Zombie Lies

Byron York turns one smear into another:

Despite a few positive touches, no one will be surprised to learn that “Game Change,” the movie, will present an overwhelmingly negative portrait of Palin. Roach — he also directed the one-sided, pro-Gore “Recount” about the 2000 election — even goes beyond the book to throw in some new material from his own research. Roach also compressed some events and turned descriptions of conversations into dialogue that may or may not have actually happened.

But put that aside. Why did Hollywood focus on only one-half of “Game Change”? The other half would have made a great movie.

It was certainly the most compelling part of the book, with no end of dramatic moments. The Clinton-Obama version of “Game Change” could have focused on the racially charged effort among white Democrats to stop the first black man with a serious chance of winning their party’s presidential nomination.

The alternate “Game Change” could have featured the spectacle of Bill Clinton, the nation’s “first black president,” doing everything he could, risking his own reputation and place in history, to stop an actual black man from winning the office.

The alternate “Game Change” could have featured white Democratic party elders torn over the Clinton-Obama contest, loyal to Mrs. Clinton yet impressed by Obama’s ability to speak “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” (in the infamous words of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).

And then there was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. What a great role the fiery preacher from Chicago would have made! “Game Change” — the book — reported that Obama and his top aides knew all along that Wright would be a problem, and yet did nothing about it until Wright’s “Goddamn America” sermon burst into the news.

The alternate “Game Change” could have featured top Clinton aide Harold Ickes’ suggestion that the campaign hire a private investigator to probe Obama’s connections to Wright. “This guy has been sitting in the church for twenty f–king years,” Ickes is quoted in the book as saying. “If you really want to take him down, let’s take him f–king down.” Screenwriter Danny Strong — he also worked on “Recount” — couldn’t have written it better himself.

The movie also could have focused on Hillary Clinton’s anger at Obama’s ability to escape the Wright mess unscathed. “Just imagine, just for fun, if my pastor from Arkansas said the kind of things his pastor said,” Clinton told aides, according to the book. “I’m just saying. Just imagine. This race would be over.”

Neither Sarah Palin nor Hillary Clinton is currently running for elective office. Either or both of them may or may not run again in the future. Sarah Palin is a private citizen. Hillary Clinton is our Secretary of State.

I was aware that “Game Change” was a hit-job on Sarah. I didn’t know until now (although considering the authors it’s really no surprise) that it was also a hit job on Hillary.

The only thing “racially charged” about the 2008 Democratic primary were the charges of racism emanating from the Obama campaign. You could just as easily argue that supporting Obama was an effort to stop the first woman with a serious chance of winning the presidency. Bill Clinton was supporting his wife, not opposing Obama. Those “white party elders” York mentions were not loyal to Hillary, they secretly supported Obama from the beginning.

As for the Wright controversy, regardless of what may have been discussed in private the Hillary campaign avoided the issue and took no part. The alleged statement by Hillary is entirely accurate. Any other Democrat would have been sunk by such a close association with Wright (or Rezko or Ayers.)

The worst part about the race card strategy pursued by the Obama campaign is that it has given the Republicans a new issue to use against Democrats. Long after Obama is gone they will keep talking about it.

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31 Responses to Zombie Lies

  1. Mary says:

    More importantly, new discussion of Game Change will remind those of us who were lifetime Democrats but left the Dem Party forever over the crap used to push Obama to victory, will actually re-energize the anti-Obama et al crowd.

    True story.

    • HELENK says:

      Many will never forget 2008. It was the year that the mask came off the democratic party. Many who had been long time dems were dumped in a very ugly way.
      It seems to me that TPTB in both parties are terrified of Sarah Palin. She is the voice of everyman. She gives everyman the idea that their voice is important regardless of party. SHe stood up to the republican party in Alaska and got rid of corruption. She speaks out against backtrack and his bunch and says what many believe publicly.
      She is a major threat to TPTB and they will do all they can to ridicule and undermine her message

      • votermom says:

        What annoys me are the people who dislike Obama and yet are persistent in sneering at Palin and/or Clinton.
        The same media that peddles Obama as The One is the same media that casts Hillary as a shrew and Palin as a moron, and yet people who can see that the Obama propaganda is a lie and still swallow the Hillary & Palin smears.

        Some of the best bloggers on the left are like that — Obama stinks but Palin is an idiot. On the right they say Obama stinks but Hillary would have too if she were Pres.

      • HELENK says:

        the fact that NOT one democrat is standing against backtrack in this election says so much about the democratic party. Where is one democrat standing up for this country? I do not see one

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Racism reared it’s ugly head in the Obama camp as a way to deal with questioning his Presidential qualifications. I was residing on the hard left at the time, which was the beginning of the end of the Dems for me. It was fugly and politics stopped being fun, especially when dkos and du ran with racism too.

