The new Obama video is ‘devastating’, but not to Obama

In case you missed it, last night we observed a test of the right-wing emergency bombshell system. It was only a test. If this had been an actual right-wing emergency bombshell ….

But it wasn’t.

In the early evening hours yesterday, Sean Hannity, Matt Drudge and Tucker Carlson started promoting what they claimed to be a “devastating” and previously unknown video of Barack Obama that would completely remake the 2012 presidential race. It would be a bombshell, a game-changer, an “October surprise” that would prove Obama to be an anti-white racist, just as they knew all along. It would do to the incumbent what the “47 percent” tape had done to Mitt Romney, if not worse.

And just to build the suspense, the world was told that for maximum impact, the bombshell tape would be released by Hannity and Carlson simultaneously at 9 p.m., Hannity on his Fox News program and Carlson at his Daily Caller site. Over the next few hours, giddy conservatives practiced their victory dance and whipped each other into an anticipatory frenzy over the video that would finally bring down their hated bête noire.

Nine o’clock came, the tape was released and … ppfffffffffft. Nothing. As in, literally nothing.

I don’t know Hannity personally. Never met the man. So I would have a hard time saying with certainty that he’s a racist fool. But after the way he behaved last night, I have no problem saying that he plays a racist fool on television. The same is true of Drudge and Carlson. In their “big reveal” on Fox, Hannity and Carlson tried vainly to pretend the tape was something it clearly is not, and they made themselves and their followers appear ridiculous in the process.

Here’s the reality:

The tape in question came from a 2007 speech by Obama at Hampton University, a historically black college in Virginia. The five-year-old speech had been reported on extensively at the time it was delivered by, among many others, Brit Hume of Fox News and by Carlson himself, on his ill-fated MSNBC show. As Dylan Byers reports at Politico, “The speech was also covered by CNN, NBC News, ABC News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others.”

In fact, the speech was so well known that Politico had cited a portion of it as No. 3 on its list of the top 10 gaffes of the 2008 political campaign.

In the speech, Obama dared to suggest that race — along with the Bush administration’s “colorblind incompetence” — had played a role in the excruciatingly slow response to New Orleans’ plight in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He was right; it did. Even if you disagree with that assessment, making such a suggestion is certainly not evidence that Obama hates white people, as Hannity and others now try to claim.

Obama also spoke kindly of his minister at the time, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, thanking him for bringing him to Christ. (The speech occurred before the falling-out between the two men.) He talked about the necessity of addressing poverty in the black community, including the need to “help with basic skills — how to show up to work on time, wear the right clothes, and act appropriately in an office. We have to help them get there.”

None of that is new. None of that is scandalous. Yet last night, Hannity and Carlson did their best to pretend otherwise. They even tried to gin up outrage that in a speech to a black audience, Obama adopted a more “black” way of speaking, which they claim to find deeply disturbing.

Seriously? I no doubt speak slightly differently with my Yankee cousins in Massachusetts than I do with my southern cousins in North Carolina. I speak differently in my professional capacity than when I’m having a beer at the bar or playing golf. We all do it to a degree, subconsciously, as a way of establishing common ground with our audience. At this point, if it is truly a scandal to you that black Americans speak differently when talking “among themselves,” I urge you to get out more often and participate in the 21st century.

In other words, this was not a bombshell, and it is devastating only in the sense that it exposes just how cynically and effectively the right-wing media manipulates its core audience, particularly on matters involving race. As U.S. Rep. Allen West of all people put it afterward, “What’s the ‘So what’ of this video? I don’t think it’s going to really go anywhere.”

Elsewhere, other segments of the right-wing media strained to find ways not to dismiss the video as the nonsense it truly is. On Fox News, transcript available here Greta Van Susteren and Newt Gingrich basically acknowledged that the tape is much ado about nothing, yet somehow pretended to be offended at how the media have covered it. Erick Erickson at Redstate took much the same tack, arguing that the video “is damning not of Barack Obama….The video is damning of the media.”

It is an odd argument. You concede that the video is of little consequence, then blame the media for not hyping it to the skies in the name of balance? Even the folks at Fox News understand the lunacy of that claim. If you read its muted account of the video, it is clearly attempting to put as much distance as possible between itself and this “controversy.”

