Obama Says He Won’t Be ‘Swiftboated’

Newsweek reports:

The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates over his ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers, indicted developer Antoin Rezko and other figures from his past.

David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, tells NEWSWEEK that the Illinois senator won’t let himself be “Swift Boated” like John Kerry in 2004. “He’s not going to sit there and sing ‘Kumbaya’ as the missiles are raining in,” Axelrod said. “I don’t think people should mistake civility for a willingness to deal with the challenges to come.”

Civility?

Since when is comparing a fellow Senator to a terrorist, or publicly accusing your own grandmother of racism, considered civil?

If you ask me, the “rapid response team” flubbed those. So I’m thinking, maybe  it is a good idea to “expand” the team, in order to increase the possibility that their next response to substantive criticism (swift-boating), is not totally obnoxious, and an insult to our intelligence.

Also, Barry’s running out of friends and relative’s to throw under the bus.

As expected, the eeeevil VRWC is lying in wait, ever ready to ambush innocent liberals:

Operatives such as David Bossie, whose Citizens United group made the Willie Horton ad that helped sink Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential bid, are sharpening knives as expectations mount that Obama will be their target in the fall.

They say that like there’s something wrong with it.  

Bossie says he is assembling material for TV spots about Obama’s ties with Ayers, a Chicago professor and unrepentant former member of the Weather Underground, a group that bombed several government buildings to protest the Vietnam War. The Ayers issue bounced around right-wing media for months, but it received broad exposure at last week’s debate on ABC, when Obama was asked a question about their relationship. Obama, who lives near Ayers in Chicago’s Hyde Park, attended an event at Ayers’s house when Obama ran for the state Senate in 1995—and served on the board of a nonprofit with him for several years. “Obama is aware of the acts Ayers committed when he was 8 years old and has called them ‘detestable’,” says spokesman Ben LaBolt, adding that Obama occasionally bumps into Ayers in his neighborhood “but has not seen him for months.” At a recent dinner party, according to one guest who asked not to be identified discussing a private gathering, Ayers “ridiculed” the notion that Obama shared his left-wing views: “He thought the idea that there was a political connection between them was absurd.” (Ayers declined to comment.)

So they’ve got some rock-solid evidence that Obama doesn’t share any of Ayers’ leftist views. Phew, that’s a relief.

Good job, team!

 

 

Pope’s Secret Service Agent Spots Someone In The Crowd

No, not someone suspicious or menacing looking. Just a little boy in a wheelchair; a little boy with muscular dystrophy who had come all the way to New York from Corpus Christi, TX to get a glimpse of the Pope; a little boy who thought he had no hope of getting inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see the mass.

But he caught the eye of one of the Secret Service agents safeguarding Pope Benedict XVI, and just moments before the mass was to begin, the agent singled out the mother, Beverly Ruiz and her son Aaron, and whisked them inside.

“After the Holy Father arrived and went inside, a man came up to us and said, ‘We have a special place for you,'” Ruiz told the Daily News.

The Secret Service agent lifted Aaron out of his wheelchair and carried him up St. Patrick’s steps. The agent then found a seat for the boy and his mother in the far right corner of the cathedral.

(Handschuh/News)

After celebrating Mass, Benedict walked over to Aaron.

“He came over and blessed him, and my son just smiled,” Ruiz said. “It’s just a miracle in itself, there’s no way to describe it. It’s just an absolute miracle that this happened in our lives.”

Aaron and his mother, who were both wearing papal red, traveled from Corpus Christi, Tex., to be in Manhattan Saturday to see the Pope. “I had this vision weeks ago and told my spiritual director that I believed that my son would be healed,” she said. “It was beautiful, it was absolutely beautiful.”

This is why you should always keep a box of kleenex next to your computer.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Gop Meanies Gonna ‘Swiftboat’ Obama

Some Democrat emo-brainiac is all worried that Obama may possibly get ‘Swiftboated’ by the Republicans because of his connections with The Weather Underground, and other lefties:

Rick Sloan says he doesn’t want to see the Democrats get “Swift Boated” again this time. So the communications director for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has sent a couple of dozen friends — union leaders and Democratic activists, mainly — an urgent plea to pay attention to Sen. Barack Obama’s connections with the 1960s anti-war group, the Weather Underground, and other leftist thinkers.

Democrats “can’t be an ostrich on this” with their heads buried in the sand, Sloan said in an interview.

Gee, fella….ya think???

Since Swiftboat” means roughly, “Telling the truth about a Democrat”, it’s greatly feared and reviled by the left. And they’re not going to take it sitting down, either.

They’ve already got some hardcore, war room ninjas on the job of counter-swiftboating operations, and so far have come up with this devastating revelation about the McCain campaign…*GASP* (Make sure you’re sitting down for this!): RECIPEGATE!!11!

When will these McCarthyist tactics cease?

UPDATE:

More swiftboating:

Apparently McCain’s also got a temper…..ooooh-wee! That one’s gonna leave a mark.