The Things You Think Are Precious I Can’t Understand

You’ve seen that Lena Dunham “first time” ad for the Obama campaign. On Twitter, right-wing media personality and former Richard Nixon amanuensis Monica Crowley calls the ad “super-gross”:

Crowley’s taste in campaign films is a bit different:

A new “documentary” alleging that President Obama’s real father is actually communist writer Frank Marshall Davis was enthusiastically promoted by Fox News contributor and O’Reilly Factor guest host Monica Crowley on her radio show last month.

Dreams from My Real Father … was written, directed, and produced by conservative filmmaker Joel Gilbert … its premise [is] that Obama is a “red diaper baby” born to the communist Davis…

Dunham’s allusions to sex upset Crowley, but this is apparently just fine:

In Dreams From My Real Father, … photos of a naked woman wearing leather gloves, boots and a corset in a suggestive pose are featured. The film claims the woman in question is Obama’s mother Ann Dunham.

Nothing “super-gross” about that!

And while we’re on the subject of Crowley, let’s not forget this choice moment from 2008:

On The Laura Ingraham Show, guest host Monica Crowley stated that “according to this genealogy — and again, because I haven’t done the research, I can’t verify this — but according to this guy Kenneth Lamb, Barack Obama is not black African, he is Arab African.” Crowley continued: “And yet, this guy is campaigning as black and painting anybody who dares to criticize him as a racist. I mean, that is — it is the biggest con I think I’ve ever seen.”

Yup — Crowley questions whether Obama is actually black. In a tasteful, non-sexual, way, of course, so it’s OK.

(Adapted from a post at No More Mister Nice Blog.)

71 replies
  1. 1
    jackmac says:

    Sigh … And there’s still 11 more days of bulls**t from people like Crowley ahead.

  2. 2
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Steely Dan titles.. that was a pretty overt move for my affection.

  3. 3
    SenyorDave says:

    I heard Crowley one day while driving around, and my first two thoughts were:

    1. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
    2. Very nasty, less than Coulter or Ingraham, but fairly unpleasant

    Nice to know that she’s a racist pos in addition

  4. 4
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    Puritan Porn – The term given to the documents generated by the investigation into the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, in that it allowed otherwise “chaste” Republicans the ability to read descriptions about sex without getting into trouble.

    Sounds like the same thing with the picture in Dreams of My Real Father. I suspect a lot of men, and probably a few women, got off on that picture.

  5. 5
    Corner Stone says:

    Ah! It’s finally explained why during his first term Obama never whipped his joint out and slapped it on the dais to get legislation passed. It’s because he’s not African African but really Arab African. And Arab Africans just don’t bring the same kind of heat, if you know what I mean nudge nudge wink wink.

  6. 6
    Corner Stone says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Steely Dan titles

    I read this and swore it said, “Steely Dan titties”.
    My goodness but all this overtly sexual campaigning is clearly taking a toll on me.
    Where is FlipYrWhig? I need to borrow one of his fainting couches.

  7. 7
    JGabriel says:

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  8. 8
    General Stuck says:

    You have to read the newest code. What Crowley is really saying Obama = Muslim + Black = Oh NOEs!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. Just new wingnut math.

  9. 9
    butler says:

    @jackmac: If only it was merely another 11 days. I don’t think a mere election is going to stop the bullshit.

  10. 10
    Schlemizel says:

    @jackmac: I wish it were only 11 days! Carp like her and the whole FAUX news crew, every key on the Wurlitzer will be puking out this sludge for as long as their is a marketplace of ignorant fools willing to consume it. Sadly there is no end in sight

  11. 11
    JGabriel says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Steely Dan titles…

    Lyric actually. The title is “Reeling In The Years“.


  12. 12
    Regnad Kcin says:

    And what passes for knowledge (carnal or otherwise) I can’t understand either…

  13. 13
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Eleven days? Not if you are at Redstate…lol! Moe Lane has a post up this AM that is titled: Election in twelve days! The economy is awful!

    I hope the idiot and his ball washers go and vote on the 7th.

  14. 14
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @JGabriel: The title of the post, i think he means.

  15. 15
    Schlemizel says:


    If I could type faster I’d have been there first! 8-{P

    also, if Edit worked instead of telling me I don’t have permissions to edit my own message I could have added this to my post instead of making a new one. I also would have fixed my misspelling of there

  16. 16
    BGinCHI says:

    Obama’s mother’s last name was Dunham.

    Lena Dunham wants to lose her virginity to Obama.

    GOP calculation: Incest!

    Super gross, QED.

