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July 23, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

McCAIN'S CAMPAIGN....Was the troop surge in Iraq responsible for the Sunni Awakening? Of course not: the surge wasn't even a glimmer in George Bush's mind until several months after the Awakening started in Anbar province and was showing strong signs of success.

Yesterday I was complaining about conservatives who try to pretend otherwise, but random pundits are just an annoyance. The Republican candidate for president is another. Here's John McCain talking to Katie Couric on the CBS News:

Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history.

This isn't a slip of the tongue, it's John McCain deliberately trying to rewrite history for an audience of millions. Luckily for McCain, CBS covered for him by editing out his answer so that they wouldn't have to correct him on the air. Nice guys.

Then, later the same day, McCain let loose with this:

This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.

Joe Klein says, "I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate," and I guess he'd know.

McCain is pretty obviously doomed this year, and it looks like he's decided that his only slim hope of winning is to wage a brutally negative and misleading campaign and hope for the best. My guess is that this is just a warmup. Yesterday's antics were a taste of much more to come.

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My guess is that this is just a warmup. Yesterday's antics were a taste of much more to come.

You would be correct: today, the McCain camp used the Holocaust as a political attack, accusing Obama of supporting genocide.

Shameful.

Posted by: Darius on July 23, 2008 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

OK,lets forget McCain trying to rewrite history, lets talk about the "surge" itself. The absolute, indisputable fact is that we will never know if the surge made things better, or worse, or had no effect at all; there is no control in this experiment. We do know that in areas of Iraq that didn't receive the troop surge, conditions also improved, although to what extent isn't clear. So please, lets all get back to logical, orderly thought, and stop buying this "the surge worked" crap.

Posted by: Dave Brown on July 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

Lets also not forget that W launched the "surge" only after the arm twisting he got from the Iraq Study Group.

Posted by: Marc on July 23, 2008 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

And McCain is complaining about lack of press coverage so ... he cancels his only press availability this week.

http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/07/tales_from_the_jv_squad_no_pre.php

That campaign is a well oiled machine.

Posted by: riffle on July 23, 2008 at 11:37 AM | PERMALINK

We keep assuming that McCain is doomed, but with traditional media covering up his gaffes and reciting his talking points how can we assume that?

Add to that the fact that BO's poll numbers are dropping while he's having this "successful" trip abroad and I'm pretty worried.

I've been a Dem too long to believe we've really got any better chance than 50-50.

Posted by: howie on July 23, 2008 at 11:37 AM | PERMALINK

And of course villager Couric isn't going to call him on it.

Posted by: Vicente Fox on July 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

The damn liberal media fawning all over Obama wouldn't give McCain a chance to explain these comments, would they? Oh, McCain cancelled his presser today, nevermind.

Posted by: RollaMO on July 23, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Luckily for McCain, CBS covered for him by editing out his answer so that they wouldn't have to correct him on the air. Nice guys.

This sort of crap is an outrage. Complaints running around in MMfA aren't good enough, people need to flood them with complaints and more.

Posted by: ♪ on July 23, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Dave hopefully brought forth:
The absolute, indisputable fact is that we will never know if the surge made things better, or worse, or had no effect at all; there is no control in this experiment.

Dave, Dave, how many red state voters or even likely sympathizers with Obama either understand and/or care about subtle notions like "experimental control"? That's not elitism or contempt, it's just the reality. Maybe we can try, ...

Posted by: ♪ on July 23, 2008 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

I agree with Howie that Obama's falling poll numbers in what should be an excellent week are ominous portents. McCain's strategy may disappoint his MSM cheerleaders but it more than compensates by rattling the cages of low-information voters.

CBS did McCain a favor it wouldn't have done Obama. Katie Couric isn't Dan Rather, but the right has already pegged CBS as liberal. When you're essentially intimidating the few independent media outlets left in this country into favorable treatment, it shows how the structural advantages overwhelmingly favor the Republicans.

Posted by: walt on July 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Two points: 1. I think the press will stop covering for McCain before long. His decision to attack them will help that along. 2. I think McCain's accusation of near-treason looked desperate and unpresidential. I think it will be a net injury to McCain.

I hope McCain keeps up both the revisionism and the hysterical attacks.

Posted by: tom on July 23, 2008 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

Howie, the media has to keep this thing close through November - $$$$$$$.

Posted by: RollaMO on July 23, 2008 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

Andy MacCarthy telegraphed this line before McCain delivered it, as Kevin caught yesterday.

