Found this on The Carpetbagger Report today (which has become one-stop-shopping for Obama slander). Seems a bunch of conservative bloggers got their panties in a bunch over some volunteer Obama supporters flying a flag with controversial Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara on it. Aye yi yi! What to do? Es horrible! Let’s all squeal like Commie-fearing pigs!
The far-right sure does find some odd things to get excited about.
If you’ve perused the major conservative blogs over the 12 hours or so, you’ve no doubt seen the major-league freak-out about the Obama campaign allegedly opening an office in Texas with a Che Guevera flag. Ed Morrissey, who is usually a little less unhinged than some of his cohorts, got the ball rolling yesterday.
Oh, my. Barack Obama may want to call his new Houston office and suggest some decorating ideas. Take a look at the flag flying in the office at the moment:
No, that’s not a Texas state flag with a picture of Obama on it. It’s the flag of the Castro-led Cuba regime, with Che Guevara’s face superimposed on the side. A Fox report from Houston captured this image as it showed Obama supporters celebrating his momentum after Super Tuesday.
Never mind that the news report the bloggers are citing explicitly states the flag was flown by unpaid volunteers, not a bunch of Castro-sympathizing socialists working directly for the Obama camp. But this is the sort of garbage you have to deal with when you’re running for president and the opposition is desperate for anything, any shred of ridiculousness to flail about screaming that Obama is some hope-peddling radical.
As scandals go, this one barely passes the yawn test. That so many conservatives immediately seized upon it suggests a certain unattractive desperation.
Oddly enough, Morrissey adds that it’s incumbent on Obama to “renounce any affinity for Che and the Fidel Castro regime.” Seriously, Ed? Is this what it’s come to? Some random volunteer gets filmed by a Fox affiliate with a dumb flag and it becomes necessary for a sitting U.S. senator and leading presidential candidate to publicly renounce Communists?
As Joyner concluded, “The suggestion that Americans need to start swearing loyalty oaths … is light years beyond irritating.”