One of the most amusing aspects of the post-election grieving process is watching all the loonies come out of the woodwork to declare that Romney and the Republicans could have won if only they’d focused on that person’s obsessive and bizarre theories. Here’s Paul Gilbert, the one who thinks Obama inherited Marxism from his real father, Frank Marshall Davis, saying that if only they had focused on his pet theory they would have won:
“I heard complaints from Rove’s conservative donors four weeks in advance of the election,” filmmaker Joel Gilbert told Accuracy in Media. “They kept asking, ‘where is the money being spent?'” The questions intensified after Obama’s victory and the Democrats achieved a larger 55-45 majority in the Senate.
Gilbert, who directed the documentary “Dreams from My Real Father,” about Obama’s Marxist roots, notes that Rove had argued to conservative donors that the winning strategy for Republicans was to place ads focusing on the poor economy.
Gilbert’s film, which was distributed to millions of voters and argued that Obama’s real biological and ideological father was Communist Party USA propagandist Frank Marshall Davis, attempted to expose Obama’s character and background. But Rove, Romney and Republican leaders did not want to raise these issues. In fact, Rove had argued that calling Obama a socialist or left-winger would backfire.
Gilbert argued that Obama was a pop-culture phenomenon with a high “likability” factor and that “Voters perceived Obama as a nice man with an inspiring family story.” The right strategy, he says, was to expose Obama’s Marxist views, the role of Frank Marshall Davis in molding Obama’s political philosophy, and Obama’s questionable statements about his own upbringing.
Gilbert says, “If Republicans had made Obama’s Marxist agenda and personal background the main issues of the campaign, Americans would have had a much clearer understanding of the choice between American values and Marxism.”
Or they could have focused instead of Dinesh D’Souza’s equally loopy idea that Obama’s Kenyan-born father, a man he saw a total of twice in his entire life, turned him into an “anti-colonialist” (as if that could possibly be a bad thing). It’s so hard when you have all these contradictory wingnut arguments to choose from.