The biggest tell of all, however, comes from the Romney campaign. It is sorely in need of a bombshell and a game-changer, and as it showed in its overly eager response to the tragedy in Libya, it is ready to pounce on any perceived opportunity. But in this case, it has refused to comment on the tape except to note — no doubt accurately — that it had nothing to do with its over-hyped release.

“What is the news?” Romney communications director Gail Gitcho asked in an email to Buzzfeed. “I don’t know.”

Something tells me that Romney will not be using footage of the Obama speech in his campaign ads. In fact, Romney adviser Kevin Madden made it pretty clear this morning that they want nothing to do with it. When asked whether the video was relevant, he said that “Voters … need to look at that video and make up their minds on that individually. I think what’s more important to this debate right now are the president’s policies are the president’s record over these four years. That is going to be the most important topic on stage tonight.”

The Republican National Committee also declined to comment.

On the other hand, the response among many on the left has been to mock conservatives for being suckered in by the hype from Hannity, Drudge and Carlson, and at one level I get that. But I find this whole thing troubling. It bothers me that a significant number of Americans have allowed their hopes and fears to be manipulated by people such as Hannity, who see them as nothing more than marks to be fleeced. They are being played, and it is not a fun thing to watch.

Trapped within the right-wing echo chamber, they have not only lost touch with their fellow Americans, they have lost a sense of perspective as well. When something like this comes along, they respond to it as instructed and then are dumbfounded to find that the American mainstream sees it entirely differently. They cannot understand how something that makes such a big noise within the echo chamber has almost no resonance outside it, so they explain it away as media bias.

It is not media bias. Why do you think the Romney camp is keeping this whole mess at arm’s length? It’s because they understand that “scandals” ginned up for consumption within the right-wing mediasphere simply do not play well among Americans in general. They are professionals, and they recognize the disconnect that exists between reality as depicted within that echo chamber and the reality as experienced by the rest of the country. If they allow those two worlds to collide, they will lose and they know it.

That disconnect is dangerous. It is dangerous for those on the right who find themselves increasingly alienated and estranged from their fellow Americans, and it is dangerous for the rest of the country as well. It is particularly dangerous for the conservative movement, which has an essential role to play in our nation’s future. But it cannot fulfill that function trapped in a separate world of its own creation.

– Jay Bookman

731 comments Add your comment

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 3rd, 2012
9:42 am

This just shows how low the right-wing echo chamber will stoop.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 3rd, 2012
9:43 am

Dang! First!!

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 3rd, 2012
9:45 am

Did Lee Atwater come back to life?

Peadawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:45 am

They did treat NO different. It’s not racist if it’s true.

Keep Up the Good Fight! (and only seeing conned poutrage)

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

Dangerous is correct Jay… their separate fantasy world is just blocking real efforts to move this country forward to address its many issues.

southpaw

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

So three folks took leave of their senses (spare me the “what senses?” snark). Sounds like Gitcho, Gingrich, West, et al., have the right idea to pay it little to no attention. I’m sure it will get LOTS of attention here, though.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

my god!!! he said something that was true about the NO recovery!!! damn his eyes!!!

by any means necessary...

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

…the “Republican Revolution” is a lost cause…this country will not, can not, “EVER” be pre 1950’s again….get over it and move on….

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

The clip was like the GT football program at the start of the yr

Tons of hype before the season, but very little fizzle as the product took the field

mm

October 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

Desperation on a daily basis. After tonight, I think the desperation will disappear and will be replaced with despair.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 3rd, 2012
9:48 am

a FAR more devastating (as in devastatingly funny) video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZnMAFSNiUg

made the mistake of watching it on the train to work this morning – was CRYING laughing – I know the guy opposite me had to think I was having convulsions

barking frog

October 3rd, 2012
9:49 am

Desperation in politics can
be silly but amusing.

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
9:49 am

If the video was as “newsworthy” as many on the right are longing for it to be, why didn’t Fox run it on one of their news shows earlier in the day?

Why wait to run it on what they even call an “opinion show”?

larry

October 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

Like i said just a few minutes ago, grasping at straws.

And the Romney campaign , to its credit, will not touch it with a ten foot poll.

But its sad, really sad. They thought they had their “gotcha” moment.

Nope, try again

Wally

October 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

I demand better opposition. It is dragging the whole system down being forced to have these idjuts as the counterpoint to what should be sensible and substantive debates over critical issues.

