Back in mid-2008, prior to the election, when the tea leaves were just beginning to soak in the hot water for the big party (you know, the one where a mass of inexperienced outsiders were swept into congressional office in 2010 vowing to change how DC operates), a woeful noise arose around Barack Obama’s nomination in Denver. Some of that came from disaffected Democrats who wanted a fair and open roll call vote on the convention floor rather than a shrouded one in hotel rooms. Some of it came from outside agitators who were willing to do and say anything, no matter how outrageous, to sink Obama’s chances of being elected.
I chose the verb sink intentionally because, as time went by, we came to know the sources of the disruption to be identical to those behind what came to be known as the “swiftboating” of John Kerry during the 2004 general election cycle. specifically, one of these two guys along with the publishers.
SBVT founder and spokesman John O’Neill and Jerome Corsi are listed as coauthors of the book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, published by Regnery Publishing. A best-seller upon its release in August 2004, it criticized Kerry’s judgment in battle, his truthfulness, his entitlement to certain medals, and his later anti-war activities. – Wikipedia
We probably will never know the degree to which the swiftboating damaged Kerry’s candidacy or affected the 2004 election results.
Having smelled blood in the water, Corsi, in 2008, went on the attack against Barack Obama. He always finds willing cohorts. In 2004 it was Swift Boat Vets (only one of whom served with John Kerry). In 2008 it was this sterling character.
It is not often that a political reporter can claim to have witnessed the single most stupefying event on any single day, what with the diversity of inanity on display from coast to coast in an election year. But today, I feel confident laying claim to that dubious distinction, for I attended Larry Sinclair’s Wednesday press conference at the National Press Club.
The event began less than auspiciously for Mr. Sinclair — who has gained Internet notoriety by spreading wild accusations regarding gay sex, drugs and possible murder committed by Barack Obama — as National Press Club staff took pains to remove the association’s logo from behind the podium where Sinclair was set to speak. (Politico’s Ben Smith today detailed
Sinclair’s “27-year criminal record, with a specialty in crimes involving deceit.”)
Since Obama was not a vet but was widely perceived as the “cool guy,” these allegations were made to order against his character. When Obama was clearly in the running for a second term, the tag team doubled down.
Note: The above was submitted by Kevin DuJan, self-described “Gay conservative political analyst, essayist, author and radio and TV commentator on politics, pop culture, LGBTQ issues, and current events” as a defense against attacks upon then presidential candidate Herman Cain.
I am asking ALL Democrats and Socialists and Progressives and Liberals to get behind shutting down this rumor whenever you hear it. Regardless of how you feel about any of the candidates on the left, it is the agenda of the left that will suffer, the entire agenda, if we allow them to give us more opportunities for division.
Corsi started spreading rumors about Secretary Clinton last week. The video and its implications are so vile as to say she was behind the Benghazi attacks, as was the President.
Corsi is widely discredited.
Media denounce Corsi’s anti-Obama book August 15, 2008 9:00 PM EDT ››› MEREDITH ADAMS, MARK BOCHKIS, & MORGAN WEILAND
If a Democrat appears able to win the White House, Jerome Corsi is on the case! He will stop at nothing, no matter how outrageous and incredible the story. Let’s sink his latest Swift Boat in the deep dark waters where it belongs!