Thursday, March 08, 2012
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.