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The Obama Push Back: “Ayers and Dohrn Are Members Of The Establishment”

Thursday, August 14, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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I am reading through the Obama push-back on the Corsi book to get ready for an appearance on Hannity and Colmes tonight, and the shoddy work product put out by Obama could well throw fuel on the fire. Corsi’s certainly got errors in his book, but Obama’s team is trying too hard when they assert about unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn in response to Corsi that “AYERS AND DOHRN ARE MEMBERS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT WITH TIES TO THE MAYOR” (p. 16 of the Obama document) or that with regard to Alice Palmer –the Illinois State Senator that Obama’s team had removed from the ballot in his first race for state office, that “PALMER PULLED HER OWN PLUG.” (p. 18.)

On page 9, Obama’s defense brief asserts: OBAMA HAS MADE CLEAR REPEATEDLY THAT HE STOPPED USING MARIJUANA IN COLLEGE, WHICH PEERS HAVE AFFIRMED.” But the Corsi assertion being responded to here also pointed out that Obama has yet to answer questions of whether he ever dealt drugs, and the single assertion about quitting that Obama’s team cites is from an interview in ’03, which is hardly “repeatedly.”

I am just getting started, but Obama seems to have made a huge mistake in attempting to spin many of these charges. Most of them are matters of opinion –such as the interpretation of Michelle Obama’s “not been proud of America” comment or whether Hamas endorsed Obama. By throwing this much fuel on the fire, the fire gets bigger and all of these stories/charges./assertions get more attention. Corsi is the happiest man in the world tonight because Obama’s team not only gave him a few million dollars of publicity, they also failed to discredit him completely.

But the key error is that now Obama will have to do the same thing forDavid Freddoso’s extremely well-researched and documented book. Looking forward to that “push-back” as well.

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UPDATE: Yuval Levin shares my instinct that the Obama camp has blown this response. It may be a case of believing too much in the myth of the “Swift-boating of John Kerry.” Kerry’s credibility took a hit because he indeed had not been in Cambodia on Christmas Eve –one of the central charges of the Swift Boat Veterans. By believing in the myth that nothing the SBVT put out was true, the Obama people have stumbled into a response that asserts nothing damaging from Corsi could be true when it fact lots of it is.

And the response to Freddoso’s book comes when?

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