors by quoting me grossly out of context in his latest attempt to paint Barack Obama as a closet leftwing radical. He's trying to make a very circumstantial case on an event that happened 13 years ago. The only reason he needed my quotes is to establish that Obama, Ayers and Dohrn were somewhere, anywhere, together. The fact is Ayers and Dohrn have been Hyde Park political muckety-mucks for years. If being in the same room with them means you're a terrorist, than Richie Daley, most of his staff, and half the faculty at the universities in the area are suspect.

Ben, you really don't understand Chicago politics. Bobby Rush, former Black Panther, is my congressman.

4 comments:

Lenora said...

Nice!

the professor said...

Excellent post RR. I see there's been no link or response from Smith. Not surprising I guess . . .

Angelle said...

I second that "Nice!"

Anonymous said...

The Original post (from the internet archive):

"Get to know Barack Obama

When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the livingroom of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. They were launching him--introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread. His "bright eyes and easy smile" struck me as contrived and calculated--maybe because I was supporting another candidate. Since then, I've never heard him say anything new or earthshaking, or support anything that would require the courage of his convictions. I only voted for him in this last race--because his opponent was a pinhead. And I've been mostly alone in my views. But maybe that's changing.

Thanks, Barack. By voting to confirm Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State you confirmed my opinion of you as someone who will not come through when it counts. You voted with the entire Republican membership rather than your compadre, Dick Durbin, and the man you supported for president, John Kerry. Your sense of collegiality is ridiculous under the circumstances.

What are all those people who thought you walked on water thinking now? I'm just wondering who's going to whisper in President CandyAss's ear when Condo's busy playing Secretary of State."

Patterico blog post quotes:

"When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the livingroom of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. They were launching him–introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread."