Democratic apologists have had a busy few days as the Barack Obama Administration’s lack of competence has taken center stage in the American psyche with story upon story of scandal and screwup.
Those who feel the need to defend the President and his wayward Administration have used a variety of tactics, including: race baiting, claiming the President has supernatural power over Republicans, outright lying, and picking and choosing facts. The tactics are nothing new coming from people on the left, but the growing divide between Obama supporters waking up and those doubling down on ignorance is making the attempts more laughable — and frightening — than ever before.
Lefty talking head Chris Matthews has already noted that the tingly feeling in his leg has begun to lead to a bit more of a burning sensation, but he still can’t resist labeling as racists conservatives who are pointing out Obama’s debauchery. Full disclosure: President Barack Obama is sort of black.
During a recent interview, Matthews said he believes conservatives feel they are racially superior to the President:
But the problem is there are people in this country, maybe 10 percent — I don’t know the number is, maybe 20 percent on a bad day, who want this president to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t president… He really wasn’t really the first African-American president. He really didn’t do healthcare. He really didn’t kill bin Laden. There’s an asterisk.
And they have been fighting like that, people like Donald Trump, since day one. They can’t stand the idea that he is president. And a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group, so what. It is the sense the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is president. That is real.
That sense of racial superiority and rule is in the hearts of some people in this country. Not all conservatives. Not even all right-wingers. But it always come through with this birther crap and the other references and somehow trying to erase Obamacare, erase his record in history…
That’s the same sentiment that has been offered by Representative Emanuel Cleaver, a Montana Democrat, who bizarrely claimed that conservatives feel like the President has “taken control” of conservatives’ souls and that his “pigmentation” is responsible for the scrutiny.
“These people are obsessed with the president, he has taken control of their soul,” Cleaver said on MSNBC.
“It’s going to be very, very difficult for us to erase some of the things they’ve embraced,” he added. “They simply want this to be a figment of his pigmentation.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) somehow, remarkably, refrained from attempting to make conservative backlash a racial issue. Instead, she said conservatives are upset because Obama is just so damn smart and eloquent.
“This president — they make so much of these issues because this president is such a great president,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press briefing. “They will use talking points on Benghazi, they will use the IRS, they will use AP, as, I think, subterfuges — evasions — of what the American people want us to do.”
Pelosi went on to assert that conservatives need scandals because Obama, the “visionary,” has greatly outmatched them.
“He has a knowledge of our country and the concerns of the American people as of what plan we should go forward with to strengthen the middle class, and he has an eloquence to communicate that message,” she said. “They fear that.”
And then there are those who don’t even believe anything has happened, like MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell. He said, during a segment of his show, that the Internal Revenue Service is essentially supposed to single out conservative groups.
“I do not believe what the IRS was reported to have been doing is an outrage. I believe that the IRS agents in this case did nothing wrong,” O’Donnell opined. “Let me say it again, you won’t hear it anywhere else: the IRS agents did nothing wrong. They were simply trying to enforce the law as the IRS has understood it since 1959.”
David Axelrod, a former top political adviser to Obama, absolved the President of responsibility in the IRS scandal by co-opting an argument that conservatives have been shouting for years: Government is way too big.
“Part of being president is there’s so much underneath you because the government is so vast,” he said. “You go through these [controversies] all because of this stuff that is impossible to know if you’re the president or working in the White House, and yet you’re responsible for it and it’s a difficult situation.”
It’s not like Obama is the Commander in Chief or anything.