On Thursday, Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips posted on his website a conspiracy filled screed demanding that President Obama release his medical records to prove that he is not a crack addict.
This eyebrow raising demand and the disrespectful manner in which it was delivered is in response to the wide spread calls from both sides of the political spectrum for Mitt Romney to release his tax returns. That Romney has refused to do so breaks decades of precedent set by his own father, George Romney, released 12 years of his tax returns while running for the GOP nomination in 1968. Yet, this does not concern Phillips who claims:
The Obama campaign and the Party of Treason continue to demand Mitt Romney release his tax records so they can pull them apart and continue to distort facts and lie about Romney.
Strangely, this is not a well known political tactic in presidential campaigns, but Romney’s single released (and only partially) tax return had several questionable aspects to it so it is not surprising Romney is reluctant to release more. On the other hand, Romney’s stonewalling has led many to speculate that there is far more damaging information in the tax returns than he is prepared to deal with. Still, Phillips believes there is a more pressing issue:
A man named Larry Sinclair claims that in 1999 he and Barack Obama had sex and then smoked crack cocaine. This is 1999, nine years before Obama would run for President.
Crack cocaine is very addictive. It is very destructive. Addiction specialist will tell you that a crack addiction is very tough to break.
Is Obama an addict? Was he an addict in the past?
Phillips leaves out the part about Sinclair having a criminal record rife with con artistry and multiple aliases. I guess this is what passes for a credible source for the Tea Party (which tells us more about the Tea Party then it does about Obama). Phillips goes on to rehash the “Obama college transcript” conspiracy theory and wonder how he could have possibly have gotten into Harvard. I guess becoming the first black president of the Harvard Law Review was a liberal conspiracy as well.
Phillips caps his tinfoil hat rant with a call for Republicans to shut the hell up:
The Romney campaign may have finally learned that they are not going to get anywhere by playing nice. They have an opponent that wants to go down into the gutter for a fight and believes in winning at all costs.
Romney may have finally learned not to play their game.
Let’s hope so.
Meanwhile, every Republican should quit telling Mitt Romney to release more records, giving Obama more ammunition to lie about him and start demanding that Obama release his records.
This entire post smacks of distasteful desperation and dog whistle racism. Obama might be a crackhead? Well, he is black and you how those people like their crack. Obama used foreign money to get into college? Is he some kind of furr’ner Manchurain candidate? How did he get into such a good college? Did they only let him in because he was… black?! Yet, suggesting that the Tea Party movement, of which the Tea Party Nation is one of, if not the, biggest parts, is drowning in thinly veiled racial resentment Southern Strategy- style politics is met with howls of protest.
The ridiculous lengths the Tea Party goes to attack Obama calls into question just why it is that anyone takes them seriously? Are there any lines they’re not allowed to cross? Are their no standards of decency they can be held to? It’s a great time to be a conservative in America: no personal responsibility, integrity or credibility required.
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