There are some out there who are marginalizing themselves and making fools of themselves. I guess it’s because the president actually said something to actually comfort the parents [of Trayvon Martin] and I guess they just can’t handle that. I guess in their warped, twisted, distorted political worldview that makes this dead seventeen-year old boy.. I guess that makes it okay [for them to attack the president over it].
— Joe Scarborough, calling out his fellow movement Republicans for being such evil and sick twits.
Item: John Hinderaker, prominent right-wing blogger, respected and influential movement Republican, on President Obama’s efforts to comfort the family of murdered 17-year-old high school kid Trayvon Martin:
President Obama has fanned the flames of hatred in the Trayvon Martin case, and has not said a single critical word about the outrageous actions of the New Black Panthers, who offered a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman–the same New Black Panthers on whose behalf Eric Holder quashed a federal criminal prosecution; or of Spike Lee, who tweeted a wrong address for Zimmerman, presumably to facilitate harassment or even murder; or of the many liberals who have posted on the @killzimmerman Twitter feed; or of the many other Democrats and liberals who have indulged in an orgy of hate with respect to Mr. Zimmerman. President Obama’s interest in the victims of violence is selective: he cares if they look like the hypothetical son he doesn’t have.
Item: Glenn Reynolds, prominent right-wing blogger, respected and influential movement Republican, on President Obama’s efforts to comfort the family of murdered 17-year-old high school kid Trayvon Martin:
In other words, he’s a racist hatemonger. Just to be clear. So much for hope and change.
Hope is what he promised. Hate is what he’s delivering.
Item: Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, prominent right-wing media figure, respected and influential movement Republican, was given space in the Rupert-Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal to say the following:
Next, a boy of 17 is shot and killed under disputed and unclear circumstances. The whole issue is racially charged, emotions are high, and the only memorable words from the president’s response were, “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon” At first it seemed OK—not great, but all right—but as the story continued and suddenly there were death threats and tweeted addresses and congressmen in hoodies, it seemed insufficient to the moment. At the end of the day, the public reaction seemed to be: “Hey buddy, we don’t need you to personalize what is already too dramatic, it’s not about you.”
“It’s not about you.” Gee, were you looking in the mirror when you said that, Nooners?
(Visit TBogg’s site to see the words from President Obama that sent these conservative worthies off the deep end.)
Item: Tucker Carlson, prominent right-wing media figure, respected and influential movement Republican, uses his Daily Caller publication to smear Trayvon Martin by, among other things, obsessing over Martin’s relatively innocuous Tweets and pretending that the police video, contrary to what sane and unbigoted viewers have noted, shows George Zimmerman really did get beaten bloody even though he refused medical assistance. Various other right-wing commentators, including Dan Riehl of Riehl World View, eagerly picked up on the thin video-interpretation gruel the Daily Caller dished out, despite its being debunked almost before it hit the DC website. As Eric Boehlert said via Twitter: “sad, but not surprising: @tuckercarlson’s @dailycaller picked a fight w/ a dead teenager — and lost; http://t.co/5BxrPSxP ”
Item: Rick Santorum, prominent right-wing Republican politician and presidential candidate, channeled his inner Governor LePetomane last Tuesday when speaking before a crowd in Paul Ryan’s home town of Janesville, Wisconsin:
We know, we know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like. The anti-war government nig- uh, the uh America was a source for division around the world.
As Lisa Derrick notes, this isn’t the first time Santorum’s done this sort of thing.
How did this all happen? How did it come to be that what once was the Party of Lincoln is now the Party of David Duke and Strom Thurmond? It was a simple business calculation — Corporate America and rich people in general wanted to get out of paying the taxes needed to sustain our societal infrastructure, and they figured the best way to do that was to manipulate race hatreds among whites in order to convince them that societal infrastructure helped black people more than white people. It succeeded very well in cutting the taxes on the rich and on corporations, but that success came at the price of poisoning the minds of the Republicans, from the lowliest grunt worker to elite-level opinion controllers like Noonan and Carlson, with the deep-set sickness of bigotry.
Sow the racist wind, reap the insanely racist whirlwind.