Showing Ignorance Can Be Bipartisan
Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee member Fred Hobbs, commenting on why superdelegate Lincoln Davis has not endorsed the party’s presidential nominee, worries Obama might have terrorist connections:
“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 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.”
This got a response from Lincoln Davis’ people:
“No one in their right mind, including me, believes Senator Obama has ties to terrorism. It is truly ridiculous for anyone to try to make hay out of these comments.”
And from the Tennessee Democratic Party:
“Mr. Hobbs is obviously misinformed, and his statement highlights the perpetual efforts of the Republican Party, especially here in Tennessee, to turn internet smears and highly offensive gossip into their party’s message against Senator Barack Obama as we head into the General Election.”
I expect ol’ Fred Hobbs is going to have a “Come to Jesus” moment regarding Obama right quick.
That said, and perhaps to the surprise of many who enjoyed me make sport of Fox News recently, I don’t think this can all be laid at the feet of the GOP, unless one really wants to entertain the notion that Republican operatives have somehow penetrated the very core of the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee. Perhaps they snuck through Mr. Hobbs’ window while he slept and whispered subliminal GOP talking points into his slumbering ear. Hey, it worked on Joe Lieberman.
But I think the simpler explanation is that Mr. Hobbs said something stupid of his own accord in the vicinity of a reporter, and thus hoisted himself via his own proverbial petard. And it is something for the Democrats to worry about. They’ve got a lot to deal with right in their own backyard, it seems, even before they have to contend with the GOP, or Fox News.