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March 08, 2012

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Breitbart has more on Obama, count on it. Acorn and Weiner were not done in by a single video, Breitbart's specialty was to reveal what he had a little bit at a time. His targets would then figure "what? That's all he's got?" and dismiss the whole thing, of course with the connivance of the mainstream press.

Then Breitbart would drop the next bomb. Wait a while, then drop the next. The purpose was not just to tease the media and keep the fun going, but it was also designed to get inside the heads of his targets and make them wonder what exactly Breitbart did have that could embarass and humiliate them. Breitbart described the process in his last book.

So, this is not the end of what Breitbart had on Obama. There will be more.

Yes, the video is a big deal because it shows Obama physically embracing the antisemite Bell, a loony racist. This association will be brilliantly exploited by Romney's campaign, and I predict that Obama will be forced to explain why such crap as "uncritical race studies" was so important to him at Harvard.

If Romney's campaign is smart, it will also show the link between Bell's low intelligence and dumb ideas and Obama's dumb policies.

Of course if Obama arranged to have Breitbart knocked off he also could arrange to have the coroner intimidated into releasing a false report.

I knew it was bullshit. If it was explosive enough to knock Obama out of office, they wouldn't have sat on it.

Several comments at the Daily Mail are saying the video's been on Youtube for years.

what a let down. This is what happens when you believe a fat, drunk cokehead like Breitbart.

"I predict the report will show that there’s no evidence of poisoning."

Meh. Even if he was murdered by a FOO, that was always going to be the case.

The only time toxicology comes up positive is when Mother Russia wants to send a message.

Which is harder?

A sitting governor to fake a pregnancy and birth.

Or,

Powerful political enemy to successfully conceal a poisoning murder.

Romney's best angle of attack against Obama is the nasty nice attack. This is where you give backhanded compliments that point that the person means well, but is just so pathetically incompetent that there is just no way to salvage his efforts. Kind of like structurally unsound building design. Just get a new architect and start over. It is unfixable.


An idealistic inexperienced amateur just can't do the job.

The guilt by association thing didn't work last time, he won by a landslide despite Wright, Ayers et al...what the heck makes us think that the same approach will work again?

I am no fan of Obama, but my reaction was:

Anybody who sees this is going to say: "OK, Obama hung out w/ a jerk way back when. He supported the jerk way back when. But that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with who he is today. I hope nobody has a video of who I hung out with way back when, becuase that would be embarassing too." I mean, what is this, 20 years ago?

The anti-Semitism angle might be a problem for Barry's Jewish contributors. If Romney's smart, he'll incorporate it into his ads. Especially those running in Florida.

Sgt. Joe Friday, Breitbart's rep on the Hannity show made it clear that this is all they had and they expect it to damage Obama. This is as good as it gets.

"OK, Obama hung out w/a jerk way back when ..."

The only people who even know who Bell is are people who are already committed conservatives or leftists. So, no possible electoral effect. How would you explain "critical race theory" to someone who doesn't even know what The New Republic is? (did an expose on the HLS crits in 1987)

link between Bell's low intelligence

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What side of the Bell curve do you think he's on? Hyuk hyuk

Good news: Googling "Obama Derrick Bell" yields 54,000,000 hits--I'm lovin' it. Couldn't happen to a more repulsive mediocrity.

"Sgt. Joe Friday, Breitbart's rep on the Hannity show made it clear that this is all they had and they expect it to damage Obama. This is as good as it gets."

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Yup. They said they'd release all they have in a few days. This is it.

Judging from what Andrew was talking about at the C-PAC, this video fits the bill.

@Pussy Galore

Googling "obama" and "derrick bell", i.e. with Derrick's name in quotations so it's treated as one phrase brings up 153,000 results.

what you're doing is entering the words derrick and bell separately and that gives you unrelated results.

You need to learn how to Internet.

"This is evidence that Obama sympathizes with the leftist worldview of people like Derrick Bell, a worldview far outside the mainstream, and he only pretends to be moderate in order get votes and surreptitiously implement his true hidden leftist agenda."

If that's the case, why does Paul Krugman bitch about Obama in his column every other week?

Honestly, it's as if you think Obama is a doppleganger of Lenin or something. The US hasn't had a leftist president since 1968. The modern Democratic party would be considered center-right in every other country in the western world outside of the US.

"This is evidence that Obama sympathizes with the leftist worldview of people like Derrick Bell, a worldview far outside the mainstream, and he only pretends to be moderate in order get votes and surreptitiously implement his true hidden leftist agenda." - Half Sigma


Why are people unable to grasp the purpose of college? It's to teach you to kiss ass and follow the herd. To that end Barry was just fitting in at Harvard and later Chicago by befriending the people he did.

