Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The radical base of the shutdown

I found this article by Eric Boehlert in the HuffingtonPost quite intriguing.

The Shutdown's Radical Birther Streak That the Press Can No Longer Ignore

A couple of clips:

" And it's a base that still clings to the dark fantasy that Obama's an African-born impostor who's ineligible to be president or to command the U.S. military. And yes, Republican members of Congress still push that nonsense; House Republicans who fueled the futile shutdown. "


" The media's birther blind spot is part of the larger press problem [link goes to Media Matters] in its failure to grasp, and accurately detail, the truly radical nature of the procedural sabotage that Republicans are engaging in; the plotted chaos and dysfunction that's being employed in hopes of halting Obama's second term. (A second term that couldn't be stopped at the ballot box.) "

It's been clear they are extreme.  The shutdown and the debt ceiling cliffhanger made that VERY clear.  What we have to do now is to not let them off the hook - to keep pounding the drum about how extreme, and how dangerous to the country, their views are.

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