I think this is something to watch ... I still have a hard time figuring out where the uncrossable "line" is, but it's somewhere around here:
By Judd Legum
and Adam Peck
on May 6, 2012 at 11:22
A secretive right-wing group, Veterans For A Strong America, is attempting to do to President Obama what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did to Sen. John Kerry. And they aren't shy about it. The group's leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, "Yes, it's the swift boating of the president
This is the article from Mother Jones being discussed:
Meet the Astroturfer Planning to Swift Boat Obama
"Yes, it's the swift boating of the president," says the founder of a dark-money group claiming to speak for ticked-off Navy SEALs.
--By Adam Weinstein
| Fri May. 4, 2012 3:00 AM PDT
Veterans for a Strong America describes itself
"a grassroots action organization committed to ensuring that America remains a strong nation by advancing liberty, safeguarding freedom and opposing tyranny." Founded in 2010, the ostensibly nonpartisan
group kept a low profile until earlier this week, when it posted a splashyonlinead that uses statements from President Barack Obama to suggest that the commander-in-chief boasted about his role in killing Osama bin Laden, dishonoring America's military in the process.
"Heroes don't politicize their acts of valor," the ad declares amid shots of American soldiers and quotes criticizing Obama's "shameless" and "despicable" attempt to claim credit for bin Laden's death. Not all of those quotes are in context: The video flashes "Obama Spikes the bin Laden Football," a headline from a post in which Mother Jones
' Kevin Drum wrote that the bin Laden raid proved Obama's "leadership."
Karl Rove praised the ad on Twitter
, calling it "powerful," and it rapidly burned up the right-wing blogs. "The swift boating of Obama has begun," The Atlantic announced
. "One thing that's clear from this advertisement, if more current and former SEALs decided to come out of the woodwork in opposition to Obama, it could do real damage to him."
Joel Arends, Veterans for a Strong America's founder, chairman, and sole staffer, tells me he's proud of his organization's viral video, even if it's characterized as swift boating. "Yes, it's the swift boating of the president, in the sense of using what's perceived to be his greatest strength and making it his greatest weakness."
May 6, '12
Tit for tat aside (people get mad when we blame Bush, but yet repeated say "well look what you did to Bush when it suits them, as if it negates any current allowance to complain)......it's perfectly reasonable that the other side is trying to bring down the President...just like one side tried to bring down Bush and every other President. That's politics and it gets dirty, ugly and lots of low blows are thrown.
Now with superpacs and the tens and millions of dollars spent, it's jaw dropping to think about.
What's lame about this effort is that President Obama repeatedly praised the heroes that brought down Bin Laden. Knowing that he would have been burned at the stake for failure, it's amazing that not one ounce of praise should come his way? I'm thankful that we have such strong and brave SEALS in our defense but I'm also proud of the President on this one.
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May 6, '12
My man is a pretty high ranking officer..what we have discovered during his deployment to the mid east is that the whole thing feels like a scam,, there are MANY folks like him wearing the uniform for their country to serve us all to be proud of ....but for the most part the military is a big farce,, it's a business with politics and games like every other industry where God and Country are not first in the upper crust.. at this juncture we both just want him to get home safe so we can move forward.. ..LOVE our Country but NOT our politics ...:-( So disheartened..and BTW not an Obama fan but really don't feel he has any part of the disenchantment,, part of the fair ability to discern facts from emotion,,
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