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Ed Driscoll

The Washington Post’s Next Macaca Marathon Is Well Underway

August 20th, 2013 - 7:17 pm

“The Washington Post Has a Fever, and the Only Cure is More Ted Cruz Birtherism,” Ace writes at the Breitbart.com group blog. “It’s breathtaking,” he notes, and really, you do have to see the post to believe it, since it features screen shots of over a dozen Ted Cruz birther-related stories, which if I’m looking at the date stamps correctly, all ran over the course of only one or two days at the Post.

MohawkaJim Geraghty of NRO estimated that in 2006, the Washington Post ran “approximately 100 articles, op-eds, [and] editorials” spotlighting Republican George Allen’s moronic “macaca” gaffe involving his botched effort at calling out a mohawk-wearing video tagger hired by his opponent, Democrat Jim Webb, to stalk the Allen campaign. The paper’s efforts helped Webb, the Post’s preferred candidate, narrowly win the election, which helped to tip the Senate into Democrat hands. It also derailed a potential Allen bid for the White House in 2008 — all of which were desired goals by the admittedly left-leaning newspaper.

Three years later, the Post tried the same tactics against Republican Bob McDonnell, running to become governor of Virginia, this time focusing on McDonnell’s college thesis. As Jennifer Rubin wrote in November of 2009 at the Weekly Standard, before she herself eventually became a Post employee, McDonnell’s winning campaign successfully rebutted the “dozens of stories” the paper ran in the fall of 2009, as part of its Alinsky/Raines-style “flood the zone” tactics:

The McDonnell camp quickly made some critical tactical decisions. First, the Monday after the story broke McDonnell held a 90-minute media call to explain his views, and answer all questions. Second, rather than respond to every potential allegation they focused on the most potent one–that McDonnell was hostile to working women. His TV ads focused heavily on this issue, featuring testimonials by his daughters and women who had worked for him.

Larry J. Sabato explains that “the thesis story actually helped Deeds at first. For nearly a month the contents of McDonnell’s thesis closed the gap to a near-tie.” But then Deeds went, as one party insider says, “bonkers” over the issue, badly overplaying his hand. McDonnell communications director Tucker Martin says, “It was like someone threw a tennis ball over the fence and we all watched the Labrador Retriever race after it, leaving the whole yard to us.” Deeds rolled out TV ads and a Twitter feed devoted to the thesis and even organized book clubs to conduct “readings” of the thesis.

One McDonnell adviser says that it took a “lot of discipline” both to narrow the focus and to continue to stick to his positive, issue-oriented message.

“One day no fewer than 11 Post editors and reporters peppered the campaign with thesis queries,” Jennifer wrote. We’ll look at the Post’s next two rounds of macaca-inspired malarkey after the page break.

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A real problem now though is there are a few birthers on the conservative end who are buying this nonsense and beleiving it. I never bought the birther argument even when it was used against obama, who I hate for policy reasons, and not because he might be a foreigner or a muslim. My reading is natural born means citizen at birth, rather than naturalized. And anybody with one US parent is a US citizen at birth, so neither Cruz, Rubeo, nor Obama have citizenship problems.
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"It also derailed a potential Allen bid for the White House in 2008 "

Well, a broken clock is right twice a day. We should thank them for that.

Allen is an idiot. Oh, he's not BAD, in the same way McCain is bad, and clearly he's better for us than any Democrat, but the fact remains, he's an idiot.

He's also NOT a principled conservative.

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All this concern over someone who might eventually run for president and might hold dual citizenship when we already have someone in office who might hold dual citizenship and is already doing lots of damage. Shouldn't they remove the log from their own eye before going after the mote that is Ted Cruz? After all, nothing we've discovered makes him ineligible to be a Senator.
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Ah, but I forget, the left wouldn't have any standards if they didn't have double standards.
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Just out of pure curiosity I did a very fast research exercise and found this out.

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America ASHLEY LUTZ JUN. 14, 2012

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6
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Anyone who even purports to be an investigative reporter/journalist will find that Ted Cruz acquired citizenship at birth as defined by Sections 320 and 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended by Public Law 106-395. http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/PUBLAW/HTML/PUBLAW/0-0-0-23122.html#0-0-0-2959

Whether or not he acquired Canadian citizenship by reason of his birth in Canada is entirely immaterial to his U.S. citizenship status.
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"Whether or not he acquired Canadian citizenship by reason of his birth in Canada is entirely immaterial to his U.S. citizenship status"

That's a very important point. I researched this a few years ago, and found that the legal water is rather muddy on this point. The U.S. doesn't legally recognize dual citizenship. In theory, holding citizenship in another country nullifies American citizenship, BUT, since the SCOTUS ruled that the fed.gov cannot take away citizenship (since citizens are the boss of the fed.gov, not the other way around), there's no way for the fed.gov to act on that, so, it's a moot point.

The bottom line is, no court is going to hold that Cruz loses his citizenship simply because the Canadian government recognizes him as a Canadian citizen. Their pronouncement of Cruz's Candian-ness is simply not relevant to his legal status in the U.S.
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The Post will target anyone who does not ride on their anti-America pro-communist band wagon.
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I'm sure the WaPo's e-book on Ted Cruz's birth certificate will probably be coming out on Amazon Kindle by the end of the week, with 20-30 names as co-authors.
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