Other bloggers' experiences are similar to mine. Obama supporters who, in their enthusiasm and zeal to support their candidate of choice, are acting out inappropriately. Chelsea Clinton was recently heckled by an Obamatron in San Antonio, and the ObamaBobbleheads troll the internet constantly, trying to be first to comment on any story relating to Barack.
Recently I've had to ban two Wizbang Blue commenters whose anti-Hillary screeds were becoming obsessive. One of them even admitted in a subsequent email exchange that his comments were not meant to lend to the discussion, but that he was only interested in harassing.
Barack Obama, along with Clinton, McCain and Huckabee, was invited to speak at this weekend's State of the Black Union forum in New Orleans. This is the forum's 9th year, and this year's topic is "Reclaiming Our Democracy, Deciding Our Future." Clinton was the only candidate to accept, and Obama sent his regrets that he'd be unable to attend due to his grueling campaign commitments.
"In the final stretch, I will be on the campaign trail every day in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly with voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum," Obama wrote.
Tavis Smiley, the organizer of the event, was critical of Obama's choice to not attend the forum.
"I think it's a missed opportunity on Mr. Obama's part," Smiley told CNN. "Now, I am not interested in demonizing him for his choice, but I do disagree with it."
How dare Smiley disparage Obama.
But Smiley's criticism has also prompted many people to come to Obama's defense. The talk show host told The Washington Post he has been inundated with angry e-mails and even death threats.
"I have family in Indianapolis. They are harassing my momma, harassing my brother. It's getting to be crazy," Smiley told the newspaper.
WaPo's "The Trail" reports:
Tavis Smiley, the bestselling author of the "Covenant With Black America," is in a world turned upside down. He said he's being "hammered," "barbecued," and is "catching hell" from black Americans for suggesting that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made a major mistake by declining to speak at the State of the Black Union event that Smiley plans to host next week in New Orleans.[...]
"I love Barack Obama and I love black people," Smiley said. "I celebrate his past accomplishments and I celebrate his future aspirations. I never wanted to stand in the path of his growth."
However, he said, "My job is to ask the critical question, to raise these issues and keep these guys focused. There are some people who are disappointed that I'm not jumping up and down saying, 'Vote for Barack Obama.' That's not my role as a journalist. That's not what I do."
Now we know where Dennis Kucinch's and Ron Paul's wacko supporters have gone - they've apparently joined the Obama camp. Their (latest) messiah can do no wrong, and there will be hell to pay if anyone dares criticize the young Prince.
Hopefully Obama will demonstrate his oft-repeated eagerness to civilize politics in our country and pull people together by attempting to reign-in those of his supporters on the outer fringes.
Bonus: A video clip compilation of six different women who've fainted at Obama rallies.
I'm nervous because too many Obama-philes sound like Moonies, or Hare Krishnas, or the Hale-Bopp-Is-Coming-To-Get-Me nuts.
These true believers "Obama-ize" everything. They speak Obama-ese. Knit for Obama. Run for Obama. Gamble - Hold 'Em Barack! - for Obama. They make Obama cakes, underwear, jewelry. They send Valentine cards reading, "I want to Barack your world!"
At campaign rallies people scream, cry, even faint as Obama calmly calls for the EMTs. When supporters pant en masse, "I love you!" (like The Beatles, circa 1964), Barack says, "I love you back" with that deliciously charming, almost cocky smile.
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