Nut of the week

February 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Barack Obama | 4 Comments

Okay, so it isn’t exactly news that Alan Keyes is clinging onto reality by his fingernails, and our hours are much better spent pointing and laughing rather than frothing with outrage, but this quite mesmerising rant does raise a fairly serious question: at what point do your efforts to villify your political opponents cross the looney bin threshold and become plain, unvarnished incitement? Keyes certainly treads a very thin line here: the talk of Obama proving himself to be a radical communist, of beginning the destruction of America, of not even being a real American, of military officers wanting to disobey their Commander-in-Chief, and “we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist.” All of this stuff is straight out of the rhetorical playbook of the far-right, and whilst it might be a rather extreme example of Obamanoia from a man who’s a walking joke even in some Republican circles, it also wouldn’t sound out of place on Stormfront.

Just as an aside, does anyone care to guess what Keyes did for a living before he morphed into a wandering rant-merchant and would-be theocrat? Yep, he was a diplomat. It’s a wonder we’re all still alive.

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  1. Inconceivable! I think Alan Keyes is just an elaborate satire project. Hence the Princess Bride reference.

  2. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

    (I actually wrote this on a student’s essay once and – yes, gentle reader – it was indeed in reference to the word ‘inconceivable’).

    Inconceivable.

  3. Jim’s got owned

  4. This is slightly tangential, but try watching this video again. Is it just me or does his voice sound a little like Kermit the Frog on Prozac?


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