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March 30, 2008
A DIARIST AT MYDD IMAGINES general-election attack ads against Obama. "If we choose Obama as our nominee, we are locked-in to this narrative. There is no going back, no bogus NBC polls to save the day. No Anderson Cooper softball interviews or phony charges of racism that will rescue us." Their mashup doesn't quite ring true to me, but I suspect it will create a stir among Democrats.
UPDATE: Editorial suggestions.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Ed Morrissey: "It’s interesting to note that MyDD employed 9/11 footage that even the networks haven’t used for years — namely, the people jumping to their deaths in the minutes before the collapse. We finally get to see that again, and only in the context of one Democratic blogger attacking a Democratic candidate. . . . The 'GOP will use it' argument simply serves as a dodge for an attack on Obama over the Wright Stuff."
MORE: Via the comments at the MyDD post -- where the Obama backers are quite upset -- here's another homemade anti-Obama ad, though I'm not sure of its provenance. But it's already gotten 439,000 views.
STILL MORE: An email from a guy who says he's the MyDD diarist. Click "read more" to read it. And a reader sends this bit of lefty unhappiness with Obama, too.
I just wanted to let you know that it was not I who made that video. I came across it on Hillaryis44.org, so that's where the proper 'credit' lies. They didn't make it either, I don't think (?), but they posted it and I saw it there.
However, I did help it get more notice. I did something similar with a now-famous anti-Obama 'campaign ad' video which Politico wrote up a week or so ago. It was made by "NHale" on YouTube, and I again have no connection with it whatsoever. But I came upon it when it was at around 410 views. It's now at around 500,000 or so views.
The video has the screen capture of Barack and Michelle on "60 Minutes", and Michelle is saying because Barack is black he can get shot going to the store. The video also has images of Malcolm X saying "chickens come home to roost" juxtaposed with Wright saying it. It is a well-done video, and as far as I know it is the most successful of the 'anti-Obama campaign ad-style' videos to date. There are more. If you look at my diary history at MyDD, you'll see what I mean.
I would never insert the images of people jumping to their deaths. That is too much, even for the 527's (I think). However, as I just wrote on the page which you linked with "Editorial Suggestions" for the video, the music (see the citation on that linked page) plus the images make that one of the most effective pieces of political ammunition I have ever watched. There is no way to watch that video without being moved, and angered.
I just wanted to let you know my thoughts from the horse's mouth itself. As far as your correct discernment that the video would impact Dems, just read the comments from the Obama supporters in the diary. Many things are said, but the inescapable conclusion is "Oh man, this kind of video could SERIOUSLY hurt us."
Thanks for the link, it is much appreciated. You have my consent to use any or all of this email, or none of it, as you see fit.
The bottom line is this: Wright is not 'over with,' and as a Dem I wanted to make sure that everyone understands that who is drinking the Obama Kool Aid, including any possible Dem party leaders who might drop in to check out the MyDD scene (it is far more popular these days, it seems, since the "strike" of Daily Kos, which I am part of.
Once I saw the video, I knew I had to post it on MyDD. It saved me thousands of keystrokes, and got the point across -- if we nominate BHO, this is where we're going.
That could be true.