#rsrh hip Rutherford B Hayes.

OK, quick background: the President gave an energy speech the other day – and in the process mucked up certain science-related historical facts so badly that even Talking Points Memo felt obligated to call him on it.  This is of interest mostly because a prominent theme of said speech was about how… Republicans muck up science-related historical facts.  Which is probably why TPM felt so obligated; there’s a point where even the most partisan partisans that ever partisaned a partisan have to throw up their hands and acknowledge the hit.  Anyway, one of the facts that Obama got wrong was on, of all things, Rutherford B Hayes: the President used a bad quote without sourcing it first.  This has caused a bit of (justified) mockery – and you know that it’s justified because the Online Left is kind of seething about it.  Those guys like to dish it out, but they can’t take it worth a tinker’s dam.

And they may be hating life more, because the whole thing’s threatening to “go viral.”  Mind you, I didn’t create that particular quickmeme category – I was merely sent a link to it.  By somebody who isn’t a political junkie.

Translation: the President may have screwed up that badly-brought off intellectual sneering even more than I thought.

Moe Lane



  • Rob Crawford says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how the left seems to actually believe the worst stereotypes about conservatives, while simultaneously considering themselves worldly, tolerant, and well-informed.

  • Phineas says:

    Benjamin Harrison never gets any love.

  • Ric Locke says:

    The man’s delusional.

    That always happens to people who take the Marxist “analysis” as bedrock axioms for behavior and policy guidance. The necessity for taking a whole long list of things that are mutually contradictory (not to mention just plain wrong) as TRVTH brooking no contradiction eventually causes blockages and diversions that start messing up thinking patterns well outside the originally-limited Zone of Faith. Eventually that results in unicorns, purple dinosaurs, and the like.

    This is rarely a problem in academia, where nothing the person does affects more than a few hapless grad students who probably share the initial stages of the delusion. In a person who has to operate in the Real World™© the malady progresses (!) rapidly, because nothing he or she does works, and the added problem of convincing him/her self that it did causes additional strain.

    We are observing the advanced stages of the syndrome. Next comes nonsensical babble, not just glosses on pseudo-Marxism but things like the mass of blue and confusion over “up”, “down”, and “sideways”. One strongly suspects that Obama is already doing that, and his protectors are simply seeing that as little as possible leaks into the public view. When he gets to the point of spittle-flinging diatribes that make no sense whatever and the necessity to have someone behind him to jab him with something sharp to get him off track, it will be too late for intervention.


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  • qixlqatl says:

    Thanks BG, since mine would do Hagar the Horrible proud 🙂

  • Spegen says:

    Never attack Hayes. Even Doofenshmirtz learned that trying to destroy his statue.

    Personnally I liked the poster about Obama’s blackberry

  • lourae says:

    Ever-so-surgical Steyn, “Who’s Obama Sneering At?” BOOM.

  • Murgatroyd says:

    Just wait … This clown is going to be the worst ex-president the country’s ever had.

  • Murgatroyd says:

    The man’s delusional.

    Ric, have you ever dealt with any pathological liars? They don’t care whether what they’re telling you is true or false — what matters is that you are supposed to believe their crap, because they know that they are your superiors. And if you doubt them, they will get mad and double down on the lie: how dare you doubt them?!

    Obama may also be delusional, but that condition isn’t necessary to explain his behavior. There’s far too much evidence that he’s simply a narcissistic sociopath.

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