06 Jan

Dumb and Dumberer: Shouts About Obama on House Floor

House Republicans’ reading of the Constitution was interrupted Thursday by a woman who shouted “except Obama, except Obama” to the venerable document’s words on a U.S. citizen’s eligibility to be president.

Just as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading “no person, except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States” is eligible for the presidency, a woman in the visitor’s gallery yelled out that it did not apply to President Barack Obama.

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who was presiding over the House, banged the gavel and halted the proceedings, warning that such action from members of the public was a violation of House rules. The woman was quickly removed by Capitol police. (more …)

Meanwhile Howard Dean thinks:

- Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean today described the Tea Party movement as being fueled not only by economic concerns but also by discomfort with the nation’s growing diversity and the reality of an African-American president.

“I think it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,” he told reporters. “It’s a group of older folks who have seen their lives change dramatically … They don’t know what to do. It’s just a huge change. They never thought the day would ever come. Every morning they see the president they’re reminded that things are totally different than when they were born.”

“I don’t believe these people are racist,” he said. “I see it as an evolutionary thing of getting used to something that’s new and different and unsettling.”
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26 Jul

Howard Dean Calls Fox News ‘Absolutely Racist’ For Handling Of Shirley Sherrod Controversy (VIDEO


Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean took direct aim at Fox News for its involvement in the Shirley Sherrod racism flap, calling their coverage “absolutely racist.”
Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, offered his candid assessment in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” in which he criticized the cable network for being complicit in the controversy.
“Fox News did something that was absolutely racist,” Dean said. “They had an obligation to find out what was really in the clip. They had been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony Black Panther crap and this business and this Sotomayor and all this other stuff.”
Host Chris Wallace countered that Fox had held off on broadcasting the footage in question until the Agriculture Department forced Sherrod out of her job there, but Dean was having none of it.
“It was about to go on Glenn Beck, which is what the administration was afraid of.”
He added later: “The Tea Party called out their racist fringe and I think the Republican Party’s got to stop appealing to its racist fringe. And Fox News is what did that. You put that on. Continuing to cater to this theme of minority racism and stressing comments like this — some of which are taken out of context — does not help the country knit itself together.”

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