Scot Lehigh piles on in today’s Globe, discussing a photo first brought to public attention here at BMG that shows Charlie Baker playfully gesturing to Bill “Obama/Osama” Hudak (I can hear him now: “And how about this guy, huh? I love this guy! Don’t you love this guy?”) at a fundraiser supporting Hudak’s bid for the MA-06 congressional seat.
A rational person might assume (and, in fact, did assume) that Baker, having not only shown up but actually spoken at a fundraiser for Hudak, was backing Hudak’s candidacy. But oh no, says Baker spokesman Rich Gorka – Baker “stopped by the Hudak event just to speak to voters.” Whatever that means.
What really astounds me about all of this is the sheer cowardice shown by Baker, and by Hudak himself, when asked simple questions about stuff that’s been in plain sight all along (the Hudak/Baker photo is publicly visible on Hudak’s facebook page, and Hudak’s Obama/Osama sign has been online for nearly two years). Baker, having spoken at a Hudak fundraiser, apparently refuses to say a word to anyone in the media, instead hiding behind his spokesman, who in turn refuses to commit to backing Hudak, while also refusing to brand Hudak’s ridiculous Obama/Osama views as “offensive” (apparently, they are “outrageous” but not “offensive”). UPDATE: Actually, as an alert reader points out to me, it appears that Team Baker cannot even get its story straight on whether Hudak’s Obama/Osama views are “offensive.” Gorka told the Globe that they were, but he refused that exact same characterization to the Phoenix. Hey, we report, you decide.
Hudak, for his part, is backpedaling like a champ from his embarrassing birtherish views, insisting that he was misquoted, and that he “never really considered” the implications of equating Obama with a terrorist responsible for thousands of American deaths when he put that sign on his lawn. Um, sure Bill. Sure you didn’t.
Let’s think for just a second about who is the equivalent on the left of the “Obama/Osama,” birther crowd on the right. 9/11 truthers, maybe? Now ask yourself this: does Deval Patrick show up at their events?
FURTHER UPDATE: Here’s a video of Charlie Baker apparently denying having attended the Hudak event, despite photographic evidence of his presence. What a maroon.