The Campaign

I've given quite a bit of money to the Obama campaign this year & I'm likely to give more, but not until I see them go on the attack. I got an email this morning form David Plouffe (me & millions of other contributors) to the effect that the answer to Sarah Palin's sneering attack on "community organizers" is to say, "Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies." sorry, the right response will be to hang Palin out to dry for her lies & radical right-wing ideas. Don't explain, don't complain -- make the right wing culture warrior play defense. That's when I'll cut another check. Later: Here is another view of the email I referred to above. I also posted the above paragraph in a discussion thread at TPM, where one person responded by saying that "getting down in the mud" with McCain & Palin was a losing strategy. I don't think you hve to get down in the mud in order to aggressively attack the lies & distortions coming out of the Republican convention -- Mitt Romney's assertion that McCain / Palin will change "liberal Washington" doens't meet the laugh test & ought to be mocked mercilessly. Same goes for the Republican's claims to be "reformers." And it is not "getting down in the mud" to point out that Sarah Palin, as a mayor, tried to get the librarian to remove Harry Potter from the library because it offended her Christianist beliefs; then, when the librarian refused to go along, that Palin tried to fire her. Palin wants to put her experience as mayor up against Obama's Harvard law degree & public service? Great, let's look at the quality of Palin's experience. The Republicans have decide this election is going to be fought on cultural grounds. Bring it on.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

6 thoughts on “The Campaign”

  1. Let’s not forget that the McCain/Palin ticket will alter the liberal Supreme Court too. I damn near bust a gut on that one. And didn’t the chant of “Zero” sound like “Seig Heil”? I like Pablo’s point, but I do see signs that Obama will be effective on the offensive. Give it up for the Keating Five!

  2. I, too, am livid about the mocking of community organizers. I lived in the Bronx for 16 years and am very aware of all the good that the organizers do for the community. Community organizing is an essential component of a democracy. In their mocking of community organizers, the republican party has really reached a new low. I used to think that Bush was the king of all mockers, but now I sadly see that Palin has stole his crown. The McCain campaign said after the speech that they really didn’t even know what a community organizer does!! No one but a complete idiot would mock a job/profession in nationally televised speech when you don’t even know what the job is! Time and time again the McCain campaign has show their total incompetence. One of the services that community organizers do for the community is encourage voter registration. Perhaps the community organizers themselves can respond the Palin’s mockery by organizing a massive ‘get out to vote for Obama’ campaign?

  3. Sarah Palin is just George W. Bush with different plumbing, that’s clear. I actually think the recent responses from Biden & Obama have been pretty effective. Stay cool, point out the hypocrisy, hammer the economy. As for Palin, I don’t think the press is going to let McCain keep her in “an undisclosed location” very long — it offends their sense of their professional prerogatives & if she doesn’t come out of hiding soon, they will start to go after her — & McCain.

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