Idiocy in Political Discord: Marilyn Davenport, birther and member of the Orange County Republican Party

           

Courtsey of the UK telegraph. Photo Orange County GOP member sent out

 

    This is only the second entry of this feature I have done since PVP established itself a couple of weeks ago.  Initially I was contemplating doing my second post of this variety on the buffoonery of billionaire birther Donald Trump and his assertion that is as vacuous as its proponents are relentless; that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

   But when an e-mail surfaced from an official of the Orange County Republican Party member and tea party activist was sent out touching  on the twin pillars of the fringe right, ‘birtherism and racism’ this was hands down the top contender to be the latest moment of idiocy.

         Last Friday Marilyn Davenport, Board member of the Orange County, California Republican Party representing the county’s 72nd Assembly of the party’s central committee sent out an e-mail to her janissaries and colleagues. The picture consisted of a mock family portrait of three chimpanzees in a mock family portrait; one posing as the father, another as a mother, and a third as a young boy with President Obama’s face superimposed over the face of the third with the slogan: ‘ Now you know why…. no  birth certificate’.

      The e-mail sent by Davenport to fellow conservatives was supposedly leaked to the OC Weekly, and has understandably caused an uproar of controversy, by those who say the portrayal of President Obama as a Chimpanzee, has clear undertones of racism. 

     These abhorrent and racially tinged e-mails are common among some conservative cliques, especially those associated with the Tea Party movement. Past examples include Los Alamitos mayor Dean Gorse who in 2009 following Barack Obama’s inauguration e-mailed to fellow activists a cartoon of the White House with the front lawn transformed into a watermelon garden. And of course there was failed 2010 New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paledino, who before running for office passed along racist e-mails (as well as ones of women performing sexual intercourse with partners of shall we say the equestrian variety).

   Anyway, much to his credit Scott Baugh, the head of the Orange County Republican Party has called the e-mail passed along by Davenport ‘despicable’ and ‘dripping with racism’ and has demanded that she resign as a member of the Party’s central committee.

     Davenport for her part has responded to the controversy surrounding the e-mail with an apology “if anyone was offended” saying that it was intended as a joke not racist. In fact, she said it never even entered her mind that it could possibly be viewed by anyone as racist. She also said she was no racist and that some of her friends are black (a real original defense by the way), that there were plenty of odious e-mails about George W Bush, and that this is all essentially a  non- story.

   The e-mail from Davenport to her fellow Republicans regarding this incident was obtained by R Scott Moxley, the OC Weekly reporter and blogger who broke the initial story.

 “I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”

     Davenport’s assertions that there is a double standard applies regarding the President. Yes, there were many egregious things said about President George W Bush (comparisons to Hitler). Some conservatives even say that portrayals of Barack Obama as an ape are no more offensive than those that progressives have decemenated portraying President Bush as a monkey. Again there is no comparison and anyone who has attained an education is say anything above Middle school level U.S History knows that full well.  There is a long history of white racists and bigots employing comparisons of apes to dehumanize African-Americans.  Contrary to what seem to think, racism isn’t just those acts confined to burning a cross, lynching someone, or calling an African-American the n-word to their face.   

     Davenport said it wasn’t meant to offend anyone, after all she just sent it to a few select like-minded people.Ms Davenport doesn’t seem to comprehend that racism whether stark naked or clothed;  whether done in open to a person’s or group of person’s, in a huddle of other like-minded white conservatives at an Orange County barbecue or cocktail party. Or in a forwarded e-mail. It’s just as offensive, just as cowardly, and just as empty-headed. If she has any dignity or cares at all about the party she should resign.

    Davenport asserts that she will not  resign (as demonstrated in her e-mail above).Reports indicate that according to the party bylaws Baugh will not be able to fire her from the board after all she is an elected official.  So the best that Baugh and the more tolerant or sane officials in the party can hope for is a censure and hearing by the party’s ethics panel.

      If those like Ms Davenport are in fact the face of the Orange County Republican Party, then it is easy to see how in the 21st century the party’s standing Orange County residents,  is starting to erode in this historically Republican stronghold.

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9 Comments to “Idiocy in Political Discord: Marilyn Davenport, birther and member of the Orange County Republican Party”

  1. You have no proof that he was born in this country and Obama REFUSES to provide the constitutionally required birth certificate that we are ALL REQUIRED TO PRESENT for example to get a passport. The fact that he does not present it and has spent a lot of money in legal fees to keep people from seeing it gives rise to suspicion. You sir are a reverse racist granting Obama space that you would not allow a republican.

