Obama advisers say that whenever they hear that Corsi has been booked for an appearance on a network program, they are quickly contacting the program's producers to rebut the book's charges in phone conversations and giving them a whole run-down of past Corsi quotes that are controversial.In addition to a Corsi counterattack, Obama needs to attack from behind the scenes any program that is willing to allow the author or his surrogates time to promote the book. They need to push hard to shame any show that gives the book publicity. The talking points need to be blunt and direct calling the author "a liar" and pushing back in similar fashion to anyone who trades in Corsi's lies. Use terms like 'dispicable' 'bigoted' hateful' and most importantly, 'un-American'. Accuse them of treating our great Democracy as just anther marked to be gamed.
Obama aides also vow to insist that the producers allow them to have on a campaign surrogate to attack the charges, and are expecting to recruit more campaign surrogates, well plied with talking points, to push back against the book.
Call out those in the media who are all too willing to indulge this vile behavior as Joe Klein did yesterday. Klein was not just angry at McCain and the right-wing smear machine but at the MSM who dignify the smears as being in some way legitimate like they are covering a sporting event. Note the dig Joe takes at Mary Matalin "who appears regularly on mainstream media programs like Meet the Press..." Make it very clear to everyone who fancies themselves a player like Matalin and her husband that the Obama campaign does not see 'swiftboating' as 'just politics' (as Bush told McCain after Bush's people told SC voters in 2000 that McCain and his wife 'had a black baby') and those who indulge it will never be welcomed again. Both Matalin and her husband should be persona non grada at the campaign and any future Democratic White House.
When those who trade in this bullshit -both the politicians and those who give them quarter - suffer for having done so, the swiftboating will stop, and not a minute before.