#1 on the Worst-Smelling List

From The New York Times:

In the summer of 2004 the conservative gadfly Jerome R. Corsi shot to the top of the best-seller lists as co-author of “Unfit for Command,” the book attacking Senator John Kerry’s record on a Vietnam War Swift boat that began the larger damaging campaign against Mr. Kerry’s war credentials as he sought the presidency.

Almost exactly four years after that campaign began, Mr. Corsi has released a new attack book painting Senator Barack Obama, the Democrats’ presumed presidential nominee, as a stealth radical liberal who has tried to cover up “extensive connections to Islam” — Mr. Obama is Christian — and questioning whether his admitted experimentation with drugs in high school and college ever ceased.

Significant parts of the book, whose subtitle is “Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” have already been challenged as misleading or false in the days since its debut on Aug. 1. Nonetheless, it is to make its first appearance on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction hardcovers this Sunday — at No. 1.

Original DVD cover.

The publisher is Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster whose chief editor is Mary Matalin, the former Republican operative turned publisher-pundit. And it is a significant, early success for Ms. Matalin’s three-year-old imprint, which is also planning to publish the memoirs of Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political guru. Threshold says it has undertaken an extensive printing effort for anticipated demand, with 475,000 copies of “The Obama Nation” produced so far.

“The goal is to defeat Obama,” Mr. Corsi said in a telephone interview. “I don’t want Obama to be in office.”


Mr. Corsi, who has over the years also written critically about Senator John McCain, Mr. Obama’s probable Republican opponent, said he supported the Constitution Party presidential nominee, Chuck Baldwin, and had not been in touch with McCain aides. He called his reporting on Mr. Obama, which he stands by, “investigative,” not prosecutorial.


Several of the book’s accusations, in fact, are unsubstantiated, misleading or inaccurate.

For instance, Mr. Corsi writes that Mr. Obama had “yet to answer” whether he “stopped using marijuana and cocaine completely in college, or whether his drug usage extended to his law school days or beyond.” “How about in the U.S. Senate?” Mr. Corsi asks.

But Mr. Obama, who admitted to occasional marijuana and cocaine use in his high school and early college years, wrote in his memoir that he had “stopped getting high” when he moved to New York in the early 1980s. And in 2003 The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., quoted him responding to a question of his drug use by saying, “I haven’t done anything since I was 20 years old.”

In an interview, Mr. Corsi said “self-reporting, by people who have used drugs, as to when they stopped is inherently unreliable.”


Mr. Corsi described most of the critiques of his book as “nitpicking,” like a contradiction of his claim that Mr. Obama had failed to dedicate his book “Dreams of My Father” to his family; Mr. Obama dedicated the book to several family members, in the introduction.

Mr. Corsi called the Media Matters critique inconsequential because it was advancing a liberal, political agenda.


“This book is nothing but a series of lies that were long ago discredited, written by an individual who was discredited after he wrote a similar book to help George Bush and Dick Cheney get re-elected four years ago,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Mr. Obama.

From Media Matters, August 6, 2004:

* Corsi on Islam: “a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion”

* Corsi on Catholicism: “Boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn’t reported by the liberal press”

* Corsi on Muslims: “RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters — it all goes together”

* Corsi on “John F*ing Commie Kerry”: “After he married TerRAHsa, didn’t John Kerry begin practicing Judiasm? He also has paternal grandparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?”

* Corsi on Senator “FAT HOG” Clinton: “Anybody ask why HELLary couldn’t keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?”

There are plenty more of Corsi’s vile sputterings there.

Read Media Matters slashing of Obama Nation here, and watch a video at Crooks and Liars of Paul Waldman of Media Matters making a fool of Corsi on last night’s Larry King Live.

You know, it’s been bugging me since I watched Corsi on tv last night that I have seen him somewhere before. He looks so familiar……oh!!! I know where I’ve seen him before!

Original DVD cover.


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15 responses to “#1 on the Worst-Smelling List

  1. nightowl724

    Another two-fer! Yay!

    What’s wrong with these two statements?

    He called his reporting on Mr. Obama, which he stands by, “investigative,” not prosecutorial.

    “The goal is to defeat Obama,” Mr. Corsi said in a telephone interview. “I don’t want Obama to be in office.”

    Give up? The man who said them!

    What’s right with this post? EVERYTHING from the title to the “graphic details.” 🙂

  2. Got a Grip

    Worst smelling, indeed.

    Wow. Where to start here. I’m in a mood…..

    Of course there’s a cult of personality around Obama. That’s the kind of politics that we cultivate these days. It’s hardly new to Obama. After all, wasn’t Bush the guy all the rethugs wanted to have a beer with? Somehow I think the one cult of personality will be more workable than the immediately one preceding it. McCain’s problem is that he doesn’t have a reliable personality to form a cult around. No one wants to worship ideas that lame delivered by the crypt keeper.

