Even after hearing Obama's speech to schoolchildren yesterday, conservatives still appear blinded by partisanship. Their desire to excoriate Obama is the beam lodged in their eye which obstructs their vision. This clip from Rush Limbaugh (h/t: Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars) is a prime example:
Rush thinks rants that Obama is a "socialist radical" who is "standing [democracy] on its head" and "taking over" schools by delivering an (optional) speech to schoolchildren on the importance of setting goals, studying, and working hard in school. If Obama's speech was indoctrination and propaganda, I say let's have some more of it!
AlterNet's Tana Ganeva lists the Right's keep-kids-out-of-school paranoia one of the ten most "Obscenely Stupid Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories and Attacks Against the President," along with birthers, deathers, czar worriers, AmeriCorps paranoids, and the other chasers after fever-swamp phantasms. After discussing Rush's previously claim that Obama "wants mandated circumcision" (because the CDC suggested the procedure as a prophylactic effort in the fight against AIDS) and the Freepers who want to know if the presidential member is uncut, Ganeva writes:
It would seem that there needs to be a subcategory on this list for these patriots' obsession with the president's penis.
It's almost as if they're reliving the Clinton years! (Which would be OK, I guess, as long as they don't trade in their firearms for high explosives and emulate the Eric Rudolph/Tim McVeigh/Unabomber wingnut whackjobs...)