Right-Wing Attack Dogs Stoke Fears of a Black President

Race-baiting by those who accuse others of race-baiting ... bizarre.

Check out the video to your right, courtesy of Media Matters.

On a closely related note, am I the only one who finds it odd, or maybe oddly refreshing, that there's so much mainstream hew hue and cry over all this 'birther' nonsense? Seems like many in the media are shocked that the paranoid right would come up with outlandish tales of intrigue about a Democratic president's dark secret moves rather than oppose him on the substance of his policies.

It's odd because in modern times, that's just what they do. Remember the Clinton death list? Hillary as a killer crypto-lesbian who faked Vince Foster's suicide?

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Nothing new about any of this madness.

And there's certainly nothing new about conservatives fanning white folks' terror at the prospect of losing their privilege to some angry black interloper.

Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.