Behold! This is the reason why Barack Obama was elected Editor of the Law Review. The students selected Obama to "send a message" to the faculty amid the controversy about the number of black tenured professors. This was so obvious to anyone on campus at the time that it was good for a laugh.

Remember this next time someone goes on about how Obama's editorship is evidence that he is some sort of super-genius.

The only way that Obama's re-election hopes could take damage from a video is if the footage could shake the confidence of those white independents, moderates and undecideds who voted for him in 2008.

This video ain't it.

THAT'S IT??? Obama hugging some guy in 91???

He was voted into power in 2008 with the Rev's 'GOD DAMN AMERICA' still ringing in people's ears.

This must be a joke.

Pussy Galore,

If it's such a big deal, why isn't it the top story on Drudge, Hot Air or any of the big conservative outlets? Even they don't think it's a huge story.

This seems like desperate clutching at straws.

Anticlimax, it is on Drudge, NY Times, PJ Media, Auster's blog, NY Post--all over the place. All Romney has to do is drive home the point that President AA is not to be trusted because he's been intimately influenced by low-IQ lunatics. What aren't you getting?

I believe Breitbart was assassinated by agents from Iran. I think he was coming close to finding evidence that implicated Iran with 9/11, as well as being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing. Evidence like this would immediately rile up Americans to start a war with Iran. However, several Communists groups are allied with the Islamics so they rely them to do the dirty deeds.

"Yes, the video is a big deal because it shows Obama physically embracing the antisemite Bell, a loony racist."


Naah, this isn't going to work. Obama has embraced a lot of loony anti-Semite racists. What effect did his association with Wright have on the 2008 election? Minimal. The media went into overdrive to play it down. If being friends with a terrorist isn't going to attract much media attention, I can't think of any sort of video or expose that would have any effect on Obama's election chances.

The media just will not allow it.

"If Breitbart was murdered, it certainly wasn’t because of this video."

Maybe whoever allegedly murdered him thought the video would be more damaging. Or the murderer secretly edited out the damaging parts so people would say "no way breitbart was murdered if this was all he had.". That way not only do they get to kill breitbart but make him look like a liar to boot.

"It will be several weeks before we get the results of Breitbart’s toxicology report. I predict the report will show that there’s no evidence of poisoning."

Maybe it will show nothing, but the coroner could be right winger who will lie and claim it was murder.

So, did H.S learn anything after the Trump hubub over Obama's birth certificate?

Breitbart was a fat cokehead who suffered a heart attack 3 months earlier. nothing here.

Why is anyone surprised this video is a dud? Breitbart was a liar and shameless self promoter. His ACORN videos were fake along with all his other "scoops" with the exception of Weiner's weener.

Breitbart's MO was to force the media to commit to a spin and then fire the next shot below the waterline after they are out on a limb.

Are we forgetting that DailyKos announced on 3 occasions that they had conclusively proven that Weiner pic were frauds? And the Cannonfire guy kept claiming that they were photoshops even after Weiner confessed? More than just bagging Weiner, he also caught the lefties attempting reality distortion and made it pretty obvious to anyone paying attention.

http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2011/06/im-going-to-outrage-all-of-you-i-dont.html

So it wouldnt surprise me if there is a drip drip drip here just waiting for Obama to commit himself to a storyline.

@Pussy Galore

Yes, but it wasn't the top story on any of those sites.

In fact, I just checked Drudge and NY Post and the story isn't even on there anymore. If it was a big deal, it wouldn't be slipping out of the news cycle so fast. The conservative news media is already moving on and so is the MSM after some light mocking of it.

I'll make a free, friendly wager with you, Pussy Galore. By this time next week, this story will be completely forgotten and Obama's poll numbers won't have shifted. Furthermore, this video won't even be touched on by Romney in the General.

If you think Mitt (who just defended Obama's over the price of gas at the pump) is going to be ruthless, you're in for a surprise.

@Turambar

They made it pretty clear that this is what they had and they were releasing it early due to Breitbart's death.

Obama won't 'commit to a story line' because it's already slipping from the news cycle. This video is a lot tamer than the Rev wright stuff so no one will care or press him on it.

"President AA is not to be trusted because he's been intimately influenced by low-IQ lunatics."

Seems like a very bad point for a Mormon, of all people, to make.

I agree that the latest video is a dud. But Breitbart's style was drip, drip, drip - so there may be more to come. Breitbart was brilliant and very effective provocateur. I will miss him. No doubt others feared him.

Don't forget that he had dinner with Bill Ayers a couple of weeks before he collapsed. Just enough time for a slow acting poison to take effect. And we know Bill Ayers has no problem killing people he doesn't like.

OT Willard demonstrates the pathetic neediness of the beta male:

I'm learning to say 'y'all' and 'I like grits!: Romney tries to sell himself as an 'unofficial Southerner' as he struggles in the South

It's going to be a tough sell.

But that didn't deter Mitt Romney from pitching himself as an unofficial Southerner on his 'away game' in the Deep South.

Taking to the podium in jeans and a buttoned-up shirt, the presidential contender told a crowd at the Port of Pascagoula on his first rally in Mississippi that he was gradually becoming one of them.

'I'm learning to say "y'all" and "I like grits". Strange things are happening to me,' he said jokingly.

(Geez give it up. You're no more a Southerner than you are a conservative and you are incapable of convincingly simulating either.)

Here's an idea for a Romney ad: Summarize the info in this article--and then pan over photos of Wright and Bell, captioned with their wacky ideas.

Tagline: Do you really want this lightweight making life-and-death decisions?

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50073

"President AA is not to be trusted because he's been intimately influenced by low-IQ lunatics."

Seems like a very bad point for a Mormon, of all people, to make.

Posted by: Peter A | March 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Peter, all religions are dumb (with the possible exception of Buddhism and Unitarianism). So why are you focusing on Mormonism?

"Here's an idea for a Romney ad: Summarize the info in this article--and then pan over photos of Wright and Bell, captioned with their wacky ideas.

Tagline: Do you really want this lightweight making life-and-death decisions?"

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Hillary and McCain both tried that with damning audio and video from Reverend Wright, pointing out links with terrorists like Ayers and telling voters he studied under well known Marxists. Didn't help them any. For some reason the voters don't seem to be mind who Barry's been hanging out with. Stuffing boring academic points into an ad would be even less effective. Like Camlost said above, this video ain't a smoking gun.

Focus on the economy.

Has there ever been a successful attack on an incumbent president based on things he did before his first term? I can't recall one. Once you've been president for nearly 4 years, you're a known quantity, and the logical target for political attacks is your weaknesses/failures in your first term.

On this subject, the logical target would be Obama's AG. Show black & white footage of club-wielding Black Panthers intimidating voters in 2008 while a voice over details how Holder declined to prosecute. More black & white footage of guns and a windswept border with Mexico as the voice over describes the purpose and consequences of "Fast & Furious", etc.

Romney would never do any of that, but his Super PACs might.

I believe that this is what they refer to as a damp squib. I saw that video several years ago. Hell, there are more incriminating videos of Obama floating around on Youtube. I didn't have as much faith in Breitbart as others do here so I'm not as disappointed as some of you are. But I didn't think they'd pull a vid off Youtube and pass it off as new.

lil mike said...

[Naah, this isn't going to work. Obama has embraced a lot of loony anti-Semite racists. What effect did his association with Wright have on the 2008 election? Minimal.]

I agree. This is pretty tame stuff. His past associations don't seem to stick.

"To that end Barry was just fitting in at Harvard and later Chicago by befriending the people he did."

I think there's something to that..critical legal theory is where the cool liberals kids hung out. It's too esoteric for most, but it really was of interest of me to know that he hung around with the crits, since critical theory is a way to justify a cavalier attitude toward rule of law - which is merely white man's law, you see.

But did O take it to heart, or did he dismiss it the way many of us did back in the 80s when it first started going around the law schools?

Since the interview with Bell was in 1994, the ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’ phrase was undoubtedly a reference to the authors of the book "the bell curve" which was a huge scandal that year.

sfer, remember that Charles Murray, the principal author of TBC, is Irish.

here's Auster on present discussion:


WHAT IS CRITICAL RACE THEORY?

Joel Pollak, the editor-in-chief of Breitbart.com, keeps his cool and holds his ground when he is, uh, interviewed by a bent-out-shape Soledad O'Brien about Barack Obama's connection with the late Derrick Bell and other black radicals. When O'Brien tells Pollak that he is "misreading" Critical Race Theory as saying that white supremacism dominates American law, Pollak, completely unlike the defensive, sub-intellectual behavior most conservatives would exhibit in a similar situation, challenges O'Brien as to what she thinks Critical Race Theory is.
John Sexton at Big Government takes up the story:

There was a delay, and then she offered an answer which was remarkably similar to the first line of the Wikipedia entry for CRT.
O'Brien said: "Critical race theory looks into the intersection of race and politics and the law."

Wikipedia reads: "Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic discipline focused upon the intersection of race, law and power."