  17. 17
    The Red Pen says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I read this and swore it said, “Steely Dan titties”.

    Me too. I guess that’s because we are depraved Liberals.

    I guess I need to go over the RedState, confess and beg Erick Erickson’s forgiveness.

  18. 18
    Linda Featheringill says:

    I thought the ad was cute but if the Righties are upset by it, maybe it’s even better than I thought. :-)

  19. 19
    PreservedKillick says:

    Anyone who’s every seen Girls is laughing at these guys. This ad is puritanical in comparison.

    They don’t like it because it’s designed to get younger voters into the ballot box and it’s going to work.

    Simple as that.

  20. 20
    JGabriel says:


    The title of the post, i think he means.

    Oops. Yeah, you’re probably right. OTOH, it gave me an excuse to post a link to the song.

  21. 21
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: At what point did I ever say anything negative about references to sex or whatever the fuck you’re talking about? I think the percentage of my posts that contain Ye Wordes Most Foule stacks up with anyone’s. Or are you just poking sticks out of boredom?

  22. 22
    dmsilev says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Moe has trouble counting above ten without taking his shoes off.

  23. 23
    Chris says:

    On The Laura Ingraham Show, guest host Monica Crowley stated that “according to this genealogy—and again, because I haven’t done the research, I can’t verify this—but according to this guy Kenneth Lamb, Barack Obama is not black African, he is Arab African.” Crowley continued: “And yet, this guy is campaigning as black and painting anybody who dares to criticize him as a racist. I mean, that is—it is the biggest con I think I’ve ever seen.”

    I love the idea that it somehow matters if he’s black or Arab. As if he wouldn’t have faced an equal onslaught of racial shit if he’d been Arab, or as if it would’ve been less appropriate to call that “racist” if he’d been Arab.

  24. 24
    Steeplejack says:


    I know. My rage glands are exhausted.

    Last night Colbert’s guest was Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who was promoting his bullshit book.

    Daniels made a heartfelt plea for Americans to address the biggest issue facing the country–the national debt.

    Colbert: “We had a surplus when Bill Clinton left office, and you were George W. Bush’s director of management and budget. Who came in and chloroformed you and stole all the money?”

    And Daniels’s answer? “Well, the answer is the dot-com bubble broke, and the money that people thought was coming did not show up. It wouldn’t have mattered if you were president, Stephen.”

    I hate these people.

    Also, Colbert dinged him for going off to head Purdue University–for which he cut funding as governor. Good times.

  25. 25
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Crowley was just out of college when she started sitting on old Dick Nixon’s lap.

    (I have, in my time, received wingnut chain emails that were at one point forwarded by her from her personal email address that in turn ended up with wingnut in-laws, and finally with me.)

  26. 26
    jibeaux says:

    Jus sayin, maybe if Republicans worked on taking a healthy approach to human sexuality they wouldn’t view every double entrendre as living in a supergross, fallen, depraved world destined for the fire. And maybe they could take down that rentboy profile in favor of a more mature relationship. It’s because I care.

  27. 27
    Democrat Partisan Asshole says:

    “according to this genealogy—and again, because I haven’t done the research, I can’t verify this”

    21st century American civilization is shaping up to make the Dark Ages look good.

  28. 28
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I need to borrow one of his fainting couches.

    All of his fainting couches have been rationalized away, but very reasonably.

  29. 29
    FlipYrWhig says:

    Remember how conservatives were supposed to be the sex-positive ones now, unlike those puritanical liberal buzzkills? “South Park Republicans” and all that?

  30. 30
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    It’s just amazing how channeled the outrage of moral scolds like this foul Crowley sow are.

    As for that fucking little gnome Daniels, hanging is far too humane for his vile ilk.

  31. 31
    PreservedKillick says:

    By the way, I can think of no better way to ensure that, oh, 100%, of the sub-25yo electorate sees this ad than to take to twitter and say that it is “super gross.”

  32. 32
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Now that’s at least a ding that relates to things I actually write! “What we SHOULD be talking about is…” or “The criticism you COULD make would be…” That sort of thing.

  33. 33
    amk says:

    Who the fuck is crowley ? And why do we care what she says at this point ?

  34. 34
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JGabriel: I meant the titles of his posts.

  35. 35
    gocart mozart says:

    Little known fact: Monica Crowley is the great-grandaughter of famous occultist Aleister Crowley.

  36. 36
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @FlipYrWhig: I think “apologist” is the technical term. But you do it well, so don’t think I’m taking a dig.

  37. 37
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @amk: She’s one of the interchangeable Fox News Blondes. Collect ’em all!

