Time once again to expose the extreme hypocrisy of the wingnuts. Here’s video from yesterday’s White House presser:
(via Real Clear Politics)
Reporter: What city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel? Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
Jay Carney, White House press secretary: Um… I haven’t had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh…
Reporter: What is the capital [of Israel]?
Jay Carney: You know our position.
Reporter: I don’t.
And then you get the total disrespect of the crazies from the right wing media:
Lester Kinsolving, World Net Daily: No, no. She doesn’t know, that’s why she asked.
Carney: She does know.
Reporter: I don’t.
Kinsolving: She does not know. She just said that she does not know. I don’t know.
Carney: We have long, lets not call on…
Kinsolving: Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?
Carney: You know the answer to that.
Kinsolving: I don’t know the answer. We don’t know the answer. Could you just give us an answer? What do you recognize? What does the administration recognize?
Carney: Our position has not changed.
Kinsolving: What position?
But let’s forget the asshole from World Net Daily that thinks he can just go into the White House and yell at the press secretary. We have become used to that from Republicans, which embrace it from John Boehner on down. Instead let’s focus on the question and the response from the wingnuts. For example, king wingnut Glenn Reynolds:
IT’S CRUEL TO MOCK THE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED: White House’s Carney Refuses To Name The Capital of Israel.
There are also many other examples at Memeorandum.
But the interesting part is how the right ignored this same issue during the George W. Bush presidency.
October 02, 2002
The Bush administration said today that it would ignore as unconstitutional new Congressional dictates that would require the United States to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel….
As a candidate for president, Mr. Bush backed Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital, but in office he fell back on the longstanding American position that Arabs and Israelis must settle the question together….
On Monday, rather than veto the bill, Mr. Bush signed it. But he said the provisions on Jerusalem “if construed as mandatory rather than advisory, impermissibly interfere with the president’s constitutional authority to formulate the position of the United States, speak for the nation in international affairs and determine the terms on which recognition is given to foreign states.” He added, “U.S. policy regarding Jerusalem has not changed.”
The right didn’t throw a hissy-fit over that. I guess it was alright for the white, Republican guy to not only ignore Congress, but make the decision on what they would call the capital of Israel, but don’t let the black Democrat do that!
And yet we can expect wingnuts to jump to the old “there you go blaming Bush again” meme, because they have a serious inability to think beyond a second grade mentality.