WFP: Attack Watch, Obama’s New Campaign Site Created to “Fight Smears,” Becomes Laughing Stock of Internet

Attack Watch, Obama’s new website paid for by Obama for America, has become the laughing stock of conservatives.

What is this site about?

Obama for America national field director Jeremy Bird told ABC Newsthat the site’s goal is to offer “resources to fight back” against attacks. Mostly, that means fact checking statements from the likes of GOP presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and conservative commentator Glenn Beck and offering evidence to the contrary. The site is designed in bold red and black colors, and uses statements like “support the truth” and “fight the smears.”

Sadly, President Obama’s team has laid another goose egg. Almost every tweet about the site has ridiculed it. Conservative bloggers and pundits have had a field day poking fun at Obama.

Aside from the poor political strategy of creating a “snitch” site, Victor Davis Hanson points out the obvious “big brother” vibe.

Yet go onto the new (“Paid for by Obama for America”) website. It reads and looks like some sort of Stasi file (“file” is their vocabulary, not mine). It asks readers to inform them of criticism of Obama. The format is, I guess by intent, supposed to resemble a government intelligence dossier (“Attack files”), with its blaring black and red headers: “Attack” /”Attackers” (followed by names and pictures of the supposed bad guys)/”Attack Type” /(“public statements”) followed by check off boxes like “Have your seen or heard this attack?” “Yes/No”. It reminds me of of living in 1973 dictatorial Greece, when we all kept silent about the Colonels upon entering the apartment building, lest the government-paid concierge write something down not nice in her black book.

Apparently no one in the administration learned from the spooky tone of the now defunct Journolist. That obtuseness begs the question, what is it with these extra-journalistic efforts to intimidate critics, as if the 2012 campaign will be based around deterrence: e.g., as if: “Beware: if you criticize Barack Obama, your name and picture will appear on our “Attack File”. We are watching you, so you watch out!”

So creepier still is the request to snoop around and collect evidence for what the Roman emperors and French monarchs used to call maiestas/Lèse-majesté—supposed crimes against the head of state, by circulating criticism of his authority that might lessen his proper sense of majesty. Indeed, on there is a special pop-up window that is reminiscent of that supposedly will help form some sort of a clearing house: “Your email”/”content of attack or link”/”Attack type”, “Attach” with a link “Report” that pops up yet another window.

But back to poking fun, Ezra Dulis makes a hilarious parody video.

The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Flock paints a clearer picture of why this is a poor political strategy.

While the initiative is reminiscent of a similar online effort launched during the 2008 campaign, called Fight the Smears, the intimidating design and language of the new site seems to be what’s causing a bigger ruckus.

Fight the Smears looked and felt far less scary, quoting Obama at the top of its page in a classic hope-change statement: “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon — that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge but enemies to demonize.”

Attack Watch, on the other hand, uses the shorter tag­line, “Get the Truth. Fight the Smears.”

It’s safe to say that in its 24 hours of existence, Attack Watch has already backfired, becoming a tool for conservatives to use against Obama 2012. A tweet by conservative author Brad Thor summed up the critics’s argument: “Wow, not only are Obama & Co. incredibly thin-skinned, they’re paranoid.”

Paranoid? You think? Already the conservative odd makers are betting when Obama’s people will pull the site.

President Obama is in emergency mode. Nevada and New York’s special elections were a GOP sweep. Particularly in New York’s 9th District, where a Republican has not held the seat since 1922 and where Democrats have previously won by 20 points. Even in Nevada, the Republican outperformed expectations and did surprisingly well. Even Nate Silver says, the 2010 Republican wave has not ended.

“In other words, the four special elections, taken as a whole, suggest that Democrats may still be locked in a 2010-type political environment. Democrats might not lose many more seats in the House if that were the case, since most of their vulnerable targets have already been picked off, but it would limit their potential for any gains. And it could produce dire results for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where they have twice as many seats up for re-election.”

The best exit quote of the night from NY-09’s Republican victory.

“I am a registered Democrat, I have always been a registered Democrat, I come from a family of Democrats — and I hate to say this, I voted Republican,” said Linda Goldberg, 61, after casting her ballot in Queens. “I need to send a message to the president that he’s not doing a very good job. Our economy is horrible. People are scared.”