Last week, the wingnuts coordinated with the McCain campaign to pretend that Obama had scrubbed his website of criticism of the surge, which was also bogus.

I saw a website ad on Hardball last night, called www.bothwaysbarrack.com. I guess www.thisishowfuckingstupidyoudhavetobetostillbearepublican.com
was taken?

Republicans, meet bottom of the barrel. Bottom of the barrel? Meet the Republicans. I'm sure you'll have a lot to discuss.
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Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on July 23, 2008 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

You would be correct: today, the McCain camp used the Holocaust as a political attack, accusing Obama of supporting genocide.

McCain yesterday: Obama wants to lose the war.

McCain today: Obama wants genocide.

McCain tomorrow: ZOMG HE'S FUCKING THE WHITE WIMMEN!!!.
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Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on July 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

McCain is pretty obviously doomed this year, and it looks like he's decided that his only slim hope of winning is to wage a brutally negative and misleading campaign and hope for the best.

MY GOD ARE YOU QUESTIONING JOHN MCCAIN'S INTEGRITY AND, BY IMPLICATION, HIS WARTIME HEROISM??? FOR SHAME SIR, FOR SHAME! HOW DARE YOU!!! FOR GOD'S SAKES HE WAS SHOT DOWN -- IN A TIME OF WAR! -- HASN'T HE SUFFERED ENOUGH?!?!?

Posted by: Stefan on July 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

What's truly shameful here isn't McCain -- we all know he's a lying pimp who'd sell out any principle -- and has! -- for a taste of power. No,what's absolutely shameful is CBS's Stalinist answer-doctoring -- not, of course, that they're going to suffer any immediate consequences for it.

Posted by: Stefan on July 23, 2008 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

So please, lets all get back to logical, orderly thought, and stop buying this "the surge worked" crap.

But this "the surge worked" crap -- false as it is -- is literally all the Republicans have as anything resembling a cogent argument. Hence, of course, McCain himself taking his campaign rhetoric from the more deranged wingnut blogs.

And anyway, if we all (or at least the media and the voters) get back to logical, orderly thought, the Republicans wouldn't have a prayer, so to speak.

The bleakness of the electoral landscape for the Republicans has been obvious for some time now -- hey, that's what happens when Bush ruins your brand. I have to admit, though, even I am surprised that the Repukes are showing this much desperation this early. It'll only get worse -- CBS's lying to its viewers by misrepresenting McSame's interview indicates how reluctant the so-called "liberal media" is to call him on his bullshit.

Posted by: Gregory on July 23, 2008 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

Have you noticed that even most of the McCain supporters have disappeared from the blogs this week? Weird... maybe he really is in free fall

Posted by: Cornfields on July 23, 2008 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

Joe Klein again.

This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.

Oh please, Bush majored in scurrilous statements and Joey knows it. Western oil contractors are the ones calling the shots about this war, just like they did in the Bush admininstration. It's just more obivous with the elderly McCain unable to hide the agenda as deviously as Dubya could do it. McCain is just not the best presidental face that money can buy, since the rest of the Republican nominees were too noticeably criminal to generate decent conservative voter interest or turnout, which left McCain as the only lapdog left in the field. And of course poor Huckabee wasn't considered criminal enough, although Mike has tried really hard to turn that characteristic of himself around too.

Why does Drum use Joey as to go to guy for coercive political commentary even as it looks increasingly like Obama is not a change kind of guy after all.

It’s like the fix is in. Maybe its not to late to ask the Hillary woman to regroup since Hillary looks like least criminal of the two candidates of Democratic Party.

Posted by: Me_again on July 23, 2008 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

Howie and Walt are spot-on. I'm concerned that McCain and the republicans know EXACTLY what works with "low-information voters" (what I would call, stupid people) -- and there are a lot of these people. And what works is meaningless BS like "no flag pin" type "issues" and simply stating something you want people to believe is the truth as the truth, even if it's flat-out wrong. Republicans know that the voters we're talking about simply are incapable of paying enough attention to understand any attempt by the media or the democrats to explain why what McCain said was a lie. So for this reason I reluctantly agree that Obama has no better than a 50/50 shot.

Posted by: Tom in Houston on July 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

McCain will besmirch himself on the way to failure just as George H. W. Bush did in 1992.

Posted by: larry birnbaum on July 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

I also agree with howie - McCain's "mudslinging" seems to be having the effect of driving down Obama's numbers. I hope those kind of attacks by McCain will not continue to work but I'm afraid that there is a distinct possibility they will. The media is definitely hurting Obama in spite of the complaints from the right. I don't think there is any doubt that, other than the media simply regurgitating McCain's too often bogus claims about Obama without sufficient analysis, the media is primarily responsible for Obama coming to viewed by a great many people as a flip-flopper even though McCain has almost surely flip-flopped on many more and significant issues.

