Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Rush Limbaugh introduces the brilliant conspiracy theory that The Dark Knight Rises' villain is named Bane as a slight to Mitt Romney. ᔥ UPROXX Mitt Romney's ad featuring President Obama singing Al Green has been pulled from YouTube for copyright infringement offering further proof that Google hates Republicans. ᔥ Mediaite Why wouldn't the GOP want a repeat performance from 2008's most entertaining speaker? ᔥ The Week Steve Almond thinks Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert aren't doing enough to promote liberalism. ᔥ The Baffler John McCain did more to hurt Mitt Romney's credibility with this statement about Sarah Palin than he could possibly imagine. ᔥ TPM
Though she won't be representing the Green Party on the ballot in November, Roseanne Barr is taking her fight against President Obama's medical marijuana policy in California to the Late Show.
A few hours after his outrageous Fox News appearance, Former Governor Sununu is walking back his attacks on Obama. As Wolf Blitzer says, "Governor, go ahead an explain what you really meant to say."
I agree with Chris Matthews that there's a racial component the brutal criticism President Obama receives daily from the right, but I'm not sure calling him the "perfect husband, perfect father, perfect American" is the answer.
The former New Hampshire Governor, who once called Mitt Romney's Republican opponents "Socialist" does his best on Fox News to make President Obama into an un-American dope fiend. ᔥ TPM
Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom all of sudden seems far more prescient than anyone could have expected. In the third episode, which aired two weeks ago, Sam Waterston's Charlie Skinner asks Jane Fonda's Leona Lansing if she would have told Edward R. Murrow to lay off McCarthy the way she's asking anchor Will McAvoy to take it easy on the Tea Party members of Congress, such as Michele Bachmann. Lansing responds, "Michele Bachmann is a hairdo. I'm not worried about Michele Bachmann." The Newsroom is set in 2010, and Michele Bachmann's influence has grown significantly since the midterm elections that year. She recently opened up a full-scale witch hunt against members of the U.S. government who she believes have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. With "Muslim" being the scary, foreign label that "Communist" was back in the 1950's, her accusations have career damaging potential for the specific people she and her Congressional minions are targeting, including the State Department's Huma Abedin, wife of previously shamed Congressman Anthony Weiner. In this clip from Anderson Cooper 360 last night, Cooper and his guests Alex Seitz-Wald from Salon and the Arab American Institute's James Zogby try to break down what Bachmann's motivations could possibly be for making a public outcry about something that (if it were a real threat) should and would be handled covertly. They effectively make the point that since the majority of Americans (and particularly Republicans) still think President Obama is a closet Muslim, anything Bachmann and her cohorts do in this election year to promote the fear of secret Muslim infiltration in Washington can only hurt the President. As Aaron Sorkin reminds us, we should heed those lessons of McCarthyism and call out this disgusting behavior for what it is. We may not have an Edward R. Murrow or Will McAvoy reporting the news right now, but at least we have Anderson Cooper.
As expected, Stephen Colbert returned from vacation enthralled by the Romney campaign's rhetorical masterpiece of "retroactive retirement."
Jon Stewart came back from two weeks of vacation armed with two weeks of ammunition against Mitt Romney.