The Daily Beast has an article out today describing a pseudo-documentary that slimes Ann Dunham, the president’s late mother who passed away 17 years ago, without any facts or proof and is being mailed to swing-state voters.
Michelle Goldberg at the Daily Beast offers the following thoughts about this "documentary":
So this is what it’s come to.The film is being sent to swing state voters and to no one's surprise has found an audience on the right.
After four years of invective, four years during which the right has called President Obama a traitor, a communist, a fraud, an affirmative-action case, a terrorist-sympathizer and a tyrant, its shrillest voices have been reduced to the most primal insult of all. They are calling Obama’s mother a whore.
Joel Gilbert’s Dreams From My Real Father, which is being mailed to voters in swing states, promoted by several Tea Party groups and by at least one high-level Republican. At the same time, Dinesh D’Souza’s latest book, Obama’s America—the first of all his works to hit the top spot on The New York Times bestseller list—has a chapter essentially calling Dunham a fat slut. If Obama is reelected, it’s hard to imagine where the right goes from here.Of course he won't say who is funding this activity but I got some pretty good guesses. Not shockingly it was shown at the RNC as well so why isn't the press all over this and asking Gov. Romney about its existence and if he supports the views expressed in the video.
It’s tempting to ignore Dreams From My Real Father because it’s so preposterous. What matters here is not that a lone crank made a vulgar conspiracy video, one that outdoes even birther propaganda in its lunacy and bad taste. It’s that the video is finding an audience on the right. Gilbert claims that more than a million copies of Dreams From My Real Father have been mailed to voters in Ohio, as well between 80,000 and 100,000 to voters in Nevada and 100,000 to voters in New Hampshire. “We’re putting plans in place, as of next week, to send out another two or three million, just state by state,” he told me.
Gilbert won’t say who is funding this distribution, and there’s no way to verify his numbers. Had he not made other right-wing documentaries in the past, I might suspect that the whole thing is a brilliant conceptual art project about the limits of anti-Obama credulity. But the fact is, people are reporting receiving the disk in the mail. Tea Party groups and conservative churches are screening it. It was shown at a right-wing film festival in Tampa during the Republican National Convention, and by Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum Council in Missouri. Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead recently recommended it during a speech, saying, “I’ve seen it. I verified that it is factual, all of it. People can determine.”Michelle ends it with my thoughts which are we shouldn't expect any better from our opponents.
After the last four years, perhaps we shouldn’t expect anything more. That itself, however, is telling. In 2001, the Republican activist Barbara Olson was quoted saying, “Look at Bill Clinton’s mother, as opposed to George W.’s mother. Is your mother a barfly who gets used by men? Or is your mother a strong woman who demanded respect for her ideas and always received it?” She was widely condemned and issued an abject apology. D’Souza’s nastier words, by contrast, have barely caused a ripple. Conservative groups haven’t been scandalized by their association with Gilbert’s movie. This is who they are. There’s nothing left to be shocked about.She is right - This is who we are dealing with my friends. They will try to win at any cost. Nothing is too low. They have no ideas, they have a terrible candidate, they don't care about the economy or this country. All they want to do is defeat this president at any moral or economic cost and we can't let them.
I am going to focus even more energy to get out the vote and make this election a landslide.
GOTV. GOTV. GOTV. That's all that matters now.
12:52 PM PT: This has now been picked by the English press:
"More than a million voters in swing states are being sent an anti-Obama documentary that claims the President's mother once posed for pornographic photos wearing bondage gear.
The shocking - and totally unfounded - claims made in the DVD represent a new low in the election dirty tricks war today provoking fury among Democrats and likely to trigger outrage in the White House."
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