ABC’s Tapper Asks if Obama’s Slam on Chamber Same as ‘Wackjob’ Birthers
October 12, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— The inside the Beltway villagers have spoken and they don’t appreciate the President of the United States fighting back against the Chamber of Commerce’s all out war against the Obama administration. Well, too bad. The Chamber of Commerce, once a respected mostly bipartisan business trade group, has been transformed under the leaderships of Thomas Donohue into a rabidly right-wing partisan special interest group spending millions from secret donors to not only topple the Obama administration, but to attack our democracy. ABC’s Jake Tapper took the Chamber at its word that no foreign money was being used to fund political attack ads and asked White House senior adviser David Axelrod to respond to the charge that Obama was “demonizing” the Chamber. Tapper then suggested the Chamber’s refusal to disclose its donors was the same as Obama not disclosing his “long form” birth certificate to satisfy “wackjob” birthers. Really?
AXELROD: And I guess my answer to the Chamber is just disclose where your money is coming from and that will end all the questions. The fact is they are spending $75 million in this campaign and they will not disclose where one dime is coming from. And that’s the problem with all of these organizations. [...]
AXELROD: It is a insidious, dangerous thing when people can contribute huge sums of money to run negative ads in campaigns and never confess or allow to their participation. It opens the door to all kinds of chicanery.
Tapper suggested the Obama administration was unfairly singling out the Chamber.
TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it’s true or not?
AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.
TAPPER: Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?
AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.
TAPPER: The long form?
Great false equivalency Tapper. In one fell swoop, Tapper suggested the serious questions raised about the Chamber’s spending $75 million in undisclosed funds to run attack ads against Democrats in the mid-term elections are equal to birther conspiracy theorists seeking to prove, by any means, that our first black president is somehow illegitimate.