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Projection is the sincerest form of flattery

The Republicans and Fox News have gotten to the point where they just reflexively attack Obama for everything he does, even if it is something they themselves do all the time. They are blind to their own hypocrisy:

My big question now is, are the Republicans just projecting? Have they actually attacked Obama for anything recently that they aren’t guilty of themselves? If they have, tell us in the comments.

© Adam Zyglis

And The Atlantic points out how Republicans are using the same strategy they used against John Kerry with the Swift Boat attacks — take a candidate’s greatest strength and use it against them, using lies and innuendo.

The American people fell for this once. If they fall for it again, shame on them.

UPDATE: Mark McKinnon thinks the Republicans going bananas over Obama mentioning the death of Osama bin Laden is likely to backfire.



  1. Sammy wrote:

    Seriously, if the Bin Laden attack had failed, the GOP would be tripping over themselves politicizing the f**k out of it. I wish they would just STFU.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  2. PATRIOTSGT wrote:

    Well I’d like to say I thought the President did a pretty good job on his speech. I know it meant alot to the troops on the ground. Part of it may have been timed for the political season, but none the less it was good to hear the end is coming. Thanks Mr. President!

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
  3. Michael wrote:

    That Zyglis comic is perfect. It reminds me of the 2004 Republican National Convention ( I remember seeing another video somewhere that showed 9/11 was invoked by just about every speaker, not just Bush, Cheney, Bloomberg, and Giuliani.

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  4. Sarah wrote:

    While I do agree with everything that you’ve said, I have to point out that this website probably doesn’t have many commenters who would agree enough with legitimate Republican attacks on Obama to post them.

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  5. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    I forget, which are the legitimate attacks?

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  6. Arthanyel wrote:

    Sarah: That’s not correct. There are several regular contributors that have legitimate issues with Obama (myself and Patriotsgt, for example) and IF the Republicans have a legitimate issue we would happily post it here.

    The problem is that so few of their attacks are legitimate.

    Here is one simple example: The 2009 Stimulus bill. Republicans attack it as “a total failure” which is ludicrous – there is penty of evidence that it produced positive results. They never say “over $200B was spent on things that had nothing to do with stimulating the economy” which is true, and a legitimate issue. They never say “many of the programs the Democrats said were critical to fund have never been spent” (true) or “The stimulus bill was inefficient, and we believe we could have gotten much better results for less money” – not necessarily true, but at least a legitimate discussion.

    If you want to post a legitimate “attack” we’d be happy to comment on it 🙂

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  7. Michael wrote:

    Arthanyel is completely correct. Even those of us who self-identify as progressives have legitimate issues with Obama. They may not be the same issues with Obama that Arthanyel and Patriotsgt have, but we do have issues with the current administration (Gitmo, support for CISPA, ties that are too close to Wall St., etc.) and we do discuss them when they arise. While many of us on here do disagree on a number of issues, there is a general trend toward finding common ground and finding the objective facts underlying the debate.

    The problem, as Arthanyel perfectly states it, is that the overwhelming majority of anti-Obama attacks are not legitimate.

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink
  8. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Here’s something just for fun I found. Try it.

    It has 10 quotes and you have to guess who said it, Bush or Obama.

    p.s. I got 50% right.

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  9. Iron Knee wrote:

    Good quiz. I got 80% right, but I was just guessing most of the time!

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  10. RK wrote:

    I also got 80%. When in doubt, I looked at the complexity of the grammatical constructs. 🙂

    Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink