Archive for March 12, 2011
This week Chris Matthews called Gingrich and Huckabee the “Duke and the Dauphin” and said they were “working the back country like the charlatans on the riverboats.”
He was referring, of course, to the two unsavory low-lifes in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn who earned their living by conning the country bumpkins. (It would have been great if this had been the origin of the word “huckster,” but the word came by way of the Dutch, not the Finn.)
Matthews was joking, but his anger was real. His reference was to the deliberate, calculated way the GOP 2012 hopefuls are once again selling their snake oil of birtherism to the gullible and the hateful. Newt talks about Obama’s “Kenyan roots” and colonial angst. Huckabee is going even further, invoking Obama’s “childhood in Kenya” with pointed allusions to the Mau Mau Uprising, which stirs every white southerner’s deeply ingrained fears of slave revolt, uprisings of angry black men, and white people being hacked to death in their beds.
Yes indeed…the crazies are stealthily creeping out of their underground hidey-holes and beginning to sun themselves on the rocks. It can only mean one thing…GOP primary season will soon be upon us!
- Mike Huckabee’s distasteful “Mau Mau Revolution” Rant, via Colbert (crooksandliars.com)
- Mike Huckabee Not Just Race-Baiting, He’s Race-Chumming (mediaite.com)
- Huckabee’s XenophObamia [Dean’s Corner] (scienceblogs.com)
- Lea Lane: Huckabee’s Macaca (huffingtonpost.com)
- Chris Matthews On Mike Huckabee: ‘Do You Think He’s Lost It?’ (mediaite.com)
- George F. Will: Potential candidates reflect GOP’s weirdness faction (commercialappeal.com)
- Huckabee: Making Steele Look Like a GOP Wet Dream (libelstateofaffairs.wordpress.com)
- Courting birther nuts, Huckabee plays the Kenyan Mau Mau card against Obama (thehill.com)
- Mike Huckabee Seeks Clarification On Whether His Mau Mau Uprising Comments Were Dumb Or Not (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mike Huckabee a Victim of Epistemic Closure (firedoglake.com)
On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head by alleged gunman Jared Laughner.
For our quick-cut Saturday pieces, one of the other moderators asked me (quite reasonably) to write a few words about her recovery, since I am a brain scientist by trade.
I was initially very reluctant to do so, because I am afraid of crossing a line into prurient interest. I would submit that when she sustained a massive brain injury from a gunman’s bullet, she vacated the realm of a public figure whose life should be laid bare because of a “right to know.”
Now I believe she has become a private person who, like the 360,000 brave soldiers who sustained brain injuries in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or the estimated five million Americans who have suffered head injuries from falls, automobile accidents, or sports, deserve their privacy as they begin the long and difficult journey into the light.
So, I’m kicking off a meta-discussion. We may get around to the details (at least, what is known) about her recovery, but before we do that: should we be discussing this at all?