BuckeyeInGa

October 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

Desperation at it’s finest

Trade Winds

October 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

Zebra

October 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

I may be overly optimistic but I think there are exactly 6 undecided voters left in the entire country and that Obama can walk out on that stage tonight, not say one word, fart and walk off and he still wins big.

larry

October 3rd, 2012
9:55 am

Mick

October 3rd, 2012
9:55 am

Debate number one tonight, that will suk all the oxygen out of this non-event. Hannity is a real POS, and a absolute disgrace to my irish heritage. He is a media whore plain and simple, just a prostitute to all the legions of fools that contribute to his millions…

willydoit?

October 3rd, 2012
9:55 am

“Americans have allowed their hopes and fears to be manipulated by people such as Hannity”

AJC readers have allowed their hopes and fears to be manipulated by people such as Bookman

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 3rd, 2012
9:57 am

Wally,

I totally agree.

moonbat betty

October 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

Nothing new here.

I knew long ago Obama was a fake…er…flake.

Brosephus™

October 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

This is not meant to be racist in the least, but some of y’all White people should hear what’s said in the barber shops, pool halls, and other places where y’all don’t dare to venture. There are people here who have friends, or even family, who talk one way around them and differently when in public. We all do that at some point. If you don’t tailor your message to the audience you’re trying to communicate with, you end up looking like Romney or Gingrich speaking to the NAACP.

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

And in the previous thread, USMC and Scout were hyping the video as important.

Anyone surprised?

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

“Anyone surprised?”

but … but … but … HANNITY!!!

Steve

October 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

Romney will get a slight bump after tonight but Obama wins via Electoral College in early Nov. We keep the Senate and make some gains in the House. Obama takes a firmer stand with the obstructionist House the next four years and we move forward. Economy picks up in 2-3 years, leading to a Democratic revolution for 2016 and finally, we really move forward.

I’m usually right with these predictions…so deal with it.

USMC

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

“I knew long ago Obama was a fake…er…flake.”

I guess you’re choosing to ignore the fact that he was … you know … RIGHT … in the video

mm

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

“AJC readers have allowed their hopes and fears to be manipulated by people such as Bookman”

Yeah, right. I’ll bet all the lefties here go out each day and repeat Jay’s opinions just like the righties spout the Fox News opinions.

BlahBlahBlah

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

The saddest thing is I bet Hannity, Erickson, etc. think they’re helping their party. They couldn’t be more wrong.

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

Bro

You would be surprised where I have been

:-)

Bob

October 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

This was a presidential campaign speech for the 2008 election. Listen to the words. They are his own words, not taken out of context. All the “off-script” parts were eliminated from the transcript copies given to the press and broadcast to the public previously.
This was AFTER the federal government sent 8 BILLION DOLLERS TO THE GULF COAST WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED. This was AFTER the public “unveiling” of Jeramiah Wright and his removal from Obamas campaign .
WHERE DID THAT JIVE ACCENT COME FROM. IS THAT HIS REAL ACCENT OR WAS HE FAKING IT TO FOOL THE BLACK AUDIENCE; either would show dishonesty.

Keep Up the Good Fight! (and only seeing conned poutrage)

October 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

Bro, as Eddie Murphy showed us… the experience is different between the races. :lol: http://www.snotr.com/video/422/Eddie_Murphy_goes_undercover

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

Sean Hannity is a really sick person. Hatred has consumed him. I think Colmes spotted it long ago and distanced himself from it.

USMC

October 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

“The new Obama video is ‘devastating’, but not to Obama”–Party Operatives

Nice SPIN Jay Bookman! :-)

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

“I speak differently in my professional capacity than when I’m having a beer at the bar or playing golf. We all do it to a degree, subconsciously, as a way of establishing common ground with our audience.”
.
No heck no we don’t.
only poseurs do.
.
(except maybe for the pronunciation of p-can or p-cahn amongst yanks or Georgians).

Nothing changes

October 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

It is sad we already know Obama is an extremist and no one really cares. The truth is, racism is an accepted fact of life as it always has been but just reversed now. It would seem there will always be a protected class and someone to denigrate. The current hatred dejour is aimed at Republicans…unfortunately all will get their turn.

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

Bro

Check your email when you have the opportunity.

Brosephus™

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

They BOTH

You… Nah… I know some of the company you keep.

