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Monday, January 21, 2008

Clark County GOP Pimping the “Obama’s a Muslim” Smear

posted by on January 21 at 16:28 PM



From the Clark County GOP’s website:

Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background.

It is reported that Obama swore his oath of office using the Koran and pictures have shown him standing for the Pledge but not reciting it and holding his hands to his side while others place their hands over their hearts.

This is chilling information about a candidate for the highest office in the Country especially given the radical Muslim claims that they will destroy American from “the inside”.

Lefty blogger Jon Devore broke it, and captured the above screenshot. But the smear is still live on the Clark County GOP’s website.

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He's worse than a Muslim: he's a Demcocrate!

Posted by Lou | January 21, 2008 4:39 PM

So you identify it as a smear, but can you clarify whether Dan Savage approves or disapproves of smear tactics?

Posted by elenchos | January 21, 2008 4:41 PM

According to the website, you can let the Clark County Republican Party know what you think in these ways. EMAIL:; PHONE: (360) 695-1609; LETTERS: 7736 NE Hazel Dell Ave, Vancouver WA 98665.

Posted by Bub | January 21, 2008 4:41 PM

If you go to the website, you can of course write them a little email letting them know what you think of that "article."

Posted by konstantConsumer | January 21, 2008 4:42 PM

Of course they are; they'd rather run against Hillary. Otherwise, they'd be waiting a couple weeks before smearing him.

Posted by tsm | January 21, 2008 4:42 PM

Racist bastards.

Posted by bma | January 21, 2008 4:43 PM

Now be kind. Republicans are mentally ill.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | January 21, 2008 4:48 PM

ugh. i don't know what's more upsetting ... that reps stoop to this level, or that they might actually believe it's true, or -- the worst -- that this tactic might prove successful (again).

Posted by infrequent | January 21, 2008 4:50 PM

This is exactly why I can only stare at amazement when people say we have to nominate Obama because he's more "electable" than Hillary. He has never been up against anything like the massive--and massively unethical--unseen forces that would be raging against him in the general election. On what basis do people believe he can overcome them? How will he counter his name, his skin color, and the "otherness" his opponents will create around him? When Hillary says she has "experience," she's not just talking about time in office. She's talking about her decades-long battle against these lying sacks of shit.

Posted by Matthew | January 21, 2008 5:06 PM

That's "in amazement."


Posted by Matthew | January 21, 2008 5:07 PM

They make sure to include the middle name Hussein for some extra ZING

Posted by non | January 21, 2008 5:10 PM

I called their office and they claim they have never posted anything about Barrack. I told him the address and he denied it... then asked if I were a Republican... I said yes... which he then said who did I vote for last time, and the time before, and then he kept saying "I am not going to take harrassing phone calls"

I suggest everyone continue to call this idiot... he claims he creates the content for the site.

Clark County
Republican Party
Mailing Address:
P O Box 205
Vancouver WA 98666

Office Location:
7736 NE Hazel Dell Ave
Vancouver, WA 98665
info @

Posted by Jason H. | January 21, 2008 5:12 PM

Yes, this is hugely dishonest and reprehensible. And I hope it further damages the Republicans' reputation.

However, Slog has also been less than honest here. The "Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background" is a *partial* quote which omits an (admittedly weasely, but still extant) "Some say that..." at the beginning.

This kind of thing reflects badly enough on those who perpetrate it. The full quote is bad enough; there is no reason to edit it to make it even worse.

Posted by also | January 21, 2008 5:18 PM

Some say that Clark County Senators Don Benton and Joseph Zarelli are lovers:

Clark County Senators Don Benton and Joseph Zarelli are lovers.

You are now free to ask the Clark County GOP about that....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 21, 2008 5:34 PM

I love how Republicans confuse Obama with Keith Ellison on the whole "sworn into office with a Koran." Dumbfucks can't even tell one black person apart from another. Or they know their audience is retarded rednecks who won't care *where* they heard about a black man using a Koran, just that they heard it somewhere.

And yes, Obamatons, your candidate will get just as Swiftboated as Clinton. His sincerity and articulate passion will mean nothing to the Republicans. If they could shoot down Harold Ford with a *joke* about "miscegenation", what do you think they are going to do to a Black presidential candidate? For those crackers, it's going to be enough that Obama's *parents* were different colors.

This is not a reason not to support him, but don't keep echoing bullshit about how less polarized politics would be with Obama in the general election. It will be polarized either way because Republicans are evil crazy fuckers.

Posted by Big Sven | January 21, 2008 5:35 PM

yessiree that's right.

this float above it all baloney plays well among the coasts, the college educated, the hip zip codes.

but it'll be smahsed into pieces by the GOP just like they smashed McGovern and Dukakis. And Kerry. And Gore.

WE need a goddamn street fighter like that b____ Clinton.

Posted by unPC | January 21, 2008 6:00 PM

Where's ELI?! I can't believe we didn't get a live slog tonight on this debate. It was great!

Posted by The General | January 21, 2008 7:23 PM

Big Sven @15:

And yes, Obamatons, your candidate will get just as Swiftboated as Clinton.

Based on what has gone down so far, I can promise that if the general election pits Clinton (God forbid) and McCain against each other, the swift-boating will be taking place on behalf of the Clintons.

