In the Internet Age, anyone can be a political saboteur... a “dirty trickster,” a smear artist, a faceless character assassin... from the comfort of one’s home.
But if you don’t want your true identity discovered, you better be slick about it. Slicker than the asshole who launched a website called Power 2 Obama.
Hanging out last week amongst the rabid Obama-haters at the No Quarter blog, I saw a suspicious comment with a link to Power 2 Obama. So I went and checked it out.
It pretends to be a black-power site – with a red, black and green flag with a fist on it. Power 2 Obama has photos of Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and (until recently) Malcolm X and Huey Newton under the heading “The Cabinet.”
The site has pages such as “Hatin’ On Whitey” (“Look at what the white man has done to our people. Our list of grievances is real. Our anger is justified.”) and “Whitey’s House” (“The time has come for the black man to rise up!!! We’re going to take that house on Pennsylvania Avenue and we’re going to turn whitey’s house into the brotha-man’s crib!”)
Obvious bullshit fakery. With a mission to rile up gullible white folks.
There’s a “Reparations” page. (“Brothas and sistahs, the time has come to make whitey pay!”) And, of course, a Michelle Obama page. (“You’re damn right America is hungry for a change, now hand over the keys, whitey.”)
You might even consider it satire. Except that the man behind Power 2 Obama is out there driving traffic to his site by commenting on Web forums like You Decide 2008, Political Crossfire and FoxNews.com’s GretaWire.
I did a quick WHOIS search to see who owns the power2obama.com domain name. Alas, it was registered anonymously through a proxy service.
So I sent a comment to Power 2 Obama through its “feedback” page. Noticing that the site doesn’t seem like a big-money operation... it smells totally like a one-man show... I wrote: “Can I contribute money?”
I soon got an email back from email@example.com:
“ALL POWER 2 THE PEOPLE,” he wrote. “BARACK OBAMA FOREVAH!”
Dude gave a quick explanation of why Power 2 Obama doesn’t have a donations link. Then he wrote: “I do have an evil twin who supports John McCain, however, and I owe him some money..., so you can help me by buying some of the gear here: http://www.secondcarterterm.com
“Just tell him Ahmed referred you.”
This new site called Second Carter Term – complete with an American flag and a bald eagle – is straightforward and direct with its anti-Obama agenda. It offers for sale “NOBAMA” bumper stickers and “Bitter Gun-Owner” T-shirts and the like.
Now guess what? The genius registered SecondCarterTerm.com under his real name! This bush-league dirty trickster is Mike Cornelison of Laguna Hills, California.
I emailed him back at firstname.lastname@example.org:
“So, Mike... that Power2Obama site, that’s just a bit of political witchcraft on your part? Or is it satire? Or what exactly?”
Mike Cornelison wrote back from a different email address:
“I just received an email from my brother Ahmed and he seems to think I somehow claimed responsibility for his website. I just wanted to make it very clear that I have had no hand in power2obama.com and the work you see there is entirely his and his alone.”
Mike added: “[F]or whatever chicanery I may be willing to stoop to to try to influence a vote or two here or there,” if Obama becomes president “I will wish for him to enjoy all the success in the world.”
Left unanswered is the question of why “Ahmed,” being a black-power militant who rants against “whitey,” would encourage me to buy “NOBAMA” gear from his white brother.
Unless, of course, “Ahmed” and Mike Cornelison are the same person.
How do I know Mike is white? Because he has videos up on YouTube. I’ve embedded two of them below. (His YouTube handle, “shikamoo,” is the same as the email address listed with his domain-name registration for SecondCarterTerm.com.)
Mike Cornelison is a bass player and author of the book “Classical Masterpieces for Electric Bass.” He needs to stick to music and leave the right-wing political sabotage to the pros.
UPDATE (06/26/08): As “dj” mentioned in the comments section, Mike has pulled down his Power 2 Obama site... and replaced it with a semi-contrite message.