Steve

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

Doesn’t Faux News do better when a Democrat is in office? I bet they secretly want Obama to win to keep their ratings up with a pissed of GOP base the next 8-12 years.

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

Sean Hannity is a really sick person. Hatred has consumed him.

And here I was going to ask:

Who do you think really has the conviction of their opinions: Ed Schultz or Sean Hannity?

Doggone/GA

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

“The truth is, racism ”

The truth is, racism is one of the MOST misused words in our language today.

Keep Up the Good Fight! (and only seeing conned poutrage)

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

DawgDad

October 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

“It bothers me that a significant number of Americans have allowed their hopes and fears to be manipulated by people such as Hannity, who see them as nothing more than marks to be fleeced.”

How significant could it be? How big is their audience? You have to consider most of the audience tunes in because they ALREADY generally agree with them and don’t like what they hear in the MSM. I voted for Reagan YEARS before Rush or Hannity, or before I even heard of Neal Boortz. Most people I know fall into this category; they clearly are NOT sheep.

If I want bias all I have to do is read the AP news reports in the daily papers. With the Internet, it doesn’t take long at all to fact check and compare multiple sources to expose the spin and leftist propaganda.

Personally, I don’t watch Hannity much, because his in-your-face approach grates on me and I don’t find it entertaining or pleasant.

Brosephus™

October 3rd, 2012
10:04 am

Keep

:lol: :lol: :lol:

That has to be one of the all-time greatest SNL skits ever!!!!

Jm

October 3rd, 2012
10:04 am

“As U.S. Rep. Allen West of all people put it afterward,”

Allen West is a congressman with more sense than most of Congress

Steve

October 3rd, 2012
10:04 am

The GOP deserves the hate. They are the party of racism and bigotry, and class warfare. Plutocracy doesn’t go over well when the populace has a shrinking middle class and growing poverty.

USMC

October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

“Sean Hannity is a really sick person. Hatred has consumed him. I think Colmes spotted it long ago and distanced himself from it.”–Clearly Delusional Wingnut; W2 Taxpayer

Get outside in the real world and breath some fresh air, W2. It works wonders for your brain. :-)

HaHa

October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

Hailmarrys look cool at the end of the game but they usually fall short. BO is in prevent rushing 3. Mitt is at his 20 w/ a third string QB launching it up. Good luck with that…

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

I can’t watch/listen to this video at the moment, but assuming that there’s any truth to the “he sounds all street, yo” business–

It’s like Jay said. Whether I’m in the Great Plains, the Northeast, or the Southeast (all places my family’s called home), I don’t even think twice about engaging locals in the dialects with which I, and they, feel comfortable.

I don’t see why that should be even remotely controversial.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

JAY,

When the media became news by pointing out the flaws in the other on a 24/7 basis, life as we know it changed dramatically. I don’t agree with Hannity but I also think the fact that MSNBC, America Left, and other such liberal outlets are always trying to make a dent in the FOXs’ envious and devastatingly relatively enormous ratings…Media Matters and most of America Left spend an inordinate amount of time making snide, useless comments about Fox…

I have to listen to both to develop a real clue….Fox has it’s shortcomings but at least they make and effort (albeit often weak) to have panelists/pundits who offer a liberal prospective..

Chico

October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

Oh, please. It could have been video of Obama stabbing an infant to death and you people would say it’s nothing. Your reaction hardly matters.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

This reminds me of something hilarious I saw shortly before the 2008 election.

There was a panel discussion on some MSNBC news jabber program (most likely Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” program), and one of the participants was Eugene Robinson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Robinson_(journalist)

The panelists on the conservative side of the discussion got a little heated and shrill on the topic of Obama, and just before the host yanked back on the reins, I distinctly heard Robinson say “Ni**er panic? That’s what you’re going with?”

Given the utter floppitude of the Big Momentous Conservative Reveal last night, I think they’re going to try that failed strategy this time around, too. :D

Obama Kills

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

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Obama Kills,
Rinse and Repeat!

Angelina Duggan

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

I am not surprised it was all anti-climatic. This is old turf. Those who want to believe the worse about the Rev Wright’s connection to Obama or the worse of Obama because he is black have their minds made up – it is nothing more than a little more fodder to their fires but nothing else. Sort of like Mitt’s 47% but the shoe is on the other foot.

More rationale people see this for what it is – veiled racism and trying to stir up fear by the RNC. Just another Repub dirty trick to take something from the past out of context.

