When I was a teenager my hobby was listening to shortwave radio. Some listeners collect postcards from radio stations they hear, called QSL cards. The listener would send the station a report of how good the reception was, and the station would acknowledge with a card.
One of my catches was Radio Peking (as it was known in those days) and they sent me a card. Only the card was not the only thing they sent. They sent me a Radio Peking calendar, a copy of Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book,” and some pamphlets full of Chinese Communist propaganda. (Mom thought the FBI might come to see me.)
I wasn’t impressed by the propaganda—it was pretty naive stuff—but one thing stuck with me, the phrase “running dogs.” The Wikipedia defines it as:
… lackey or lapdog, an unprincipled person who helps or flatters other, more powerful and often evil people. It is derived from the eagerness with which a dog will respond when called by its owner, even for mere scraps.
Chief among the birther running dogs is Carl Gallups, who cherishes every phone call, every word from Mike Zullo, basking in the reflected light of the “official law enforcement investigation, and validating his importance through the scraps of “information” shared with him. Gallups was a bit more contrite on his last Freedom Friday show, admitting that he only knew a small part of the Cold Case Posse investigation. This after a possible rebuke from Mike Zullo, told to Sharon Rondeau, “The only people who are going to know what transpired as far as this certificate is concerned is going to be me and Montgomery. Nobody else can speak to this, and they shouldn’t.”
From older comments at Birther Report, it appears that Zullo had his own pack of running dogs, but not so many nowadays. While not so public in his activities, Mike Zullo could have been considered the running dog of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (or perhaps minion is the better term for Zullo). Zullo says now, “I feel like I’m in limbo. I’ve basically been abandoned.”
If birthers knew the term, I’m sure that they would be quick to apply it to their opponents, but in fact I pay relatively little attention to President Obama. He doesn’t even give me scraps.