  38. 38
    RaflW says:

    I think some of these people are mentally ill. I mean, to have the term “red diaper baby” and to know there’s a shared sense of meaning behind that suggests a level of paranoia that is not just strange but may be truly unhealthy.

  39. 39
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Are they available in the collectable Pez dispensers?

  40. 40
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): They certainly have the head-to-body proportion for it.

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Hüsker Dü sez:

  41. 41
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Are you paid for your advocacy or is it something you do for fun?

  42. 42
    Bobby Thomson says:

    I guess John Sununu is a liar then.

  43. 43
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Thanks for the post, SteveM.

    It’s always good to read about Rightwinger hypocrisy. It’s so over the top that you wonder how everyone can’t see it.

    **shakes head side to side slowly**

  44. 44
    RaflW says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Red Diaper State: Election in twelve days! The economy is awful!

    Besides the obvious attempt to election-fraud themselves (hah-hah), I have been wondering if the hedge funders are freeping the Dow to try and loose the election for Obama (and then make even more cash when some bullshit “Romney bounce” happens if =ugh= that lying weasel wins).

  45. 45
    Sly says:

    I never would have imagined that a 20 year old flack for a dying Richard Nixon could grow up to be a preening piece of shit.

  46. 46
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: If only. I’m barely paid for my actual job.

  47. 47
    LAC says:

    If revolution is ever televised, throwing this twat and the rest of right wing media dirtbags in a cage with hungry tigers and bears will be must see TV.

  48. 48
    Amir Khalid says:

    I just looked through Frank Marshall Davis’ Wikipedia entry. He was indeed living in Honolulu at the time when Barack Obama was conceived; but Davis was himself married at the time, and there is no mention of his ever meeting Stanley Ann Dunham at all.

    As for the “Arab African” thing, I have met black Arabs, white Arabs, and Arabs in every shade in between. Not even remotely surprising, when you consider the geographical location of the Arab world: right in between Europe where the white people are, and Africa where the black people are. But from what I’ve heard lately, knowing geography is not a big thing for the American right.

  49. 49
    Elmo says:

    This whole election cycle has been horrible for my mental health, in that I have really, truly begun to hate these people. Bad hate. Dark hate. Ugly hate.

    Not so much the random Romney supporters, which include my brothers, some coworkers, and even one person I consider a friend. At least not yet. But the professional wingerati? Even the amateur RWNJ noisemakers? God almighty, but I hate them.

  50. 50
    Lurking Canadian says:


    I love the idea that it somehow matters if he’s black or Arab. As if he wouldn’t have faced an equal onslaught of racial shit if he’d been Arab, or as if it would’ve been less appropriate to call that “racist” if he’d been Arab.

    Or as if racist assholes go up to people and ask to see their passports and their parents’ passports before deciding which set of slurs to use.

    This is not dissimilar from the “He’s not really black, because his father was African, not African-American, so he has no link to the lineage of slavery and oppression in the USA”.

    You know what? Some cracker who sees him on the street sees a Black Man and will treat him the same way that cracker treats all other black men. Said cracker will not take into account the precise assemblage of DNA or ethno-geographical ancestry that led to his facial features, melanin content and hair composition.

    Then, to add to it, there’s the old “nobody would have voted for him if he weren’t black”, affirmative-action bullshit, piled on top of everything else. I’ve never heard of this Crowley creature before today, but she seems much more evil than her great-great-grandaddy, who called himself the most evil man alive.

  51. 51
    Upper West says:

    Wow. I read about the fauxrage before watching the video of the Dunham ad. Boy is it mild. Based on the reactions, I thought she kept up the sexual pretense until the end, though even that would not have been that risque at all. But she reveals it’s about voting about 15 seconds in?

    It’s not (just) that they are Puritans. It’s that they are desperately flailing around for something, anything, to push things in their direction.

    As the vampire said when the priest held up a cross to fend him off, gornisht helfen.*

    *Nothing will help.

  52. 52
    Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ says:


    A great title choice!

  53. 53
    Maude says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    They live in Delusion Land.

  54. 54
    Steve says:

    That tried-and-true “the black guy is coming for your daughters” message never goes out of style!

  55. 55
    Mnemosyne says:


    I actually know one person who refers to himself as a “red diaper baby,” but he was raised by parents who actually were Americans active in the Communist Party. (Summer vacations in Cuba after the revolution, that kind of thing.)

    So it’s more that it’s the usual conservative trick of taking a very tiny group within the American left and declaring that every liberal’s family vacationed with Uncle Fidel.

