This is pretty funny. Hillary spokesperson Phil Singer blasted out an email at 11:23 insisting that Obama release his tax returns for back years,
Exactly two minutes later, at 11:25, Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor emailed out word that Obama had posted his tax returns for 2000-2006 on his campaign web site. Turns out the Obama camp has been planning this for some time.
And, yes, it was pretty damn funny. *Thwap!*
I’ll lay off of snipergate (or Tuzlagate or Sinbadgate) because the media has finally picked up the story en masse and the trainwreck that is the Clinton campaign is handling the onslaught so poorly that I don’t (currently) feel the need to rub their noses in it further. Here’s the nutshell version of the Clinton responses to the controversy: She mispoke. She was sleep-deprived. She is human. Rev. Wright. Rev. Wright! Rev. Wright!!! Pathetic.
But the above example from TPM is another reason why I’m totally impressed with how well the Obama campaign has worked the game during this campaign, without appearing underhanded, and how I’m becoming increasingly confident that Obama can handle whatever comes his way during the general election. He’s a solid candidate, he’s picked a great staff and he responded to the Wright controversy magnificently. Hillary and her team of allegedly great political minds, on the other hand, were taken down by fucking Sinbad and have responded like sniveling, dissembling infants.
For their sake, I hope Carrot Top doesn’t have anything on them.
MORE: Just a reminder of how far Obama has come. People tend to forget how far he was behind Hillary when this all started.
It’s become fairly common knowledge among the reality-based-ers that SusanUnPC (a.k.a. susanhu) from Flowbee’s Fortress of Fucknuttery (No Quarter) is certifiable, but after her post last night, entitled “Words Matter, Even for a Liar,” I fear she’s now a few ticks short of 24/7 behind-the-back sleeve-binding.
And below the fold, all set up for us nice ‘n’ pretty like by Susan, we’re greeted by Pat “Segregation Forever” Buchanan’s new editorial titled, I shit you not, “A Brief for Whitey.” Susan, announcing “I share some of his anger,” selects a few pull-quotes from Buchanan’s piece and offers, ahem, color commentary as well:
Buchanan says, “We hear the grievances.” Then, listing the trillions of dollars spent in trying to right the wrongs of our nation’s history of racism, he dares to ask, “Where is the gratitude?”
You must read Buchanan’s piece in full (A Brief for Whitey) — I cannot quote all of the examples that Buchanan cites. Here is how he concludes his essay:
As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.
Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.
Well, I took Susan’s advice and read all of Buchanan’s screed because that wasn’t inaccurate and/or hateful enough for me. Look at what else I found:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
[Rev. Jeremiah] Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Oh ... my ... God. He didn’t just .... he did? Holy racist shitbag on a cracker. No liberal in their right mind would endorse and/or identify with rancid garbage like that. Right?!
Oh, wait, we forgot about Susan:
Now go ahead and call me a racist for quoting Pat Buchanan.
CHARLOTTE, NC—At a small VFW hall in Charlotte, NC, today, former president Bill Clinton contemplated a McCain/Clinton general election matchup, saying that it would one between “two people who loved this country” without “all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”
“I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country,” said the former president. “And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”
Hats off to NotSteveDoocy (Brian Kilmeade) and Chris Wallace for expressing their disgust with FAUX News’ non-stop Obama bashing in entirely different and delightful ways. If FAUX News hosts think the 24/7 nitpicking has gone too far, we may have finally reached the peak of this ridiculous and monotonous clusterfuck.
bostondreams from The TM Experience was on fire yesterday:
So, Taylor Marsh and her commenters, good Democrats all, are gleeful over the problems encountered by the first African-American candidate for president. They accuse him of being anti-American, of being racist, of being sexist, of being unfair, and of disrespecting and betraying Hillary Clinton. Indeed, she and her ilk have accused, in posts, comments, and elsewhere, the African American community, liberal paragons like Ted Kennedy, and Obama supporting feminists of betraying Her Royal Highness Hillary Clinton. And they link, approvingly, to right wing hit jobs on Obama, purposely misrepresenting him and challenging his very bonafides as a patriotic American and as a progressive, going so far as to link him to terrorism (while blissfully ignoring Clinton’s own links to terrorism, corruption, and even what the right may paint as treason; see here, here, here, here, and here).
“To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable. He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred.”
Blitzen Trapper live at Mercury Lounge, July, 2007 (full concert here)
Blitzen Trapper, whose album Wild Mountain Nation was picked as our best of 2007, will be playing at Bowery Ballroom at the end of this month (the 29th, to be precise). My wife Chris and I caught their live show unexpectedly in Seattle on a layover and they were wonderful. The performance was reminiscent of the high-energy and adorably scattered mid-years Pavement shows. Highly recommended. As an added bonus, they’re sharing the bill with their label mates Fleet Foxes, who our pals at FREEwilly dig (us, too) and their new EP “Sun Giant” is sure to litter best-of lists near and far at the tail end of ‘08. That’s what we call a win-win. Cash in on it if you’re a big applette.
One interesting even in Sen. Clinton’s just-released schedules from the 1990s comes on Nov. 10 1993, when the former First Lady was to serve as the closing act during a briefing on NAFTA, the trade agreement she now assails.
PARTICIPANTS: Approx 120 expected to attend
(See briefing book for further info)
- Alexis Herman intros HRC for brief remarks
-HRC concludes program
Two attendees of that closed-door briefing, neither of whom are affiliated with any campaign, describe that event for ABC News. It was a room full of women involved in international trade. David Gergen served as a sort of master of ceremonies as various women members of the Cabinet talked up NAFTA, which had yet to pass Congress.
“It wasn’t a drop-by it was organized around her participation,” said one attendee. “Her remarks were totally pro-NAFTA and what a good thing it would be for the economy. There was no equivocation for her support for NAFTA at the time. Folks were pleased that she came by. If this is a still a question about what Hillary’s position when she was First Lady, she was totally supportive if NAFTA.
Read it all. The additional quotes from the attendees are pretty damning.
Sorry, Ohio, you got punk’d. You may want to let Pennsylvania know how you feel about it.
In his brave speech yesterday, Barack Obama gave us a preview of what it would be like to have a president who addresses US citizens as if we were adults capable of understanding complex issues and nuance. In stark contrast to what we’ve been exposed to for the interminable length of the Bush administration, not only was the speaker able to assemble multi-syllabic words into coherent sentences, paragraphs and themes, he did us the honor of assuming we were able to comprehend more than bumpersticker slogans and monochromatic portrayals of us vs. them, good vs. evil.
Obama staked his entire candidacy on our ability to get it. He must have known Fox News, the National Review and Rush Limbaugh would cherry-pick his speech to pair nuggets like “Jeremiah Wright is like family to me” with clips of Wright’s unhinged rants. Obama must have known Limbaugh’s sole take-away from the speech would be that Obama has become “the candidate of race.”
But to Limbaugh and his regrettably numerous ilk, Obama or any other black man was always the candidate of race. The speech had nothing to do with that. To the Limbaughs of the world, Donovan McNabb, Doug Williams or Vince Young will always be the black quarterback propped up by a fawning media. It doesn’t matter how many playoff games they win or how many white quarterbacks they outperform. A black quarterback could win the Super Bowl single-handedly, and Limbaugh would discern affirmative action in the referees’ calls. That’s just how Limbaugh rolls, and nothing will ever change it. Obama knows this.
Read it all. And if you’re a blogger and you haven’t added Betty to your blogroll yet, what in the hell are you waiting for?