Whistling past the graveyard
Oliver Willis argues that the attempt to make Obama look like a militant black by playing up the words of his pastor will fail because people just don't see Obama that way.
Well, a lot of people don't, but some do and stories like this could increase the margins of those who do. Not a lot, but certainly enough to make a difference in the Fall.
Lincoln was wrong when he said, "You can't fool all of the people all of the time". Not wrong on the logic. He was correct on that point. But wrong on the emotion. For, you see, the GOP understands that you don't have to fool all the people all the time. You just have to fool enough of the people enough of the time.
All it will take is for them to hear "Barack Obama's pastor says 'God Damn America'" and enough of the people could be fooled to make all the difference in the world.
Just remember John Kerry circa 2004: "No one will pay attention to the Swift Boat ads because its obvious that I'm a war hero so they don't need a response."
That strategy worked really well.