Republicans are desperate!
First, came the backlash of the proposed destruction of Social Security and Medicare. Then, they were upstaged by President Obama at the White House Correspondence Dinner a few weeks ago. To top that off, they were stunned by the President’s late Sunday night announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden.
With that one-two-three combination punch, the GOP is now in full damage control. Unable to capitalize on the President’s upsurge in popularity, they’re now trying desperately to get the public’s attention, using any means necessary.
Tonight’s manufactured “crisis” by Republicans is on the rapper, “Common”.
After learning the hip-hop artist, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., was invited to perform at a poetry event at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday, Republicans and conservatives lashed out at his “so-called” controversial lyrics. In particular, he had slammed former President George W. Bush.
In a poem entitled, “Letter to the Law,” recited on a 2007 episode of HBO’s “Def Poetry”, the rapper wrote, “Burn a Bush ’cause for peace he no push no button… The poem was about criticism the of law enforcement and the government.
Quite predictably, Faux News ran all over the story.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” Wednesday night, Sarah Palin sounded off about Common’s White House invitation.
“The judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this…They’re just inviting someone like me or someone else to ask, ‘C’mon Barack Obama who are you palling around with now?'”
Karl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to George W. Bush also responded to the controversy on the the radio program, “The Sean Hannity Show” on Tuesday.
“Yes, let’s invite a misogynist to the White House, a guy who’s called…for killing the former president of the United States George W. Bush…This guy is a thug…And why they are inviting him to poetry night at the White House speaks volumes about President Obama and this White House staff. Who is asleep at the vetting desk?”
The rapper posted a comment on the controversy on his Facebook page.
“Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. The one thing that shouldn’t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day. Peace yall!”
In times of desperation, the last refuge of one so desperate for attention is to shock people. In this case, Republicans have created the easiest target available…a black man. By calling him, “a thug”, the GOP wants white people across the country to be terrified about what’s happening at the White House, the oldest trick in the book.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.