Michelle has some well-intentioned critique for the Obama camp as it relates to defending the candidate against unsourced smears:
As I reported yesterday, Kurtz spent two hours on legendary radio talk show host Milt Rosenberg’s Chicago program on WGN last night detailing his initial findings. The Obama campaign went ballistic — and in typical Chicago mafia-style, smeared Kurtz and tried to shut down the show.
Ignoring that Michelle never does any original “reporting,” she does an interesting job of conflating many vintage attacks that have been used by the Blame America Last contingent.
The Obama/Ayers connection is an attempt at bringing 60s radicals, many of whom have entered the mainstream of society, back from the Weird/Bizarro/Scary/Acid Trip days. The terrorist allegations aren’t sticking. This is mainly because Ayers is now a middle-aged white guy. Other middle-aged white people see him standing on the American flag and shrug their shoulders. “He’s a professor, huh? Well, that’s nothing new.”
The “Chicago mafia-style” reference is also less-than-resonant. In no way does Obama’s supporters defending their man look anything like organized crime. If anything, what Michelle is complaining about resembles what Republican activists did back in 2000 to stop the recounts–something Michelle likely applauded.
And, of course, Michelle and “thuggery” cannot be mentioned together without reminding all of how she posted the personal phone numbers of members of Santa Cruz’s Students Against War. She wouldn’t remove them after a request. She responded, “You are responsible for your individual actions. Other individuals are responsible for theirs. Grow up and take responsibility.”
If only she gave Stanley Kurtz the same suggestion.