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Nothing personal, Barack, it’s just business

Update- One other thing that I just thought of for the post below: My tin-foil antenna have been twitching lately over the disturbing increase in the number of stories in the conventional media about unrest in Africa (See here and here). Expect the recent tensions in Kenya and Chad to get a lot of attention this year. Expect to see stories about Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe. There will be an attempt to link the idea of corrupt African leaders, unrest, violence and economic collapse with Obama.

You heard it here first, folks. Now, to the original post:

So, I’m watching This Week With George Stephanopolis and Hillary is trying to not come right out and say why she thinks Obama is vulnerable to GOP and media attacks. She’s trying to keep things positive and divert George’s attention to how she’s survived.

So, I’ll just say it for her: Senator Obama, you’re a fine and decent human being. Your wife is intelligent and well spoken (even if she can’t pronounce Nevada) You’re children are lovely and delightful and a nice wooden playset, complete with fort, slide and swings would be so refreshing to see on the South Lawn. You likely have no skeletons in your closet.


So the GOP will have to make some up. And they are probably going to point to your urban youth. They’re going to highlight your urban lope, Limbaugh will call it a pimp-walk. They will explore your drug use, your former girlfriends, your sexual prowess.

They will rewrite your time in Harvard to make you look like a calculating shape shifter, but an effete one. You will be feminized ruthlessly by the pundits, Maureen Dowd already has a head start. I think your one personal flaw is that you’re a schmoozer but that shouldn’t kill you as a candidate. The fact that you seem to be particularly adept at this speaks well for your abilities as a politician. It’s WHO you schmooze up to and who is doing to the movement toward that is my problem with you. But, nevermind, expect laziness to reenter the debate after the summer.

You will be made to look weak. It won’t be overt. No, Newt Gingrich wrote a pamphlet on how this is done. It will creep into the mouths of the reporters and pundits who cover you. They won’t even know how it got there. But you will be described as “tall, lean and somewhat fragile”,”nonchalant when responding to a voter’s concerns on terrorism” or “cold”. Tweety already used this to describe your comments regarding Beanzir Bhutto’s death. He said you were “cold”, as if your passion for change could not be channeled into a passion against terrorism. And, let’s face it, against John McCain, you don’t stand a chance in the national security area. Your chances are good if the focus stays on the economy but if the Republico-Media complex shifts its attention to fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq, you’re screwed.

Oh, the public has been fooled alright. They’ve been unaware of the media fluffing, for the most part. They think you must be OK if they media isn’t going after you hammer and tongs. But we all know it’s not anything you’ve ever done, it’s nothing personal. They’ll just be doing their jobs when you’ve locked up the nomination and their supervisors give them the signal. You’ll look like the biggest asskissing, immature, weak, effete, ghetto “black” presidential candidate that ever was. Fathers will lock up their daughters and mothers will lock up their sons and they’ll all hide under the bed when the next OBL video gets played just before election day in November.

I won’t believe any of this and I will speak out against it every chance I get. Not that it’ll make any difference. They didn’t trust *my* judgment on the Iraq War Resolution either. If people just trusted my judgment, they would vote for Hillary and for more good reasons than the media blitzkrieg. But the Republico-Media complex is particularly good at neutralizing the effects of good judgment and drowning our voices out. Except for some blogs, you’ll be pretty much on your own.

This is what Clinton didn’t say. Experience *does* matter.