Today is what we call in the biz "a slow news day." Nothing all that crazy or important happened. Nobody said anything particularly dumb or hateful (or at least not appreciably more so as to be newsworthy). And Sarah Palin wasn't booked on any TV shows. So, what's to report on?!
These — as we have seen — are the kinds of days in which the media decides en masse that it's totally cool to pretend that some back-and-forth punning constitutes hard-hitting news. It's the kind of day when a suspicious number of Wikipedia edits or a rumor about who the President thinks his opponent might want for VP can bubble up to the top of the headlines. The kind of day in which phrases like "obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok" get added to the lexicon of public discourse.
However, it's also the kind of day in which we get some of our choicest cuts of conspiracy theory, like this one from former Libertarian Party VP nominee Wayne Allyn Root (who, incidentally, is not the guy who wrote "Take This Job and Shove It")…
"I am President Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it 'gut instinct' but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia — and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia."
Okay, so this guy isn't even pretending that he's in secret contact with Harry Reid's invisible informants or something? This is all based on "gut instinct"? Sounds good to me! I don't need any more proof! If this guy's gut says it, who am I to argue? Just show me where to sign the impeachment petition.
Tags: Barack Obama, Education