So many of you guys have been trying to associate so many (basically ANY) remarks by the GOP to racism and one of Obama’s primary water carriers on the Obama-network (AKA MSNBC). As I have been saying, when you cry wolf too many times, people won’t listen when the real wolf is sighted. Presidents always get grief for too many vacations at Camp David, playing golf… so could someone please tell me, without grinning and laughing, how a smack from Superstar Mark Rubio against Obama for golfing is a freaking racial code word? Are you guys just trying so hard to defend your man that ANYTHING will be trumpeted as a racial dog whistle.
Mathews, O’Donnell, Bashir, Maddow, Mr Ed, Weird Al Sharpton… ZERO credibility as journalists. I’d even give Chris Hayes a nod to say he’s in the tank, but he is somewhat reasonable.
MARTIN BASHIR: We have seen an early draft of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration. Can I quote something from you? “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems, he hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He has been working to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.” How about that?
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there. He is trying to align to Tiger Woods and surely, the — lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth. They find every way they possibly can to –
BASHIR: Lawrence — don’t you think — don’t you think that what he’s really trying to do is to suggest that the president is not paying attention to the central issues that come with the responsibility he has? Is he really – Mitch McConnell really making a connection with Tiger Woods who, of course, has become infamous for chasing various cocktail waitresses around Las Vegas and so on?
O’DONNELL: Martin, there are many, many, many rhetorical choices you can make at any point in any speech to make whatever point up want to make. If he wanted to make the point that you just suggested and I think he does want to make that point, they had a menu of a minimum of ten different kinds of images that they could have raised. And I promise you, the speech writers went through, rejecting three or four before they land order that one. That’s the one they want for a very deliberate reason. That — there’s – these people reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches.