Morning Bunker Report: Thursday 5.3.2012


PROTECTING THE CAUCASIAN RACE: Jodie Brunstetter, the wife of Republican North Carolina state legislator Peter Brunstetter told poll workers that her husband authored the state’s anti-same sex marriage law Amendment One to “protect the Caucasian race” and save the U.S. Constitution from “activist judges,” according to Chad Nance’s reporting for Yes! magazine. [...] Nance quickly recruited a friend as a witness and recorded an interview with Brunstetter at the scene. In it, she reluctantly confirmed that she had made references to the “Caucasian” race and reiterated her remarks that “we” created this country and its Constitution and that Amendment One is necessary in their defense. Brustetter “insisted there was nothing racial about her remarks, but could not explain why she used the term ‘Caucasian.’” — Raw Story

IT’S REMARKABLE, this shitcanning of Richard Grenell as foreign-policy spokescritter for the Romneybot 2.0. Remarkable still for its being handled with such notable dispatch. First, you hire on the former mouthpiece for authoritarian nutbag John Bolton to establish further your neo-conservative foreign-policy gravitas. It turns out the guy is openly gay, so bonus! …Then, of course, the guy turns out to be just as crackers as his former boss — Bad-mouthing the lovely Callista Gingrich? Calumnizing kindly Doc Maddow? My seconds will call on yours, sir! — and, because he’s gay, the megachurches scramble the flying monkeys into the air and, within two weeks, Grenell is as fired as an Ampad worker. — Charles P. Pierce

WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF PROGRESS? Mitt Romney shared a straightforward summary of his guiding economic principle at a campaign stop earlier today: Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he’ll do “the opposite” of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key region of a state both candidates will fight over until November’s election. “What I would do? People ask me, ‘What would you to get the economy going’? and I say, ‘well look at what the president’s done, and do the opposite,'” Romney told a group gathered at a warehouse in Northern Virginia. I’m not sure if Romney’s really thought this one through. Or maybe he has, and he assumes voters won’t think this one through. Four years ago, the economy is shrinking; now it’s growing. Four years ago, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs; now it’s gaining jobs. Four years ago, the unemployment rate was going up; now it’s going down. Four years ago, the stock market was crashing; now it’s reaching new heights. Four years ago, the deficit was getting bigger; now it’s getting smaller. Four years ago, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse; now it’s thriving. Is Romney sure he wants to look at the Obama administration’s policies and do the opposite? — Maddow Blog – Romney vows to do ‘the opposite’

OVERSEAS LOCATIONS of Mitt Romney’s finances  — Mitt Romney has invested his money around the world, from the Cayman Islands to Ireland to Australia. We don’t know if he’s using these accounts to avoid paying his fair share in taxes, but we do know that in 2010, Romney’s tax rate was a startlingly low 13.9%. This means Romney pays a lower tax rate than many teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other middle-class Americans—even a lower rate than most other millionaires. —

“POLITICS IS WEIRD. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.” — Shep Smith reacts to Mitt Romney reacting to Newt Gingrich quitting:

PRESIDENT OBAMA / DEMOCRATS————————————————————

CENK UYGUR accused former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of hypocrisy for brushing off President Barack Obama’s decision to strike Osama bin Laden’s compound. Tuesday night on Fox News, Rumsfeld denied that sending a SEAL team into Pakistan to kill or capture bin Laden was a “tough decision.” “To not make that decision, it seems to me, would just be dumbfounding,” he said. “I can’t imagine any President not making that decision.” Cenk, however, noted that Rumsfeld himself had called off a major raid targeting bin Laden. “There was a U.S. general near Tora Bora with about five thousand troops and he asked Donald Rumsfeld — specifically him — for permission to pursue bin Laden,” Cenk said, describing a Senate report. “Rumsfeld said ‘no.’ This is not a matter in dispute. It is an absolute certifiable fact.” — Raw Story

OBAMA LIED! Except — wait, hang on, anyone who reads Dreams From My Father starts with this disclaimer. “For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology. With the exception of my family and a handful of public figures, the names of most characters have been changed for the sake of their privacy.” This has been known for years. Obama’s memoir has stymied reporters because characters who might have some insights appear in composite form. The most famous of them, up to now, was a guy named “Ray,” who gets all of Dreams’s “angry black dude” lines. Is it kosher for a future president to write like this and then be cagey about who was who? Interesting discussion! But in 2012, you can’t “admit” something you told book-buyers in 1995. — Obama Girlfriend Trutherism

  • DEEP THOUGHT: Pretty sure “so old girlfriends don’t dish on me in national magazines” is reason enough to not want to be president. — Duncan Black
  • LESS DEEP THOUGHT: Pretty sure “so national magazines can’t find your old girlfriends” is reason enough to make them composite characters in your memoirs. — Me

Young Barack Obama in Love: A Girlfriend’s Secret Diary — When Barack Obama met Genevieve Cook in 1983 at a Christmas party in New York’s East Village, it was the start of his most serious romance yet. But as the 22-year-old Columbia grad began to shape his future, he was also struggling with his identity: American or international? Black or white? Drawing on conversations with both Cook and the president, David Maraniss, in an adaptation from his new Obama biography, has the untold story of the couple’s time together. — Adapted from Barack Obama: The Story, by David Maraniss, to be published this month by Simon & Schuster; © 2012 by the author.

JON STEWART: CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS hate Barack Obama more than they love Jesus — reporting on the conservative Christian belief that Mormonism is heretical.