The blogosphere is all atwitter about the latest Obama book just released yesterday, Jerome Corsi’s Obama Nation. Supposedly, snarky Obamabot bookstore employees are intentionally keeping the thing hidden away, while wildfire rumors had it as number one on the New York Times bestseller list before it was even released. Spare me the drama. A quick glance at the NYT shows it’s not even in the top 20 non-fiction hardcovers, although it’s currently in Amazon’s number 5 position, in a list that’s updated hourly.
No, I’m not going to read it, and here’s why. First of all the title should tell you everything you need to know about the author’s viewpoint. Obama Nation=”Abomination”. Hardly original and not funny. No one is perfect, especially politicians, but no one deserves to be demonized either, and this is clearly meant to be a demonizing book.
A little quick googling shows me Corsi was also the author of the Swift Boat attack book against John Kerry back in 2004–or rather co-author. The accuracy of that book was disputed, and this one seems to be full of factual errors, particularly about Obama’s positions, as well. Not that Obama people don’t do the same thing–last weekend I was approached by an Obama supporter registering voters who used the “McCain wants 100 years of war” talking point. I have read McCain’s exact words and that’s not what he said at all–he was talking about military bases.
A little more digging yields the following Corsi quotations:
- Corsi on Islam: “a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion”
- Corsi on Catholicism: “Boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn’t reported by the liberal press”
- Corsi on Muslims: “RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters — it all goes together”
- Corsi on “John F*ing Commie Kerry”: “After he married TerRAHsa, didn’t John Kerry begin practicing Judiasm? He also has paternal grandparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?”
- Corsi on Senator “FAT HOG” Clinton: “Anybody ask why HELLary couldn’t keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?”
If that isn’t hate speech, I don’t know what is.
For anyone who prefers something a little more factual, I recommend the Chicago Trib’s biography of Obama. It doesn’t sugarcoat anything, and it’s free. Or read Obama’s own books. I would check them out of the library though, instead of giving the money to Obama.
As a disclosure, I have to say Obama is my senator, quite a good one, and I have voted for him more than once. That doesn’t mean there aren’t serious concerns about him now. For instance, (1) voting for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 and voting to cut off debate on the bill, when he promised very publicly to vote against it and support Senator Dodd’s filibuster, (2) changing his position on reproductive rights and women’s health, (3) changing his position on off-shore oil drilling, and (4) statements that Jerusalem should be the undivided capitol of Israel. If anyone is running for “Bush’s third term”, it isn’t McCain. It’s Obama.
But Obama’s most serious problem is still his acquiescence in some of the worst misogyny ever seen in American politics. And he hasn’t learned, either. Listen to him speak. In Berlin, or in the more recent speeches, whenever he starts his familiar refrain about ending divisiveness between this group and that group and the other group, one group is always glaringly left out. Yes, gender. Obama never talks about healing the nation’s divisions by gender. I wonder why that is.