Skip to comments.John Batchelor: Paranoids Ate My Party (Compares "Birthers" to Klan, Communists and Whigs)
Posted on 07/28/2009 10:20:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The GOP, reduced to hosting loonies who obsess over Obamas birthplace, is slipping into the ash heap. The Daily Beasts John Batchelor on why Republican incoherence may doom the party to the fate of the Whigs.
The romantic yarn that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not in the United States, and is therefore an illegitimate POTUS is the core of a still-evolving conspiracy theory that now explodes like a neutron stink bomb splashing on the right wing while leaving the center and left idly smiling and curious.
What is going on with the despondent Republican Party that it hosts loonies called the birthers in its ranks?
The answer may be that the birther phenomenon is a mutation of a political virus called incoherence. Incoherence is fatal. It killed the Whigs (and led to the creation of the Republicans); it killed the Klan and the American communists. The birther mutation looks to erase what remains of the GOPs credibility with the electorate, already at an all-time low and still sinking to third- and fourth-party numbers, if there were a third or a fourth party.
In sudden alarm Monday night, 158 House Republicans voted with the Democrats to endorse the self-evident fact that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. No whipping by the GOP leadership was necessary. The House Republicans understood that birtherism has jumped to a pandemic Phase 6, multiple infections in all states, much too late to stop with a quarantine on the Hill.
Already, a handful of House Republican members show signs of succumbing to the symptoms of brain feverwagging fingers, dry-mouth stammeringby co-sponsoring a bill to require presidential candidates to submit a birth certificate. The primary patient is California Republican John Campbell, who showed tertiary impatience with his triteness on TV when he proposed, It doesnt matter if I have doubts or not, OK?
August recess means that the Hill Republicans must go home to their districts to face the birtherite pod people, and there will be additional farcical confrontations similar to what the chump moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle faced recently at a town-hall meeting in Delaware, when birthers flourished their birth certificates at him.
The pandemic is out of control, and those who argue cynically that birtherism is being stoked by the media, or fed by the cunning White House political operation to gain sympathy for a panicky presidency, are not examining the peculiar details of the potency of the illness.
This is not a pandemic that spreads only by the airplane, the Internet, or even by word of mouth, because a single exposure to the central whopper is not usually sufficient. Daily reinfection is needed or the disease goes dormant like algebra. Birtherism has found a durable vector, ubiquitous like insects and slippery like long-tailed mammals, in the institution of talk radio and its cable-TV compadre. The boss vectors just now are the burlesque artist Rush LimbaughBarack Obama has yet to prove hes a citizenand Limbaughs parasitic rival of bloviation, faux rueful Lou Dobbs: I dont know what the reality is. No one does.
What is also striking about this mutation is that, as a talking vector, you do not need to endorse the birther template that the president was born of an 18-year-old girl who raced to Mombasa in time to deliver in an unnamed setting. You are just as effective a vector if you deny the birtherite creativity, if you produce the Hawaii documents, if you say the magic words smear or tin-foil.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is a fertile source when he uses the briefing room to evince exasperation: this question in many ways continues to astound me. Cable-TV stars such as the giddy Chris MatthewsThe birthers dont let the facts get in the wayand the stern Bill OReillyThe Factor investigated it and found out that its bogus become like Typhoid Marys, spreading an illness to which they claim immunity. Ratings, anyone?
Grimly, the birther episode is not a media story, or even a story about Barack Obamas unique youth, but rather it is another illustration of the slow-motion decomposition of the GOP. The party, having lost its principles, its confidence, its courage, and then having lost an election, now experiences what it is to lose its mind, too, while it slips into the ash heap with other novelties.
The conduct of the Republicans in Congress since January has been astonishingly frail, as if the party had lost immunities to race-baiters like Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, to liars like John Ensign and Mark Sanford, to yammerers like Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann, to the goofily vain like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee.
The party has wasted away to the point where opportunistic eruptions like the birthers and much worse are natural sorrows. Republican incoherence didnt begin with Mombasa. There is logic to the closing down of a great political party that has abandoned its own greatness to cheer on churls. Perhaps what appears terminal cowardice is only venality; perhaps what sounds like a death rattle is only the wrinkled ranting of crones in the Senate; perhaps the polls showing the Republican brand not as well regarded as Drano are just outliers. Perhaps, too, like miscreant HAL 9000, the GOP is warming up to sing, Daisy, Daisy.
John Batchelor is radio host of the John Batchelor Show in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
LOL! All the third, fourth and now fifth tier radio talkers got the same memo, on the SAME freaking day and were forced to drink the Obama Kool-aide. It all happened in the same day. Good - we can separate the frauds out.
Frauds: Ingraham, Medved, Boortz, Coulter, Hewitt and this unknown.
I never heard of this guy.
If Obama has nothing to hide and has the Constitutional right to hold his office, then why all the totalitarian suppression from so many folks? And why the outright refusal to publish the damn thing?
Right out of hand book for radicals say the opposite of the truth until the lie become the truth. Never have heard of this guy.
Race baiters like Limbaugh? Is that what you said?
The question was first raised by the Democrats about John McCain.
Irrespective of the merits of the "birther" case, I'd suggest the mental balance of those who forgot who started the whole thing is subject to some serious question INCLUDING Ann if it comes to that.
Was it an “SOS” (Save Obama-Soertero)?
Next time, try to make your point coherent. What are “immunities” to “race-baiters like Limbaugh”?
Never heard of this guy, but it’s all empty words. One thing I do require in my President is truthfulness. Lacking that, how can he expect to be trusted by anyone with anything?
He was quoting John “Confirmed” Batchelor, the author of this hogwash.
Another leftist Lunatic who seems to think Obama does not have to comply with the laws of the land.
Hey Johnny boy, just ask yourself one simple question, why DOESN’T Obama simply comply with the law and produce his birth certificate? (No, a COLB is NOT a birth certificate)
Limbaugh is a race baiter?
John Bachelor masquerades as a conservative.
Turn this around:
Obama has given a COLB out to validate his birth in Hawaii.
If you have a case for Obama *NOT* being born in Hawaii like the COLB, state of Hawaii officials and newspaper birth announcement all seem to point to ... state the case.
Without a case, there is no justification for further information requests.
And they have to be freakin' BLIND not to see how media and the judicial system are trying to sweep this under the carpet.
It's not going to go away.
Obama MUST comply with the law and produce his official birth certificate, not a forged one.
If the laws of this land do not apply to Obama, then the laws of this land apply to no one at all.
We all question Obama. We question his policies, not basic facts like his birthplace.