President Obama’s campaign has set up a new take on its old “Fight the Smears” concept… only this time it’s a lot less friendly looking. Gone is the white-and-blue motif, replaced with an ominous red-and-black site called "Attack Watch"—and conservatives appear to find it hilarious. Seemingly every tweet using the suggested #attackwatch tag has been a conservative either mocking the site, or decrying it as a scary Big Brother exercise, the Wall Street Journal reports, offering examples:
- “@thorninaz I saw someone purposely squeeze the Charmin in the grocery store”
- “@Drill_Thrawl Hey Kids, are mommy and daddy talking bad about Obama? Be sure to report them at #attackwatch #1984"
- “@JLMandl I’m still using REAL LIGHT BULBS. Come get me!”
The Washington Post even posted an article calling the site a “laughing stock,” to the delight of conservatives like Michelle Malkin, who posted some mock Attack Watch posters on her blog. A parody commercial (see video) is also making the rounds. The sight has also garnered serious criticism from Jack Tapper of ABC, who says it appears to be “seeking to stop criticism,” not smears. Still the site is something of a hit—Obama 2012 boasts that 100,000 people signed up in its first 24 hours. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)