It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about the rightbloggers’ attitude toward President Obama. In a way, it hasn’t changed since 2008: They still hate him, and with a ferocity that trumps all reason.
You need only scan their blogs to see this. When the Polish President’s plane went down in Russia this weekend, for instance, Reliapundit immediately declared this was no accident, but “mass murder” committed by the Russians. “IT LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS PUTIN’S BITCH,” he roared, seized by the conservative version of Tourette’s.
This is impressively deranged, but also pretty random. And that’s a problem for them. While rightbloggers reliably denounce everything the President does, outside of the now-traditional accusation of socialism they haven’t had a good unifying schtick since last year’s drive to convince the world that Obama was the next Adolf Hitler. This dissipates the force of their hatred, and what’s the point of hate if you can’t win elections with it?
But maybe they’ll do better with the new rightblogger meme, floated this weekend: That Obama is insane.
The story relies on two traditional friends of the American Right, the Russians and the French.
According to the European Union Times, “a new report circulating in the Kremlin” claimed that French President Nicolas Sarkozy referred in private remarks to Obama as “dangerous[ly] aliènè,” which the EU Times says “translates into his, Obama, being a ‘mad lunatic,’ or in the American vernacular, ‘insane.’ ”
Both the report and its provenance are absurdly sketchy, and do not allow for the possibility that Sarkozy used these terms as an old Borscht Belt comedian might (“Get outta here, ya crazy nut, ya!”).
Also, the EU Times is itself crazy. They reported in November of last year that “Obama Orders 1 Million US Troops to Prepare for Civil War.” And some of their stories might be described as anti-Semitic (“China finally Learns the Truth about the Jews“). The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the EU Times site “is registered to the wife of a racist skinhead gang member who was involved in a bizarre stabbing incident last month.”
But why would that stop rightbloggers? The madness of President Obama is not a new idea to them. And we’re not just talking about the casual diagnoses of Internet shouters like The View From The Turret (“It’s Official: Obama is Insane”) and The Astute Bloggers (“The Astute Bloggers has commented on Obama’s psychopathic traits before, here, here, here, and here”).
Last year National Review actually published psychiatrist Irwin Savodnik’s long-distance analysis of Obama, in which he deduced the President was “fixated on a single path for the country,” “looks to a hardened ideology that draws its inspiration from the storming of the Bastille,” and “chose Chilmark for his well-earned vacation because that’s where the utopians go.”
And one Dr. Ali Sina put out an similarly speculative analysis called “Understanding Obama: The Making of a Fuehrer,” which Sina claims “has been published in more than 1000 sites.” In this fascinating document, Sina found in Obama’s evasions and prevarications not the normal behavior of a successful American politician, but evidence that Obama is Hitler.
And let’s not forget about Dr. Charles Krauthammer (though it would be nice, wouldn’t it?).
So when EU News put up its story, several of the blogbrethren took and ran with it.
Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft at the ultraconservative Catholic site First Things promoted the story. “When will the media and brain dead liberals understand how true his assertions must be,” asked Charging Elephant. “French Leader Sarkozy thinks Obama is insane!” said Fire Andrea Mitchell. “I, For One, Think The Assessment Is Dead-On,” said Chicks on the Right.
Some added corroborative evidence of their own. Hyscience supported the EU Times’ charge with independent photo analysis: “Sarkozy appears to be looking at Obama and thinking, ‘WTF planet of unreality are you living on?’ ” World Watch found an angle everyone else missed, reporting that Sarkozy “slammed Barry Hussein Obama, for being a retard.”
Atlas Shrugs — a staunch supporter of Israel who would probably be mortified to learn of the EU Times’ attitude toward Jews if she were at all capable of shame — said, “[Obama’s] not insane. He wants jihad to win. That’s what he is doing.”
A counterintuitive approach! But she didn’t want to let go of the madness meme entirely: “Of course,” she added, “to the western mind, the rational mind, the logical mind, the American mind, that is insane.”
As a tie-breaker, she showed Obama talking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and declared, “Look how the power madman [Obama] is pointing, talking down to an ally. Would he dare treat his Islamic masters with such disrespect?” It seems, on balance, Atlas Shrugs is pro-madness.
Bluegrass Pundit believed “Obama’s single-minded determination to press his socialist agenda” was sufficient proof of his insanity, because it flew in the face of the incontrovertible evidence that “the American people are opposed and the Democratic Party is destroyed.” (The Democrats run both Congress and the White House. Wonder what they look like when they’re not destroyed?) Also, “Obama’s unwavering belief that he is the only one who knows what is right wavers on the fanatical.”
“While our media still touts [Obama] as brilliant, articulate, and persuasive,” said Israel and Beyond, “the EU Times is reporting adjectives like ‘dangerous’ and ‘insane…’ ” “When you read the article below, you will have no choice but to agree,” wrote Giovanni’s World, no doubt while swinging a gold watch hypnotically over the keyboard. “Yes, even you snotty nosed, pasty-faced, jello-spined Progressive Fascists.”
More cautious parties promoted the story with what they no doubt considered careful demurrers. “Little news item I ran across,” muttered RedState. “No one is talking about it.” “I resisted linking to this because I’m not absolutely convinced about the website,” said the undoubtedly sincere Tea Party of Perrysburg, “but it’s all over the web today and it does reflect thinking that has been expressed by reliable speakers over the last week so here goes…”
“Heh: Sarkozy Thinks Obama May Be Insane. He could be on to something,” said Jammie Wearing Fool — before pulling the post without explanation. (He wasn’t the only one. Maybe word got around about the source? Even Free Republic pulled their thread on the story.)
But, you know, maybe we’re making too much of this. So what if a few rightbloggers, even some big ones, are running with a totally lunatic story? It shouldn’t reflect on their judgement in general.
After all, there are serious rightbloggers out there, doing serious coverage of the President — like Instapundit, who says anyone could have guessed Obama would be anti-Israel because he’s a “serious lefty with the middle name ‘Hussein’ “; like RedState, which demands to know what Obama was really doing when he went to his daughter’s soccer game, because our right to this information is enshrined in the Constitution; like others ripping the cover off the latest Obama debacle, the tragic mid-air cigarette-lighting diplomat whose nico-terrorism Obama failed to stop.
And that’s a valid point. Why get after them for fixating on accusations of lunacy? It’s a subject they’re better equipped than most to discuss.