A newly formed Arizona political group is challenging Barack Obama's presidential bid.
Swift Boat Obama, based in Gilbert, [Arizona] is raising money to oppose the Illinois Democrat's White House bid.
The Arizona group's name is similar to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which criticized 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's Vietnam War record.
The local group contends Obama, a first-term U.S. senator who previously was a law professor and Illinois state senator, lacks the experience to be president.
The Gilbert group is a 527 tax-exempt group formed to engage in political activities. Records show a Gilbert man, Eric Hurley, as its head.
A slew of such groups -- including some representing labor unions, business interests and ideological interests -- are being established as the presidential battle between Obama and U.S. Sen. John McCain heats up.
From the Swift Boat Obama website:
The mission of Swift Boat Obama is simple, we believe the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth successfully presented factual information on Sen. John Kerry in 2004 to help show the American public how he was unfit to be President. That is why we have decided to use the name Swift Boat Obama, we believe that there is enough information on Senator Obama to prove that he is unfit to be President of the United States. We will make sure that we check the validity of all our claims, we want to wage a campaign against Senator Obama based on true and factual information rather than hollow claims. We want to make sure that in the end nobody can say that we smeared the Senator or played dirty political tricks, ultimately we want to make sure the public has the facts they need to make their decision on election day.
It should come as no surprise that their first order of business, the creation of a mission statement, finds the Swift Boat Obama folks already spreading lies.
"...we believe the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth successfully presented factual information on Sen. John Kerry in 2004 to help show the American public how he was unfit to be President."
In fact, the claims made by the Kerry Swift Boaters were found to be largely fabricated and misleading at best, and far from 'factual'. Many will correctly call them outright lies. This August 6, 2004 article from the independent, non-partisan website factcheck.org exposed the lies promulgated by Republican swift boaters in the 2004 election:
A group funded by the biggest Republican campaign donor in Texas began running an attack ad Aug. 5 in which former Swift Boat veterans claim Kerry lied to get one of his two decorations for bravery and two of his three purple hearts.
But the veterans who accuse Kerry are contradicted by Kerry's former crewmen, and by Navy records.
One of the accusers says he was on another boat "a few yards" away during the incident which won Kerry the Bronze Star, but the former Army lieutenant whom Kerry plucked from the water that day backs Kerry's account. In an Aug. 10 opinion piece in the conservative Wall Street Journal, Rassmann (a Republican himself) wrote that the ad was "launched by people without decency" who are "lying" and "should hang their heads in shame."
And on Aug. 19, Navy records came to light also contradicting the accusers. One of the veterans who says Kerry wasn't under fire was himself awarded a Bronze Star for aiding others "in the face of enemy fire" during the same incident.
Republicans firmly believe that a lie, if repeated enough, becomes 'fact' - we only need to review George Bush's term of office as President for tons of proof in that regard, so it comes as no surprise that the liars on the right should adopt the same old strategy they've employed against Kerry in their attempts to stop Obama. In fact, they've already been busily lying for months now, using stealth email campaigns in an attempt to smear Obama.
But the Obama campaign is ready to deal with the lying right wingers, unlike John Kerry - who waited weeks before responding to the attacks back in 2004. Not surprisingly, in the case of the 2004 attacks against Kerry ties were found that linked the 527s directly back to the Bush campaign:
Records show that the group received the bulk of its initial financing from two men with ties to the president and his family -- one a longtime political associate of Mr. Rove's, the other a trustee of the foundation for Mr. Bush's father's presidential library. A Texas publicist who once helped prepare Mr. Bush's father for his debate when he was running for vice president provided them with strategic advice. And the group's television commercial was produced by the same team that made the devastating ad mocking Michael S. Dukakis in an oversized tank helmet when he and Mr. Bush's father faced off in the 1988 presidential election.
The strategy the veterans devised would ultimately paint John Kerry the war hero as John Kerry the ''baby killer'' and the fabricator of the events that resulted in his war medals. But on close examination, the accounts of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth' prove to be riddled with inconsistencies. In many cases, material offered as proof by these veterans is undercut by official Navy records and the men's own statements.
Obama is prepared:
The Obama campaign launched a website to fight back against the right wing smear machine, aptly titled "Fight the Smears". At the top of their list today is the right wing meme, pushed hard on our sister site "Wizbang" (see here, here and here), which claims Michelle Obama used the term "Whitey" repeatedly in a videotape that was just minutes away from being released on the internet...
This rumor, which was picked up and spread like wildfire by the boogie men and women on the right (lol), turned out to a total fabrication.
At this point, the only way John McCain will get elected is if the Republicans can lie and smear their way into the White House. Since that's their only option, we can expect them to fully exercise that option between now and November.
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