It is impossible to miss the racism at work here. This is not Vince Foster. This is not Swiftboating. This is the dude who passed health care reform as “the biggest Affirmative Action in history.” This is the whitey tape. This you are an “Indonesian welfare thug.” This is the host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” questioning the intellect of the past editor of the Harvard Law Review. This is the scion of inherited money as populist, and the scion of a teen single-mother as elitist. This is, if you were white, you and the black dude who came before wouldn’t be here. This is we don’t believe you.
In other words, this is a racism of the bone.
News Item: Obama releases long-form birth certificate.
Thus ends one of the more shameful chapters in American political history. The birther hoax was debunked about four years ago, the nutters continued flogging it anyway, and the allegedly liberal media decided to continue covering the “controversy,” as though truth and untruth are just a difference of opinion.
Yes, it was racist- “where’s the birth certificate?” was pretty much always just a substitute for yelling “n-word! n-word! n-word!,” and of course such questions were never asked about any other presidential candidate ever. It was also libelous- the president of the United States was called a liar about being an American.
But to me the worst part of all was that it showed once again that in politics, the truth doesn’t matter. There are absolutely no consequences anymore for telling bald-faced lies in politics.
Then I hear that today is a “win” for Donald Trump. Which is true, as long as you define “win” as “the thing you’ve been saying every day for months being proven definitively false.” Trump is full of shit about this, because he’s full of shit about everything.
David Frum has the best take I’ve seen.
Shep Smith, going way off-message:
This Deadspin takedown of an ESPN.com story that approached birther, racist Orioles outfielder Luke Scott with sympathy made me want to stand and applaud. Good job.
Yes, it’s Oscar Wilde’s “Jersey Shore”:
There will be much gay smushing, I’m sure.