Jerome Corsi in a recent WorldNetDaily article has identified former Fannie Mae chairman James A. Johnson (pictured right) as the man behind the screen name JimBot, someone who supposedly said in a chat room that he was Obot #1. I think the evidence presented by Corsi is ridiculously weak, but in the world of birthers and Obots it suffices for news. According to WND, JimBot leads a “100-strong attack team” of Obots in an attempt to discredit birthers (something that was successfully completed in June of 2008).
The second part of the story is not so tenuous. In the book Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson, a New York Times columnist, and Joshua Rosner, a housing finance expert, Johnson is portrayed as the evil genius behind the Clinton Administrations liberal agenda of increasing home ownership among minorities and the poor. This effort, the book claims, lead to unqualified loans being made and the ensuing financial crisis. Does it help that Johnson was on the board of Goldman Sachs? George Will reviews the book for the Washington Post.
The substance of the recent financial crisis is beyond the scope of this blog, but suffice it to say that there are enough accusations and liberal bashing in the book to feed the upcoming birther summit with 12 baskets full left over. Question: does Johnson look more than just a little bit reptoid to you?