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.
at 1:37 PM