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First Thing We Do, Let's Waterboard All the Lawyers

A California attorney is under fire for posting offensive material on a Republican Party Web site linking Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraging readers to "Waterboard Barack Obama." Taking credit for the offensive site, according to the Sacramento Bee, is Craig MacGlashan, chair of the Sacramento County Republican Party and attorney at Sacramento firm Nageley, Meredith & Miller.

When asked about it Tuesday by the Bee, MacGlashan defended the the site's content, saying, "Some people find it offensive, others do not. I cannot comment on how people interpret things." But by the end of the day, the content had been taken down, replaced with political cartoons attacking Obama. For the curious, the blog The Shark posted copies of the offending images. One shows the following text sandwiched between images of bin Laden and Obama: "The only difference between Obama and Osama is BS." Another shows an American flag pennant with the caption, "Waterboard Barack Obama."

Republicans elsewhere in California are condemning the site. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said, "In the governor's view, it's completely and totally inappropriate." And California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas said that, even though he sees Democrats playing the race card, the Sacramento site went too far. Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis School of Law, told the Bee he was taken aback by the Web site's warning to "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid" of Obama. "It suggests to me that we haven't gone as far as we would have liked in putting racism to bed," Johnson said.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 16, 2008 at 11:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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