Wednesday, August 20, 2008
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- It's amazing, the number of people who still say Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. Some believe it, which is surprising and depressing. Others know better but say it because it zaps a Democrat, which is just depressing.
I mention this ancient bit of character assassination in recognition of the No. 1 nonfiction bestseller on The New York Times' list this week, "The Obama Nation," by Jerome R. Corsi. The book is reported to be a farrago of truth, half-truth, twisted truth and nothing like truth. I haven't read it, but I have followed the genre since my days as an avid reader-but-not-believer of Ralph de Toledano, who was Hans Christian Andersen by the standards of contemporary political hacks.
Democrats started a backfire last week. John Kerry was slow to respond to the lies about him in a book, "Unfit for Command," that Mr. Corsi co-wrote four years ago. The slow pushback was analytically called proof that Kerry didn't have the right stuff to be president. But it doesn't matter what Barack Obama or his party says about "The Obama Nation" or Corsi. Much of what's in the book will blow away on a late-summer breeze; enough will stick so that eight years from now some people will believe absurdities about Obama and others will happily repeat them as a chance to zap Democrats....(Click here for remainder of article).