Dog Day Rollout

by digby

Just a little reminder. It was precisely this time of year in 2004, the lull before the Olympics and the conventions, when they rolled out the swiftboat smear. It's when the media are hungry for something juicy and mean and the Republicans are ready to feed it to them.

And don't think because they have been somewhat sympathetic to Obama up to now that they won't run with this stuff. remember, it doesn't matter if they agree with it, if they stage a hissy fit, if they write long denuncuations of McCain or run fact chacks. All that matters is that they get it out there for the McCain campaign.

The swift boat liars never did a big ad buy. They got almost all their play through pimping the controversy and having the media show their ads for free.

Update: Speaking of Barack the anorexic starlet on the down-low:

McCain camp on Obama's 'hysteria'

Staying very personal, the McCain campaign responds to Obama's suggestion that Republicans will attack his unusual name and his race:

"This is a typically superfluous response from Barack Obama. Like most celebrities, he reacts to fair criticism with a mix of fussiness and hysteria," says McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, before trying to link the attack back to offshore drilling