08 October 2008

Exceptionalism vs Nativism

Sean Hannity and Andy Martin, two exceptional haters:
...(Andy Martin) ran for Congress in Illinois under this campaign committee: "The Anthony R. Martin-Trigona Congressional Campaign to Exterminate Jew Power in America," ....

After the mid-1990s, Martin-Trigona re-surfaced in Florida with a name change ("Andy Martin"), ran for public office multiple times as a Republican (even the local GOP repudiated him), then became a vocal supporter of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, and finally an obsessive "investigator" of Barack Obama, trafficking in the filthiest and most deranged muck that for months stimulated the darkest crevices of the right-wing slime machine. As The New York Times put it, Martin "is credited as being among the first -- if not the first -- to assert in a chain e-mail message that Mr. Obama was secretly a Muslim."

Over the weekend, Sean Hannity hosted a show on Fox News entitled Obama & Friends: The History of Radicalism. The star of Hannity's smear fest was none other than Andy Martin, who was featured as an honored, credible investigator and source to expose "the real Barack Obama." There wasn't a hostile or adversarial word uttered by Hannity about or towards Martin. To the contrary, Martin's claims were the basis for many of the Fox News show's allegations against Obama...

Martin then linked Obama to Louis Farrakhan, Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Catsro, telling Fox's 2 million viewers: "So if you love the Cuban revolution and Castro and if you love what's happening in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, you'll love Barry Obama -- Barack Obama, as he calls himself -- in the White House."

Hannity never once said a negative word about Martin; never challenged him on anything he ever said or did; and never informed Fox viewers about Martin's despicable, truly demented history. Instead, Martin was Sean Hannity's respected source, presented as an "Author and Journalist" to support Hannity's "reporting."
Full article here in Salon
[Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. ...Reagan had an immense faith in the power of ideas. But there has been a counter, more populist tradition, which is not only to scorn liberal ideas but to scorn ideas entirely. And I'm afraid that Sarah Palin has those prejudices. I think President Bush has those prejudices.
-Conservative Writer David Brooks

If you haven't seen it, you may want to see this video of Donna Brazille speaking about Obama and how far this country has come. We are an exceptional country, just not in the way Hannity wishes we were.

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