Posts Tagged ‘Birthers’

Obama At White House Correspondents Dinner

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

This was overtaken by other events, but deserves it’s own post.


Starts slow and then builds.

Obama savages Trump with a smile on his face.

I love watching Trump’s face while Obama (and Seth Meyers) clown him.  Trying to be all serious just makes him look even more ridiculous.

Seth Meyers was good too.

The Implications of Birtherism

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Just a quick note on the implications of this “debate” over whether the President was born in the United States.

It’s an old cliche for Americans to tell their kids that anyone can become president. It’s the ultimate belief in the fairness of the American system to make a statement like that and it is a quintessential American thing to say.

Barack Obama did everything right in his life. He was born to a single mother and a father that he only met once. Raised in part by loving grandparents, he worked and studied hard. He got good grades and was accepted into Occidental College. He did well enough at Occidental that he was able to transfer to the Ivy League’s Columbia University. After Columbia, he was accepted into the best law school in the country at Harvard. He did so well at Harvard that he was selected to be on the prestigious Harvard Law Review. The next year, he beat out 18 other candidates to become the first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review. He eventually graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

He decided to go into politics, served as an Illinois State Senator, a US Senator and eventually was elected President of the United States in the biggest electoral victory for a Democrat since LBJ in 1964.

Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s politics, whatever bullshit you choose to believe about his belief in “American Exceptionalism,” you have to admit that Obama is the embodiment of the American Dream. As a half-black child born to a single mother, the odds were stacked against him, but he has been successful beyond any parent’s wildest dreams.

But what the prevalence of Birthersim among Republicans says is that: no matter how hard you work, no matter what stature you attain, no matter how much your experience embodies the elusive American Dream, if you’re black and have a funny name, some 50% of Republicans can be manipulated into believing that you not only shouldn’t have been elected president, but that you aren’t even an American citizen.

and that is just shameful.

O’ Donnell Goes All O’ Reilly On Orly Taitz

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

At the risk of this blog just becoming a forum for me to post Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, I have to put this up. It is hilarious.

O’ Donnell has a bit of an O’ Reilly moment here, but his response afterwards is priceless.

She’s crazy. We invited a crazy person on the show.

Lawrence O’ Donnell Skewers NBC Entertainment and Trump

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Trump, You’re Fired.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Front Runner

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

What a Country!

Trump-Bachman 2012!

Vote for Sleazy and Dumb as Rocks!

It’s been enjoyable to watch Trump make an ass out of himself and embarrass the Republican party, but Laurence O’ Donnell reminds us how bad for the country it is for Trump to continually be on TV fanning the fires of intolerance.

Bill Clinton on How Anti-Government Rhetoric of Today Paralells the 1990′s

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Here’s Bill Clinton on how today’s anti-government rhetoric is like the rhetoric at the time of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the psychological reasons why he and Obama both infuriated the Right.

The second video is particularly interesting. Clinton picks out how the visceral hatred of the Right was unleashed on both Obama and on Clinton for different reasons. According to Clinton, as a Southern white Protestant siding with liberals he was considered “an apostate” who betrayed his class, while Obama symbolizes the diversity of America and the “loss of control, of predictability, of clarity, that a lot of people need for their psychic well being.”

A remarkably candid and spot on analysis of the Birther Right.

Newt’s Cynical Calculation

Monday, September 20th, 2010

A few years ago, my conservative uncle signed me up to receive newsletters from the conservative website, Human Events. I used to read them for entertainment and to know what the enemy was thinking, but this got old fast, so I requested that they not send me any more e-mails. I guess they still have my info because last week they sent me this Newt Gingrich plug for his new movie.

I don’t want to dismiss the entire article since I think he makes some valid points about the need to be clearer about the danger of violent Islamic extremism, but the whole “stealth, Radical Islamist” thing is obviously another way to increase paranoia among people who are already paranoid. Apparently Newt is trying to win the 2010 award for the politician who most uses 9-11 as a way to gain political advantage (which I’m pretty sure Rudy Giuliani has won every year for the last 9–with the exception of 2002-3 when Bush & Cheney made it seem like Saddam & Bin Laden were in a coalition government together). To this end, Newt debuted his 9-11 exploitation movie on September 11th this year. The movie is intended to scare the shit out of you and make it look like Obama is in league with the terrorists. As discussed before, Newt has also been the leading Republican voice in the campaign to distort the truth and rile everyone up about the  Not at Ground Zero Mosque.

Lisa Miller had a good piece in Newsweek about the “stealth jihad” construction and the way that Newt and his allies have used it to distort the truth and generally try to gin up the Islamophobia for political gain.

Just to put a cherry on top of his disgraceful demagoguery around 9-11 and the Not at Ground Zero Mosque,  Newt followed up by commenting (at his movie premiere) that he agreed with right wing pseudo-intellectual Dinesh De Souza’s idea that Obama was channeling the ambitions of his absentee father that he never knew:

What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]…. That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.

This a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president.

Instead of an extended comment, I’ll just point out the obvious. As Robert Gibbs noted a few days after Newt’s comments, this is just a see through attempt to take advantage of the ignorance of Birther Republicans who think the President of the United States is a secret foreign agent. Maureen Dowd had a great piece on this,  and I’m also glad to see the White House finally pushing back (start at around the 7 minute mark of the clip). Colin Powell also took on Newt and all of the Birther BS point-by-point on Meet the Press yesterday.

The bottom line is that this guy is a cretin: an extremely intelligent man who is preying on a small segment of Americans’ fears and paranoia in order to advance his own political career. Hopefully his recent comments about Obama’s “Kenyan anti-colonial behavior” will show Republicans what a huckster he is and how he will spare no opportunity to use the same cynical, opportunistic arguments for his own political gain. 

If Newt rides to the Republican nomination with this fear, ignorance and paranoia based strategy, then the country and the Republican party are in worse shape than I thought they were (and that’s sayin something).

Bill Clinton Takes on Birthers

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Bill Clinton takes on media bias, gullibility and the birthers at the Yale commencement.

Start at 18.45