The New York Times bestseller The Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi is drawing blood if the caterwauling from many of the usual suspects in any clue.
The AP essentially reprints Obama’s response to the book as a news story but the lede is interesting:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hit back Thursday with a 40-page rebuttal to the best-selling book “The Obama Nation,” arguing the author is a fringe bigot peddling rehashed lies.
Jerome Corsi’s anti-Obama book, “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president. The book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama _ that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a “black rage” hidden beneath the surface.
The Washington Post runs an editorial on how bad the book is, again relying heavily on the above mentioned 40-page rebuttal issued by Obama. And is joined on their Op-Ed page by the densest regular columnist of any major papor, Eugene Robinson
Even if everything in Corsi’s book is correct, it certainly isn’t something that a politician who sees himself as less than a deity, if not The Deity, should concern himself with. His 40-page rebuttal provides a good reminder of the immensely flawed character of Obama, himself, rather than addressing any substantive issue. That a major newspaper would take up the cudgel on Obama’s behalf, especially given its shameful cooperation with various smear books directed against President Bush, indicates that Corsi has found a chink in Obama’s carefully crafted persona and if they don’t silence Corsi, Obama is finished.