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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Jon Swift's troofer post, three years later
Here is Jon Swift's list from 23 October 2008, of the Right's allegations against Obama:
Of these only the "Bill Ayers, Ghostwriter" story still has legs. (Mind you, he chose these stories on the assumption that none would hold true three years later... we'll get to that.)
The stories of extramarital affairs, gay or straight, are no longer talked about except by this or that sockpuppet at AoSHQ. As for the nirther nonsense, I never did like it.
The Frank Marshall story may be even less noted now - but this was always a distraction. The real story is to what degree Obama ceased to be a Communist and an enemy to the West. He started out as both. It has been noted out here on the "fringe" that Obama never had that Conversion Experience toward American patriotism and freedom.
Also, if Michelle Obama ever recanted her college-years race-card playing, I never heard of it. Far from it; her job out of Princeton was Diversity. Whether she ever dropped a racial abbreviation or nickname doesn't matter. Lawrence Auster doesn't drop racial slurs in his blog either; but you are still going to be punished if you pull up his blog at work.
As to speculations on Obama's career in Columbia and Occidental universities: we still have no information as to whether Obama did anything at all.
I find that Swift's list does pick apart the worst excesses of Rightist trooferism in 2008.
However most of the allegations go to the ideologies of Barack and Michelle Obama, and to Barack's associations. On these, the Right had the correct instincts. There are many, many more stories which Swift carefully omitted. Even at the time Swift had to have been aware of David Freddoso's Case Against Obama, which mostly dinged Obama's Chicago period and Rev. Wright.
As for Swift's pro-Obama comments, I wonder who still believes that Obama is "
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