Thursday, March 08, 2012

Wreckquiem


I'm not even going to bother picking apart the latest "bombshell" the conservative media shriekers are unleashing against President Obama. Suffice it to say that the big story that Andrew Breitbart was working on just before his death -- the one that had been hyped as a potential game-changer in the 2012 presidential race and was trumpeted by some particularly unhinged paranoiacs as being so terrifying to the White House that Obama had Breitbart killed for it -- turned out to be, well, nothing. A videotape of Barack Obama saying something nice about and embracing -- figuratively and literally -- a Harvard professor who was taking a stand against institutional racism on campus two decades ago.

It's not that it's not hilarious. It's, again -- nothing. Nothing at all.

My first reaction when I heard about it, saw the videotape, and witnessed the insanely passionate outrage surrounding it coming from the usual suspects on the right was, to be honest, pity. It's almost sad that this is the best they can do when it comes to uncovering -- or even manufacturing -- a scandal against this president.

This is all they've got.

It's like I can picture Breitbart lying mortally wounded on the floor of the USS Reliant's bridge, hissing at his obsession, President Obama, "From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!" But at least Khan had the Genesis device. It turns out Breitbart had nothing. And that gets to be his final epitaph.

Just for a laugh, though, watch Soledad O'Brien obliterate Breitbart flunky Joel Pollack over the big "scoop."



Adding: You know what? Maybe there is something worth saying about this "scandal." Breitbart's people's argument seems to be that this clip somehow proves that Obama wasn't "vetted," not because there was one piece of video that hadn't gotten what they feel is the proper amount of media attention but because that video, in their delusional minds, purports to show Obama engaging in racially divisive politics. Except that it doesn't show that at all. What it shows, what it proves, is that Barack Obama is black. That he's a black man who accepts that racism is very real and that those like him have generally come up on the losing end of it, and therefore it's incumbent upon him to speak out against it and support others who do. And guess fucking what? He's been vetted as black. We knew he was black years ago. And even if we didn't or if we'd somehow forgotten, trust me, you assholes in the conservative media have spent almost four solid years reminding us over and over again. Because as far as your audience is concerned, being black is what automatically disqualified Barack Obama from being president and what still does.

14 comments:

Tom said...

Kudos on the Star Trek reference. Is Bob getting to you?

Riles said...

The bombshell is that they are now admitting President Obama was a student at Harvard. I thought no one that went there remembered him, records are hidden and therefore he was never there???

Also, does Pollack go on all talk shows with a pinch of chew in his lip? Or is that just saved for the media outlets he looks down upon?

Anonymous said...

This is clearly the source of the problem.

Claude Weaver said...

Is is just me, or is anyone else absolutely choking on the dry slab of irony just smacking them in the face from this clip?

This guy, this reject crossbreed between Rick Astley, Forrest Gump, and a potato, is going on national TV eagerly bragging about this video and this supremely flawed understanding of...everything, but mainly the critical race theory. And yet, even though his definition is wrong, he somehow manages to justify it through the racist overtones of the whole "revelation".

Hey, asshole, do you hear yourself? YOU ARE PROVING YOUR OWN STUPID MISUNDERSTANDING RIGHT.

I can't be the only one who sees this bullshit right?

P.S. Who thought it was a good idea to send this goober to present such racial material to Soledad "Black in America" O'Brien? This is kinda her thing now. You just don't send anybody up there like that. Isn't that like telling Gregory House about how you can cure lupus with Robitussin?

Eric said...

Riles, it also shows the future president waxing eloquent without a teleprompter. That's two dumbass right-wing canards getting busted. Bombshell, indeed.

Jeremy said...

You're forgetting that for the audience they are aiming at, extemporaneously waxing eloquent is an indictment. (It means he's a college educated snob and/or "uppity".)

Bob said...

At what point is the only logical response to the shit these guys are spewing just to point at them and laugh uproariously?

Jim said...

If this is all they can come up with on a former Chicago politician after four years of trying their damnedest, then I'm not to worried about the 2012 election.

Anonymous said...

Election...out of danger?
Yes.
Do not grieve, Barack. It was logical. The needs of the country outweigh...
The needs of rich.
Or the Koch brothers. I... never had to face unrepentant hate like you, until now. What do you think of my solution?
Joe...
I have always been, and always shall be.. your vp. Live long and do right for this country.
*weakly* No...

QuadCityPat said...

It's certainly an interesting commentary on the extremes that the right will go to to prove nothing. Other notable's that POTUS has hugged:

Gabby Giffords (Makes POTUS a gun shot victim)

A Soldier (Makes him a member of SEAL TEAM 6)

George W and Laura Bush(Makes him a Neo-con); although Glenn Greenwald might use this http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-01-21/former-us-president-george-w-bush-embraces/271562 to try to prove that point on the left.

The fact is that President Obama was vetted with more scrutiny in the so called Main Stream than ANY president I can remember in my lifetime. If video of Reverend Wright didn't scare off the independents, this certainly won't

littlebitoffeisty said...

Did anyone else catch Pollock contradicting himself or am I hearing things...?

"This was a protest not about faculty diversity on campus this is about Derick Bell who was going to take a voluntary leave of absence to protest a tenure decision and to make sure there was more racial diversity on campus, and so on….”

It's still early for me....

namron said...

This guy proves the Santorum hypothesis that no one should go to college. He has just enough education to believe that he is not a cousin-bred, sub moronic peckerwood from whom they took away the trucker hat and camo t-shirt and substituted a non-mullet haircut and a Stafford combo men's suit.

Mart said...

Believe Hannity was to officially drop the "bombshell" on his show. In response Maddow showed a clip of who Hannity likes to hang out with. It included among other intellectual and moral giants Iran/Contra crook Oliver North, Watergate crook G Gordon Liddy and a video showing Ted Nugent firing blanks out of two machine guns at a concert while repeatedly screaming that Michelle and Barrack should suck on the ends of them. Of course the crowd cheered at the sick bastard.

Great job by Soledad.

drater said...

Wow, so "forcing" graduate students to read controversial material makes one unfit for polite society. Let's just shut down every damn university in America. Except Oral Roberts U, I suppose.

Pollack may be as stupid as Breitbart, but he doesn't do overbearing nearly as well. His 15 minutes are about up.