oh mike……

Jonathan Chait (New Republic): Apropos of Mike Huckabee’s quasi-endorsement of the “Kenyan anti-colonialism” theory of Barack Obama, there’s something I’ve been wondering about this. The theory holds that Barack Obama, through his father, acquired a worldview twisted by opposition to British colonialism.

But the people most enamored of this theory are also highly enamored of the Tea Party, which is steeped in worship of… opposition to British colonialism!

Wouldn’t this theory mean that our Founding Fathers were also twisted by opposition to British colonialism? Or maybe the idea is that we had a right to throw off the British yolk, but the Kenyans should have put up with it, because the British occupation there was so much more benign.


Love this – and this:

Joe Klein (Time): ….Mike Huckabee made a toxic fool of himself on the subject of Barack Obama’s upbringing and heritage…

…Huckabee was never an entirely plausible candidate for President … but he always struck me as a good guy, more concerned about working-class America than most of his rivals. These comments, however, and his subsequent lie that he really meant Indonesia not Kenya, really show a demented, perverse sensibility, and they demonstrate some of the ugliness at the heart of Obama hatred.

I’m talking about the Mau Mau comment, especially. When I was growing up, Mau Mau was shorthand for: Extremely Scary Black People. The brutality of the Mau Mau rebellion was legendary (and, who knows, perhaps even accurate). It became a term of art in the sixties: to mau-mau was to intimidate white people. (As a young reporter in Boston, I covered a would-be black militant group that called itself, with brilliant irony, De Mau Mau.) To associate Barack Obama with the Mau Mau rebellion is to feed all the worst, paranoid fears of Glenn Beck’s America – and, as any sane person knows, completely ridiculous.

But with Newt Gingrich … about to enter the presidential race, the question of where and how Barack Obama grew up should be a bright line test for every Republican candidate. If a candidate is willing to endorse, or equivocate, on these racist fantasies, we of the wildly powerless Mainstream Media Priesthood should shun and shame him or her. At the very least, a candidate who seeks to run against Obama should know where and how Obama grew up: in Hawaii, with a four-year detour to Indonesia, raised mostly by his white, Republican, Kansan grandparents.

11 Responses to “oh mike……”

  1. 1 zizi
    March 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Logic is neither in the thinking nor vocabulary of teabaggers. Both contortions fit their warped thinking perfectly.

    • 2 sherijr
      March 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Egg Zacktly Zizi.. you nailed it. And frankly its really all about POTUS being “black”. The anti-colonialism bs is just that: BS.. its a smoke screen to say what they really want to say.. he is black he is black. The likes of Huckabee and Newt Gingrich- who first wrote the whole Obama=anti-colonialism- will never ever get over the fact that Barack Obama is not a caucasian President- and they are counting on voters being right there in the muck with them. Its all they’ll ever have to run on.. and they’ll say it many different ways, but it amounts to the same words over and over: he.is.black.

      • 3 Dorothy Rissman
        March 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm

        sherijr, I think you are right. I suspect that the right will be even more agressive about belittling the president before the 2012 election. They will start finding more devious ways to say black man without having to use the words. The arrogance of these animals is hard to swallow. Of course, I have no doubt that they see themselves as smarter than the president. Even a bunch of dems senators and house members act as if they know more than president. Sherrod Brown, Anthony Weiner. ugh.

        Oh and of course, I forgot that Schultz and ODonnell also know more than the president. Those two men are a throne in my side.

  2. March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    W h a t ? ? ? ??????????????

  3. 5 Asher in Boston
    March 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    And what is or was wrong by the kenyans rising up and fighting for their freedom from the oppression of Brits, on their God given soil? Note to Fuckabee, the Kenyans are very proud of the Mau Mau rebellion. And what has it got to do with Pres. Obama’s citizenship. His father was Kenyan get used to it idiot/idiots and get over it.

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      March 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Damn straighter Asher. AS I remember, the president’s grandfather was tortured by the British.

  4. 7 Blackman
    March 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    It would appear that even “Morning Joe” himself even wound up calling what Huckabee said “hate speech”. Though, Sherijr (and by the bye…..HOW is it that you love “futbol” so much? I swear, I was readin’ some stuff you posted over at BWD’s and was just very impressed. and, no…I only know about the oblong “football” stuff), Gingrich actually wasn’t who originated that “anti-colonial” meme. That was done by none other than one D’Nesh DeSouza and his dark skinned, self loathing self. Michelle Malkin, who is a dark skinned Filipina, does much the same thing. I can expound a bit about this additional aspect of what all we are contending with, but I’ll save it for another time. But, in essence, these are brown conservatives who HATE that they are brown and write as if they aren’t. Annnnd….

    YES! The Brits were imperialists AND colonialists. And, if memory serves, sometime during the early to mid 1700’s in this, then, colony, a bunch of folk got together and beat their butts back to Britain.

    It is but noise to stir people who don’t like to think. And, as we know, it works.

    Which is why this place and the act of VOTING are so damn important.

    • 8 sherijr
      March 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Hey Blackman, thank you for the correction. I didn’t know about DeSouza or Malkin’s contribution.. but yes I’m familiar with folks like those two.

      About the football at BWD’s.. not me.. sorry.. although I do post a lot at her site, I’m a know-nothing when it comes to football (I’m better at soccer and basketball 🙂

  5. 9 Blackman
    March 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm


    My bad, Sherijr. Mayhaps I got you confused with someone else as what we here in this country country consider “soccer” is called “futbol” in the rest of the world. As in it’s the world’s most popular sport. But, I could’a sworn that you were just runnin’ it DOWN about what was happenin’ in Europe regarding this.

    And, you have really cracked me up at times. Of THIS I am CERTAIN.

    • 10 sherijr
      March 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      Oh gosh I’m sorry to take so long to reply.. grocery shopping.. yuck 😉

      I DO love soccer, one of my sons was an awesome fun soccer player.. but honestly no, it wasn’t I that you found so brilliant writing of it at bwd’s.. I wish. I DO admit to trying occasionally to crack people up :).. so very very glad I’ve succeeded with you Blackman… thank you very much.. so glad you’ve decided to delurk here and over there.. one more voice is always a pleasure~

  6. 11 BIGFan
    March 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    A racist instigator, and, then a liar. All this hypocrisy from an ordained Baptist minister. Greed and power have engulfed Mr. Huckabee. What does he pray for??

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