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Attacks on President’s Legitimacy: Nothing New

September 14, 2009
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Glenn Greenwald breaks it down.

To see that, just look at what that movement’s leading figures said and did during the Clinton years.  In 1994, Jesse Helms, then-Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, claimed that “just about every military man” believes Clinton is unqualified to be Commander-in-Chief and then warned/threatened him not to venture onto military bases in the South:  “Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He better have a bodyguard.”  The Wall St. Journal called for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the possible “murder” of Vince Foster.  Clinton was relentlessly accused by leading right-wing voices of being a murderer, a serial rapist, and a drug trafficker.  Tens of millions of dollars and barrels of media ink were expended investigating “Whitewater,” a “scandal” which, to this day, virtually nobody can even define.  When Clinton tried to kill Osama bin Laden, they accused him of “wagging the dog” — trying to distract the country from the truly important matters at hand (his sex scandal).  And, of course, the GOP ultimately impeached him over that sex scandal — in the process issuing a lengthy legal brief with footnotes detailing his sex acts (cigars and sex talk), publicly speculating about (and demanding examinations of) the unique “distinguishing” spots on his penis, and using leading right-wing organs to disseminate innuendo that he had an abandoned, out-of-wedlock child.  More intense and constant attacks on a President’s “legitimacy” are difficult to imagine.

Republicans acting like children and fantasizing about the president becoming a dictator or some other such nonsense isn’t new. It’s how they operate. They’re assholes. They’re obsessed with whatever works with the public. Their strategists understand what sells: Death. Sex. Money.

During the Clinton years, they used both sex (in obvious terms) and death to scare the public. That’s why you started seeing the militia movement on the right, with both Waco and Tim McVeigh. Now, you’ve got that same militia movement making a comeback because they’re afraid Obama is going to take away their guns.

They’re mad about taxes, even though most of them are paying less taxes now than they have at most points in their lives. But they’re mad, anyway. Whatever.

And you’ve got sex. There aren’t any Obama sex rumors going around yet, but we’ll probably see something like that, soon. Drudge tried to spread rumors that Obama was having an affair with Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson during the election. Freepers are already making slurs about the Obama daughters — just imagine when they get into the “tween” age. You’ll probably see the president linked to a white woman at some point, to bring out the racists who hate him based on principal of his birth (his mom banged a black dude). When they ask where the birth certificate is, it’s code for the legitimacy of his birth, right? It has nothing to do with “where” he was born as those who believe he was born overseas only believe so because they ignore information available through a 3-second Google search. Their real outrage has to do with “how” he was conceived — a big mean black man and a white hippie woman. That’s what’s really illegitimate to them.

Prominent Republicans made regular appearances on cable news during the 9os and spoke openly about Bill Clinton’s penis and others were so obsessed with an affair he had, they accused him of “wagging the dog” when he tried to kill bin Laden, as Greenwald writes. Then, seven years later, when they were about to lose both houses of congress, they accused the president of not doing enough to find bin Laden, which led to Clinton’s awesome outburst against loser-monger Chris Wallace.

Barack Obama has to ignore the mouth breathers who have made it mainstream comparing him to Hitler, something they comdemned constantly while the fringe left did it over the last eight years. As long as he tries to appease their sickness, they’ll never get better. They probably won’t, anyway, but at least if they’re ignored, it will leave them time to look in the mirror and realize what they are.


More Fallout From The Babies In Congress

September 10, 2009
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Is this supposed to be a oneness solidarity with the Tea Patriots or something?

(Money quote is in bold.)

Huffington Post:

When Obama told the chamber that he had “no interest in putting insurance companies out of business,” a Republican member responded with a loud, “Ha!”

“Nineteen years, never, never have I seen anything like this,” said a furious Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) after the speech.

“I thought it was very inappropriate behavior, to hold up signs. None of us ever would have done that,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). “I don’t think in the Congress of the United States there ought to be catcalls, or people standing up and yelling comments or holding up signs.”

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the longest serving member in House history, said he was not impressed by the GOP antics. “Well, you’ve got to understand: They’re Republicans. They’re just doing what comes natural,” he told HuffPost.

