Jonathan Alter: "Attacks on Obama insult voters.."

So here we have more coverage. This time its not Time but Newsweek. A piece by Jonathan Alter who I am sure will be discredited withing five minutes. Its always shoot the messenger time around here. Wouldn't want to think about what he's writing! No! He's the mainstream media! Oh yeah and lets get in some insults on people who shop at Wholefoods while we're at it!

We've seen stories in the AP also about basically what amounts to the Clinton's strategy for saying anything and telling us many lies, distorting as many points, sinking as low as they possible can all in order to reclaim the White House. Basically we are seeing stories all over in what amounts to a backlash over the Clinton's slash and burn lie and cheat path to the White House.

The arrogance and hypocrisy being exhibited by the Clintons- and their supporters - just boggles the mind. We are used to seeing this from George W. Bush- with his "I have a mandate" crap- but at least he had won reelection! The Clintons meanwhile who haven't won anything yet are already exhibiting unimaginable levels of hubris. How dare anyone challenge their claim to the White House!

Can you imagine what 8 years under the Clintons is going to look like? Shudder the thought

QUOTES FROM (LINK TO ENTIRE PIECE AT BOTTOM)
The Clintons' Patronizing Strategy

The latest attacks on Obama insult voters' intelligence.
By Jonathan Alter
Newsweek Web Exclusive
Updated: 11:29 AM ET Jan 24, 2008

Obama's best hope is that Democratic voters aren't as dumb as Hillary and Bill Clinton think they are. The outcome of the primaries depends on whether, amid their busy lives, voters can get a general fix on who is more often telling the truth about the barrage of charges and countercharges.

This is ironic, because the way Bill Clinton survived impeachment was by betting on the intelligence of the American public. Now he's betting against it.

In South Carolina, Hillary is airing a radio ad that goes back to a theme she pushed in the debate there Monday night: that Obama liked Republican ideas. As Obama pointed out in his response ad, this is "demonstrably false," as referees from ABC News to the Washington Post to factcheck.org have established.

These are completely ordinary comments. In fact, as Obama pointed out in the Myrtle Beach debate, Hillary is considerably more effusive about Reagan in Tom Brokaw's new book, "Boom." Bill has also made manystatements over the years that were much more complimentary toward Reagan. Nobody paying attention thinks either Obama or the Clintons likes Reagan's right-wing politics.

But instead of moving on to another line of attack with more grounding in what Bill Clinton called "indisputable facts," the Clinton campaign decided to bet that this Reagan horse could be flogged for more votes among less educated voters in South Carolina who might be inclined to believe Hillary's preposterous version.

Less educated? Yes, downscale voters are their target group. Obama is stronger among well-educated Democrats, according to polls. So the Clintons figure that maybe their base among less educated white Democrats might be receptive to an argument that assumes they're dumb. Less well-educated equals gullible in the face of bogus attack ads. That's the logic, and the Clintons are testing it in South Carolina before trying it in Super Tuesday states. They are also road-testing major distortions of Obama's positions on abortion, Social Security and the minimum wage.

URL: http://www.newsweek.com/id/101173

Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton (all tags)

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22 Comments

Another anti-Clinton, or pro Obama, Alter piece?

No say it isn't so.

Just like the sun rising in the east and setting in the  west we can count on Alter shilling for his favorite candidate, Barry Obama.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-25 07:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Another anti-Clinton, or pro Obama

On the matter of shills, at least on this blog, can anyone deny that the Clinton shills have dominated the discussion in supporting Hillary's deceptive politics and lies about Obama, whereas the Obama shills have been a meagre voice?

by shergald 2008-01-25 08:15AM | 0 recs
Send Alter some diaper rash creme

Poor guy is whining like he's got a poopie in his pants.

Obama's base (the Georgeown social club) sure has the vapors these days.

by hwc 2008-01-25 08:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Send Alter some diaper rash creme

Funny, doesn't Queen Hillary own a mansion in Georgetown?

Get your facts straight, hwc, or is your head so up Hillary's ass you can see her large intestine?

by Nedsdag 2008-01-25 12:13PM | 0 recs
Crackity: where's Broder, Dowd, Brooks, Rich etc.

Don't just limit us to Alter who has been applauded for his total absence of bias so far. Give us lots more quotes from Klein, Robinson, Corn, Sullavan, give us more.  

by ottovbvs 2008-01-25 08:01AM | 0 recs
Where's the MoDo?

