Romney advisor to Soledad O’Brien: Why is CNN so obsessed with the Birther thing?

posted at 5:21 pm on May 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

My favorite part of Team O’s obsession with Trump and Birtherism is the Strange New Respect the left has for McCain for having eschewed most attacks on Obama’s background. (His campaign did go after Obama for his “friendship” with Bill Ayers.) As I remember it, the left was only too eager to smear Maverick as a racist on the barest pretense, right down to the use of stock footage of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in the famous “Celebrity” ad. And it wasn’t just rank and file liberals, either. Remember this moment of glory from July 30, 2008?

Obama said that “John McCain and the Republicans, they don’t have any new ideas, that’s why they’re spending all their time talking about me. I mean, you haven’t heard a positive thing out of that campaign in … in a month. All they do is try to run me down and you know, you know this in your own life. If somebody doesn’t have anything nice to say about anybody, that means they’ve got some problems of their own. So they know they’ve got no new ideas, they know they’re dredging up all the stale old stuff they’ve been peddling for the last eight, 10 years.

“But, since they don’t have any new ideas the only strategy they’ve got in this election is to try to scare you about me. They’re going to try to say that I’m a risky guy, they’re going to try to say, ‘Well, you know, he’s got a funny name and he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills and the five dollar bills and, and they’re going to send out nasty emails.

“And, you know, the latest one they’ve got me in an ad with Paris Hilton,” Obama said, referring to a McCain campaign ad launched today. “You know, never met the woman. But, but, you know, what they’re gonna try to argue is that somehow I’m too risky.”

There’s a lot of racist xenophobic crap out there. But not only has McCain not peddled any of it, he’s condemned it.

That’s Jake Tapper writing at the time, aghast at Obama’s willingness to smear his opponent despite McCain’s best efforts to keep the campaign clean. Four years later, here we are, with Maverick duly restored to nobility by O’s campaign — and Soledad O’Brien, as you’ll see — so that they can use him as a cheap bludgeon against Romney and Trump. McCain tried to play nice and ate a shinola sandwich anyway; since Romney’s bound to be fed the same thing no matter what he does, go figure that he might decide not to worry overly much about the propriety of his surrogates. Does Barack Obama worry about the fact that one of his top bundlers is Jon Corzine? If The One wants to play in a pool of sleaze, let’s play.

Speaking of which, it’s far more offensive to me that the media refuses to cover some of O’s glaring political liabilities than that they insist on covering silly Romney-related sideshows like Trump. Has there been any sustained effort yet by any major news outlet to investigate that $150,000 hush-money offer that Jeremiah Wright claims he received from Obama buddy Eric Whitaker in 2008? Allegations of a big-money bribe made on a sitting president’s behalf used to be news in this country. Any takers?

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Soledad is the black widow of morning TV. All her male co-hosts get fired or die. Remember David Bloom?

NealK on May 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

It’s not just Soledad O’Brien (who always reminds me of annoying Mary Tyler Moore) who’s in the tank with the left, it’s the whole kit and caboodle of the CNN crew (although I don’t have a problem watching that hot Brooke Baldwin).

What’s the benefit of a right-winger appearing on CNN? Do the conservatives think they’re reaching some demographic they otherwise wouldn’t?

MisterElephant on May 31, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Palin’s trusty dopesquad still dishing out the ad hominem attacks.

Chuck Schick on May 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM

One of the head goons checks in. Hey, I know that an accurate depiction of the ‘Bot Goon Squad looks like ad hominem to you, but if the shoe fits…

ddrintn on May 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM


Sununu is totally awesome.

Soledad is a twit.
CNN’s thinking is that Soledad’s latina bobble-head, bubbly/pasty smily-face should be all that is necessary to be unchallenged when getting out the daily CNN leftist, pro-Obama, propaganda talking points….

Mr Sununu cleane up the floor with this leftist female pundit…

BigSven on May 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Why would someone name their baby daughter after a prison?

maryo on May 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Why would someone name their baby daughter after a prison?

maryo on May 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Even her mom hates her?

Dark Star on May 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Because he may have been born in the US but there is a strong possibility that his college applications state Kenya because he would have gotten in easier, would maybe have gotten grants etc. I think it is the major reason that he won’t show his college papers to the rest of the country. It would show what a fraud he is and if he had shown them the first time would not have been elected. I think he thought he was safe once elected becuse no-one would go back here. Think what you want about Trump but I think he is barking up the right tree. Notice how everyone says what an intelligent man O is? If that is true why keep college a secret? We already know he was a druggie.

HOOLiBAR6 on May 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The only people who watch CNN and some of these other shows are themselves and a handful of the 70 and older population. It’s a joke. Complete joke. The only time I ever see any of this is when it’s posted on some blog.

JellyToast on May 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Who watches CNN except people trapped in airports and doctors offices with no other choice?

Follow up questions: does this dope really think people care more about some obscure fringe issue than jobs?

Does she really think people are stupid enough not to know she is quoting almost verbatim from Democrat talking points? (well, OK- excluding Democrats).

Marcus Traianus on May 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I can’t believe the Birther argument still terrifies the Libs. If they believed it was a dumb non-issue they would stop talking about it. So what gives? What DO THEY believe?

goflyers on May 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM

O’Brian is such a light weight. Does she ever win an argument? Sununu was awesome. Keep throwing that up in the faces of the media. They have had it coming for a while.

magicbeans on May 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Glad that interview smackdown was in living color… many shades or red did that twerp go through before she became unhinged?

The woman is a bag lady with a microphone and needs it shoved where the moon don’t shine.

A disgusting shill, liar and a silly buffoon. As are all demrat “women”.

Please Allah…come hither…..invade us…conquer us so that twerps like her will have to be bagged and shut up.

Twana on May 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

this “young lady” just got slapped back into her seat.
kudos, to Mr. Sununu. Job well done.

mmcnamer1 on May 31, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I can’t stand that snotty, smug little b!tch.

Dopenstrange on May 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I’m just relieved that Romney released a copy of his birth certificate this week. Now…when is Trump going to hold a press conference labeling it fake and announcing he is sending a team of investigators to find the “real” one? Maybe that could be Arsenio’s new gig?
Or, better yet….Sheriff Joe!

greataunty on June 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

And she never did get around to talking about JOBS.

jaydee_007 on June 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM