Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another Milepost On The Road To Oblivion

Since it's a day that ends in "y", it's got to be Republicans playing the Birther angle.  This time it's Mike Huckabee on Billo's show and naturally the conversation went to how Romney's refusal to release his tax returns is just like the completely made-up tinfoil hat conspiracy about President Obama's "foreign student scholarship".

O'REILLY: Because of the media, the perception is if you don't release [your tax returns], you're trying to hide something. Look, Romney doesn't want his tax returns in the hands of The New York Times because they're going to cherry-pick it and make him look like a greedhead and he doesn't want to give them any more ammo. You know what this is all about.

HUCKABEE: Absolutely. And the thing is you get zero credit from the media for releasing them and then you buy yourselves a lot of grief. The question is, why would you help load a gun that's pointed at your own head?

O'REILLY: Because the people, the folks, most of them, want you to. I think that's the answer to your question.

HUCKABEE: Well, but he has to forcefully tell it why he's not going to, why it's irrelevant, say, "Look, I've disclosed more than I need to." Let him make this challenge: "I'll release my tax returns when Barack Obama releases his college transcripts and the copy of his admission records to show whether he got any loans as a foreign student. When he releases that, talk to me about my tax returns."

It's funny that the Huckster complains that Romney wouldn't get "credit" for releasing his tax returns, because that's the exact situation the President is in now, considering he's not only released his birth certificate, but his college records as well.

This is not the first time Huckabee has promoted falsehoods about Obama's background. During a February 2011 radio interview, he repeatedly claimed that Obama had grown up "in Kenya." Huckabee drew heavy criticism for his comments from the media and offered an evolving series of explanations for his comments, eventually blaming Media Matters for bringing his remarks to light and falsely claiming he had been taken out of context.

It would be truly hysterical, if the fate of the country wasn't at stake.

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