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How low can we go? Photoshop and Campaign Attacks

This week I received in the mail, from a 527 organization (National Republican Trust PAC), a piece (link) passively alleging a connection between Barack Obama and Mohammed Atta, the 9/11 hijacker responsible for organizing the 9/11 attacks on our nation.

The piece, with a picture of a shouting Obama and a superimposed Mohammed Atta in a driver’s license passively connects Obama to Atta through a perceived conclusion of Obama’s illegal alien policy.

Really? Have we have officially sunk that low?

It’s one thing to use a manufactured voting record to support claims that Obama would raise taxes or allege that Obama will socialize health care. Those inflammatory assertions are based on a creative or a warped understanding Obama’s proposed policies. But it’s a completely different case to tie one of this nation’s most recognizable and hated figures (Atta) to a leading Presidential candidate.

Okay, so any Obama supporter will either dismiss this as hateful rhetoric or become physically incensed. But I would like to know if the McCain/Palin supporters accept this tactic as “all’s fair”.

If it’s acceptable to Photoshop Obama with Atta, then why stop there? Why not Photoshop Barack Obama with Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein? Or Photoshop Michelle Obama performing an abortion? All’s fair… right?

I personally can’t wait until Wednesday.

Posted by john trevisani at October 31, 2008 7:57 AM
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I apologize for submitting my article so soon after you submitted yours. I spent several minutes editing before submitting, and did not think to check first before moving forward. Again, my bad…

Posted by: Tiffani Martin at October 31, 2008 8:28 AM
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I copied this exert from a NY Post editorial. It goes along with your thoughts about ad homonym attacks. It refers to the mccain camp attempts to denigrate Obama’s association with Mr. Khalidi. And the article points out that no matter what else is said, in the end Mr. Khalidi IS an AMERICAN citizen and a prominent member of society as well. The item ends with this statement from the email of Khalidi himself…

>We did ask Mr. Khalidi whether he wanted to respond to the campaign charges against him. He answered, via e-mail, that “I will stick to my policy of letting this idiot wind blow over.” That’s good advice for anyone still listening to the McCain campaign’s increasingly reckless ad hominem attacks. Sadly, that wind is likely to keep blowing for four more days.

Thank you Post!

Posted by: Marysdude at October 31, 2008 9:41 AM
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Excuse me…ad hominem attacks…

Posted by: Marysdude at October 31, 2008 9:43 AM
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There’s one way to stop the low ball politics. That’s through education. One of the reasons it’s not working this time is the mere fact that people are paying much closer attention this year than they did the past. If you know the truth than these lies ring false.

Posted by: Mike the Cynic at October 31, 2008 6:03 PM
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Good point, Mike. Kind of relates to the “shame-on-you/shame-on-me” idea. After getting screwed over two elections in a row, I think a lot of us are paying far more attention to many things and are wanting to be more informed.
Knowledge is certainly a powerful weapon.

Posted by: janedoe at October 31, 2008 6:21 PM
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I have to admit that I have been surprised at how ineffective mccain’s slime attempts have been. Karl Rove perfected the “if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes true” tactic. mccain has tried his best to keep up the precedent but all his charges of socialist and terrorist have fallen on deaf ears - well his kool-aid drinkers are listening but no one else is. One thing I have been thinking is that the mccain campaign hasn’t been doing anything especially wrong from a strategic or tactical point of view. They have certainly been dishonorable but that is not necessarily a bad strategy - it worked for W. People just don’t want to by the GOP brand this time. They try something - it doesn’t work. They try something else - it doesn’t work. They look lost, unfocused, and desperate but I think it’s just that the majority of the American people don’t want another Republican president.

The polls aren’t moving one bit in mccain’s direction. CNN put his home state, Arizona into toss-up. He’s losing ground in Gallup’s daily tracking a really bad sign this close to the election. If I were Obama, I might be measuring the drapes. Even Frank Reich couldn’t engineer a comeback of this magnitude.

Posted by: tcsned at November 1, 2008 1:34 PM
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john t,

Apparently we have not quite reached the bottom…but mcain/Palin is trying:


Posted by: Marysdude at November 2, 2008 3:39 AM
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dude, you know that even if you have little more than your self-respect, you can still control your words and actions. This is more evidence that McCain gave that up long ago and is just another last gasp in his desperation to win. He should take some time and look at his old bud Bush, and see what dishonesty and deception ultimately rewarded him with.
Again, I could allllmossssst pity him, if he had left all the ugliness somewhere else.

Posted by: janedoe at November 2, 2008 10:53 AM
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This is ridiculous, and it’s sad that many republicans will tear Obama to shreds the second he makes a mistake.

Posted by: Dave at November 7, 2008 5:33 PM
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