Dan Gainor

We now return to Barack Obama’s America – the election edition. It’s not the “bipartisan,” “post-racial” place he promised. Thanks to the left and their media flunkies, it’s Character Assassination Nation.

Yes, politics in America has always been a blood sport. You can’t say otherwise for a nation founded in rebellion and that survived a civil war, violence in Congress, duels and who knows what else. It’s not about the daily stupidity that infects all of our lives either. Not the casual comment from top Democrats calling a female GOP gubernatorial candidate a “whore” or left and right shooting from the lip on live radio.

It could be you are running as a woman vice presidential candidate for a party criticized by the media as not inclusive. Instead of celebrating that move, journalists parrot lefty talking points calling you “a problem” or even “embarrassing.”

Or maybe your incredibly successful company gets summoned in front of Congress by a whack-a-doodle politico because he is upset that you fund “angry radio hosts.” (In other words, “angry” hosts who are on the other side.) Perhaps you are targeted as a wealthy “hypocrite,” who has a “sprawling,” spacious,” or “exclusive” estate. As if no one on the left – Gates, Buffet, Soros, et al – have such indelicate living arrangements.

This is the left’s planned, organized and concerted effort to destroy their opponents – working hand-in-hand from liberal media, to politicians to old school media. The goal is nothing short of terrorizing anyone who might disagree with them. When liberals conspired using Journolist to set a news agenda, it was obvious they had done so. This is more insidious and goes all the way to the top.

Pick a name that has been a genuine threat to Team Obama and you can usually find the same strategy. Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, CNBC’s Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer, Matt Drudge, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, billionaire funders Charles and David Koch and even former CNN host Lou Dobbs. While the attacks are reminiscent of the assault against Justice Clarence Thomas, that was amateur hour. This is a professional operation.

The Palin attacks epitomized the strategy and continue to do so even though she hasn’t declared for any office and isn’t running this year at all. The left and the mainstream press savaged her because she was a conservative woman calling herself a “feminist.” They went after her career, her state and her family. In one memorably appalling episode the rumor circulated that Palin’s son Trig was actually her daughter’s child.


Dan Gainor

Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and director of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute.