Competing with Freddoso's book for talk radio promotion and cable airtime will be a similar product by Jerome Corsi, one of the authors of "Unfit for Command," who has migrated from Regnery to a Simon & Schuster imprint.
With somewhat labored cleverness, his book will be titled "The Obama Nation," and is likely to posit, among many other implausible claims, that the Illinois senator is under the influence of the defunct Communist Party USA.
Aside from such far-fetched theorizing, which excites only the hard-core fringe, what canards will the anti-Obama campaign exploit? Several themes have undergone pretesting in recent days, with mixed results.
Evangelical leader James Dobson has suggested that Obama is deliberately distorting the meaning of the Bible, which is an unsubtle method of questioning the Democratic candidate's Christian commitment and raising fears (again) that he is really a Muslim. "I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," said Mr. Dobson on his popular radio broadcast, adding that Obama "is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter." Describing Mr. Obama's interpretation of the Constitution, he used the word "fruitcake," a term that must be very familiar to him.
Meanwhile Floyd Brown, a right-wing huckster and unabashed promoter of racial fear dating back to the notorious Willie Horton ad of 1988, is back pushing the Muslim theme against Obama. This, too, is an obvious attempt to inflame anxieties over race and ethnicity. For too many Americans, Muslim wrongly means foreign and nonwhite.
And this week the world heard again from Rove, who raised the old "elitist" trope against Obama, much as the Republicans used envy and resentment against Kerry for his wealth and status. "Even if you never met him, you know this guy," sneered Rove during a breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by." Insecure and pathetic as that makes Rove sound, he surely knows how to provoke envy and resentment among voters, especially white males. That was one of the most important messages used by the Republicans against Kerry in 2004 with the famous windsurfing ad.
So perhaps Obama will be portrayed as a Muslim Marxist who hangs out at the country club, sipping cocktails and sneering at the common folk. The true message in that kind of crude, contradictory propaganda is utter contempt for the target audience -- in other words, for you.
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