June 10, 2008

Wired:

Community organizing and peer-to-peer communications have worked out well so far in Barack Obama's presidential campaign. So well, in fact, that one group of conservative activists is co-opting one of the Obama campaign's online communications strategies to use it against him.

This new effort is a viral e-mail campaign that aims to frame Obama as a disastrous-for-the-country left-of-left liberal. It is on view at a website called ExposeObama.com.

A group of long-time Republican operatives run the effort, the most high-profile of whom is Floyd Brown, a communications and organizational consultant who created the infamous "Willie Horton" television advertisement that sank Democrat Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign. Read on...

The GOP attack machine is geared up and the rabid lies and smears are on the way. The Republicans are scared to death and you can smell the desperation in each attack. They're on the wrong side of every issue, dozens are retiring from Congress, they're losing to Democrats in Congressional elections in traditional GOP strongholds and running the weakest candidate for president they've had in decades. The Obama camp has set up a website to combat those lies and smears, and show no sign of backing down this time. You can be sure we'll be here to help our candidates every step of the way.

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