Friday, January 26, 2007
Personal Aside: ObamaPreserving Deniability--Whos Fooling Whom?
Someone who signs himself the So-Called Austin Mayor asked the other day on Readers Comments this question: There are rumors on the Internet that you are deleting comments saying you are a fool for promoting the Obama/madrassa slur after it has been discredited by multiple news organizations. Are the rumors true?
Answer: No, there have been no deletions. Nor am I such a fool as one who hides his identity behind the cover So-Called Austin Mayorwhatever in the world that label means. Replying to possible embarrassing questions through news-media surrogates gives a candidate deniability. Political strategy that preserves candidatorial deniability is an age-old ploy, SCAM but due to either your innocence or ignorance, I wouldnt expect you to know.
Let me give you a few history lessons, wide-eyed one. Jefferson replied to charges that he had a mulatto mistress through newspapers to preserve his deniability continuing for 200 years via conventional historical wisdom or protection until a few years ago. His rival Hamilton answered charges of his affair with Maria Reynolds was through newspapers to keep his deniability. Andrew Jacksons defense of his wifes bigamy came via the same route. His firing of his cabinet because of the Peggy Eaton affair the same including denial of Grover Clevelands secret cancer operation at a ship at sea, relayed through the New York Herald new presidential widower Woodrow Wilsons dating of Edith Bolling Galt less than a year after the death of his first wife in 1914 and his forthcoming marriage in 1915
Warren Hardings affairs and gambling in the house on F street via the Washington Star the set-up of LBJs Gulf of Tonkin was through denials routed through the media to preserve credibility through William L. White of the New York Times JFKs notorious womanizing covered up by Ben Bradlee Richard Nixons involvement in Watergate, stalled for months through the same method of media obfuscation when shall I stop?
The trouble with you and your liberal kid fellows, SCAM, is that you phonies get week in the knees when you hear a black choir strumming We Shall Overcome and link the Obama campaign to the civil rights struggle you missed by 40 years. Me, my knees turned to Jello the first time I heard Let Evry Heart and Sing led by Jim Farmer, the Republican predecessor to Martin Luther King at Little Rock where I went as a GOP staffer in 1957 to observe when Ike sent federal troops there to ensure the safety of black students enrolling at the former all-white Central high there--and they do still whenever I hear it. But those of us who were on hand can differentiate, as obviously you cannot, between the halcyon days of civil rights and David Axelrods political strategies in behalf of a political candidate who wasnt born when the initial struggle was waged and trades off it.
Now let me answer your ridiculous contention that the news media have satisfactorily answered for Obama.
We have been treated to Fox News reports about the alleged madrassa and CNNs denial of it CNN sending a reporter on assignment to de-bunk the Fox story. The CNN reporter went to the school, looked around and asked the proprietors whether it was a madrassa. They said no. Not unlike Joe Wilsons trip to Nigeria to my mind. The idea that it is racism to probe into a presidential candidates beliefs and early background is as ridiculous as someone hiding behind the façade of a so-called Austin mayoralty. The CNN report faithfully related by Obamas Boswell and hagiographer Lynn Sweet proves very little other than today it is not an open and notorious madrassa. Also it is plain knowledge that the leaks came not from Republican sources but roundabout from the squinty-eyed son of a squinty-eyed FDR interior secretary, Harold Ickes. Sweet asked Obamas press secretary if the rumor was leaked by the Hillary forces. No, of course not! Give me and all of us a break.
Now Ill say this no matter how unpopular I makes me with you and your your Obama romantics. Given Obamas middle name I maintain there is more to this story than weve been told. And judging from U. S. history it wouldnt be the first time. So, So-Called Austin Mayor, chances are good that you and your fellows have been sucker-bait for Mr. Axelrod because they want to end the speculation without getting their guy on the record thereby preserving the candidates deniability. But sometime theyre going to have to answer it head-on as John Kennedy did. Then, even if Obama answers it satisfactorily, he and they will still have been responsible for a bonehead play--because by ducking and relying on CNN and other outlets to do their work for them, thus heightening justifiable cynicism that they werent telling the truth, they worsened their problem for themselves.