Nice try guys. What is next?

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

Joe Hussein Mama

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

O. Kills — “Rinse and Repeat!”

Head-On — Apply Directly to Forehead!
Head-On — Apply Directly to Forehead!
Head-On — Apply Directly to Forehead!

:roll:

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Bob,

You are wrong, just flat out wrong and Jay proved that in his piece but you failed to read it.

mm

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

“The saddest thing is I bet Hannity, Erickson, etc. think they’re helping their party.”

“Think” is the key word here. Bad things happen when cons “think”.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Jay:

“Excellent”, lengthy damage control thread !!

It may change only a few votes ……….. but that just may be enough.

Will the “real” Obama please stand up !

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Rinse and Repeat!

He did that downstairs too and no one listened then either…

Steve

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Romney shelters money in the Caymans/Bahamas/Switzerland. Ryan wants to voucherize Medicare. Romney/Ryan want to lower taxes on the wealthy while raising them on the middle class.

Rinse and repeat infinitum.

St Simons

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

this kind of thing only appeals to the lowest elements of the con base

If they’re pimping this at 30 days out, they are concerned about
their base – their BASE even showing up to vote for Money-boo-boo.
The Republicans should ditch the neocons, the teapotties
and the Tebow wing. cmon man. Get some dignity back. Or not

Simple Truths

October 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

This might be Jay’s longest post evah. I guess he received his marching orders!

Butch Cassidy (I)

October 3rd, 2012
10:08 am

USMC – “Nice SPIN Jay Bookman!”

Here’s some more spin for ya. http://www.electoral-vote.com/

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

I’ve heard that klan members talk in their own language when they’re around each other. Give us your firsthand perspective, USMC.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

Scout,
You are beginning to sound desperate…are you taking your Metamucil?

USMC

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

Original Obamaphone Lady: Obama Voter Says Vote for Obama because he gives a free Phone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio

#1 Foxy Lady

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

USMC and Scout were hyping the video as important.

the only thing more pathetic than hannity, carlson and their desperation, are their man-parrot-sheep.

Doggone/GA

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

“This might be Jay’s longest post evah”

Got proof?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

The southern dialect is a symptom of doing anything he must do to get votes…he does play the race card any chance he gets…I’m so confused what racism and/or bigotry is today…do many allegations so little time..however several in the liberal media are absolutely fixated on this..

What would our country look like if all the minorities agreed racism ceased from existence? I know one thing, this its the last thing the likes of Sharpton, Jackson, and the Rev Wrights of the world want..the money is too good.

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

That clip was the Romney camp lined up on their own 5 in a “WISHbone” formation………… 4th down, 5 seconds remaining in the 4th qtr and needing a touchdown to win………………..

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

Hailmarrys look cool at the end of the game but they usually fall short. BO is in prevent rushing 3. Mitt is at his 20 w/ a third string QB launching it up. Good luck with that…

hmm… Nate Silver established that it’s more like Obama’s got the ball on his own 20, up a TD, going into the fourth quarter.

Very well positioned for victory but it could still go the other way.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/sept-30-romney-down-a-touchdown/

Patrick

October 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

“It would be a bombshell, a game-changer, an “October surprise” that would prove Obama to be an anti-white racist, just as they knew all along. It would do to the incumbent what the “47 percent” tape had done to Mitt Romney, if not worse.”

Countdown! Three, Two, One!!!

Awkward silence…

Crickets chirping…

Channels being changed to “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” across the country…

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

I guess he received his marching orders!

Nah, the whole “marching orders” thing only happens in Rightwingnutistan.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

“Sean Hannity is a really sick person”

meh. he was a dick when he was at WGST. he’s a dick now.

Mick

October 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

0311

Just more mush for those of you in the GOP choir, no one else is being turned by it…

Rightwing Troll

October 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

I have to address this idiotic statement from below:

Jm bleats:

“Butch I’m sorry, you do realize the absurdity of this statement I hope

“If Romney was so awesome, wht wasn’t he the one debating Obama in 2008?”

A- Romney won this time and is now debating Obama. Primaries are contests

B- if Huntsman is so great, why isn’t he debating Obama in 2012?

Come on man. Juice the circuits.”