Unfortunately, the dynamics of the situation probably do not allow Obama to go as negative and nasty as McCain without being more hurt than helped by it - which may be a moot point because it may be the Obama doesn't even desire to go that route even if it is politically expedient.

Of course, McCain seems to be his own worst enemy and there is a pretty fair chance that ultimately his positions, especially on the economy, and his undisciplined mouth will keep him from winning the presidency. I just wish I felt more confident that the electorate will see the problems with his positions and manner.

Posted by: TK on July 23, 2008 at 12:12 PM | PERMALINK

And now McCain has canceled his presser today, which was his only press availability for the rest of the week.

McCain is a fucking coward.
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Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on July 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin wrote: "Luckily for McCain, CBS covered for him by editing out his answer so that they wouldn't have to correct him on the air."

Luckily for McCain, the handful of giant corporations that own CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, as well as hundreds of other newspapers, TV and radio stations and most of the rest of the mass media from which most Americans get most of their information, want him to be the next president so he can continue the CheneyBush policies of huge tax cuts for the ultra-rich and deregulation of media ownership.

The corporate media's goring of Al Gore and swiftboating of John Kerry, and their glorification of George W. Bush, got CheneyBush close enough to steal the 2000 and 2004 elections with voter disenfranchisement and fraud.

Apparently, most Democrats and liberals learned nothing from those experiences and continue to naively imagine that the corporate media is merely "incompetent" or "lazy" when its operatives cover up McCain's ignorance, stupidity, dishonesty and corruption, while reporting every bit of RNC spin or right-wing hate fantasy about Obama as though it were news and inventing their own blatant falsehoods about Obama (e.g. the Washington Post editorial page's deliberate lies about the Iraqi government's response to Obama's proposed withdrawal timetable).

Many Democrats and liberals will be shocked and surprised when the corporate mass media's propaganda once again positions the Republicans to steal the third presidential election in a row.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 23, 2008 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

Folks, don't for a minute think that Obama has an easy win on any sort of banal, dork-political "metrics" etc. The other side will move everything they have, this will (like all elections really are) be a twilight struggle and has to be fought like one.

Posted by: ♪ on July 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know who will win or lose come November, but I have to say, I'm really beginning to pity McCain. He's like something out of a Greek tradegy these days. After enduring years of torture and deprivation, he's besmirched his own reputation by toadying to Bush - who destroyed his campaign in 2000 by spreading rumors about his wife and daughter - rather than kicking him in his gonads, as he should have. Now he's running around accusing a fellow Senator of trying to lose a war to get elected, and following that up with that horrible death's head grin of his. His own ambition has succeeded in doing something his captors in Hanoi couldn't: it has broken him and made him seem pitiable and weak.

Posted by: Jersey Tomato on July 23, 2008 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

You missed the biggest bogus statement by McCain on CBS last night. Couric told McCain that Obama doesn't think Iraq is the central front in the war on terror, why does he think it is. McCain's answer, because bin Laden said it was when he told fighters to go to Iraq. If bin Laden said that he didn't say it before our invasion he would have said it because of our invasion. Sorry I don't have the exact wording but the gist is correct.

Posted by: David on July 23, 2008 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

McCain has besmirched himself on the way to failure just as George H. W. Bush did in 1992.

Fixed.

Posted by: Gregory on July 23, 2008 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is doomed? Because brutally negative and misleading campaigns never work, right? McCain needs W's bully-boy base to turn out, and if he can combine that with the component of the Democratic party that can't get past the race issue, he'll win. The main issue I see is whether the corporate interests decide that they can do better with a puppet they control even if the rest of us go to hell in a handbasket, or if they decide they need to right the economic ship a bit before they continue raping and pillaging. Its going to be a close call.

Posted by: dcsusie on July 23, 2008 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is pretty obviously doomed this year, and it looks like he's decided that his only slim hope of winning is to wage a brutally negative and misleading campaign and hope for the best.

That about sums it up. Too bad, really. I used to have some respect for the guy.

Posted by: Del Capslock on July 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

After eight years of GWB's constant assertions that he's a leader, you have to wonder how voters will react to a candidate who constantly tells them how courageous he is.

