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They can’t believe they’re losing to this guy! After the Daily Caller presented a “bombshell” Obama video that’s been on the Internet for five years yesterday to general yawns outside the echo chamber, today another wingnut fart-huffer went back five more years to unearth snippets of a speech the president gave at a MLK memorial celebration at a church. Ta-duh!

Rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want.

Which is sorta, you know, true. Future President Obama goes on to say:

The spirit of empathy condemns not only the use of firehoses and attack dogs to keep people down but also accountants and tax loopholes to keep people down. I’m not saying that what Enron executives did to their employees is the moral equivalent of what Bull Connor did to black folks, but I’ll tell you what, the employees at Enron feel violated. When a company town sees its plant closing because some distant executives made some decision despite the wage concessions, despite the tax breaks, and they see their entire economy collapsing, they feel violence . . .

I’m not sure this is the exact message they’d like to juxtapose with images of Willard M. Romney, Vulture Capitalist of Bain, but you go to war with the bombshells you have, I guess. It’s like they’ve watched Limbaugh screech and jiggle about the evil and dangers of parsnips for four solid years and expect everyone to scream at the sight of a pallid, carrot-shaped root vegetable. But instead everyone kind of shrugs or laughs.

[X-posted at Rumproast]

35 replies
  1. 1
    Maude says:

    For the 1%, Jump.

  2. 2
    Redshift says:

    From the description of “another wingnut fart-huffer,” my first reaction was that this is just nutpicking. The fact that it’s actually a Cornerite seems worth mentioning.

    I was thinking this really needs a variation of “throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks” that would also encompass “scraping the bottom of the barrel,” but the results were heading in a more disgusting direction than I cared to contemplate…

  3. 3
    Redshift says:

    As for the graphic — has anyone else noticed that Casper appears to be the ghost of Richie Rich?

  4. 4
    Felinious Wench says:

    I just want them to keep on talking. The more mistakes they can make by not shutting their fool mouths, the better. If they go silent people go back to their lives. But all of this nonsense keeps Mitt front and center.

    I’m loving watching my enemy make mistake after mistake.

  5. 5
    Redshift says:

    @Felinious Wench: Yeah. If they’d realized early on that the more people see of Mitt, the less they like him, they might have avoided public appearances altogether and managed a close election.

  6. 6
    different-church-lady says:

    It would appear that they’re all now so deep in the bubble that when a person says something that is entirely self-evident in the real world, that person is a dangerous radical.

  7. 7
    JenJen says:

    Huh. Just read the transcript and once again, absolutely nothing controversial was uttered. These people are fucking crazy.

  8. 8
    beltane says:

    Is this what epistemic closure looks like?

    The right has been so trained to live in a state of perpetual outrage where everything Obama says and does is a “bombshell” that they have lost all sense of what would create outrage in normal people who have not been indoctrinated into believing that Obama is altering the flag, outlawing the “in God we trust” motto, etc.

    They are like 50 year olds who, finally realizing the Tooth Fairy doesn’t exist, are disappointed their denist doesn’t share their amazement at this realization.

  9. 9
    El Cid says:

    All Americans identify with ENRON. All Americans. If you don’t think of a waving American flag and Christmas Eve with the children and saluting Mount Rushmore when you hear ENRON, well, then you want the Black ACORN Mau Mau Panther Jihadists to win anyway.

  10. 10
    polyorchnid octopunch says:

    No no no no… you’ve got it all wrong. Points and laughs… points and laughs.

  11. 11
    Arclite says:

    Yeah, they know they’re F’d so they’re grasping at straws. Throwing whatever they can find at the wall and seeing if it sticks. It reeks of desperation.

  12. 12
    Tommy D Cosmology says:

    Bigoted religious extremists and hateful greedy people who don’t seem to mind the bigots so much. Today’s Republican Party in plain view.

  13. 13
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    The title to this post is just perfect, because The Mighty Wurlitzer is falling apart in just the same way that Oogie Boogie Man was finished off near the end of the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. Once a loose dangling thread was pulled on hard enough, his burlap sack started to unravel until all that was left was a naked pile of squirming ants and cockroaches going ‘squeek, squeek’. Disgusting, but no longer threatening.

