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The Right Wing’s Ongoing and successful Strategy of “SELL and SMEAR”

by Pamela Leavey

James Boyce and Dave Johnson have a post on the HuffPo today that is a must read about the Right Wing’s ‘ongoing and successful strategy of “SELL and SMEAR.” Boyce and Johnson take a look at the “recent favorability polls” and ask why Obama, “a junior Senator, nationally a virtual unknown just two years ago, [is]now at the top of the national favorability ratings?”

Is it because of his new book? His great 2004 Convention Speech? His appearance on Oprah? All of these, of course, but in fairness, does Barack Obama truly deserve to be the Democratic leader with the highest national favorability in a recent poll? Hardly.

With complete respect to Senator Obama, where are the long-time Democratic leaders who have dedicated their lives to the service of our country? Where are the other possible Presidential contenders? What about Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry? Where are Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid? Are they not leaders that deserve at the very least to have decent favorability ratings?

Why is Barack Obama “favorable” and not any of the better-known Democratic leaders? And why – of all people is Rudy Guiliani at the top of the list as the Number One leader in our country? The answer is simple, and dramatic.

This favorability poll proves the power of the Right Wing’s ongoing and successful strategy of “SELL and SMEAR.”

Read the entire post here and understand what we are up against.

7 Responses to “The Right Wing’s Ongoing and successful Strategy of “SELL and SMEAR””

  1. Glad I haven’t watched much news today cause while flipping through the channels, noticed that the two networks CNN and MSNBC are continuing to push Obama nonstop talking about his “enthusiastic” welcomes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    I don’t want to think this, but it almost feels like the media is setting him up to smear him, which would be unfortunate cause he could still contribute more as a senator with more experience, then a presidential candidate in 2012 or 2016.

  2. I had to laugh tonight Indie,

    There was a story on the Nightly News with Brian Williams, about Obama. The report quoted some unnamed local politician from New Hampshire as saying he hadn’t seen anything like this since John F. Kennedy has run for the presidency.
    Well, a couple of things: 1) That local pol has got to be one of the oldest politicians in the country, and 2) I think his memory is a little faulty – JFK was REALLY beating the brush for votes in the early primary season; he peaked just at the right time – at the convention.
    Obama – here we are no where near the primaries and he’s peaking – now! What’s up with that?

    My one catch phrase in all this – Experience Counts.

  3. Indie

    It’s the noise machine that is pushing him and the media is playing along. I like Obama and think there is a lot of potential – however I don’t think he’s ready for prime time yet.

  4. The MSM is setting him up alright and so are the clintons. The clintons need him to peak early. thanks to obama hill getting plenty of press to.

    What I can’t understand is Obama is smart enough to see past the hype. Sure Oprah’s got his back but after she talked up Hill all of a sudden one of her book recommendations hit the skids so she’s not full proof.

    The msm is going to blow him up so big that either folks are going to be sick of him, or they will bring something out and crush him with it.

    Vicious cycle indeed.

  5. Blue W

    Experience does count and Obama’s too green as of yet.

  6. Pen

    When the crushing blows start to hit, it won’t be pretty at all.

  7. Pamela- your right on that it won’t be pretty at all and in a way Obama will only have himself to blame.