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The "Silly Season in Politics" - want an example?
Posted by: McQ on Monday, February 25, 2008

Below I talked about the risk for Republicans about attacking Barack Obama on anything other than the issues.

If you'd like an instant example of that sort of stupidity, check this out, coming from an increasingly desparate Clinton campaign:

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused the Clinton campaign Monday of "shameful offensive fear-mongering" by circulating a photo as an attempted smear.

Plouffe was reacting to a banner headline on the Drudge Report saying that aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) had e-mailed a photo calling attention to the African roots of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
In fact, this picture has been circulating among blogs for a couple of days and it really shows nothing but another in a long line of politicians doing what politicians do when they go to visit foreign nations. Recently, for instance, we saw George Bush in a Saudi robe.

And who can forget this beauty:

However it seems a real sign of campaign stupidity for the Clinton campaign to be making a fuss about Obama when this is in the public domain:

And especially this:

Politico also notes the Clinton campaign did not deny the report.

The anticipated backlash to this stupidity is one of the many reasons that smart presidential campaigns will avoid stooping to dumb tactics like this. Just watch the numbers in Ohio if you don't believe me.
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So, McQ, you think that video clip of Dukakis in the tank didn’t help Bush 41 win in 1988?

I rather think that this photograph of Obama will have more impact than the one at Drudge, however.
Written By: Martin McPhillips

That’s funny, McP.

Let me answer your question like this - the fact that the picture of Dukakis got out there probably did help Bush somewhat in ’88. That Bush’s campaign didn’t release it themselves was probably most important.

And that’s really the point of this. That and the stupidity of putting out a picture that infers something when there are pictures of her and her husband out there which, if the same standard is applied, would supposedly mean the same thing about them.
Written By: McQ
Putting out funny pictures (Kerry not-catching a football?) is pretty standard.

I think that the story should be more about the Obama campaign’s response. The *only* things I’ve seen this morning are expressions of "yeah, so?" Or "this seems like an ordinary picture to me". Or "silly season".

Acting like the picture is a big deal or *ought* to fan fear and hatred is the most damaging response I’ve seen yet... and it comes from Obama.

(I actually have met a real person who believes Obama is a secret Muslim so I suppose that’s not a myth after all that some people are persuadable that way.)

I also recently told my husband that Obama wouldn’t put his hand over his heart or wear a flag pin so now I have to hear outrage over that... and when it comes right down to it, I’d care less if he actually *was* Muslim than I care that he somehow has a "thing" about conspicuously not revering the flag. I think that what *that* is about matters.

Flooding the country of picture of Obama not putting his hand over his heart while others do for the national anthem seems like some pictures that would move the campaign in ways a teenager dressing up in traditional clothing won’t do.
Written By: Synova
The two dumbest things about APEC is making everyone wear the traditional clothing and the Karaoke. I hope we get to hold it once and make the Chinese guy wear an Indian headdress.

Kerry brought that football stuff on himself by making sure to play catch on the tarmac everytime he was waiting for his plane. This was supposedly to show how healthy and energetic he was. Instead he looked gay half the time.
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