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Obama & Co: incredibly thin-skinned and paranoid

by | Sep 15, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

I can almost sympathize with the Obama campaign’s already-mocked-to-death “Attack Watch” site. As the headline to a Washington Post blog entry today put it, “Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock of the Internet.”

I’ve been in situations where everything is going wrong. Your first impulse—which you must mute—is to lash out, to blame others for what is your own string of errors. Obama not only has vigorously given into that first impulse, he has dug himself deeper into a hole.

In case you haven’t heard or read about “attackwatch.com,” it’s a new website set up by Team Obama (as the Post’s Elizabeth Flock describes it) “to challenge negative statements about the president made by Republican presidential candidates and conservatives.” We’re to believe that if you sign up you’ll be the beneficiary of “resources to fight back” against attacks, as Obama for America national field director Jeremy Bird told ABC News.

But no matter how partisan you may be, no matter how much in the tank for President Obama you may have dove, you can’t help but be amused by a site which reminds you of nothing else so much as the immortal words of Lost in Space’s Robbie the Robot: “Danger, Will Robinson.”

Flock sees it as a less kind and less gentle version of a similar “Fight the Smears” online effort in 2008. “[T]he hysteria-inducing design and language of the new site seems to be what’s causing a bigger ruckus.”

Aside from the “Big Brother” overtones—asking the public to snitch on neighbors who dare to think “incorrect thoughts”—the more typical response is mockery.

Flock writes, “On Twitter, where the Web site has an account to help Obama supporters submit evidence of ‘attacks’ on the president using the hashtag #attackwatch, nearly every tweet about the site has ridiculed it.” A parody commercial is hysterically funny.

Obama being Obama, there is NO way they will pull this clunker quickly. It will die the death of a thousand ridicules and then one day vanish down the memory hole.

But Flock’s conclusion is surely correct:

“It’s safe to say that in its 24 hours of existence, Attack Watch has already backfired in drumming up support for Obama 2012. This tweet summed it up: ‘Wow, not only are Obama & Co. incredibly thin-skinned, they’re paranoid.’”

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