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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Michelle Obama: GOP's Target

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the GOP right-wing nuts are going to go after Michelle Obama. (As a Republican, I have a right to call them right-wing nuts. It's like your mom. You can say what you want, but nobody else better talk about my momma!) We all saw what they did to Hillary Clinton during the campaigns of 1992 and 1996. Whitewater, the Rose Law Firm, Travelgate, those are all Hillary scandals. The way to the candidate, according to the GOP, is through the wife.

The attacks were muted in 2000 thanks to Tipper Gore's complete lack of participation in anything that seemed to matter to the GOP. In 2004, however, we saw a resurgence with new attacks on Teresa Heinz Kerry. Now, it's Michelle's turn. Apparently, if you are a woman of substance (no disrespect, Tipper) you are a no-holds barred target.

The GOP's line of attack is particularly insipid this year as it is a thinly veiled attempt to remind "white" America that she (and Barack) are (shhhh) BLACK! Witness the nature of the attacks:

  • Implying that her fist pound (dap, pump, whatever) was terrorism related. This served to remind America that they're "black." This only works in the minds of people who have no clue about popular culture. In other words, Republicans.
  • Referring to her as Obama's Baby Mama. Enough said.
  • Reminding people that she's not like "most" Americans when she said she was proud of America for the "first time in her life."
I fear this is only going to get worse. It is one thing for Barack to be diligent in his business dealings (and we've already seen how some of those have come out in the press) but it's a tall order to expect the spouse to do the same. Somehow, though, it always becomes an issue. Can you imagine what the GOP would've done had someone gone after Laura Bush the way they're going after Michelle? Ironically, the main man in the GOP, McCain, has already said the worst thing about his wife you possibly can so she's probably safe from the Democrats.

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