Jun 02 2008
Plausible deniability – keep that in mind for the coming days and weeks. Clinton needs to derail the Obama Express somehow without the entire planet figuring out that her campaign and/or surrogates were behind the dirty deed. Right now Clinton has a great case to make for stepping into the breach to replace a damaged Obama campaign. She has the popular vote lead right now in many reasonable scenarios, and the party is clearly split 50-50.
Yet all indications are she may suspend her campaign tomorrow in New York. So what gives with this whisper campaign about a video showing Michelle Obama ranting about “Whitey”? Isn’t it getting down to the wire for anything to save Clinton right now? The stage is set for Clinton to take over, all that is needed now is for Obama to fall somehow. I am beginning to wonder more about that tape since some liberal bloggers apparently have been exposed to a transcript or audio or something. How else could two very close variations on the tape’s content come out of the liberal blogosphere?
TheÂ supposed “whitey” quoteÂ allegedly said by Michelle Obama:
Reported verbiage from Michelle Obama?s tape
“Once again,Â the white manÂ keeps us down, what’s up withÂ Whitey, Why’d he attack Iraq, Why’d he let Katrina happen, Why’d he leave millions of children behind. This is the legacyÂ the white manÂ gives us”
Booman TribuneÂ explains it away thusly:
From what I understand, it is a tape of Michelle Obama criticizing the Bush administration.
How youâ€™d write it:
Why did Bush cut folks off medicaid?
Why did Bush let New Orleans drown?
Why did Bush do nothing about Jena?
Why did Bush put us in Iraq for no reason?
How youâ€™d say it:
Whyâ€™d he cut folks off medicaid?
Whyâ€™d he let New Orleans drown?
Whyâ€™d he do nothing about Jena?
Whyâ€™d he put us in Iraq for no reason?
How Larry Johnson wants you to hear it:
Whitie cut folks off medicaid?
Whitie let New Orleans drown?
Whitie do nothing about Jena?
Whitie put us in Iraq for no reason?
These two versions are too close to be independent guesses. Â These two bloggers either talked to the same person, or persons who had seen the same tape. Â Booman’s excuse always seemed to me like grasping out of desperation. Â So maybe there is a tape.
Whatever the case, if Hillary suspends her campaign and then the tape was made public and Obama started to tank in the polls (he is not far from there already for a Democrat), then it would be ‘Hillary to the rescue’ and not ‘Hillary the traitor’ as the story line. Â Complete and utter speculation on my part, but if I was to commit political character assassination, and needed to cover my tracks, this option would look good – if I was desperate enough to do the dirty deed to win office in the first place. Â Food for thought.
BTW, I made a category for the Michelle Obama “Whitey” Video posts in the off chance this story takes off and demands a lot more attention. Â The fact I did this ahead of time usually means the story dies off quite quickly!
Update: Â It seems Obama supporters are admitting a video does exist, and these folks talked to the blogger above who claimed to have a version of the transcript:
but Iâ€™ve had several Obama supporters admit to its existence and say what was on it. I also have an email I wasÂ sent last night that had some potential verbiage. And I was also sent a link by one of my visitors which pointed me toÂ this siteÂ which is the supposed context of the tape.Â
These two bloggers seem to be getting the same information from common sources. Â Anyway, will this tape now disappear from history?