  14. 14
    danimal says:

    Of all the ways to fight back against the Wurlitzer, who would have thought that “point and laugh” would be the most lethal?

  15. 15
    Not Sure says:

    News flash for the fart-huffers. Nobody cares what a sitting President said or did before he became President. They care about what he’s saying and doing now as President.

  16. 16
    MattF says:

    It’s been Romney’s pattern– the better voters get to know him, the less they like him. I almost (but, umm, not quite) understand why Republicans kept throwing themselves at the likes of Noot, the Pizza King, and Rick ‘Da Moron’ Perry during the primaries. Romney is just an ugly SOB.

  17. 17
    Redshift says:


    Is this what epistemic closure looks like?


  18. 18
    The Bobs says:

    Obama is wrong this time. Rich people hired Pinkertons.

  19. 19
    gian says:

    You’re still fucking peasants as far as i can see

  20. 20
    Anoniminous says:


    Think we’re well beyond epistemic closure and heading into epistemic capture, with some already in psychosis.

    Like that nut who killed his family and himself.

  21. 21
    Mike G says:

    Tucker Carlson is piloting a bathysphere of bullshit deep into a Marianas Trench of lies while rebreathing his own farts and proclaiming how awesome they are.

  22. 22
    Chyron HR says:


    Is this what epistemic closure looks like?

    I’m going to break the trend and say no, this is what a cargo cult looks like.

    “We release video! Now we win election! …Why we no win election? Release more video!”

  23. 23
    Anoniminous says:

    @Chyron HR:

    That’s a damn good observation.

    I quit. You win.

  24. 24
    Beauzeaux says:

    @The Bobs: “Obama is wrong this time. Rich people hired Pinkertons”
    Pinkertons were hired to break strikes which were an attempt to change the status quo. The rich only hate violence when it threatens to take away some money.

  25. 25
    Lurking Canadian says:

    Do they not get that everytime they release weak sauce like this, it just calls attention to how much they’ve got nothing?

  26. 26
    Liberty60 says:

    I love how the wildest most damning thing they can find Obama saying is shit like

    Rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want.

    Which is something Charles Pierce might say when he wanted to be accepted into polite society.

  27. 27
    Yutsano says:

    Parsnips are a great veggie. That’s about all,

  28. 28
    WJS says:

    I saw that image and I just about fell over laughing. Richie Rich? Very appropriate.

  29. 29 I try to be amused says:

    Too bad for them “Generic Republican” wasn’t running this year. He outpolled all the actual Republicans that ran.

  30. 30
    redshirt says:

    @Redshift: Simpsons did it. :)

  31. 31
    Tom says:


    From Three Men and a Comic book

    Lisa: If we don’t get to the convention soon, all the good comics will
    be gone!
    Bart: Ah, what do you care about good comics? All you every buy is Casper
    the Wimpy Ghost.
    Lisa: I think it’s sad that you equate friendliness with wimpiness, and
    I hope it’ll keep you from ever achieving true popularity.
    Bart: Well, you know what I think? I think Casper is the ghost of
    Richie Rich. [shows comics of Casper and Richie Rich]
    Lisa: Hey, they do look alike!
    Bart: Wonder how Richie died.
    Lisa: Perhaps he realized how hollow the pursuit of money really is and
    took his own life.
    Marge: Kids, could you lighten up a little?

  32. 32
    smintheus says:

    Parsnips are damned tasty. One of my favorite veggies, I grow dozens of them every year.

    In fact, my wife and I have started the International Parsnip Council. Tell your friends.

  33. 33
    redshirt says:

    @Tom: LOL. That’s the ticket!

  34. 34
    Luthe says:

    @danimal: JK Rowling. Boggarts hate laughter.

  35. 35
    PaulB says:

    This reminds me of the runup to the Clinton impeachment. The House Republicans, in particular, were just absolutely convinced that each new “revelation” would be “the one” that would finally turn people against Clinton. They couldn’t believe that the American people just didn’t give a damn and it absolutely infuriated them that Clinton remained popular.

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