Tonight is a Fok double header! Keith comments on how the Trump birth certificate scam has morphed today into college transcript gate, and we have a bonus video commentary on Jean Schmidt demonstrating how Republicans pull facts out of thin air.
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Trump, whether having concluded the birth certificate Snipe had run its course, or having finally bored himself, or having been tipped that the President was thinking about trying to shut this whole thing down, had pivoted to an announcement that the President was “a terrible student” and couldn’t possibly have gotten into Columbia or Harvard, and that Mr. Obama really needed to stop refusing to release his college transcripts.
If that doesn’t work, it’ll be his list of movie rentals back in the days of VHS, or his Chicago White Sox ticket stubs to prove he really is a fan, or his laundry delivery records to make sure William Ayers or Jeremiah Wright or Karl Marx hasn’t been slipping him notes inside the suit pockets like they did in that John LeCarre spy novel.
Keith believes that Obama is "well meaning but sometimes utterly tone-deaf", if he believes that the release of the certificate will cause the distraction of the "carnival barkers" to vanish.
They’re carnival barkers. They don’t stop selling tickets just because there isn’t a real mermaid back there. If you prove there’s no mermaid, tomorrow they’ll tell you there’s a Martian.
Keith notes that Alfred Hitchcock was once asked why the central events of his dramas - espionage, robbery, sabotage, got so little factual description in his movies.
Hitchcock justified this by explaining the story of the Maguffin. Two men are riding in the compartment of a British train and one of them, with tremendous effort, places an enormous and oddly shaped parcel in the rack above him and, sweating copiously, sits back down in his seat. The other man watches silently for minute after minute. He thinks he sees the parcel move, of its own accord, but can’t be sure. Finally he can’t take it any more, and he asks the stranger what’s inside. “That,” the man says, “is a Maguffin.” They ride along in silence for a long time when the inquisitor finally speaks up again and asks what a Maguffin is. “A Maguffin,” the man says wearily, “is a device for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.” Again there is silence. The other man blurts out, “But there aren’t any lions in the Scottish Highlands!” The owner nonchalantly replies “Well then, that’s no Maguffin.”
Remember what the President has conveniently forgotten: The Republicans and the Tea Partiers always have more Maguffins.
Bonus Video Commentary-
The best part about being a Republican,
When you need facts you can just make um up.
The Schmidt has hit the fan once again!"