Either anodyne description of CRT is about as helpful as describing the sinking of the Titanic as the intersection of a ship, the ocean, and an iceberg. It's not that it's false exactly, but it does leave out nearly all of the important detail.

Fortunately, we have another description of Critical Race Theory from an unimpeachable source: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

In 1993, Kagan was asked to present a lecture on CRT. Her notes for that class, dated October 25, 1993, became part of the record during her confirmation hearings in 2010 -but the Senate failed to press her on her support for a theory that, by her own admission, was race-obsessed and radical.

Kagan's lecture notes are instructive. After saying that CRT had expanded to the point of being somewhat nebulous, Kagan offered two descriptions. This first one was in summary form (page 153 of this pdf):

Still some things can be said to define and describe the movement as a whole. Most generally, what critical race theorists ask about is how legal doctrine -legal doctrine of all sorts, ranging from constitutional law to labor law, from criminal procedure to civil procedure -reflects and perpetuates racial subordination in America. What most critical race theorists believe is that law, in a variety of ways, works to maintain the subordination of members of minority groups. And what most critical race theorists believe is that the achievement of racial justice in this country, if possible at all, will require not merely the more even-handed application of current laws -that will do less than nothing -but a root and branch transformation of the legal system.
Kagan then offered four "features" that define work that falls under the rubric of CRT:
Pervasiveness of racism: First, CRT takes as a given -as its first premise -that racism infects every aspect of American law and American life. That racism is deep and pervasive -some would go so far as to say inevitable and permanent.
"Neutral" law as mechanism of racial subordination: Second, CRT attempts to show that the claims of the legal system to neutrality, to impartiality, and to objectivity are false claims. CRT attempts to show that the law -even when it seems neutral and even-handed -in fact works in the interest of dominant groups in American society and particularly in the interest of dominant racial groups. CRT attempts to show that the so-called "logic of the law," that so-called "neutral principles" are a sort of cover for a deeply ingrained system of racial domination.

Critical of civil rights strategies: Third, CRT generally is extremely critical of the activity -the strategy and even the goals -of the traditional civil rights movement. The thinking here is that the traditional civil rights movement believed that all that needed to be done was to make the laws neutral -to end legal segregation in the schools, for example -in order to achieve racial equality in America. But such reforms, critical race theorists say, were ineffectual, and necessarily so -because they ignored the way even neutral laws could effect racial subordination. In addition, it might be said that critical race theorists see the civil rights movement as too "reformist," too "gradualist," not sufficiently committed to the broad-scale social transformations necessary to achieve racial equality.

Insistence on incorporation of minority perspectives and use of stories: Fourth, and relatedly, critical race theory insists that the law -legal doctrines of all sorts -be reformulated, fundamentally altered, to reflect and incorporate the perspectives and experiences of so-called "outsider groups," who have known racism and racial subordination at first hand. Critical race theorists often write not in traditional, lawyerly terms, but with parables, and stories, and dialogues. The thinking is that these techniques can better demonstrate the actual experiences of members of minority group -experiences which should be accepted by and incorporated in the law. In addition, the decision to spurn traditional techniques of legal argument reflects the belief that these apparently neutral techniques are not neutral at all -that they have been the means of promoting not some objective system of truth and justice, but instead a system based on racial power.

Finally, Kagan demonstrated that Derrick Bell is an "examplar" of critical race theory:
Derrick Bell as examplar: Now Derrick Bell's writing illustrates each of these four aspects of critical race theory. He believes that racism is a pervasive -and a permanent -aspect of American society. Read 1. He believes that the legal system is a means of promoting a system of racial subordination -even, or perhaps especially, when it makes claims to objectivity and neutrality. Read 2. He is deeply critical of the strategies and goals of the traditional civil rights movement -of which he used to be a part. And he insists that law must take into account the experiences of minorities, which he attempts to explicate through dialogues and stories.
Incidentally, Kagan is not the only one of Obama's Supreme Court appointees who is thought to have more than a passing familiarity with Critical Race Theory.
The issue came up in legal circles during debate over the nomination of Justice Sonya Sotomayor, particularly with regard to her comments that a "wise Latina" might reach a "better conclusion" than a white male, and her ruling (later overruled) against white firefighters alleging discrimination in the Ricci case.

Regardless, Critical Race Theory is emerging as an important theme among some of President Obama's most important influences -and most important appointments.

[end of Sexton article]

In the past I've been critical of some of the writers in Breitbart's empire of "Big" websites who struck me as overly partisan and not very bright. But if Pollak and Sexton are more typical of the kind of people Breitbart brought aboard his Web enterprise, we can expect Breitbart.com to be playing a positive role in the future.

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