Posted by: Donna
Mitt Romney coming out as a Birther today at a rally in Michigan drew some deservedly sharp rebukes on the internets. Of course, it also drew out the kind of petulant defensiveness I’ve grown to expect from my Republican associates. Here’s a sampling of tweets I got:
empowering stupidity by engaging with stupidity not only validates original stupidity but it lowers you to same lvl
you crack me up! You are like the girl who cried wolf, except instead of wolves all you see is sexism & racism.
bc two days ago Obama made a crack about the dog on the roof? Looks like Harvard egotism from both to me
The quote was “I’ve never been asked for my birth certificate” it was a joke. Please save your faux outrage for someone who cares
Enjoy playing in the gutter with the lowest form of idiot republican, it reflects well on you.
These are all from the same Republican. Honestly, you’d think Obama had been the one who told a Birther joke…
Oh wait. (sigh) Yes, the President and his supporters have mocked the absurd Birther conspiracy. Explaining humor to right wingers is rather like explaining algebra to a Chihuahua but I’ll try: Making fun of Birthers for being stupid racists isn’t the same as pandering to said Birthers and feeding their irrational frothing hatred of the black man in the White House.” I know. It’s no use. Here’s popular conservative blogger Ann Althouse issuing a defense of Romney that reads like it might have come from some algorithm that generates denials of racism for Birthers:
Anyway, it’s obviously not racist. In fact, it’s more racist to call it racist. To see it as racist, you have to have a background belief that to think of someone as a natural-born citizen is to think of him as white. Who thinks that?!
And it’s also not “birther” to say what Romney said. A birther is someone who thinks or isn’t sure that Obama was born in one of the United States. But the joke doesn’t depend on the listener being a birther. You simply have to understand that people had enough questions about where Obama was born that they wanted to see the proof. People don’t have those questions about Romney, so no one ever asked him to prove it. That’s all Romney said.
Right, only a real racist would be appalled by Presidential candidate Romney eliciting a big cheer at a rally full of angry Birthers by hinting that their idiotic racist conspiracy theory about the President might be true. Althouse went on to post this in the comments section:
There’s also the fact that the state Obama was born in is Hawaii… so immensely far from the rest of the country (and, at the time of his birth, only recently a state).
Oh yes, she went there. “Hawaii isn’t really part of America” there.
And then there’s Governor Brewer, who did this remarkable interview with the New York Times.
The photograph of you confronting the president has become quite famous. If you could do it over again, would you avoid wagging your finger?
He’s the one that chose to make a brief encounter about something petty that showed his thin skin. I agree it was unfortunate, but it happened, and I moved on…
…When you signed Arizona’s immigration law in 2010, you cited concerns about growing border violence. But according to the F.B.I., violent crime dropped in Arizona almost 14 percent the previous year.
As the saying goes, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Fifty thousand people in Mexico have been murdered. Puerto Peñasco, 60 miles south of our border, just had five people and a police officer killed. That is like part of Arizona, and it is spilling over into our state.
Finally, there’s this item about the Attorneys General of six states, including Arizona, suing to remove the preclearance requirements imposed on them by the Voting Rights Act because, basically, it’s impeding their ability to pass racist voter suppression laws.
I mean, wow, it’s not that racism ever really takes a rest in this country but it sure got a workout today!
UPDATE: Wait, there’s more! TPM’s Nick Martin reports there will be a Birther Convention in Phoenix next month. God help us.
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