As ugly as it was, conservative radio talking head Bill Cunningham wasn’t the first to emphasize Barack Obama’s middle name in an attempt to instill fear. Mike Gallagher, another right wing blow hard, has been doing the same thing for a long time. I couldn’t tell you which one of them did it first. Maybe they both got it from the daily RNC talking points memo.
I already wrote about this several days ago in a post I entitled “Conservative Talk Show Host Mike Gallagher thinks YOU are stupid”. I’m not normally ahead of the curve when it comes to hot topics of the day but I noticed this trend happening a little while back.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with middle names, I have one, you have one. Many times there are meaningful translations. Mine means “king” or “crown”. But let’s not kid ourselves. We know what both Cunningham and Gallagher are trying to do. They want you to associate Barack Obama’s name with terrorism in your brain simply because Saddam’s last name was Hussein.
Gallagher, in my mind, is worse, because he thinks you are so stupid that he had to spell it out for your by saying, and I quote “Nobody with the name Barack Hussein Obama, is ever going to get elected in this country”. Yes he actually said those exact words on his radio program, check the transcripts.
Or is Cunningham worse by not being honest about what he is really trying to say. I’m not sure. They should both remove themselves from any national dialog, including their talk shows, based on the obvious crime of slanderous speech. Isn’t this really a hate crime?