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RNC Makes TN GOP Pull ‘Muslim Garb’ Photo

From Fox News:

Tennessee GOP Pulls ‘Hussein,’ Obama Photo From Fiery ‘Anti-Semite’ Release

by FOXNews.com

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Tennessee Republican Party has toned down a fiery press release that included a controversial photo of Barack Obama and blasted the candidate on his stance on Israel. The release was changed after a rebuke from the Republican National Committee.

A GOP official told FOX News that the RNC privately chided the Tennessee Republican Party over the content of its online press release titled, “Anti-Semites for Obama,” which followed the endorsement of Obama by Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan…

“The RNC rejects these kinds of campaign tactics. We believe this election needs to be about the critical issues confronting our nation,” RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said Thursday.

The earlier version of the press release referred to Obama by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, and included the now widely seen 2006 photo of Obama in African tribal garb.

A check of the Tennessee GOP’s Web site late Wednesday showed both the photo and the reference to Obama’s middle name had been scrubbed from the page

The statement first drew criticism from the Tennessee Democratic party: “The tone and accuracy of this release unfortunately is what we have come to expect for the Tennessee Republican Party in recent times, and this release is the worst of the bunch,” Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Gray Sasser said in a prepared statement.

“It amplifies misinformation, discredited tall tales, and Internet innuendo to appeal to the worst in people,” Sasser said, accusing the state Republicans of “fear-mongering.”

Tennessee GOP officials defended their initial release Wednesday and argued that they have a right to use “Hussein” in their literature.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, state GOP officials said their statement “alerting voters that Sen. Barack Obama has foreign policy advisers and endorsements rooted in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views has been twisted by Democrats who would prefer to scream ‘racism!’ rather than deal with Obama’s real and worrisome record.

“Attempts to put the Tennessee Republican Party at odds with Sen. John McCain regarding our Monday press release and his Tuesday comments are ineffective and vacant given Sen. McCain’s consistently strong record as a defender of Israel.”

From Tennessee Republican Party:

ANTI-SEMITES FOR OBAMA

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Republican Party today joins a growing chorus of Americans concerned about the future of the nation of Israel, the only stable democracy in the Middle East, if Sen. Barack Obama is elected president of the United States…

*Clarification: This release originally referenced a photo of Sen. Obama and incorrectly termed it to be “”Muslim” garb. It is, in fact, Somali tribal garb, hence, we have deleted the photo. Also, in order to diffuse attempts by Democrats and the Left to divert attention from the main point of this release – that Sen. Obama has surrounded himself with advisers and received endorsements from people who are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel – we have deleted the use of Barack Obama’s middle name.

Bill Hobbs
Communications Director
Tennessee Republican Party
2424 21st Avenue, Suite 200
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Phone: (615) 269-4260
Email: billhobbs@tngop.org

So now the Republican Party is taking its marching orders from the DNC:

The statement first drew criticism from the Tennessee Democratic party: “The tone and accuracy of this release unfortunately is what we have come to expect for the Tennessee Republican Party in recent times, and this release is the worst of the bunch,” Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Gray Sasser said in a prepared statement.

“It amplifies misinformation, discredited tall tales, and Internet innuendo to appeal to the worst in people,” Sasser said, accusing the state Republicans of “fear-mongering.”

And by “clarification” Mr. Hobbs means sniveling obfuscation.

A less cowardly person might have been to ask exactly what misinformation, what tall tales and innuendo are being amplified by an actual photograph of an actual event?

Exactly what fears are being mongered? Are we afraid of the truth?

The photograph in question is from the Associated Press. (Though of course we were the first to bring it to light.) And it is of Mr. Obama in Muslim garb.

The claim that it is the costume of a Somali tribe is a distinction without a difference, given that the population of Somalia is 100% Muslim.

Moreover, it is not the only example of Mr. Obama wearing Muslim garb captured by the shutterbugs of the Associated Press — and then curiously hidden from public view for years. (And we also were the first to bring this photo to light.)

And while we are at it, the lunatic anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan did endorse Mr. Obama. In fact, in his two and a half hour speech in praise of Mr. Obama he even called him “the hope of the world.”

Moreover, back in December, the selfsame Mr. Farrakhan was been given a “lifetime achievement award” by the very man Mr. Obama calls his “spiritual mentor,” his pastor and close advisor, the racist Jeremiah Wright.

And, more amazingly, “Hussein” is indeed Mr. Obama’s middle name. (At least at the moment. In his life he has gone by several names.)

But why bother with such details?

Alas, this is the same spineless GOP that screamed bloody murder about the entirely factual “Swiftboat” ads and other well documented material that helped keep us from getting President Kerry.

Sometimes calling Republicans “the stupid party” does not do them justice. They really are the “born loser party.”

And this year they might just get their wish.

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