Obama Critics and Swift Boat Connections

In 2008 Presidential Elections, literature, media, politics on June 23, 2008 by Editor Z

Well Surprise, Surprise, Surprise.

Two books associated with those who had a hand in writing and publishing the 2004 book “Unfit for Command”, which attacked 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) and his service in the Vietnam War; will be published and offer critical and negative takes on 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama (D-Ill).

Regenery books, a conservative publishing company will release one book by National Review Online writer David Fredossa, whose upcoming book “The Case Against Barack Obama” which will examine his relationship with the seedy and notorious Chicago political culture, as well as examining such other conservative favorites as Reverend Jeremiah Wright and former “Weathermen” member Bill Ayers.

The same publisher that distributed the 2004 best-seller that took aim at John Kerry’s Vietnam service is planning a summer release of what’s scheduled to be the first critical book on Barack Obama.

Conservative journalist David Freddoso’s “The Case Against Barack Obama” will offer “a comprehensive, factual look at Obama,” according to Regnery Publishing president and publisher Marjory Ross.

But the book’s subtitle makes clear its perspective: “The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.”

Ross contends that the mainstream media has offered insufficient scrutiny of Obama and likens the goal of Freddoso’s book to that of “Unfit for Command,” the scathing assessment of Kerry’s war record that rocketed to No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

By highlighting negative aspects of Obama’s record and background, Ross says, Freddoso may compel others to offer more critical coverage of the Democratic nominee.

“I think it’s critically important that the country gets a clear and honest view of who is running and what they stand for — warts and all,” Ross says. “With ‘Unfit for Command,’ like ‘The Case against Barack Obama,’ we believe the media has whitewashed the candidate.”

But unlike the Kerry book, which was co-authored by a fellow Swift Boat veteran and focused exclusively on the Massachusetts senator’s actions in Vietnam and immediately after, “The Case Against Barack Obama” aspires to be a full-length political biography.

Here is another Swift Boat Connection:

Freddoso’s book is being promoted by the well-connected conservative public relations firm Creative Response Concepts. The firm, headed by former GOP operative Greg Mueller, also handled publicity for “Unfit for Command” and media relations for the 527 group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which in 2004 ran widely covered television advertisements featuring veterans who had served in Vietnam with Kerry, criticizing his conduct and character and claiming he had exaggerated his war record.

Also one of the co-author’s of “Unfit for Command” Jerome Corsi, is writing a second blistering book on Obama:

And a critical analysis of the Democratic nominee, called “The Obama Nation,” will be published on Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions imprint and is also due out in August. The book is by Jerome Corsi, who helped Kerry critic and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth co-founder John O’Neill write “Unfit for Command.”

MY TAKE: You may not have the “Swift Boat Veterans for Bush” ( I am sorry, I mean the Swift Boat Veterans for “Truth”) out there, but you can count on these books being promoted ad nossuim bny Fox News Channel, as well as by rabid Conservative Talk Radio personalities, and possibly to a lesser degree by the wider media.

But unlike Kerry, it seems Obama is not likely to sit idly by. Unlike Kerry Obama has the money, the momentum, and both the intelligence and strength to fight back.


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