The online version of the Star Tribune runs this AP story suggesting that Barack Obama isn't patriotic enough to run for President. He doesn't wear a lapel pin. Yikes. He didn't put his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem. Scary. Michelle Obama said she's not always proud of her country.
These charges are ridiculous enough that they don't merit any response. As George Carlin once said, I'll leave symbols to the symbol-minded.
On the other hand, the AP story quotes one Roger Stone, Republican consultant:
"The reason it hasn't been an issue so far is that we're still in the microcosm of the Democratic primary," said Republican consultant Roger Stone. "Many Americans will find the three things offensive. Barack Obama is out of the McGovern wing of the party, and he is part of the blame America first crowd."
Whatever Obama is, at least he's not part of the Call Hillary Clinton a Cunt Crowd. I mention that, because Roger Stone is:
A couple of days ago, a group called Citizens United Not Timid filed papers with the IRS as a "527" organization. Then we saw that Roger Stone had signed on as the group's "assistant treasurer." Uh oh.
Stone, regular TPM readers know, is a Republican operative who prides himself as something of an elder statesman of GOP dirty tricks. He went to work for Richard Nixon at age nineteen, making him the "youngest Watergate dirty trickster." He continues to idolize the man, even sporting a tattoo of Nixon's face between his shoulder blades. On his website, the StoneZone, he proudly touts Nixon's endorsement of him as "one of the very few excellent political professionals."
The cleverness of C-U-N-T is on display here. The logo and t-shirts make clear that the aim of the group is to educate the nation about "what Hillary Clinton really is".
The Star Tribune's readership deserves to know who Roger Stone, Republican consultant, really is.