Indiana has become the center of the universe thanks to the red hot contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I cannot recall the national interest in what Indiana has to say about the presidential race ever reaching this point. The commercials, the radio ads, the unending rallies and press conferences. And the mail.
In fact, campaign mail is a big part of what I want to focus on. I believe one of the reasons Obama has gotten such a pass on the "negativity factor" is that the mainstream media (MSM) hasn't bothered to look at his direct mail.
More on the duality of the Obama campaign and the full 4 page glossy attack ad I received after the jump.
Keep in mind - this oversized, 4 page, glossy attack ad was the very first piece of mail I received from the Obama campaign upon their descent into Indiana. They didn't even bother to start by telling me how great their candidate is, but rather how awful Clinton is instead.
I highlighted part of page two of the ad above because it highlights a number of things I want to point out.
First, let's talk about language. Obama supporters have repeatedly decried how language is so important and we should never be attacking our fellow Democrats with "Republican-style" attacks. Can someone please read for me the first sentence on this page of the ad highlighted in big yellow text?
"We can't trust Hillary Clinton to protect Indiana jobs."
Let's break this down...
She's not trustworthy - Right out of the Republican attack machine. We've heard for 15 years how Hillary Clinton is out for herself, she's a devil, she is a self-promoting, self-serving political machine that wants nothing more than to see herself installed in the White House and will stop at nothing to attain power. We've heard it from Republicans. Why are Democrats, who speak of a new kind of politics - a refusal to bow to "Washington-style" politics - now attacking Hillary Clinton with the same language as the Republicans they are so afraid will win in November if she attacks Obama? How is this change? How is this positive?
She won't protect your jobs - Ugh. No one can protect Indiana jobs. It's just a lie. We've been shedding jobs for years and it will continue. Our state has for far too long been dependent on manufacturing and farming to survive. Hillary Clinton is talking about "Green Collar" jobs and other job sectors she wants to grow. Indiana's mostly "blue collar" workers are the perfect fit for those "Green Collar" jobs. We don't need protection, we need a new direction. Hillary speaks of that new direction.
There is plenty more tripe in the ad where that came from, but I'd like to move on to another Obama supporter favorite: The manipulation of images.
Take another look at that picture of Hillary Clinton. In fact, click on the PDF and look at the full size images there. I scanned these at really high quality and didn't Photoshop them at all. They are exact representations of what I got in the mail.
See how fuzzy, dark and sinister Hillary looks on the cover of that magazine? Do you think the magazine published their cover with Hillary looking like the image of death? Hell no, they have to sell copies on the newsstand.
Should we make a big deal out of it like the Obama people did about making him appear "more black" in some of her ads? I mean, Hillary looks a lot darker than she is in this ad, were the Obama people trying to make Hillary Clinton "more black" too? Look at the other pics of Hillary. The one on the front makes her look really old and harsh. Is that agism creeping into the debate now also?
Come on. It's shitty Photoshopping, poor quality images, and quick turn around that caused this just the same as what happened with "Blacker-gate".
And let's be clear. This has been going on throughout the campaign. In the neighboring state of Ohio, the attack ads from Obama via direct mail were so appalling and dishonest that Clinton publicly shamed Obama for them. It's too bad the MSM didn't bother to actually follow up on the story and look at direct mail. Instead they said Hillary was "harsh" and "crying foul." The truth is this has been systemic within the Obama campaign from the start.
Obama paints a rosy picture when he's on TV. He's ads are positive. His speeches are positive. But his direct mail is nothing close and his surrogates on the ground are just as bad.
Just last week I went to dinner with a group of Obama supporters in the local LGBT community. An Obama campaign staffer was the guest of honor among 8-10 people. The entire discussion was just a rehash of the nasty, negative, campaign that Obama has waged against Clinton.
For the record, everyone knew I was the Hillary supporter at the table, so I wasn't spying or looking for information - I was asked to be there, so I went. Friends are friends before politics for me.
The point is that this is how the Obama campaign has kept their nose clean. They've used the low visibility of small events and direct mail to wage their smear campaign while talking about hope and dreams when the cameras are on. The MSM has taken care of the rest. It's just unbelievable to me how many people don't see it.
Need more proof? Look at the Obama staffers who've had to resign because of the venom spewing forth from them regarding Hillary. If it has bubbled out from the highest reaches of the campaign (where we expect the most discipline and loyalty,) and we find it in the ads, and we hear it in the small group settings, are we to believe this negativity and hate-mongering doesn't exist throughout the campaign?
After all, this is the exact same logic the Obama supporters try to use against Clinton with racism and the "destroying of the Democratic party."
I have to give them this, the Obama camp is brilliant in their ability to wage a dirty, misogynistic, and divisive campaign and get everyone to blame only Clinton. I've seen a few in the MSM and elsewhere start to wake up to this fact. I hope more do.
As a good friend said to me recently about the whining coming from the Obama supporters, "It's time to put your big-girl panties on, this is politics." Got 'em on? Now here's the truth:
- The Obama campaign resorts to negative attacks.
- The Obama campaign lies.
- The Obama campaign distorts.
- The Obama campaign uses "Republican-style" tactics against fellow Democrats.
- The Obama campaign Photoshops pictures that turn out looking bad for their opponent.
- The Obama campaign does everything they've accused the Clinton campaign of doing and more.
- The Obama campaign has benefited from the the laziness and bias of the MSM.
- The Obama campaign is no different than any other.
The Messiah wears no clothes.
Click to see the full PDF version.