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  •  Meanwhile, in AZ, John McCain does the right thing (5+ / 0-)
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    VIDEO: McCain Says President Obama Will Remain On Arizona Ballot Despite Birther Threats

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said late Friday that President Obama will remain on Arizona’s ballot despite conspiracy theory-fueled threats from the state’s top election official.

    “The president of the United States is not going to be taken off the ballot,” McCain told Phoenix television station KPNX.

    Having faced Obama in the 2008 presidential race, McCain was responding to comments made earlier in the week by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who threatened to keep the president off the November ballot unless he receives more proof Obama was born in the United States. Bennett said the Hawaii birth certificate Obama released last year was not proof enough.

    I would have preferred that he added something like "If this is the only way we can win, we don't deserve to win.", but hey, this is a start.

    Check out the comments. They're hilarious (in a good way as TPM is left-leaning).

    "You could show birther's a video of Obama's actual birth with a Hawaiian sunset in the background, Don Ho playing a song in the delivery room and Jack Lord as a nurse and they'd still say "this just ain't good enough because of x/y/z" as fed to them by Jerome Corsi or some other racist in an investigative muckrakers clothing. This is dog whistle talk to the crazies, nothing more nothing less - I mean, this Sec of State has to campaign again at some point right? And I bet a pretty high percentage of Birthers actually vote as they think the end of the world is what's at stake here so if you can placate this constituency you have a guaranteed ~ 30-40% of the Republican base wrapped up. Not to shabby for a local state election turn out."

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat May 19, 2012 at 01:16:35 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure that the occasion of their own (4+ / 0-)
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      birth is a matter of grave concern to many people.  After all, nobody is conscious at the moment of birth since the cognitive parts of the brain still have to be activated and mature. So, somebody else's story has to be believed. Indeed, since fathers have to rely on the story the mothers tell, if the two aren't compatible, then there's a good chance the story will be a lie.  And if the birth was a difficult one and the infant almost died, then there's the potential of blame being attached whenever a person disappoints what parents and relatives expect.  To a large extent, our political leaders are scape goats.  They are supposed to take upon their shoulders the burdens of the world.
      Conservatives make sport of Bill Clinton's "I care."  But, that's what many people want to hear.  They do not want to hear, "I don't worry about the poor."

      But, generous people can hardly believe their ears.

      Willard is like a train wreck that's been timed to hide the looting of the bank vault.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sat May 19, 2012 at 01:45:24 PM PDT

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      •  Unlike Reagan, he can't even fake compassion (5+ / 0-)

        What amazes me is that more than 35% of the country that will always support the GOP candidate is willing to take this sociopath seriously, even though he doesn't even try to seem like he cares. Are these people sociopaths too?

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat May 19, 2012 at 01:50:02 PM PDT

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        •  Self-centered people aren't necessarily (3+ / 0-)
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          antagonistic towards others, but it seems to come easily.  I think they want to be connected, but they don't know how. Perhaps it's like people who want to dance, but lack the sense of rhythm to let them learn. Telling people they can do anything they set their minds to is a gross disservice.
          When they fail, it does make them try and try again until it becomes obsessive.

          People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

          by hannah on Sat May 19, 2012 at 02:03:58 PM PDT

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          •  Perhaps it's apropos that centrists (1+ / 0-)
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            tend to be self-centered. I never thought of it that way and it's almost too clever to be true, but it kind of makes sense. But I've long believed that the country is roughly divided into three camps. Two are the left and right, composed of people who genuinely believe in what they believe and are motivated politically by these beliefs (however sane or rational they might be), with the third being the center, who appear to be motivated by self-interest more than anything.

            This division falls apart when you realize that many on the right are motivated by racial, ideological or cultural self-interest, but I'm talking about economic self-interest as being the biggest distinguishing mark of centrists. Which is why they can vote for Clinton, Bush, Obama, and now Romney. Each man was seen as being best for their own professional and financial interests at the time, I assume, despite their vast ideological differences.

            I think you can also safely assume what I think of such people.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Sat May 19, 2012 at 02:18:37 PM PDT

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          •  I also think that self-centered people (1+ / 0-)
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            want to be connected, as long as it doesn't inconvenience them.

    •  Are people really... (1+ / 0-)
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      this crazy in Arizona, that a high-ranking state official has to go this far off the rails to pander to them?  And, if so, are McCain's days numbered?

      •  It's pretty hot down there (1+ / 0-)
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        and water is scarce. When you stick a bunch of white people in the desert they tend to go a little soft in the head, it seems.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat May 19, 2012 at 02:25:30 PM PDT

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