Ever since signing up for Barack Obama’s magic text message announcing his running mate — in the middle of the night — I’ve been plagued by e-mails on a daily basis. It gives one a good look at the workings of the campaign and how they use events for fundraising, the real purpose of the gimmicky announcement mechanism. Today, the campaign sent out an appeal based on the fact that Sarah Palin kicked Barack Obama’s rear end in her speech last night, after having it tenderized by Rudy Giuliani first.
Let’s step through a few of the passages from David Plouffe:
I wasn’t planning on sending you something tonight. But if you saw what I saw from the Republican convention, you know that it demands a response.
In other words, the Obama campaign will fall into the trap of having the top of its ticket get into a debate with the bottom of the GOP ticket.
I saw John McCain’s attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign.
In other words … Mom! Mom! Sister hit me back! After constantly referring to the governor as the “mayor of Wasilly“, Obama has no room to talk about negative and cynical.
Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed. …
Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.
Well, no, they mocked the notion that that experience somehow trumps being a mayor. You see, mayors get held accountable for their policies and their ability to remain in touch. Palin managed to do so well that she got re-elected, and then elected Governor.
By the way, which of the two has actually risked their career to reform the system to kick out-of-touch politicians out of the system? Barack Obama played along with the Daley machine in Chicago. Palin fought her own party to end corruption in Alaska. Which one is the friend of out-of-touch politicians?
It’s now clear that John McCain’s campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks — on Barack Obama and on you — are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.
You know, it’s funny, but nowhere in this e-mail does Plouffe (or his flunky who wrote this, more likely) ever actually identify a single lie in either speech last night. They complain about Giuliani and Palin making fun of Obama, which they certainly did, but never do they refute one factual statement they made. Plouffe et al just like calling Palin a liar — while their allies keep spinning myths about her political affiliation, the maternity of her last child, her marital fidelity, and her ability to manage her family.
Mom! Mom! Sister hit me back … and she hits too hard for a girl!
Update: Andrew Malcolm has a good post on the Palin speech, and the entire text of it. See if you can find any lies. The only thing I find is a pretty good diagnosis of Obamamania.