Thursday, March 13, 2008


I wanted to comment on this a few days ago. If you missed Rep. Steve King's comments about the implications of an Obama victory, watch this clip (and if you voted for him, you should be ashamed of yourself):

King has proudly posted the transcript on his website here. Note his use of the word "optics":

"I’ll just say this, when you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected president of the United States, and I mean. What does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?"

Recall this from a Rowan Scarborough column a few weeks ago:

A senior Pentagon official said an Obama swearing-in "will give the Arab street the final victory, the best optics, and the ultimate in bragging rights. They win. We lose."

The script is getting a good workout, isn't it?

It's clear that some very powerful interests are becoming increasingly frantic at the prospect of an Obama presidency. And Rep. King undoubtedly represents the most visible and least malevolent of the bunch.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought we Americans were pretty much color blind. If we all were, what a great example that would set for the rest of the world! Let's get over this stupidity. It's diminishing.

3/13/2008 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

King clearly demonstrates that racism and bigotry flourish in the 21st century United States. When will the Civil War end for idiots like King?

3/13/2008 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with King. Barack Hussein Obama is an ultraliberal who will weaken this country, much like Jimmy Carter did in the 1970's. Russia, Iran, China, and the muslim world, are salivating at the prospect of Obama as president. He will meet with tyrants in an attempt to understand their viewpoint. Now is not the time to be seduced by fancy rhetoric. We need a strong president like Reagan who will restore this nation's greatness.

John McCain for President!

3/13/2008 11:02 AM  
Anonymous judyo said...

I'd post anonymously too if my version of history or reality was so skewed.

I just watched a special on the History Channel about "Black" troops in England in WW2 and how appalled the English were at our bigotry and how pleased the black troops were to be treated as human beings. They were willing to lay down their lives for a country that made them drink out of separate water fountains. Amazing.

3/13/2008 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Powerful interests are indeed concerned about an Obama presidency. His message and vision are challenging to the status quo. Inclusion and unity? That's the last thing that "powerful interests" want.

It is because of this that I have recently become concerned for Obama's safety.

It's starting already:


3/13/2008 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with King. Barack Hussein Obama is an ultraliberal who will weaken this country, much like Jimmy Carter did in the 1970's....

Uh, yeah. Which is why your comment was written in Cyrillic, right? Fuckwit.

One more thing: I'd love to be with you on Election Night, so I can laugh at your hysterics when the Republicans get their much-deserved 1932-style boot in the face. You gonna start studying Arabic then, bedwetter?
-- sglover

3/13/2008 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks CR for the post - you and others' disgust with King is appreciated.

@ anon #3

"and the muslim world, are salivating at the prospect of Obama as president. He will meet with tyrants in an attempt to understand their viewpoint"

well its not surprising that your using salivating as many if not all of your type see certain "others" as worth less than dogs -- and re meeting tyrants? what about the one in the WH that has subverted the constitution and has done irreparable damage to so many families in THIS country - guess you are another arm chair wannabe "soldier" who loves to see more carnage

maybe when Obama meets those "tyrants" there might actually be a chance to start the real decrease in hostilities towards this country within the muslim world -- but importantly remember who supports the many tyrants who create the terrorists: THIS government

why not treat the world as we wish to be treated - its a golden rule that applies not only between individuals but nations as well

anon muslim (former Paul supporter but now for Obama)

3/13/2008 2:07 PM  
Blogger Miss Bliss said...

Fear mongering is the current Republican Party's favorite campaign tactic. It's so irritating that so many people are still falling for it. Fear is the only way they can fight the idea of Obama as the Presidential candidate. Honestly I just wish that the Clinton and Obama campaigns would stop getting derailed by juvenile "he said, she said" crap. But politics are so ruled by how the media presents them that everyone seems to fall in to this trap.

3/13/2008 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karl Rove told us in 2000 that McCain was too crazy to be President (remember the primaries), and that's why we had to go with Bush. So how can anyone even consider McCain now? Karl, he's still crazy ain't he? You know you told us he was not right in his head because of that Vietnam war prisoner thing. Remember all the garbage you spread about McCain, Karl? You wouldn't have lied to us, just to get your man Bush in the house, would you?

I think it is good the racists, homophobics, misogynists show themselves. I'd rather have them out in the open, rather than hiding under white bed sheets or corporate boardrooms.

I received one of those stupid spam emails the other day, in fact two different ones, about Obama. It is hard to believe it is 2008 and not 1908. It's a good thing we are a Christian nation and love our neighbors like ourselves. Can you imagine the hatred if we weren't ;-|

Oklahoma has a whopper too: homosexuality is a bigger threat to the United States than terrorism.

It is really sad what has happened to the Republican party.

3/13/2008 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Iowa (though not King's district), and he's always spewing idiotic crap, though this does take the cake.

Yeah, we need to make decisions based on (made-up) optics - that doesn't go against, I don't know, the very idea of America or anything, does it?

3/13/2008 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Not Sure said...

Given the level of hyperbole I have to believe anon #3 was yanking everyone's chain.

At least I hope so.

3/13/2008 6:18 PM  
Anonymous George said...

Yanking everyone's chain, or maybe he's a complete idiot. We know that ~30% of the country are complete idiots.

3/14/2008 1:26 AM  
Blogger Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

"He will meet with tyrants in an attempt to understand their viewpoint."

Isn't this precisely what Reagan did with Gorbachev?

3/15/2008 3:40 PM  
Anonymous PatricktheRogue said...

I have two words for the chorus of idiots like King that think an Obama victory is a victory for Al Qaeda: SOFT POWER. Andrew Sullivan has probably best articulated that the immediate impact of an Obama Presidency on the 'Arab street' will be an immediate drop in recruitment power for the Jihadist's cause. That will be the real impact of the "optics." Furthermore, Obama is the son of a Muslim but chose to become a Christian and has been an advocate for gay rights, women's rights, and a much larger US military. How his ascendancy constitutes a victory for Al Qaeda is beyond me. I think everyone in the West needs to read a little Sun Tzu to understand how powerful the indirect approach can be.

3/17/2008 9:14 AM  

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