Old GOP rhetoric: Obama’s a wimp and a weenie; new GOP rhetoric: Obama’s a bully and a meanie

The silliness of Obamaphobia is deftly characterized in THIS PIECE by Ta-Nehisi:

Obama is “the most divisive, nasty, negative campaigner that this country’s ever seen,” the head of the Republican National Committee claimed [recently], and the party’s presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, assured his followers that Obama was “going to do everything in his power to make this the lowest, meanest negative campaign in history.”

For those of us who remember the attacks on Obama in 2008, this is a notable shift. Four years ago the book on Obama was not that he would fight dirty but that he would not fight at all. Before Obama became the Great Deceiver of Men, he was a pinot-noir-sipping weakling who was a horrible bowler, marveled at arugula and otherwise failed at manhood. The gospel among Republicans, and even many Democrats, held that Obama was yet another espouser of effete liberalism, a tradition allegedly pioneered by Adlai Stevenson, elevated by Jimmy Carter, apotheosized by Michael Dukakis, and admirably upheld by a windsurfing John Kerry.


During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama earned the G.O.P.’s mockery. Now he has earned their fear. It is an ambiguous feat, accomplished by going to the dark side, by walking the G.O.P.’s talk, by becoming the man Dick Cheney fashioned himself to be.



  1. shawnnews

    They always use superlatives — nastiest, meanest, lowest. By using that kind of language without evidence they really portray themselves as ignorant or just rotten people. There are plenty of true criticisms to throw at Obama, but the ones that get the most play or longevity are the one’s appealing to ignorance (birth certificate), bigotry (Muslim runors) or fear (Bill Ayers).
    And the people using these criticisms present themselves as the moral Anericans.

  2. Yeah, Democrats never use superlatives in their descriptions of their Republican opponents do they shawn?

    You clearly do not live in the state of Wisconsin or follow national political discourse if you think that is the case.

  3. Right-wingers like expdoc just can’t deal with the fact that the Obama camp is not going to take the Republican smear tactics lying down. It defies their theory that Obama is a wimp. So, now they’re whining like babies about how mean that bad old Obama has become.

    I guess we know who the real weenies are, don’t we?

  4. Obama is a Chicago bred politician. Anyone who ever thought him to be a wimp was fooling themselves hoping that he wouldn’t push through his liberal agenda.

  5. Neftali

    Ugh. Stupid people from Missouri. They are too stupid to even listen to Sarah Palin and nominate Sarah Steelman to the Senate who could have easily have beat Claire McCaskill.

    Now instead, Republicans are stuck with this idiot named Todd Akin who said this in defense of his anti-abortion stance:

    “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”


    Our chances of taking back the Senate just got much harder. DAMMIT!!

  6. “Legitimate rape?” The Republican party has become the “Clown Party”! The second part of that sentence doesn’t deserve a comment. And Republicans don’t deserve to govern this country. Fools!!

  7. good2know

    Obama conducted himself with class and dignity amongst the obnoxious blowhards. But his attempts at civility and compromise were met with ridicule. It’s good to see his survival instincts kicked in. Obama is now confronting the opposition in the only language they understand. The bully conservatives love to dish out the vitriol but are now crying like babies because Obama is hitting back. I’d prefer the civil approach but Obama can’t show up with a knife to the gun fight.

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