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5.0 out of 5 stars More a primer on how to run a dumb campaign, July 27, 2009
This review is from: The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama's War on American Values (Hardcover)
While most of this info was available to the general public during the campaign, it is obvious that even with the mass media dedicated to elect Obama that the McCain campaign was run by complete incompetents who had no idea of what it would take to run against a true believer of Saul Alinsky who knew how to lie through his teeth while running against a guy whose "honor code" prevented him from running a campaigen to deal with the Obama history of deceit.
every chapter of this book would have made a great campaign commercial for McCain, but the guys running his campaign were crminally negligent in refusing to expose Obama's socialist agenda.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2009 12:37:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2009 10:27:02 PM PDT
Actually the McCain campaign was run pretty much like most Republican campaigns, only more so. Little real discussion of substantive issues; plenty of heavy-breathing rumors that Obama was a Muslim, a terrorist, a foreigner, and (worst of all!) a black guy. This was simply taking the Republican's decades-old 'Southern strategy' and ramping it up to the infinite power.

And it worked, though not in the way expected. McCain-Palin rallies began to look and sound like a Nuremburg rally crossed with a lynch mob. Conservatives may have exulted at the sight of these rabid frenzies, but normal Americans were repulsed by the raw hatred, hysteria, and paranoia plainly visible and audible in the distorted faces and shouts of "Terrorist!", "Traitor!", "Kill him!". McCain's "honor code" did indeed cost him the election. When talking to some sweet, wispy-haired old lady at one of his rallies, the Senator visibly blanched at the vicious propaganda that she regurgitated into the microphone he was holding. It speaks well of Senator McCain that confronted face-to-face with this ugly and deliberate poisoning of an innocent mind, he promptly forgot the script and defended his fellow senator against his own campaign's sotto-vocce defamation. Alas! "He who hesitates is lost." With this, he showed he was unable to stomach the tactics that his advisers had lined out for him, and in the same instant showed the bigots he wasn't one of them after all. And so he lost.

I suspect it was the combination of two botched wars and the worst financial collapse since late 1929 that proved insuperable for Senator McCain, but he ultimately showed that he was simply "not good enough at being bad", as Machiavelli wrote about one prince who failed to hold on to power.

All the hatred and paranoia summoned up from the vasty deep by conservatives will certainly not vanish of its own accord; especially not when being continuously augmented by conservative media and echoed by Congressional Republicans, who presumably are supposed to know better. Which way the wind is blowing was recently shown by attacks by lone gunmen on the Holocaust Memorial Museum and on a doctor attending church in Wichita. These murders were not committed by Bill Ayers, Bobby Seale, or Patty Hearst. There are surely other deluded souls, perhaps laid-off from their jobs during the Bush 'Wirtshaftswunder' who are understandably discontented and whose feeling that it was those 'others'--black people, brown people, poor people, immigrants, liberals, Jews, "pointy-heads", i.e., all the usual suspects of conservative demonology; are deliberately being stoked. Some of the more unbalanced minds among them may decide to take action--and in a country where nearly any adult can buy a semi-automatic rifle, then obtain a kit to convert it to full auto, we may expect that more shoot-em-ups may happen at any time.

Since the people who do these kinds of things tend to be isolated loners, they are almost impossible for law enforcement to find and restrain, even given the unlimited ability to snoop into electronic communications without warrant allowed by the Bush administration (only one of the reasons why suspending the Bill of Rights is a bad idea). Of course, this also allows the conservative propagandists and Republican politicians who incite them to disingenuously claim that these people are lone nuts (true) whose actions they had nothing to do with (false). Although the recession seems to have bottomed out, employment is a lagging indicator and so economic distress will continue to increase--leading in turn to distressed and disoriented folk who are easy prey for propaganda from the fever-swamp right. (Which right now seems like all of it; William F. Buckley must be spinning in his grave.) This, and not 'socialism' is the true danger of the moment.

(BTW, conservatives should find another parrot-cry; under President Obama the Federal government's share of GDP will be about the same as it was under that notorious Communist, President Dwight Eisenhower.)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 1:51:06 PM PDT
E. Beagle says:
This would never be my kind of book anyway, so I won't purchase it. More importantly, I see this reviewer has an extreme right paradigm. For that reason, I will not place much weight on his one-star assessment of Levinson's "Our Undemocratic Consititution".

However, I would have loved to read this Reviewer expound on "Obama's history of deceit". Maybe there is something about Obama that I haven't read?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 9:54:17 AM PDT
J. Adams says:
Obama is the classic Chicago politician who lies every time he opens his mouth. One example, of hundreds, would be his first book where spends a full chapter discussing his conversion to Christianity in the church his "father figure" ran and how his sermons were so inspiring to him that he cried and was "transformed" by them. When video tapes and Rev. Wright himself showed us that this was the most racist, hate-filled church in America, his campaign claimed that he didn't really attend church very much, and never heard the kind of hate-filled, anti-American rhetoric that was available for anyone to see ( and still is on You Tube). And when the controversy continued, he threw his "father figure" under the bus and renounced him when it became politically expedient to do so, as claimed by the Reverend himself.
If you read the book, you will be able to read dozens of even more significant examples of how Obama does not have a moral core.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2010 2:44:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2010 3:03:16 AM PDT
Given the hysterical and paranoid (and barely-surpressed racist) vitriol spewing from the ranks of "conservatives" these days, perhaps they should have the tact to aviod mentioning "hate-filled, anti-American rhetoric". (Following the old-Right historian John Lukacs, in his book Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred, quotes are used around the word "conservative" if it refers to current usage.) Republicans might want to start tossing a few people under the bus themselves such as ex-Gov. Sarah Palin, instead of having her (and others who should know better) dandle and pet budding Timothy McVeighs. Madame Palin's way of pouring oil on the troubled waters is to indulge in the sort of lock-'n-load rhetoric that would make Dr. Goebbels blanch. Now that teabaggers have begun to show up armed to their Sturmabteilung-style rallies, let's see how long it takes until a shooting occurs. Then, of course, we can listen to the inverted insight of conservative pundits as they blame it on 'socialism'.

It is no longer clear if the Republicans are using the teabaggers, or vice-versa. (My guess is that the first condition is morphing into the second.) The Republican party now appears to have the same relation to the teabaggers that the Irish political party Sinn Fein had to the Irish Republican Army, or that the PCI (the Italian Communist Party) had to the Red Brigades. Having chained themselves to the mast of a pirate ship, Republicans may ultimately end up going down with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 8:38:54 AM PDT
Adams, you had the best responce. not only did obama throw his associate, Wright, under the bus, he also threw some family members too. When he first came on the scene I thought here's this articulate Black guy who's going to unify the country...great!....then i read his "Audacity.." and as much of "Dreams of my.." as I could tolarate. It became clear that this man is no John Kennedy. As philandering and reckless as Kennedy was, at the end of the day he still loved and put ahead of himself, God and Country. Obama has no sense of higher power. Does any liberal have the insight, or the courage to articulate what Obama's vision of the future is?...warts and all? Is it kept in the dark like the Health Care Act..."pass it now, we'll read it later" as Nancy says. This whole pattern should creap people out!

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 5:40:00 PM PDT
I liked one of your reviews and you have "history buff" in your title but (and I can't Stand Barry Soetoro) your inability to identify McCain for what he is is alarming... Writing in 2013 McCain has voted for indefinite detention and nagged Rand Paul about his filibuster. My ideals are very very conservative, but I am a student of history and that tells me what bi-partisanism truly is. It means are destiny is controlled and representatives for the Rep. nominee are betrayals of what it is to be a conservative. Anyhow I digress and it also seems that you have a Marxist troll on your heels. Bi-partisanism is the reason we can't get out of this mess (along with the propaganda box) and unless we transcend it... Good luck and take care
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