Posted by: penalcolony on July 23, 2008 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

McCain needs W's bully-boy base to turn out, and if he can combine that with the component of the Democratic party that can't get past the race issue, he'll win.

Good point, dcsusie. Or, in other words, if he can get turn out enough morons, racists, or racist morons (since there is significant overlap), he can win. I think that's pretty much the unstated strategy.

Posted by: Del Capslock on July 23, 2008 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is doomed? Because brutally negative and misleading campaigns never work, right?

They work well in low-turnout elections, yes.

But being the establishment candidate in a time of widespread unrest is a bad time to go negative about something you can't back up.
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Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on July 23, 2008 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

The last few days are indeed just a warmup. Nobody does scurrilous campaigning like a Republican on the ropes, and with McCain most of the way through the ropes Obama should expect an unrelentingly nasty onslaught from here on.

The question is, how does he counter it?

His best bet, I think, is to express bewilderment at the sad state of campaigning, a public stance of "we can disagree without being disagreeable," and remind voters that this is one of things that needs changing. His surrogates, meanwhile, go after the McCain campaign operatives managing the smear campaign - but not directly attack McCain himself, other than to ask the rhetorical question, "How could an honorable man countenance such tactics? Is this the John McCain you thought you knew?"

The not-quite-subliminal message: A patriot in his dotage and in desperation has made himself at home in a kennel full of mad dogs.

As the nastiness peaks, mid- to late October, Obama finally confronts McCain in person, more in sorrow than anger, with some variation on the famous Joseph Welch to Joe McCarthy quote: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Posted by: allbetsareoff on July 23, 2008 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

"McCain is pretty obviously doomed this year,..."

If so, might the Republican Party step in before or at the convention and remove him?

As it is, McCain is in danger of accepting the nomination from an empty room, while Obama is selling out stadiums.

This is only a few steps away from the dissolution of the party. The only thing holding it back is inappropriate platforms being available for the refugees. Rats leaving a sinking ship need a place to land on.

That dissolution would destroy the billionare boy's club from achieving any of its political ambitions for a generation or two.

Posted by: Pallomine on July 23, 2008 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Where did you find poll numbers that show a slip[ this week for Obama.And wouldn't we need to wait untill next week to see if his trip abroad had any affect.I think the posters talking dropping poll numbers are trolls.And if there CBS NBC or ABC poll we already know they will skew the polls for Mccain they got caught last week.

Posted by: john john on July 23, 2008 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

VOTE DIGBY FOR PRESIDENT---VOTE THE INTERNET
The two horse and buggy parties and their candidates are bought and paid for by somebody that ain't YOU.

Posted by: Mike Meyer on July 23, 2008 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

McCain is doomed? He's winning the election right now. He is getting his version of reality out in the media without dispute. He gets to to call Obama a traitor without any reprecussions. Obama cannot, of course respond in kind. The media is on McCain's side, which is only one of the tremendous impediments Obama faces. Obama's election is not inevitable -- it would in fact be shocking.

Posted by: Rock on July 23, 2008 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

They work well in low-turnout elections, yes.

It worked like a charm in 2004, but that was with an entirely different candidate. I've always felt that the press kind of liked the way Bush was able to pull off the moron act in public, while dazzling them with his frat boy sense of humor in private. Kind of like they were in on the joke. Not that they respected Bush's intellect or integrity. Just that they were impressed that he was able to get away with it because his operation was slick.

With McCain you have the opposite. The press thinks they know McCain, so they've been covering for every mix-up and factual mistake he makes because they think he gets it. McCain stands to lose the press corps's respect with this type of attack. Unfortunately for McCain, his real firewall isn't electoral, it's perceptual. If the press corps chooses to simply report, without friendly translation, the sayings on doings of his campaign, McCain would look like a carbon copy of Bob Dole.

Posted by: enozinho on July 23, 2008 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

If Obama wishes he can easily fix the CBS edit. His spokespeople should quote McCain every chance. Any disputes (and hopefully there will be) can be solved by going to the tape. Win/win.

Posted by: keith g on July 23, 2008 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is pretty obviously doomed this year

Yep. I got me a dozen eggs here. Honey, mix up stuffing for a dozen chickens, okay?

Posted by: thersites on July 23, 2008 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

And of course villager Couric isn't going to call him on it.

She too stupid to know one way or the other.

Posted by: Jenna's Bush on July 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

The Sunni awakening was when we assimilated into the Mideast custom of baksheesh. When outstretched hands met the desperate need of the King of Spenders, Bush, to make something out of the Iraq fiasco, it was love at first sight.

