Thursday, March 13, 2008

There He Goes Again

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Bill Hobbs, the bombastic state GOP flack whose denunciations of Barack Obama have gotten him into trouble with his own party’s leaders, says he’s not heard any new complaints for his latest little faux pas. “None at all,” he says. Hobbs spouts his anti-Obama venom this week in the National Enquirer in a ridiculous front-page article. The article, a hot topic on blogs, is headlined “OBAMA’S SECRETS” and promises to reveal “his close friendship with a terrorist” and his “big money deal with an accused felon,” not to mention his “screaming matches with wife—over other women.” Here’s the part of the article where Hobbs speaks:
Bill Hobbs, communications director for the Tennessee Republican Party, revealed there are other links between the senator and America’s enemies. “Obama has a foreign policy advisor, Robert Maley, who blames Israel for anything bad and suggests that we ought to be doing business with Hamas (the radical Palestinian militants dedicated to Israel’s destruction),” Hobbs told The ENQUIRER. Hobbs believes Obama will be putting America’s strongest ally in the Middle East right in the crosshairs of our enemies. Just as disturbing is the alleged link between Obama and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has referred to Jews as “dogs” and “pigs.” ... Farrakhan has likened Obama to a new messiah, calling him “the hope of the entire world.” Despite the ringing endorsement, Obama denounced Farrakhan during a recent televised debate with Hillary Clinton. But Hobbs questions whether the denunciation is genuine. “Obama calls Farrakhan “Minister Farrakhan,” Hobbs told The ENQUIRER. “He denounces him with one hand and shows he tacitly respects him with that title.”
Asked about the article a few minutes ago, Hobbs takes pains to point out that he gave the interview before the Republican National Committee, John McCain, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker--just to name a few critics--came down on the state GOP for the notorious “Anti-Semites for Obama” press release. “The National Enquirer interview was done on the first day of the media frenzy over the whole Obama press release thing,” Hobbs says. “It was done two weeks ago. It’s an old interview. They were one of about 40 or 50 media outlets that called. Right after I talked to them, I talked to Newsweek and Agence France Presse. It’s not like we ran out there and did some more stuff on that story. It’s an old story. It’s as if you picked up a paper that’s two weeks old.” Hobbs adds, “I can tell you this. The quotes [in the Enquirer article] are not verbatim accurate. Anyway, we’re done talking about that story and I’ve got things to work on.” As we noted in our article on Hobbs’ Obama press release last week, reporters have been laying odds on how long he’ll last as the state GOP flack. The odds just went up.

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