Obama has a mandate — to not be as nutty as his opponents.
”With a convincing re-election under his belt, it is more difficult to paint President Obama as illegitimate, but the unhinged, hate-fueled impulse still exists. The Birthers may have been finally sidelined from decent conversation, but the essential disrespect and near-dehumanization of this president keeps bubbling up. History will be harsh in its judgment against these peddlers of conspiracy theories – they won’t be seen as the patriots they imagine but as crackpot reactionaries who ended up hurting the credibility of their fellow conservatives.” – John Avlon, Daily Beast
Avlon was writing about the latest conspiracy theory: a claim that Obama hates guns and thus would never shoot skeet. But he raises a larger point: the anti-Obama venom of the far right has been over the top and bordering on the bizarre. That harms the Republican party and those conservatives who decry and condemn such wild accusations. The left didn’t…
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