June 13, 2008
Rural Tennessee Democrats "aren't sure" if Barack Obama has "terrorist" connections
A State Executive Committeeman for the Tennessee Democratic Party,
and a "superdelegate" to the national party's nominating convention in Denver later this year, one Fred Hobbs, had this to say about his party's presumptive nominee for President of the United States:
"[I don't want to endorse Barack Obama because] I don't exactly approve of a lot of the things he stands for and I'm not sure we know enough about him," Hobbs said when asked why he thought [Fourth District Congressman Lincoln] Davis wasn't endorsing Obama. "He's got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be."
Naturally, the Tennessee GOP is all over this; indeed, their Communications Director, Bill Hobbs, (no relation) notified me of the City Paper article via email blast.
But Fred Hobbs isn't just some isolated rogue. The main story is about why Congressman Davis will not endorse Obama, even though the candidate formerly favored by Davis, John Edwards, has done so (as has, it should be pointed out, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton). When asked about Fred Hobbs' comment, Rep. Davis's "chief of staff, Beecher Frasier, said he doesn't know for sure if Obama is 'terrorist connected' but he assumes he's not."
So it's like this, is it, Fourth District? What the hell kind of "assumption" is that?
Per Post Politics, the state party has issued a statement blaming, of course, Republicans for the ignorant statements. I disagree, although I have certainly witnessed all the nefarious and dishonest hit jobs by the TNGOP against the Obama family. My gut tells me that this is the type of Democrat one is dealing with in some parts of rural Tennessee and elsewhere.
UPDATE: I edited out the part about Fred Hobbs being a superdelegate, per this Politico post, by way of Michael Silence. I was skeptical about that part to begin with, but went by what the City Paper had reported.
Joe this is all about Lincoln catering to the white low income racists that still reside within the democrat party.
Posted by: dan t at June 14, 2008 11:18 AM
Dear Fred Hobbs,
I would like to applaud your recent statement implying Barack Obama is a terrorist. We here at Bigots United for McCain know that John can not possibly win on the issues. We need fine upstanding Americans like you to muddy the waters and cast doubt on the character and frankly the citizenship of the presumptive Democratic Nominee. We simply do not need a black man in office. Do we want our grade school children pointing to Africa on the map thinking it is where they live? No Sir!
If Obama gets in we will not be able to privatize Social Security and the country may very well spend a lot of money on health care for its populous instead of fighting wars in far off exotic lands. By the way, did you know Obama is Exotic? He is! And you can call him that on TV and not have to apologize!
John McCain canít say so but he appreciates your support so I will say it for him. We love your strong commitment to your race and to the Presidential race being won by a real American who is not black.
Remember! Race, Party and then Country!
Bigots United for McCain
Bigots United for McCain dot com
Posted by: Michael Meehan at June 14, 2008 11:24 AM