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1099 – First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.
2005 – Minnesota’s Republican Caucus removed Michelle Bachmann from her leadership position, suggesting that “batshit crazy is not a leadership quality.”
COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!
“Let me say something a tad newsworthy to the president of the NAACP. You can go to hell. … I have tapes…tape of racism and it’s an NAACP dinner. You want to play with fire? I have evidence of racism and it’s coming from the NAACP.”
Former Drudge stool sampler Andrew Breitbart
FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
Let’s see if we have the story straight.
Former Drudge stool sampler Andrew Breitbart and his faux white slaver pimp James O’Keefe conspire to creatively edit and concoct a patently false story about ACORN, an underfunded, defenseless, and well-meaning organization that had one major goal – getting the poor to vote.
After a massive display of spinelessness by the White House, Democratic leaders in the house and senate, and to the dismay of millions of progressives and liberals around the country, ACORN quickly ceased to be. Killed by a scam artist, disemboweled by the very people who would benefit from its continued existence, and willfully ignored by a White House which chose to stay “above the fray.”
I don’t know which was worse, the speed with which the Democrats in Congress caved in, the failure of any Democrats to even demand a proper investigation, or the White House’s shamefully tepid, no, absent approach.
Every investigation, including a heavy duty one by the Congressional Research Service into ACORN found no evidence of wrongdoing. Not insufficient evidence, (See generally, the Holder DOJ’s whitewash of Alberto Gonzales, torture, and war crimes) but NO EVIDENCE. None.
The response from the Democratic leadership? Silence. Have Democrats in Congress sought to re-create and reinstall funding for the best bang for the buck they could possibly have, in terms of electoral politics? Nope. And the White House? If you ask the Gibblet or any other White House spin artist when they will seek to fund of a new and improved ACORN, the subject will change so fast that your head will spin. This from a former community activist’s administration? Bah.
His single handed destruction of ACORN has made Andrew Breitbart a hero in certain circles. Koch Industries, Dick the Armey, Mitch McConnell, and others, some very rich, and very much behind the scenes, have been supporting his actions and offering hints and suggestions for future scam targets. Fox News, in particular, made it known privately that two musicals would apply to anything Breitbart would concoct: Anything Goes, andPennies from Heaven.
Given how make believe and connected to reality Hollywood musicals tend to be, Fox’s decision makes a lot of sense.
The unforgivable inaction by the Democrats in response to the ACORN fiasco, their incredibly short attention spans, and their utter, frustrating spinelessness, combined to create the latest scandal. Not only was the entire MSM (absent CNN, Shep Smith, and one or two other notable exceptions) MIA and acting in a reprehensible manner, but the Administration waited no more than .035 miliseconds to jump off its fence post, and tofire an innocent, brave, and apparently, admirable Agriculture appointee named Shirley Sherrod. The few Democratic voices brave enough to venture into this Fox/Breitbart firestorm were giving thanks that a black racist, hired by Obama’s Administration, was fired even before Glenn Beck took his own accusations to the air.
If egg on one’s face were an art form, we’d be building museums for the several folks at the top of the USDA, especially Tom Vilsack, some notable members of congress, as well as some very high ranking administration honchos, who apparently take all administration policy cues from Fox News. The lazy, unprofessional MSM would have an entire wing all to themselves.
What we haven’t looked at was the timing of Breitbart’s release, the overwhelmingly unified (again, absent Shep Smith) response from Fox News, and the swallowing whole of the lies by the MSM. Let’s consider just what was in the news before his latest scam: The president was about to sign into law a tepid, shallow, hollow, and emasculated Financial Reform bill, while calling it the most impressive financial reform legislation ever. Bait and switch? Still, a bill was so badly needed, that even this pathetic husk of a bill is better than nothing.
What else was in the news? Polls showing Harry Reid’s growing lead over Tea Bagger and resident nutter Sharron Angle, more lies by Mark Kirk, a Tea Bagger caucus brought to you by the perennial winner of Minnesota’s famous Ms. Delusional Contest, Michelle Bachmann, and other generally pro-Democratic stories. Worst of all, MSM was beginning to look closely at the pre-election platforms of the GOP, and its ugly, illegitimate stepsister, the Tea Baggers, and the uniform conclusion was that the emperor wore no clothes. As distractions go, the timing was perfect.
THAT IS WHY Breitbart timed his release when he did. He chose an obscure public official, a black woman, no less, the NAACP, and a speech given four months ago. It was its complete lack of relevance to yester-week’s political topics that made it so perfect. Momentum is bad when your opponents have it, and Breitbart had to move when he did to stop ours.
Well, that is twice that Breitbart has snookered folks, and frankly, the uncovering of his scams and lies has had and will have absolutely no adverse impact on him. I suspect that the Koch Foundation is about to double its investment in his activities. I guarantee you that he will be greeted like Sen. Vitter when diaperman returned to the Senate floor. If only they allowed Depends, flowers and candy in the Senate.
Breitbart is no dummy. He edits well. He has a knack for the jugular, although too many Democrats have done their best to tattoo explicit directions on how to find theirs on their own necks. You know he has 4-6 other happening stories in the pot, ready to release when the time is right. I would even bet that one of these stories is factually (or almost) based, and could prove embarrassing to some Democrat, somewhere, at some time.
After this firestorm dies down, he will wait a few weeks to strike again. Just as the Democrats again begin to build momentum, he will release his next video, and this time, the facts may actually be somewhat on point. This allows Sean, Rush, Michelle, Sarah, Bill, Alan, Steve, and so many others to point at Breitbart and claim that he is doing god’s work, and that he is a solid journalist. Democrats will quickly return to their normal state of fear and spinelessness.
The key, however, is what happens to the following 3-4 stories, the ones that will resemble ACORN and Sherrod in terms of accuracy and deceit. Watch for those releases to be timed for late September, early October, with all malice aforethought and support from FOX. (again, absent Shep Smith) After all, Breitbart has a job to do, and he has been given a stainless steel, razor sharp ax to do it with. This November means everything to the GOP, so watch for the coming storm.
We have to be prepared for Breitbart, and one way to do that is to put the Democratic leadership on notice. Right now. Not about the lovely Ms. Sherrod. She is handling herself perfectly, with grace we seldom see on the public stage. Instead, we need to ask them, “Where’s the ACORN legislation?” “Have you no shame?” “When will you correct the wrong you did to ACORN?”
The side effects will be fun. First, it will put Congressional Democrats on notice just how badly they were scammed. Shame can be a powerful motivator. Next, it will piss off the ultra-right so badly, that it may distract them from doing real damage to our country. And lastly, once we reinstate ACORN, we will have a ready, willing and able pool of voters to help us out in November.
One more point. MSM failed, and failed badly this time around. The way they fell over themselves, replaying a 40 second video clip, and demanding retribution against Ms. Sherrod was disgusting, but also educational. They realized that people do care about real news, real journalism, and real stories. We also learned that Fox News’ Shep Smith has something exceedingly rare within that organization. He has ethics and standards.