Republicans are preparing to save Hillary Clinton's doomed bid for the Democratic nomination and answer the question of why she has refused to concede a losing race, with the release today of a shocking video tape featuring Michelle Obama going off on a racist rant, but others maintain the rumor is nothing more than a hoax.
The tape allegedly shows Obama's wife, sitting on a panel with Louis Farrakhan, making racist remarks about white Americans and using the term "whitey" during a speech at the then Jeremiah Wright-helmed Trinity United Church of Christ.
The rumor originated from Larry Johnson's No Quarter blog, which claims to have been under hack attack since it first reported the existence of the tape. Johnson says he has five separate reliable sources who have confirmed that the video exists.
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"I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about "whitey" describe it as "STUNNING," wrote Johnson. "I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape. It features Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan. They are sitting on a panel at Jeremiah Wright’s Church when Michelle makes her intemperate remarks. Whoops!!"
During an appearance on Fox News yesterday, Democratic strategist Bob Beckel speculated "that there might be a very big shoe dropping on Michelle Obama tomorrow," but he refused to provide details.
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Beckel said he had "heard it from enough sources that it worried me" and that "if something happens to Barack Obama, if some rumor comes out," that Hillary could still take the nomination.
If the tape is indeed real then it would explain why Hillary has refused to concede the nomination despite the writing having been on the wall for weeks if not months now.
However, Obama supporters and other bloggers are crying foul and strongly assert that the tape rumor is nothing more than a crude hoax.
Dismissing the tape as a deliberate attempt to destroy Obama's candidacy with "hatred and vitriol," San Francisco Chronicle blogger "Desperado" writes, "Personally, I think if such a tape existed, with the desperation of the Clinton camp, we would have seen it by now."
"First of all, there is no tape. This rumor has been going around for weeks with no evidence yet. It is either the "October Surprise" that the Republicans plan to spring on Obama, or the reason Hillary Clinton is hanging around, depending on which version of the lie one believes."
Hillary's obsession with staying in a race which she obviously had no chance of winning and her disturbing invocation of the assassination of RFK as a reason for not conceding has led many to speculate that a scandal or something worse will befall Obama before he can have a chance to go head to head with Republican nominee John McCain.
Whether that scandal involves his wife caught on tape in an alleged racist rant remains to be seen but we should know the answer to the question within the next 48 hours.
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