Did you catch Meet the Press on Sunday morning? Painful.
Tim Russert's guests were David Axelrod (left) and Geoff Garin, chief strategists for the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns, respectively. Russert, the "moderator", does what he always does: Continues to use Karl Rove and Dick Cheney as his assignment editors to talk about "substantive issues." Video at Media Matters.
RUSSERT: Let me ask about two final issues. David Axelrod, based on the last couple of weeks, many Democrats fear Republicans in the fall will string together an ad which shows Michelle Obama saying that she really never had pride in America until this campaign, when Barack Obama's running. Barack Obama with his hands clasped in front of him rather than holding his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Barack Obama not wearing a flag pin. Barack Obama talking about clinging to faith and to guns. Suggesting—Barack Obama meeting with Bill Ayers, a former Weatherground Underman—Weatherman Underground figure. Are you concerned that all those kinds of issues could be strung together to create an impression of Obama that would make him almost unelectable to a lot of swing voters?
Sure, the disparate incidents are being strung "together" into a right-wing narrative—we began talking about this back in 2006—but the important part is that the now-infamous photo was taken during the national anthem, not the Pledge of Allegiance. Eh, those are just facts. Keep it classy, Russert, and, thanks for the right-wing attack ad suggestions ...
Some Background ...
Obama and the Turban Non-Story [R20]
PA Debate: Meltdown and Morning After [R20]
"Bitter" Billionaire Fundraiser" [R20]
Obama Camp Provides Photo of Wright and Bill Clinton [R20]
Obama to Make "Major" Speech on Race [R20]
Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Black LGBTs [R20]
McCain Aide Suspended, Circulating Wright Video [R20]
"I Have A Dream Ticket" [The Advocate]
Behind the Gay-Friendly Faces [The Advocate + PDF]
A Tale of Two Cities [The Advocate]
Obama: Not "Very Christian" to Criticize Gays [R20]
Obama Buys Ads in Gay Newspapers in TX, OH [R20]
Obama: Hospital Visitation for Gay Couples is "Not a Special Privilege" [R20]
Right-Wing Townhall.com: "Obama Would Be First Gay President!" [R20]
Ten Things Obama Can Do to Win Pennsylvania [HuffPo]
Paging John Edwards and Barack Obama [HuffPo]
This is What Barack Obama Should Tell Bob Novak [HuffPo]