UPDATED: Follow Your Leader

September 10, 2009
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South Carolina (where else) Representative Joe Wilson yelled and screamed like a baby without his bottle tonight during the president’s speech.

You get the government you deserve, people. Since 1980, politicians have been telling us that Washington is bad, so go ahead and elect people dedicated to killing all government proposals. Send the idiots to work so they can essentially do nothing.

If they can’t stop legislation based on fact, let them spread ridiculous rumors about the president being born overseas or wanting to put Nana and Pop Pop on death panels or the idea that illegal immigrants will receive free health care. Certain people — the ones you represent — will believe you, because they will believe anything bad about the black president they want to claim as illegitimate.

This is what you get.

Out Organizing ObamaWe’re fucked.

UPDATE: Clockwork.


Joe Wilson has been identified as the Republican who yelled out that Barack Obama was a liar.

He gets a drink on me!


Bob Bennett (RINO-UT) was the only Republican who stood up and clapped when Barack Obama bashed Sarah Palin over the death panels. That jackass should be taken out in a primary.

Glenn Beck: Watch My Show…Please

September 9, 2009
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Glenn Beck is so desperate to not get fired/get ratings that now he’s saying he’s sitting on the most important story in American history that will involve people going to jail. Seriously, he says that. He also says Barney Frank is responsible for the “Financial meltdown.”

It’s hard to watch this shit and restrain yourself from saying these fucktards are responsible for everything wrong with America. Fucktarded. Heh heh, heh.

The person that takes Fox News seriously is out of his or her fucking mind. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.


September 7, 2009
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This can’t be happening. This…just can’t be happening. America, this is Stalinism. My God, my God, I was wrong. I now fear for my country.

Obama Left Someone In Charge While On Vacation: THAT’S NOT LIBERTY!!11

September 4, 2009
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What is with wingnuts and their shitty newspapers that lose millions and millions of dollars a year (but it’s okay because they’re funded by billionaires)?

This is apparently The Washington Times’ breaking scoop:

With President Obama off on vacation, his second in two weeks, unofficial Acting President Joe Biden has stepped into the vacuum, claiming credit Thursday for the successes of the administration’s $787 billion stimulus package and fielding questions on health care reform — something his boss hasn’t done in nearly two weeks.

The vice president, borrowing Mr. Obama’s teleprompter for a speech before a friendly audience at the Brookings Institution, said “I” more than a dozen times as he pointed repeatedly to progress on the economy and to his lofty role in the process.

And, of course, Drudge Report put it this way:


I mean, really? How could Obama have not been criticized? Would it have been better if he left no one in charge while he was on vacation? Did Drudge ever link to a website talking about how Cheney was in charge when Bush went on his month-long vacations to his “ranch” a/k/a the shithole house he bought while running for president to make himself look like a cowboy and then sold when he no longer had to convince people he was a cowboy.

It’s The Right’s Right To Use 9/11 For Scare Purporses

August 31, 2009
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American Spectator/Fox Nation:

The plan is to turn a “day of fear” that helps Republicans into a day of activism called the National Day of Service that helps the left. In other words, nihilistic liberals are planning to drain 9/11 of all meaning.

They’re mad at Obama because he intends to encourage Americans to spend 9/11 helping each other. And we all know, Helping people (if a profit is not involved) = COMMUNISM!!!

The right turned 9/11 into a day that we cower into corners and give George Bush all authority to bomb whoever the fuck he wants. Everyone knows that. STOP TRYING TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!11!

Stabbing Infant Fantasy At Protests

August 24, 2009
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coverRandall Terry is a nutcase Christian activist who founded the radical anti-abortion outfit Operation Rescue in 1987 and a few months ago claimed Dr. George Tiller was to blame for his own death.

From Salon:

So far, his healthcare protests are off to an equally classy start. In Chattanooga, Tenn., he was nearly arrested Saturday while standing outside a federal courthouse stabbing baby dolls, because he hadn’t obtained the proper permits for the demonstration. In Nashville on Sunday, one of Terry’s cronies put on an Obama mask and pretended to mug pedestrians walking by.

Terry: “Our goal is to keep child-killing and euthanasia in the center of this debate until any vestige of taxpayers paying for murder is gone.”