    I do not belong to the cult of Obama. I know that he is human like all of us, that his views are too far to the right for me in many areas and that he is now firmly surrounded by the media/political bubble that takes a normal human and turns them into a myopic idiot. I believe that we have to start holding his feet to the fire now if we are going to get his attention down the road on many key issues. But you can bet your ass I’ll vote for him. There’s no other valid choice.

    The three stooges in your poster, nons, are as vile and evil as they come. I have to say I find Mary Matalin particularly offensive. I don’t know how she and the wicked sprite Carville keep from stabbing each other dead. They’re both total creatures of political theater. Just awful.

    Okay. I’m done venting, I think. I can’t be sure, but I think so.

  3. nightowl,
    i don’t know how people like the vile matalin keep from choking on their own words. oh, how i wish she would!
    i had to do a second image. someone as loathsome as jerome the putz has to be ridiculed more than just putting him on a dvd cover.

  4. gotta,
    i am not a member of the cult either. i have no illusions whatsoever about any politician. that’s why i was neither shocked nor disappointed by the news about edwards. i think they all have enough problems trying to stay inside the lines of their professional ethics, so there is little time and energy to be spent staying in the lines in their personal lives.
    i will vote for anyone if the other choice is capt underpants. he’s a moron, and he’s dangerous. he will be another chimpy who delegates running the government to his handlers until he gets pissy and decides he wants to invade another country.

  5. Corsi is a kook. He’s also a kook with an internet presence on Free Republic. That means that he’s on my watchlist for a Looney Maroon Award–and, yes, I’m in a position to nominate him for it.

  6. jlms qkw - jenn

    cultless here in slc, also.

    i didn’t know what that axx looked like. eeeuuuwww.

    cokie is an “entertainer” not a “reporter” and this jerk “investigates”?

    w and the neocons (a la shock doctrine) have really screwed the language.

  7. can we vote for him if you nominate him, neon vincent?

    ****note to self–do not act like a maroon when neon vincent is around.

  8. jenn,
    they act like junior high kids. words mean whatever they want them to mean, and don’t bother to correct them, because their friends will pile on with equally childish and asinine explanations. it’s time to stop being nice or gentle. when they lie, call them fu¢king liars! don’t use cute little words to say that they are lying out of their asses. call them bigots and haters and homophobes. stop tiptoeing around trying to be “civil”. they want a war of words, give them a real one! time for dems to grow some cojones. 😈

  9. Got a Grip

    Amen, nonnie! AMEN!!!

  10. can we vote for him if you nominate him, neon vincent?

    Sure, if you get a Google Groups or other USENET account and post to alt.usenet.kooks where I’m the Friendly Neighborhood Vote Wrangler. However, someone would have to second the nomination. I have a few liberal friends on the group who might go along with the idea.

    ****note to self–do not act like a maroon when neon vincent is around.

    *evil chuckle*

    Actually, you’re pretty safe. If you only have a web presence, you have to do something very kooky and very visible to get noticed. Otherwise, you’re going to be ignored; the voters prefer people who post a lot to USENET.

    BTW, you missed it when Rush Limbaugh won the Looney Maroon Award and the Bob Allisat Memorial Hook, Line & Sinker last November for biting on DeSmogBlog’s hoax. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving wingnut.

  11. jeb

    Couldn’t Corsi have spared himself all of the work of actually typing this screed by condensing it into one cohesive interrogative such as: “When did you stop beating your wife Mr. Obama?”

    When I read this online today, they said that it was already number one on the NYT Bestsellers list. How many of the Bu$H/Chain me rich friends were coralled by Matlin to buy this vile crap in bulk orders?

  12. whew i dodged a bullet! everyone knows i have no presence other than that on the internets. should we call you Friendly Neighborhood Vote Wrangler from now on, neon vincent, or will your eminence do? by the way, i notice that neighborhood vote has the same initials as neon vincent, and i suspect that you are a secret agent for one organization or another. 8)

  13. jeb,
    i think these ridiculous books are just a way to pay back the rethug operatives like the vile mary matalin. they are told to do the dirty work and are promised a big payout later on. instead of the money coming directly from the party, they all get big book contracts. it’s a crime syndicate.

  14. I work for The Cabal (There is no Cabal).

    And I’m still only Neon Vincent here. After all, you are the queen of your blog.

  15. ah, a cabalist! do you wear a read thread around your wrist? i’m not a queen, but i think i heard someone call me a royal something the other day. not sure exactly what the something was. ❓