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Election leftovers: Conservative Majority Fund

I wrote an article titled “Birther PAC” in August 2012, abut the Conservative Majority Fund, a political action committee (treasurer Scott  B. MacKenzie) that in just one month spent half a million dollars on fundraising and robocalls  promoting birtherism. They produced the infamous video called “Shady Past.” I wrote then:

I’m no election law wonk, but it looks like their first donor report won’t be due until October 15, so the election will be upon us before we know where the money is coming from.

In that subsequent October report, the PAC had raised over $1.4 million and by years end the total had topped $2.8 million. The main expense: robocalls.

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Options

The birthers lost the election. What are their options?

Keep on doing the same stuff

That seems a popular option these days. Write more blogs, file more lawsuits, send more letters to the editor, write their Congressional representatives. Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

Emigration

This is an completely effective solution for the person who feels that President Obama isn’t eligible and who cannot bear living in a country with an ineligible President; and it works well for someone who thinks the country is heading for rapid destruction. There are lots of countries in the world that I really don’t know much about, and perhaps among them there is a place for folks like our birthers. My words to such people? “Bye.”

Secession

For those who just hate to move and who believe that their neighbors are as crazy as they are, they might try leaving the country politically by secession. They never cared that much for the country anyway. This is, by the way, a total non-starter.

Impeachment

Impeach Earl Warren billboardIn the dirty back alleys of Birtherville, I think the “Impeach Barack Obama” graffiti will be pretty common. I grew up among an impeachment movement, for Chief Justice Earl Warren. The photo (right) was taken near Montgomery, Alabama in 1963. Impeachment was a topic in 2009 as well with commentators arguing that impeachment was a referendum of sorts an appropriate to rid the country of Obama. Impossible before, it becomes even farther from the realm of possibility with Obama winning the referendum of the 2012 election.

The Huffington Post reports that the Conservative Majority Fund who spent over half a million dollars airing the birther-style “Shady Past” attack ad against Obama, is now making robocalls calling for Obama’s impeachment.

Dialog

One of those memorable movie moments for me came in the 1989 movie Scandal, about the Profumo Affair, a true story of sex  and government secrets that brought down the British government in the early 60’s. There is a delicious courtroom scene where Bridget Fonda, playing showgirl Mandy Rice-Davies, is cross examined in the witness chair:

Mervyn Griffith-Jones: Are you aware that Lord Astor has denied impropriety in his relationship with you?

Mandy Rice-Davies: [smiles] Well, he would, wouldn’t he?
[crowd in gallery roars with laughter]

I was reminded of that by something Pat Buchanan wrote about an anti-Romney ad put out by one of the independent PACs supporting Obama. Buchanan blames Obama for the ad. Well he would, wouldn’t he? Could anybody expect Pat Buchanan to make a positive comment about Barack Obama? But here’s what Buchanan says of interest:

Was this ad the work of a rogue super PAC over which the Obama campaign had no control? Did the White House denounce the ad as unethical and malicious and wash its hands of it?

By no means. The White House, through its cynical silence, has been complicit in this moral atrocity as it reaps the benefits of it.

So, pray tell, where is Romney’s denunciation of the “Shady Past” video by an anti-Obama PAC, the Conservative Majority Fund? Does this indicate complicity in the video’s questioning of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and social-security number?

I guess that means Romney is a birther.

Swift boats is a-comin’

Up until now, if you wanted pro-birther media you had to read a supermarket or Internet tabloid, visit a birther blog, or read an ad in the Washington Times newspaper. Today, birthers have joined the many attack ads and robocalls, vying to become a “mainstream” smear campaign.

The original song from 1961 was “Shrimp boats is a-comin’” but I am reminded today of the attacks on John Kerry when he ran for President in 2004, attacks that appeared in the Jerome Corsi book, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, which added the term “swiftboating” to the lexicon as:

Swiftboating is American political jargon that is used as a strong pejorative description of some kind of attack that the speaker considers unfair or untrue—for example, an ad hominem attack or a smear campaign.

The Conservative Majority Fund has spent over half a million dollars in just three weeks buying airtime for a birther-style attack ad against Obama titled “Shady Past,” raising issues of Obama’s birthplace and social-security number and making robocalls. Like Corsi’s 2004 book, the Conservative Majority Fund ad is to put it bluntly, a pack of lies.