The Phony Campaign

2008-07-27 Update

What's goin' down in Phonytown?

Query StringHit CountChange Since
"Barack Obama" phony676,000+8,000
"John McCain" phony632,000+26,000
"Bob Barr" phony12,900+1,500

  • The Phony Patrol, of course, misses John Edwards badly. A brand-new convert to the Church of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy writes at the Huffington Post:

    The truth is that I believe anyone who looks into the John Edwards / Rielle Hunter affair story will see that Edwards has, at best, acted in a very suspicious manner for over a year now.

    "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized."

  • At the Los Angeles Times, Dana Parsons interviews one Dan Ardell of Corona del Mar, a self-proclaimed "Republican for Obama".

    Ardell thinks he's got Obama sized up pretty well, and the only thing that could dissuade him is if he senses Obama isn't who he says he is. In other words, if he turns out to be a phony who really is harboring a special-interest agenda.

    Note to Mr. Ardell: Pun Salad research shows that (a) Obama is a phony; and (b) his sole "special-interest agenda" pretty much boils down to "get Obama elected." All other special interests are always in danger of being thrown under the proverbial vehicle of mass transport the minute that convenience dictates.

  • Speaking of which: the Obama WTF website claims to maintain the canonical list of Under the Bussers. We were not previously aware of the tire marks on the back of famous lefty author E. L. Doctorow. Is no one safe?

    The website claims WTF stands for "What's The Facts?" That sounds a little phony to us, but we may be overly sensitive to that.

  • After a long period of inactivity, there's a new smear up at Obama's Fight the Smears page!

    SMEAR: Barack Obama didn't take time for the troops.

    Conservative blogs, referencing an inaccurate email from abroad, have been spreading the rumor that Barack Obama gave troops the cold shoulder on his foreign trip.

    Reading further, it develops that the "conservative blogs" echoed mail sent from one CPT Jeffrey S. Porter in Afghanistan that contained allegations that were not, er, technically, true. Pun Salad doesn't know how many "conservative blogs" picked this up and ran with it, but we read a lot of them, and—although we may have missed something—we can't recall any of them mentioning it. Could this be a phony refutation of a minor infraction designed to divert attention from …

  • The thing that is a-buzzin' at conservative blogs is Obama's barackrobatics around the cancellation of his planned visit to wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. See, for example, Captain Ed, who details the Obamites' shifting rhetoric about the visit.

    The spin on this has gotten so bad that T. Boone Pickens might want Team Obama in his new wind farm.

  • In fact, this issue has now become the topic of a McCain campaign ad. We haven't done a YouTube in a while, so here it is:

    This caused Allahpundit to shake his head:

    … even under the worst assumptions, it makes no sense. If you think (and I do not) that Obama’s a sociopath who sees wounded soldiers as nothing but political chips to be played in an election card game, surely we can agree that he’s nevertheless savvy enough to grasp how horribly bad it would look to have photographers with him on a hospital visit in the middle of a campaign. If there were pictures on the wires of him shaking hands with bedridden vets while media vultures crowded around for close-ups, conservatives would have ripped him for it properly and mercilessly and he knows it. Why not stick with the “he went to the gym but not the hospital” point, which is at least factually correct? Why go here?

    Pun Salad's reflexive answer to questions like that is: Because it's more phony. If things are this bad in late July, wait three months.

  • Our regular readers will want to know that "Obamafuscation" continues to out-googlehit our word "Barackrobatics" by 1010 to 4. It's a doleful drubbing!

Last Modified 2014-12-01 10:54 AM EST

Experimental Results


This week's test of the Sunday Basic Cable Movie Actor Theory:

  • 12:00AM on A&E: Die Hard (Bruce Willis)
  • 1:45AM on AMC: A Fistful of Dollars (Clint Eastwood)

Just two, and depending on your surfing habits you may have missed them by the time you read this. Nevertheless, the theory stands unrefuted for the past 23 weeks.