Sunday, January 17, 2010

Scott Brown Suggested Obama Was Born Out Of Wedlock

Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston (D-MA), Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agree: the stakes are huge in the Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley, state attorney general. If Brown prevails, it would imperil President Obama's agenda, particularly health care reform, since the Democrats would lose their 60-seat filibuster-proof majority. The president put his prestige on the line to campaign in Massachusetts for Coakley on Sunday.

Since Brown has the chance to disrupt Obama's priorities, let's look at his insinuations during the 2008 Republican convention regarding the president's background:

Brown: And quite frankly, Barack's mom had him when she was 18 years old.
Interviewer: And married.
Brown: Well, I don't know about that. But more importantly, the fact that she had him at 18 years old...

Paul Krugman states, "Brown is clearly aligning himself with the Limbaugh wing of the GOP, in which slurs along these lines are standard fare." Steve Benen carries the point forward, noting that since the interviewer raised the point of the Alaska governor's family, Brown decided to attack Obama's parents–a strategy straight from the right wing fringe's playbook:

The context is important here -- around the time of the interview, unhinged right-wing activists were pushing the line that Obama's parents weren't married, a claim that became central to the bizarre Birther conspiracy theory. Brown wasn't just attacking the future president and his parents during the interview; he was also lending credence to fringe right-wing stupidity.

Is it really possible that Massachusetts could elect this individual?

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