Swiftboating Obama: a big deal or a big yawn?

I’ve been waiting for this shoe to drop. Far-right writer Jerome Corsi was the co-author of Unfit for Command: Swiftboat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, a controversial book that rose to be a NY Times bestseller and helped launch the controversy about Kerry’s military record, and helped torpedo Kerry’s presidential bid.

In the interim, Corsi has since been busy asserting a fanciful plot for the union of North America. I ran into him at the New Orleans summit between Bush-Harper-Calderon and he told me that he was working on a book on Obama. So I’ve been waiting and wondering what Corsi could come up with that would rival his anti-Kerry effort and whether he would spring something unexpected on the campaign that could change the landscape.

Today his press release landed in my inbox and from what I can tell the Obama-attack doesn’t hold anything we haven’t heard already: he’s a leftist, his step-father was a Muslim, his father was born a Muslim, (for the details on Obama’s faith, see my story here) he had associations with former radical professors, with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko… So far, Obama has withstood these issues. The political stuff about Kenya, we haven’t heard much about… We’ll soon see whether the book raises them into a new controversy. Corsi has already been interviewed on Fox News.  Debunkers on the left are sharpening their knives.

From the press release:

“In this thoroughly researched and documented book, THE OBAMA NATION: LEFTIST POLITICS AND THE CULT OF PERSONALITY (Threshold Editions; August 1st, 2008; $28.00), the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., explains why the extreme leftism of an Obama presidency would leave the United States weakened, diminished, and divided, and why Obama must be defeated—and how he can be…

Obama’s extensive connections with Islam and radical politics, from his father’s and stepfather’s Islamic backgrounds, to his Communist and socialist mentors in Hawaii and Chicago, to his long-term and close associations with former Weather Underground heroes William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn—associations much closer than heretofore revealed by the press Barack and wife Michelle’s twenty-year-long religious affiliation with the black-liberation theology of former Trinity United Church of Christ Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons have always been steeped in a rage first expressed by Frantz Fanon, Stokely Carmichael, and Malcolm X, a rage that Corsi shows has deep meaning for Obama

Obama’s continuing connections with Kenya, the homeland of his father, through his support for the candidacy of Raila Odinga, the radical socialist presidential contender who came to power amid Islamist violence and church burnings

Obama’s involvement in the slum-landlord empire of the Chicago political fixer Tony Rezko, who helped to bankroll Obama’s initial campaigns and to purchase Barack and Michelle’s dream-home property

The background and techniques of the Obama campaign’s cult of personality, including the derivation of the words “hope” and “change”..”