He’s showing promise on the nutty part, though.

Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe’s Photoshop software…

“After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ,” Alkhateeb said. “From my perspective, there wasn’t much substance to him.”

“I abstained from voting in November,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Living in Illinois, my vote means close to nothing as there was no chance Obama would not win the state.” If he had to choose a politician to support, Alkhateeb said, it would be Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Regardless, Alkhateeb does agree with the Obama “Hope” artist about “socialism” being the wrong caption for the Joker image. “It really doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” he said. “To accuse him of being a socialist is really … immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?”

Much closer to evil: Rahm Emanuel, who “shows a clear anti-Muslim racism.” Two questions here. First, if this guy’s problem with Obama is that he’s an empty suit, what’s up with the Joker imagery? Is that really the big takeaway about the Joker’s character from “The Dark Knight” — that’s he’s overhyped? Second, since depicting our savior as a white-faced killer is and can only be racist (“the only thing missing is a noose“), does that mean Alkhateeb now wears the scarlet R? It’s no defense to say that he didn’t mean anything racist by it; the left long ago dropped any requirement of conscious intent before using their favorite smear. And yet, per his racial and political identity, we know that he simply can’t be racist, any more than The One can for showing the sort of neglect that would have earned Bush a 15-minute Olbermann rant on white supremacy. Any theories on how to square this devilish circle? Perhaps the nefarious right-wing “climate of hate” seeped into the poor lad’s mind and had him do its bidding subconsciously.