I have made an egregious error. I have accidentally squashed the wrong anti-Barack Obama book, allowing another to slip through my fingers to emerge on the world’s stage. (Please see “Hate Has No Place Here“) Jerome R. Corsi’s book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, has clawed its way out of the publishi
ng pit from whence it came and dragged its pustuled, blubbery, hate-filled self onto the front page of the presumably left-leaning New York Times, thus into the collective consciousness of the nation. What happened to “All the News That’s Fit to Print”?
First things first: The Book. Jerome Corsi was the mastermind behind Regnery Publishing’s “Unfit For Command” (aka: the Swift Boat Book), that effectively derailed John Kerry’s campaign in 2004 when coupled with extremely negative ad campaigning. Since then, Corsi has sued the parent company of Regnery over royalties (“They’ve structured their business essentially as a scam and are defrauding their writers, causing a tremendous rift inside the conservative community,” says Richard Miniter, co-plaintiff & fellow former-Regnery author) and crafted a new book with a new publisher (Simon & Schuster’s conservative imprint, Threshold Editions) aimed at upsetting Barack Obama’s campaign. Corsi’s strategy tends to be one of filling a book with as much erroneous, libelous, inflammatory information as possible as to make sifting through and fact checking it all extremely time consuming. His hope seems to be that by the time his accounts have been debunked, the political damage has already been done – as was the case with John Kerry’s campaign.
“The goal is to defeat Obama,” Mr. Corsi said in a telephone interview with the NY Times. “I don’t want Obama to be in office.”
So, as a result, most of Corsi’s “arguments” seem to be pure speculation and truth-twisting, like his myopic focusing on Obama’s college weed-smoking and coke-snorting. Corsi wonders whether Obama ever “really stopped using marijuana and cocaine completely in college, or whether his drug usage extended to his law school days or beyond.” When confronted with Obama’s claim of not partaking in any extra-curricular drugs since apx. 1980, Corsi replied that “self-reporting, by people who have used drugs, as to when they stopped is inherently unreliable.” (Wow, so we shouldn’t take the current president at his word either, I guess, being a much bigger coke fiend than Barack ever was.) Other bullet points from Threshold’s website include:
– Plenty more on the Rev. Wright affair, which is only news on FoxNews, these days – (Wright’s) sermons have always been steeped in a rage…that Corsi shows has deep meaning for Obama.
– Obama’s extensive connections with Islam and radical politics, from his father and step-father’s Islamic backgrounds, to his Communist and socialist mentors in Hawaii and Chicago…
– Obama’s naïve, anti-war, anti-nuclear foreign-policy, predicated on the reduction of the military, the eradication of nuclear weapons and an overconfidence in the power of his personality, as if belief in change alone could somehow transform international politics, achieve nuclear-weapons disarmament and withdrawal from Iraq without adverse consequences, for us, for the Iraqis or for Israel.
And my favorite: Meticulously researched and documented….
Yet, funny enough, in his own preface to “The Obama Nation”, Corsi claims that his “fundamental opposition to Obama’s presidential candidacy involves public policy differences”, not his pot smoking, his fake Islamic faith, or the color of his skin. In fact, most of that preface seems to be an attempt to document his positive efforts in the realm of racial politics as a way to deflect the obvious “racist cracker” label that will inevitably be slapped on him. Instead, he focuses more on Obama’s supposed ties to the Muslim faith – while untrue, not actually a bad thing, being one of the three major religions of the world – offering proof in the form of Obama’s middle name of “Hussein”, the use of which has reportedly been suppressed by the fabled Left. So we’re back to that one again. Great – so much for an informed, intellectual national debate.
As far as his well-calculated reasons for writing this, he says that his “preliminary decision to write this book was made in 2005”, yet he later admits, that he “finalized the decision to write this book in March 2008.” Four or five months to write after thinking it over for 3 years – plenty of time to prepare that “meticulous” research instead of just making shit up. Clearly this book was just a rush job attempt at a smear campaign – pretty sad.
As for the New York Times, I take issue with their placement and timing of this article, although not necessarily its writing. John Kerry made the fatal mistake in 2004 of ignoring Jerome Corsi and his Swift Boat friends for long enough for them to get a firm foothold in the national debate and raise enough questions about his war record for the truth to become irrelevant. I remember wondering, while all that was going on and crusty, old, white men from La Jolla were screaming at me every day, why Kerry didn’t just step the fuck up and address the lies before things go out of hand. Obama certainly needs to address this, but it should be on his terms, not the New York Times’ – a publication supposedly on his side. Front page placement of the cover of Corsi’s book does not help the issue. The fact that someone read that article this morning and called Warwick’s to have us hold him a copy, tells me that the message behind the article was lost on some folks. And the timing for bringing this up could not be any worse. While John McCain is warmongering over Georgia, Barack is on vacation in Hawaii – admittedly bad timing in its own right. The last thing he needs is a left-leaning newspaper giving free advertising to an issue that could potentially destroy his campaign for president and leave us all with four years of Bush-lite. In fact, I question the Times’ motives completely – on the same section of their website, right below the article in question – is a post from The Caucus blog written by Patrick Healy. In this post, Healy writes about a fund-raising email sent out by Obama’s campaign to supporters where a prominent financial supporter’s name was misspelled. Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine, will be one of the guests at an event in New York next month – a $10,000 entry fee event – and in the email, not the actual invitations, her first name is spelled as “Ann”. Woah, woah, woah – wait a minute! How did this scoop get relegated to The Caucus blog instead of the front page of the paper?! This is news, people!
I realize that a large swath of the country supports John McCain – and much of that swath may not be ready for a black man to be their president – but, frankly, I don’t care what they want anymore. They’ve gotten what they wanted for the last eight years and we all need something to change – John McCain is not the man to herald this change. Interestingly enough, Jerome Corsi is not a McCain supporter – he is a Constitution Party member and plans on voting that way in November. For a bit of Corsi-perspective, part of the Constitution Party’s mission statement expresses their desire to “restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations”. I can see clearly now. Let’s just not give this hate-mongering waste of paper any more traction than it already has.