I retort:

That because the batshiite crazies like your self had Cain, Bachman, and the Newtser running neck in neck (Perry was too f’in stupid to to even keep up, what does that tell you about Perry) and the Mittens had to jerk so far to the right to outlast them. Huntsman had more integrity than that. I’m sorry you’re so angry that your candidate of choice has no integrity, you and your nutbaggzz missed an opportunity to elect one.

Butch Cassidy (I)

October 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

Chico – “Oh, please. It could have been video of Obama stabbing an infant to death and you people would say it’s nothing.”

Hmmmm….No, I’m pretty sure that would have gotten some legitimate negative press.

larry

October 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

Allen West is a congressman with more sense than most of Congress

You lost all credablity with that statement.

Steve

October 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

So now we’re dissing Obama because his accent changes when talking to different groups of people, yet nobody mentions Romney’s fake tan when talking to Latinos?

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

From Websters—–
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To Parrot——-

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: a person who sedulously echoes another’s words

Joe Hussein Mama

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

USinUK — “meh. he was a dick when he was at WGST. he’s a dick now.”

Word.

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

St Simons

Are you the one who coined “money boo boo”?

I have seen it posted several times. Too funny

Jay

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

As I note above in an update, the Republican National Committee has also refused to comment on the video. Even the RNC wants nothing to do with this “game-changer.”

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

If you only had a brain, USMC, you would quit following the likes of Paul Ryan and co. down those yellowbrick roads in search of a wizard to help you out. There’s no helping you. :lol: Or was that supposed to be a :smile:

:roll:

mm

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

“Oh, please. It could have been video of Obama stabbing an infant to death and you people would say it’s nothing.”

So says the person supporting a lying, pandering, tax evading, job killing moron with no morals or ethics.

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October 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

No, I’m pretty sure that would have gotten some legitimate negative press.

Wait for it… the troll will next equate stabbing an infant to death with Obamacare or Libya.

Steve

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

Money Boo Boo is the best nickname for Mittens I’ve seen yet :)

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October 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

You lost all credablity with that statement.

He had credibility before that??

Joe Hussein Mama

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

S. Ray — “What would our country look like if all the minorities agreed racism ceased from existence?”

Your comment is quite illuminative of your mindset. It’s a shame that that illumination reveals something unpleasant.

They BOTH suck

October 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

stands

It certainly could go the other way. A month is a long time in politics, but Romney is going to need more than the “revealing video clip”

BuckeyeInGa

October 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

This video will do more damage to Romney’s chances..

Jeffrey

October 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

I’d like to see Obama say, there is nothing to fear but fear itself, or something like that tonight The intelligent folks in this country need to distance themselves from these scaried cats. This country needs to buck up and if Obama can portray that type of strength tonight I think it will do his campaign and the country some good. I’m not afraid of supposed big govt. I feel like the state of ga limits my rights more than the Feds. I’m not afraid of big business either but I think they need to start paying their fair share. Go USA.

USMC

October 3rd, 2012
10:15 am

“I’ve heard that klan members talk in their own language when they’re around each other. Give us your firsthand perspective, USMC.”–W2

Okay, W2 Taxpayer, put your coffee mug down and drink some water. :-)

brad

October 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

So your saying that RACE had something to do with katrina response? MORE WHITE PEOPLE were affected by the storm, than blacks. The problem was being able to get there after the storm. I was there with my job and it took us a week to drive down. This is the most ridiculous post ever. Obama is a RACIST. He wants to give the 47 percent that DONT WORK OR PAY TAXES even more. If he had his way everyone would have a EBT crd they could use at the liquor store or strip club…as long as your BLACK.

JamVet

October 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

They are being played, and it is not a fun thing to watch.

This may well be the overarching point.

Your are correct Jay, watching the GOP electorate, by and large turn into a tawdry circus of anti-intelligence, anti-worker, anti-environment absolutists is NOT good for the United States.

Their irrational animus towards liberals, minorities, foreigners, non-Christians and non-Republicans of all kinds is larger than their love and service for this country. And that is tragedy…

DawgDad

October 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

“The GOP deserves the hate. They are the party of racism and bigotry, and class warfare.”

Steve: This is WHY people tune in to Hannity et. al. They get sick of being publicly cast as racist bigots engaged in class warfare when they know the opposite is true. Talk about sheep being fleeced . . .

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October 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

The intelligent folks in this country need to distance themselves from these scaried cats

Republicans want us to vote for Romney so that we don’t have to listen to four more years of Republican whining.