GOP Super PAC: Obama Is a ‘Metrosexual, Black Abe Lincoln’
A Republican Super PAC is considering the release of a short film that would sharply attack President Obama’s character and link him to his ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright in a way John McCain refused to do in 2008, the New York Times reported Thursday.
According to an outline of the project obtained by the Times, Republican strategists have sketched out a five-minute campaign commercial called “Next” that would include Wright shouting “God Damn America” in a sermon and show a picture of Wright and Obama together with the text, “there’s simply a fundamental difference between his view of America and ours.” After attacking Obama’s record on a number of issues and several images of Wright, the film would end with a woman declaring “oh God, what would he do next,” referring to Obama.
“Our plan is to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” strategists working for the “Ending Spending Action Fund” write in a 54-page memo obtained by the Times that lays out the film and other projects. “Show the world how Barack Obama’s opinions of America and the world were formed.
They add, “the world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way. He will draw the attention. He is truly the elephant in the room.”
The GOP organization, according to the memo, wants to hire an “extremely literate conservative African-American” (radio host Larry Elder is said to be on the short list) to argue that Obama deceived Americans by portraying himself as a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
“The instance response liberals give to any attack is to deem the attack as racist,” the strategists write in an extended memo on their strategy the _Times _ also published. “In the case involving an African-American president, even more so.”
They add,”we have two ways to help mitigate that potential. First, included an extremely literate, conservative African American in our spokesman group. Our recommendation is Larry Elder, a prominent ABC talk radio host in California. We have discussed our approach with him in confidence and he immediately understood and ‘got it.’
They also discuss the importance of using focus groups to identify any language or visuals that “could be reasonably deemed ‘racist.”