Attacks on spouses & political scandals

Barack Obama has struck out at right-wing criticism of his wife, Michelle. It, infuriates him, he says. In an interview with women’s magazine Glamour he singled out:

“…the conservative press — Fox News and the National Review and columnists of every ilk — went fairly deliberately at her in a pretty systematic way, and treated her as the candidate in a way that you just rarely see the Democrats try to do against Republicans… If you start being subjected to rants by Sean Hannity and the like, day in day out, that’ll drive up your negatives.”

I tuned into H&C just now to see what Hannity’s response is. “Unrepentent” would be an understatement. He did make the point that Michelle Obama is actively campaigning for her husband. The evil genius Rove opined that it would have been better for Obama to downplay the matter. I’m inclined to agree with Hannity but not Rove, for a change.

To those who argue that Americans are intelligent enough to see through the crap bombarding them from the right-wing blogs, opinion media, talk back radio, etc, I’d just point out that 12% of Americans reportedly think that Obama’s a Muslim.

And it’s not as though Hannity and the other sewer rats haven’t systematically sought to distort what Michelle Obama wrote as a grad student, for example.

We have started to see the same type of subterranean campaign waged in NZ. A couple of days ago I was challenged on kiwiblog, “How long do you reckon I would last at The Standard is I asked about somebody else’s …?” referring to one of the many vastly differing versions of a rumour being spread by the right about the spouse of a prominent Labour politician.

I replied that I expected that he would be ridiculed, but suspect that he would be banned, and quite rightly so. The individual who has had to endure these attacks has not been actively campaigning in politics, and therefore does not deserve this treatment.

Even if the rumours were true this would be the case. But I strongly suspect they are not. Why? I’ll post tomorrow on my own ring-side seat at one of NZ’s most widely believed scandals that never was.

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