  56. 56
    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    Who the hell says “This totally grosses me out. Here’s a link, check it out”?

  57. 57
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937:

    I guess you weren’t on the internet during the heyday of “Two Girls, One Cup.” And if you don’t want to be disgusted by all of humanity, don’t Google it.

  58. 58
    kc says:

    Modern Republicans are the scum of the earth.

  59. 59
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    If this were the 30’s, every last one of these wingtards would be signing up for a Kraft Durch Freude vacation on the sandy beaches of the Great Belt.

  60. 60
    PreservedKillick says:

    @Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937:

    Who the hell says “This totally grosses me out. Here’s a link, check it out”?

    The Internet?

  61. 61
    hep kitty says:

    So women fought for equality so this thing that is supposed to be a woman of some kind, can spew bile through her megaphone?

    I was too young for all that, but what must our very brave, older sisters who fought for those rights be thinking? I don’t know, I think, after fuming with anger, I’d finally just break down in tears out of pure frustration. Especially considering what we have been hearing the last 2 weeks.

    Actually, the whole rape thing made me weepy yesterday. Because I was thinking about all those women I have heard call into radio shows who have been raped. Some over 20 years ago. This sort of thing is just making them relive the rape and it just breaks my heart. It is deeply hurtful, profoundly cruel to those women. So what they went through was something God wanted to happen. Can you imagine how that must make a rape survivor feel?

    What, not who, are these people?? These things we are, for all intents and purposes, supposed to consider human beings. We are supposed to treat them respectfully like CSPAN hosts treat their callers, as if they deserve some modicum of respect, b/c bi-partisanship, blah blah.

    Otherwise, we are not civilized, right?

    But which side is behaving like civilized human beings?

  62. 62
    catclub says:

    @RaflW: I think Yglesias was musing on how much money the campaigns should invest in INtrade and Iowa election markets to push the idea that they are winning.

    Of course, they say that all the ads have little effect.
    But that is because they cancel out each other. If only Romney were advertising it would have a big effect, and likewise for Obama. Similarly, one group could push those markets,… until the other starts pushing the other way.

  63. 63
    SFAW says:


    Moe has trouble counting above ten without taking his shoes off.

    Actually, there’s a rumor he does a lot of counting to eleven (in a non-Spinal-Tappian way) with his shoes ON.

    Especially while posting about Mittens and Sununununununuuuuuu,

  64. 64
    Bulworth says:

    Obviously we need the Mormon Christian Mitt Romney to win the election so that our Theocratic overlords may impose Freedom a Cultural Revolution in all things media and Intertubes so that Amercia can once again be Exceptional.

  65. 65
    Joel says:

    @catclub: problem is, no one really weighs intrade values in their electoral decisions. You could make a “butterfly effect” argument for enthusiasm but its a pretty weak case.

  66. 66
    Mjaum says:

    Saw the ad. Was cute. But then, I’m norwegian. We’re cool.

    (And I really wish I did not have to add “Most of us, anyway.” because of you-know-who…)

  67. 67
    Teejay says:

    You did send a copy of your post to Monica right? Little point in bitching if the bitchee never hears what the bitcher said.

  68. 68
    Rosie Outlook says:

    Like everyone else in Ohio who has ever voted, I received a copy of “dreams of my Father” and I didn’t watch all the way through. I thought it was sleazy and much more tasteless than the virginity ad. To be fair to the virginity ad, I don’t think it was aimed at my age group (50-mumble), and I don’t think the younger crowd would have found it tasteless at all. I found it tasteless but mildly amusing and not worth getting worked up about on either count. So that’s the moderate viewpoint, which is probably worth about what you paid for it.

    I had never heard of Monica Crowley, but I’ve read about her grandfather. He was an occult shyster who died penniless.

  69. 69
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    The people who are offended by the ad weren’t going to vote for Obama anyway. Those who are young, disaffected and unengaged in the political process may well respond positively to the ad — in other words, they just may go out and vote for Obama. Humor and a youthful voice delivered an important message. The rightwingers don’t like that message and are doing what they can (not much) to attack it.

  70. 70
    Ken says:

    “..guest host Monica Crowley stated that “according to this genealogy—and again, because I haven’t done the research, I can’t verify this—but according to…”

    And that, my friends, is the essence of right wing punditry.

  71. 71
    MattR says:

    It should be pointed out that Loren Collins tracked down the original source for some of the pictures that are supposedly of Ann Dunham. One of them was from Exotique magazine issue #23 which was published in 1958 when Ann Dunham was only 15 years old. But that didn’t creep Monica Crowley out one bit.

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