Does Illinois Republican Mark Kirk think ugly rhetoric will save his Senate seat?

The consensus among political pundits these days is that Sen. Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican, likely will lose his re-election bid next year to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a disabled veteran of the war in Iraq. It should come as no surprise, then, that Kirk would seize every effort to attract the attention of the voting public. But his strategy in that regard went way too far the other day when he resorted to shockingly reckless rhetoric in condemning the Obama administration’s agreement with Iran on the issue of nuclear weapons. In a...

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So much for the myth that Obama is a Muslim

President Obama spoke this morning in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. But wait! There are still millions of Americans who suspect or firmly believe that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. And don’t Muslims strongly oppose homosexuality? This doesn’t add up, does it? How can our supposedly Muslim president celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage? I eagerly await efforts by the crazies to explain this...

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Let’s put Obama’s public use of the N-word in context, shall we?

In a radio interview in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Charleston, S.C., President Obama said this: Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior. Predictably enough, some pathological Obamaphobes say the president’s public use of the N-word betrays him a racist in...

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It seems that Barack Obama is much less a narcissist than Ronald Reagan was

In a  comment I ran across on Facebook yesterday, an acquaintance of mine declared in familiar — and grossly mistaken — right-wing fashion that President Obama “is a narcissist.” What a laugh. Of course, there’s at least a whiff of racism in that narcissism rap against Obama. It suggests that the black man in the White House is a bit uppity. But never mind that angle. Let’s focus instead on the roots of the narcissism charge against Obama and the lack of evidence to support it. This whole business arose a...

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Galling his critics, no doubt, Obama spoke today at Arlington National Cemetery

President Obama participated this morning in Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, delivering a speech and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This came as a disappointment, I’m guessing, to the operators of the right-wing noise machine who specialize in impugning Obama’s patriotism. A few years ago, Obama opted to appear at Memorial Day doings at a national cemetery near Chicago — and his pseudo-patriotic critics had conniption fits. They pretended that it had long been a presidential...

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