Sat May 5, 2012, 09:38 AM
ProgressiveEconomist (5,095 posts)
Swiftboating Obama: How Should Democrats respond? Mike Huckabee is taking the lead
Mike Huckabee is taking the lead in Fox's campaign of daily followup to a third-party ad campaign against President Obama's alleged showboating his role in targeting Osama bin Laden for capture or death. See http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/huckabee/index.html .
The former Arkansas governor says he's devoting his Saturday May 5th 8pm Eastern program to a panel of former Navy Seals discussing President Obama's "spiking the football".
Did you notice that the first "Swiftboating" ad just plays 1-second clips of every use of the word "I" in the President's WH announcement a year ago of bin Laden's defeat? Is it an "outrage" whenever a President refers to himself and what he has accomplished?
IMO John Kerry's failure to respond early on to his "Swiftboating" lost him the Presidency.
I believe President Clinton should make at least one follow-up to his Democratic ad on the defeat of bin Laden. IMO he should make light of the new "Swiftboating" campaign. I hear Big Dog drawling, "Can you BELIEVE?"
Bill Maher said last night that GW Bush put on a costume to showboat "Mission Accomplished" for a war he LOST. IMO it wouldn't be hard to make "Swiftboating" President Obama look so absolutely ridiculous at the start that Republicans will have to put an end to such nonsense.
Information that should be included in Democrats' responses IMO should include--
--It took many months of detailed preparation, led by President Obama, to develop a comprehensive plan to exploit actionable intelligence on bin Laden's whereabouts;
--Then-Defense Secretary Gates, VP Biden, and others advised against going in on the ground because certainty about the accuracy of the intelligence was only about 50 percent;
--It was President Obama who insisted that there be the backup troops and backup helicopters that saved the mission when the first helicopter crash-landed.
WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?
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