Doom. What will a desperate President do next?

The post and its comments can be seen at Western Free Press.


  1. Sorry, no time to read this. I’m laughing too hard at the Attack Watch Twitter feed.

  2. I wonder if they are throwing the stupid stuff against the wall now to test it or some version of it for later. Just remember, we are a year out from the campaign. You are stupid if you think that the low water mark now is going to effect Obama next year. He is already prepping us to turn the corner and campaign next year – he will blame the Republicans for stalling the economy because we would not go along with his jobs plan. Dont you get it? That is what his barn storming tour is all about, gathering headlines of “Pass this jobs bill now” across the nation so that later he can point to those old clips to prove that he was trying to do something but the evil republicans stopped his ideas.
    Look, unless you are a moron you know that the economy has a cycle. That cycle will likely start to move up next year. The gamble for both sides is will it come back in early 12 or late 12. And dont forget that the main stream media will push whatever agenda Obama has at the time. Right now he wants them to say that we are at the worst time ever, so that by the end of the year they will start saying that things are beginning to turn around. Whether or not that is real doesnt matter cause the media will change the storyline in early 2012 to a hopeful uplifting – we are makeing progress and Obama is leading us story.
    Remember how we all got sucked into thinking we would teach Gov Brewer a conservative lesson after she raised taxes… and then a couple months later we forgot cause she championed 1070.
    sometimes we aint that smart.

  3. I suggest you report my moronic stupidity to Attack Watch, Fred. Laughing at their ridiculous website would surely amount to a smear, in their view.

  4. True Conservative says

    Wow – the conservatives are able to flood a twitter feed with insults, and you think that merits praise.

    Some people fear the free and open exchange of ideas – that’s why we too often look like fools. This article, and the conduct it reports on, do nothing to advance the cause of our country, its just base, nasty politicing.

    • How about noting that the site is as vile as it gets, and they started it, not anyone else? Snitch Central is totally Un-American in purpose and spirit. It’s mean.
      Grumble to THEM, not at their targets who were minding their own business until this slithery thing appeared.
      There is nobody perfect in this world. We could ALL be 100% perfect and the Left would manufacture a fault.

      • True Conservative says

        How about proving, not claiming, the site is as vile as it gets.

        The site is not a “snitch” site, its a place to catch lies or disputed claims. What about that frightens you?

        I do not fear the free and open exchange of ideas. Real conservatives don’t have to resort to dirty tricks or childlike banter.

        Have some courage in your convictions and speak like an adult.

  5. True Conservative says

    What’s really sad is that there is a lot of information on this site that could either be countered with conservative facts and cogent argument; instead, we’re here praising intellectual children for prank-tweeting.

    Don’t be afraid to think. Don’t counter with insults, counter with intelligence.

  6. Oh. I thought it was a email address collection site. Sooo, even though it’s tempting to drop a turd on it, because it soooo deserves it, I don’t need them to catch my IP address, email etc etc.

  7. Conservative American says

    Here’s the really funny thing. Obama’s problem isn’t attacks, it’s his own record!

    For over two years, with high unemployment, a bad economy and massive home foreclosures, Obama spent the bulk of his time and the time of Congress on Obamacare. Here we are, a little over a year from the presidential election, and now he’s talking about his jobs plan.

    Obama said that if he didn’t improve the economy that he would be a one term president. He had it right but didn’t keep his priorities in order.

  8. MoreConservativeThanYou says

    How DARE those left-wing, Alinksy-loving radicals attempt to defend themselves!

    • Conservative American says

      They’re entirely welcome to defend themselves. They just need to realize that what they need to defend themselves from is Obama’s dismal on-the-job record. That makes everything else pale into insignificance.

  9. Conservative American says

    Democrats just lost a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives from New York State’s 9th congressional district which they have held continuously since 1923! That race was being closely watched by both parties nationally because it was considered a given, for obvious reasons, that the Democrat would win. That loss wasn’t due to attacks by Republicans. It was due to the fact that even Democrats are rejecting Obama’s agenda. Obama is running against himself!

  10. Why not Don’t the Obamites want John Q Public to report all the ATMs that are out there ‘killing jobs’ in cold blood?

  11. o-BOMB-a,………is a one terma! TG4THAT!!!!!!!!

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