It seems the Obama campaign’s latest attempt to demonize and marginalize conservatives is backfiring.
In an attempt to deal with criticism and rumors, the Obama campaign put up a web site called Attack Watch.
Their hope – liberals would use the site to help counter attacks against President Obama.
The site has its own Twitter hashtag – #attackwatch, as well as its own Twitter account. By all accounts, it is getting a lot of attention, but not the kind the Obama campaign was hoping for.
The Daily Caller reports the site has turned into a joke, with conservatives reporting “everything from rude neighbors to NFL teams.”
“Few if any have actually used #AttackWatch so far in the way the Obama campaign intended,” the Daily Caller adds.
Tina Nguyen wrote:
Right-wing pundits took a particular glee in appropriating the hashtag, with Jonah Goldberg, Michelle Malkin, and Tim Carney firing off sarcastic tweets by the minute. “Some RWNJ [Right Wing Nut Job] said Obama set up a website to track all criticism of him. But I know you’re not that creepy,” tweeted Carney.
A tweet from trscoop (The Right Scoop) suggests a “sound effect every time someone tweets something to @attackwatch”
User thorninaz referenced Obama’s claim that ATM machines were hurting unemployment by reporting, “Hey #attackwatch, I saw 6 ATM’s in an alley, killing a Job. It looked like a hate crime!”
Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online wrote:
I love email and tweets from libs saying #attackwatch struck a nerve on right. No — really — it struck our collective funny bone.
User Daggy1 added:
Teachers union considering instruction to children on how to use #attackwatch! “Turn in your parents – kids”!!!!
A post at the conservative blog Hot Air wonders how much longer the site will remain up:
Not only are major papers running headlines about the site becoming a laughingstock, even respected liberals are admitting that they would have flipped out had Bush tried something similar. Place your bets: How much longer can the PR beating go on before someone throws in the towel? Ace thinks it’ll be gone — or at least substantially overhauled to rid it of the “snazzy Gestapo color scheme” — by 6 p.m. ET. I’m thinking they’re going to stick with it for the long haul for the reason MKH gives here:
Design regression from Fight the Smears to #AttackWatch is metaphor for Obama 08 vs. 12. Same product, subtract style, sprinkle desperation.
The Daily Caller concludes:
The Obama team has been heralded for its revolutionary use of Twitter in conducting voter and constituent outreach. But by going on offense with #AttackWatch, Obama — carrying a 33 percent approval rating according to a Bloomberg poll released today — inadvertently gave the public a campaign-approved outlet to mock him in 140 characters or less.
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