Crackity seems like the type who would love her brittle Clinton hating, drank the koolaid commentary.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-25 08:13AM | 0 recs
So Alter is calling democrats stupid

It looks like no matter how hard the media tries, democrats just aren't stupid enough to vote for Mr Hope and Change.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-25 08:12AM | 0 recs
Re: So Alter is calling democrats stupid

What's amazing is that Alter and his buddies in the Georgetown Social Club think we are so stupid that we won't connect Obama's press release outlining the strategy of attacking Bill Clinton and the flurry of pundits attacking Bill Clinton.

I think these people have been sniffing the scented geraniums at Sally Quinn's cocktail parties for too long.

by hwc 2008-01-25 08:18AM | 0 recs
Re: So Alter is calling democrats stupid

do you think they all sit around at Sally's watching the election returns and scratching their heads?  I imagine they should be meeting today to try and figure out their last 12 hour strategy.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-25 08:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Jonathan Alter:

In a way, Alter is making the argument AGAINST Obama. After all, we know how well those college professor types do in general elections.

If Obama's the president, the GOP will impeach him over Rezko. He wouldn't last even 4 years in office.

by Ga6thDem 2008-01-25 08:13AM | 0 recs
It's time for Media Horse

to make a comeback.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-25 08:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Jonathan Alter:- What a .....

" If Barack Obama was White, he would just be one of dozens of young rising White & Latino Democrats across the country"

Sure, and if Hillary Clinton was male and not married to a former president, she would just be one of the thousands of not so young white male corporate lawyers across the country.

by lifelongdem 2008-01-25 08:21AM | 0 recs
Nope

chances are she would have been president long before this.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-25 08:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Nope

lol...

the funny/sad thing is, you really believe that, don't you?

by lifelongdem 2008-01-25 08:52AM | 0 recs
Re:

I am just thankful that crackityjones' 2-diary limit is up for the day, or the latest Andrew Sullivan "thoughts" would be next.

Hey, why not help him out here and provide a link?

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/th e_daily_dish/2008/01/a-constitutiona.htm l

Of course, there is always Taylor Marsh to provide some balance:

http://www.taylormarsh.com/

by georgep 2008-01-25 08:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Jonathan Alter:- What a .....

Did you see his face when Obama lost NH ?

Yeah. He looked like George Castanza discovering that he had "shrinkage".

My favorite memory of that night was watching Chris Matthews read the announcement that MSNBC was calling the NH primary for Hillary Clinton.

I cackled and clapped.

by hwc 2008-01-25 08:52AM | 0 recs
not returned - just woke up

Not everybody is as stupid as you are - there are folks who see that the Clintons are simply professional liars that have duped a large part of the Democratic Party - mostly the old and senile part that wants Hillary to come over and bake them cookies.

Hillary will do anything to win - she has no ethics, no morals, no beliefs.  Its all about power to her and Bill (Bill will also be into all the Interns he can do!)

by mwfolsom 2008-01-25 09:10AM | 0 recs
Re: not returned - just woke up

You see why Obama is behind? It's because of the self righteous sanctimony of his supporters who think that anyone who doesn't vote for him is an idiot. Condescending college professors never win elections.

by Ga6thDem 2008-01-25 09:16AM | 0 recs
Re: not returned - just woke up

Neither do two-faced shrews.

by Nedsdag 2008-01-25 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: not returned - just woke up

How do you know? Certainly not according to the polls. Thanks Rush for the informative comment.

by Ga6thDem 2008-01-25 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Jonathan Alter:

I love the hypocrisy in this part:

Less educated? Yes, downscale voters are their target group. Obama is stronger among well-educated Democrats, according to polls. So the Clintons figure that maybe their base among less educated white Democrats might be receptive to an argument that assumes they're dumb. Less well-educated equals gullible in the face of bogus attack ads.

So what he's saying is: Anyone who listens to the Clintons is "downscale", "uneducated" and "gullible". But "well-educated" people should believe Alter and Obama because they're clearly so much smarter than the electorate.

Now who's treating the voters like they're stupid?

by LakersFan 2008-01-25 10:06AM | 0 recs
"Attacks on Obama insult voters.."

Actually, Bill and Hillary are betting on the fact that the pundits are the dumb ones and no one is listening to them besides themselves- and that seems to be a winning formula so far.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-25 03:43PM | 0 recs

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