Bill Boyarsky: The GOP’s Hidden Campaign Against Obama – Bill Boyarsky’s Columns – Truthdig.

If the election is tight, two Republican tactics—one well known and the other just emerging from the political sewer—could be enough to defeat President Barack Obama.

The latter is a smear campaign from an organization called Special Operations OPSEC (spy talk for operational security) Education Fund, organized,Reuters reported, by a group of former spies and commandos with “extensive links to the Republican Party.” The group has produced a 22-minute film accusing Obama of leaking details of the Navy SEALs’ killing of Osama bin Laden and taking too much credit for it.

This is a reprise of the Republicans’ 2004 “Swift Boat” campaign in which they belittled war hero Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, for his combat experience skippering patrol boats during the Vietnam War. As improbable and outrageous as the attacks were, their repetition during a close election may have created an impression among the undecided and doubters that Kerry had exaggerated, if not falsified, his war experience.

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