Posted by: Luther on July 23, 2008 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

McCain hasn't yet lost the race.

And remarks like "Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign" actually DO sow doubt. (Push-back indignation gets restricted to the cable/blogger ghettos.)

This is just more of the flag-pin narrative: that while some may see in Obama an embodiment of American diversity, others see something too alien to be red, white & true-blue. Call them "low-information voters," but Obama draws snark attacks even from sophisticates like Maureen Dowd (who puts him down as an exotic "orchid").

Even if it's a Democratic year, Obama has his
work cut out for him.

Posted by: Sophie in VA on July 23, 2008 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

to SecularAnimist

You've got to be f-ing kidding me that the media wants McCain to win. Are you blind, deaf, retarded or all 3? The media has given Obama over 2 times the coverage they've given McCain and now the top journalists are overseas with Obama giving him all the coverage he could hope for. What alternate universe are you from where the media wants McCain to win? Open your eyes, clean the wax out of your ears and wake the hell up. Then when you vote Obama into office enjoy all the extra control you'll be giving the government and higher taxes you'll be paying.

Posted by: Tim on July 24, 2008 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

A Look Into Barack Obama�s Past
Barack Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ more than 20 years ago and considered the church pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright as his mentor. Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope." In his sermons, Rev. Wright repeated denunciations of the U.S and blurted out statements like �The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing �God Bless America.� No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
Looking at Obama�s ties to Rev. Wright, and his connections to a terrorist bomber, William Ayers, both men who would like nothing more than to destroy this country causes many people to second guess Obama�s intentions for change. If you have not heard about William Ayers, you can read about him in the U.S. News, Michael Barone�s column-Obama Needs to Explain His Ties to William Ayers. �In my U.S. News column, I make a brief reference to the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist bomber William Ayers and his connections to Barack Obama. They were closer than Obama implied when George Stephanopoulos asked him about Ayers in the April 16 debate�the last debate Obama allowed during the primary season. To get an idea of how close they were, check out Tom Maguire's Just One Minute blog and Steve Diamond's Global Labor and Politics. The Obama-Ayers relationship is also mentioned in David Freddoso's The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate.�

Lets examine Obama�s connection with an accused political fixer Antoin �Tony� Rezko. The following is on explanation by Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz from ABC News. �In sharp contrast to his tough talk about ethics reform in government, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., approached a well-known Illinois political fixer under active federal investigation, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, for "advice" as he sought to find a way to buy a house shortly after being elected to the United States Senate. Rezko had been widely reported to be under investigation by the U.S. attorney and the FBI at the time Obama contacted him and has since been indicted on corruption charges by a federal grand jury in a case that prosecutors say involves bribes, kickbacks and "efforts to illegally obtain millions of dollars."
Because Barack Obama was a dependable ally of subsidized developers in the Legislature, his friend and fund-raiser Rezko depended on him to get things done such as cosponsoring a bill in 2001 allowing developers to pocket half of the proceeds from selling state tax credits to others. Obama admitted that his decision to involve Rezko was �a bone-headed mistake.� What he failed to mention is that he has a closet full of bone-headed mistakes such as Peter Wallsten pointed out in the Los Angeles Times on
January 24, 2008.
�Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed.

"I was not aware that I had voted no," he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he �intended to vote yes.�
That was not the only misfire for the former civil rights attorney first elected to the state Senate in 1996. During his eight years in state office, Obama cast more than 4,000 votes. Of those, according to transcripts of the proceedings in Springfield, he hit the wrong button at least six times.�

Now comes the big question, what exactly does a community organizer do?
One thing Barack Obama did as a community organizer was pressure banks to make bad loans. In Barack Obama�s youthful community organizing days he joined a group called ACORN. Using the Community Reinvestment Act which was designed to encourage banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers, ACORN started abusing the law by forcing banks to make hundreds of millions of dollars in 'subprime' loans to minorities with bad or no credit. Using charges of racism and threats to use CRA to block business expansions have enabled ACORN to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and contributions from America�s financial institutions.
Other things that ACORN did as community organizers were agitate for higher minimum wages, attempt to thwart school reform, try to unionize welfare recipients who are obliged to work in exchange for benefits and organize voter registration drives. In 2006 for example, their voter registration drive in Washington produced 1,800 new voters of which 1,794 names submitted were fake. The secretary of state called it the �worst case of election fraud in our state�s history.�
If you like to know more, watch these two videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRmB93McZeI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

Cybercorrespondent
http://cybercorrespondent.blogspot.com

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