It appears that, if there's anything the Clinton machine has learned from George W. Bush's success, it is to out-Rove Rove.

Posted by cressona | January 21, 2008 7:32 PM

@18 McCain has learned too, at least if SC is any indication

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 21, 2008 8:08 PM

It wouldn't kill them to learn how to type.

Posted by caroline | January 21, 2008 8:25 PM

oh, i got a response:

"Adam, I would be interested to know specificallyy what you consider to be factually incorrect?.

(By the way, throwing out the race card is always used by left wing radicals when they are -unable to intellectually debate the issues.)

The Republican Party is a party of all races. In fact President Bush has more Africa -Americans in his Cabinet that any of his Democrat predecessors (including Bill Clinton). You might want to educate yourself on issues of race by reading the book written by prominent African- American author Wayne Perryman titled "Unfounded Loyalty".

We have no issue with Obama's race whatsoever. (This must be what Hillary Clinton has to put up with in her race. Ridiculous charges of racism, not by her opponent, but by people like yourself ready and willing to fan the flames of racism where it does not exist.)

In researching his upbringing there is reason to wonder if he may feel a certain loyalty to a religion that has a faction that has vowed to destroy America. Read the article again Adam, do your own research on his background and then get back to me with specific facts that are not correct and if I am convinced it is factually incorrect, I will be happy to make the correction. "

Posted by konstantConsumer | January 21, 2008 8:29 PM

"How will he counter his name, his skin color, and the "otherness" his opponents will create around him?" You are absolutely right, Matthew @9. Since the Republicans are sure to make an issue of these things, we Democrats simply have no choice but to nominate white people with comfortable, Anglo-sounding names. Whew, I feel much better already.

Posted by kk | January 21, 2008 8:47 PM

The Africa-Americans aren't members of the Democrat party?

Posted by Hom Skooling mayks four bad speling | January 21, 2008 8:48 PM

@23 He is a Democrate get it right damn it.

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 21, 2008 9:13 PM

The Chair of the Grays Harbor Republicans did the same thing. The local paper took her to task:

Posted by Stash | January 21, 2008 9:49 PM
26 has an excellent take-down of this post/chain e-mail message (it's been forwarded to me verbatim).


Posted by Sara J | January 21, 2008 9:54 PM

1. So, you agree finally that Obama will be swiftboated?
2. What are these Rovian attacks by the Clintons you are complaining about? Don't just throw mud out there. Be specific. What in tarnation you talking about??
(Throwing mud ....not being specific...hmm who does that remind us of....?)

Posted by unPC | January 21, 2008 11:13 PM

Please stop fighting brothers. We need to calm down, man. I'd finish this thought but my dog is in the subaru and we have to find a way to get coffee and kayak/run in the park.

Besides we have reservations for 8pm, could we hurry this up?


Posted by Jewey Von Effette Liberal Phd the III From New Gloughester | January 22, 2008 1:34 AM

UnPC, I think you have a point, but it takes two parties to swift boat. Kerry wouldn't get down and dirty to fight those guys.

Whether Barak will remains to be seen.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | January 22, 2008 8:13 AM

AND, the article is down. suddenly, there is a different article with the same time stamp. apparently, they've been running an article about a canadian's perspective on the election since 1/17, and we are all just crazy.

Posted by konstantConsumer | January 22, 2008 9:10 AM

Hey KK@22:

Don't shoot the messenger, man (or woman..."KK" isn't very specific). It's not my fault this country might not be ready to elect a black man with a foreign-sounding name. I hope I'm wrong, I swear to God I do. And if Obama gets the nom, I'll go to the mat for him, no question. But as Big Sven said, there are still quite a few "retarded rednecks" out there who aren't looking for--or even hoping for--big breakthroughs in racial acceptance. Quite the opposite, actually.

We should have learned already, from the 2004 election, how backwards and stupid, how overtly fearful the general populace is out there. It's not my fault; at this moment in history, it's just true.

We'll get there, and we should continue striving to get there. But with the problems we have facing us over the next decade, is now the time to try and push the cultural envelope, or should we just make sure we get someone reasonably progressive in there who can get shit done?

I don't want to deal with President Right-Wing Asshat for 8 years because we're too idealistic. Do you?

Posted by Matthew | January 22, 2008 9:46 AM

@31: So basically, let's all race to the bottom? Yeah, that's a great plan. I particularly like the part where the Republicans portray Democrats as spineless sellouts who will compromise their ideals to get votes. That plays REAL WELL.

Posted by Greg | January 22, 2008 9:52 AM


I particularly like the part where the Republicans portray Democrats as spineless sellouts who will compromise their ideals to get votes.

What are you talking about? Republicants aren't that subtle. They portray Democrats as wimps, traitors, Communists, and pedophiles.

The argument you're talking about is used by progressives against pragmatists such as myself and 95% of the rest of the HRC supporters.

Posted by Big Sven | January 22, 2008 11:08 AM

Greg @32:

Putting forth an electable candidate isn't the same thing as being a "spineless sellout" (like most members of the Democratic Congress have been). Aren't we bring uncomprimising enough trying to elect the first female president? Get off your fucking high horse and deal with reality.

Posted by Matthew | January 22, 2008 11:10 AM

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