  3. DandyTiger says:

    The worst part about the race card strategy pursued by the Obama campaign is that it has given the Republicans a new issue to use against Democrats. Long after Obama is gone they will keep talking about it.


    The Dem party machine and its chosen Obama candidate and his campaigns have scarred the Dem party for a long time to come as the party of racists. If the machine set up half of its own party as racists, then don’t be surprised if the other party noticed they did that and uses it against them later. Also in doing so, the Dem party also set themselves up as a party with a “woman problem”.

    Funny how in the long run Chicago style scorched earth approach to politics damagers everything.

    • DandyTiger says:

      The ugly truth I learned during ’07/’08 was that limousine liberals are racist. And Obama was a way to make them feel better. But they’re still patronizing bigoted bastards to their core.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Trolls love word fogs:

    The definition of property damage as not violent is existential for Anarchists, yes, because the idea of property is fundamental to the capitalist/anti-capitalist debate.

    If you “morally abhor” property destruction in the same sense that you morally abhor violence against people, you need to question why you find inert objects so sacrosanct. That belief leads directly to capitalism, which will always re-create the present crisis if it exists in any form.

    We are not ‘dictating’ the terms. I’m sorry if you don’t recognize what actual debate looks like. The atrophying of such skills in society is one of the more tragic aspects of modern capitalism…

    • myiq2xu says:

      “Property = people” is the exact liberal-capitalist (as in classical liberalism, from when private property was actually radically libertarian because it was in contrast to the despotic mercantile-feudal systems dominant at the time) idea that we’re against.

    • Karma says:

      So since they don’t believe in personal property. Why are they on a computer posting? They should give their stuff away and live on the streets with only the clothes on their backs. That way they can live their version of a pure life.

      These idiots have no clue what they are suggesting.

      Speaking of computers….sorta. I saw this great rant that mentioned a GRiD computer and a link to the blast from the past. I remember BBSing on one of those.


      And no, it wasn’t my personal property. I couldn’t afford one….which sounds like an Anarchists’ problem.

      “I can’t afford what you have, so I’m going to break your stuff, and yell ‘dirty capitalist’ at you.”

  5. Three Wickets says:

    The whole book was an Obama supporting, Clinton bashing, Palin bashing piece of crap. So this Republican columinist is asking why they made the movie about the Palin bashing part, not the Clinton bashing part. Deep.

    • votermom says:

      The answer is simple- they were expecting Gov. Palin to run, and were sure Sec. Clinton wasnt.
      HBO – the Heart Barack Obama channel.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Good point. Also, HBO and CNN are both owned by Time Warner which was chaired by Obama supporter Richard Parsons during the 2008 campaign. Parsons then became chair of Citi Group in 2009 when it was getting the biggest government bailout of any American company or bank.

  6. mothy67 says:

    I have gotten a few emails over the last couple of days from friends praising obama’s record. All very similar. My response was that I’d vote for a can of paint first. Not worth my energy to tackle their points. Like clock work they got back to me with Hillary got over it why can’t you? I had/have tremendous respect for Hillary but I am no “fan”. In some ways it is the warped adulation these people give him that bothers me. It’s like they are protecting poor little backtrack from all of the mean racists. He can do no wrong. It was blatant four years ago but you’d think some of it would have worn off by now.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Hillary has supporters. Obama has followers.

      • insanelysane says:

        Stealing this….so right on..as usual.

        After all, you are totally smarter.
        No, really. You are.
        It saves me time if I just steal these things that express exactly what I am thinking. Thanks..
        I like to shock and awe my half literate family who have been and still are gulping Obama-ade .

        They are in defensive denial. They need therapy. I am their therapy.

    • Karma says:

      Subversion of democracy. Eh…no biggie.

    • votermom says:

      C4P commenters seem to think Drudge is pro-Mitt, fyi.

    • Karma says:

      Last night there was footage of him getting his preacher hat on over the environment. And at the appropriate moment he pauses and lets the ‘dominion’ word fly. The room erupts in screams and applause.

      Obama is going to have to dust off his fake Rev cadence here pretty soon because Santorum has more than doubled down on the religious angle.

  7. Karma says:

    Ran across these last night. There is so much going on in these photos I barely read the captions.

    “Drug dealers, backstreet abortionists and a deadly femme fatale: Fascinating mugshots of women prisoners from 1920s Australia”


  8. votermom says:

    Chris Matthews hits a new low

    MSNBC host Chris Matthews told The Daily Caller that he would still consider John F. Kennedy a hero and still would have written his new book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero” if his daughter had been one-time White House intern Mimi Alford.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/21/matthews-to-sexually-assaulted-jfk-intern-shut-up-video/#ixzz1n3O9yQdc

  9. HELENK says:

    this seems like a good bill to me


    I can understand debating political positions in school, we did and we had better come with good reasons for our arguments.
    but teaching propaganda for your own ideas is just wrong.

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