    And just like most libs you get by on name calling and villifying and hate speech rather than intelligently discussing the issues

    John Wilder

    • Birthers are the new flat earthers. How about we intelligently discuss rather or not the earth is flat, whether or not the holocaust ever actually happened, or if George W Bush had direct responsibility for 9/11? Because those topics would be in the same genre as birtherism. His birth announcement was in the Honoloulou newspaper, politifact and factcheck.org have fact checked this story to death. And the more the conservatives play this and the more Republicans try to placate these elements the more the solidify the Democratic base, drive up the turn out of minority and youth voters, and drive independents and soft republicans right into the arms of Obama come election time.

      And by thue way if a birther friendly candidate like Trump or bachmann were to ever get the Republican nomination ever Republican down ticket would be put on the spot about the issue. Every candidate running for a House seat, a Senate seat, a Governorship, and God knows what else: will have to answer whether or not they believe Obama was born in the U.S or not. It will do to the Republican party at the beginning of this century, what the John Birch Society did to the Republican Party in the 1950s and 1960s, and as someone who thinks we already have too few political parties I don’t want to witness the monopolization of the political process in this country by just one party.

  2. Of course she did not ‘think’…that was the only truth in her statement. So sad for the people in Orange County who are above this.

  3. I have never seen any black apes ever posted on-line that represents the Republican party. Now that birth certificates are an issue are the Congressman and the Senators in the GOP in office legally. Their ancestors were brought against their will from Africa to America. WE SHOULD DEMAMND to check their Birth records. Ist generation blacks had nothing to show they were legal. Some one that is very close to the developing story is that sweet old lady from the 72nd County District in Orange County, Cal. should be the head of the committee Marilyn Davenport. That way she can investiagte if their are any apes in the GOP cacus. WHERE IS THE PICTURE OF THAT SWEET OLD LADY from the 72nd district in Orange County, California. I would like too see if she passes or quailifies for “she’s not one of us “

  4. I don’t care what bogus evidence is produced, HE IS CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED TO PROVIDE his birth certificate. Why is he refusing? He is qn elistist and tries to be the emperor in chief rather than the commander in chief. Why is he speinding large amounts of legal fees trying to keep people from accessing his birth certificate?

    Your insults don’t intimidate me.

    John Wilder

  5. And you have no proof that he wasn’t. Do you also believe he didn’t get into the universities he said he was in? Was this all a big plan back in the early 60s to about fifty years into the future to overthrow America? Look I know I am not going to change your mind and like all birthers. Anyone who believes this is already entrenched both in a very out of the mainstream ideology, and in the face of all logic willl never be persuaded. My guess is you don’t like Barack Obama for other reasons whether they be because of race or your own ideology which I am guessing is conservative. I have never heard anyone espousing the birther ideology and claims make coherently explain the logic behind it.

    Did you ask to see George W Bush’s birth certificate? Please explain the logic behind all this to me and what is the absolute obssesion with this. Each Presidency there is some inane conspiracy theroy that floats around: with Clinton it was that he was a drug dealer, during George W Bush’s presidency it was that he was the master mind behind 9/11, and with Obama its the birther bussiness. Some people just live to create thier own reality.

  6. daeditor

    The proof that he wasn’t is his absolute refusal to produce a CONSTITUTIONALLY required to do so as we all are.
    I have nothing to say about the universites that he attended. I can’t stand to see him flouting the law.

    All the other presidents including Bush provided their birth certificate..

    As usual, when anyone criticizes Obama you liberals want to play the race card and claim racial prejudice. It won’t work, i am not prejudiced and believe in the Dream Speech where I judge a man not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. Obama’s character is seriously lacking from all of the lies and broken promises. We rightly threw out Bush Sr
    for one broken promise, “no new taxes”.

    John Wilder

    • The constitution itself never makes reference to a Birth Certificate.

      Article II section 1 and paragraph six of the United States Constitution in respect to requirments to be eligable to run for President simply states:

      No person except a natural born Citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained the Age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years Resident within the United States.

      Now that the President has released his long form birth certificate with the permission of Hawian authoritoies ( and yes birthers Hawaii is part of the United States), I am curious to see whether Birthers and Donald Trump, the Grand Marshall of this freakshow mindset continued to remain cloustered in thier enclave of conspiracy theories now disproven that Obama is not a U.S Citizen, whether they will begin harping on something new such that Obama really didn’t attend the colleges he said he did or write his book, or if they will surrender to reason and logic. My guess is that to continued effort to discredit the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency, Trump and his minions will try to persuade us that the President has not yet reached the age of thirty-five.

  7. I stand corrected on my constitutional statement. The fact that he refused to surrender it says a lot to me. There is a saying that if walks like a duck, quaks like a duck and swims like a duckk, it is probably a duck. The fact that he spent a lot of money to keep people from seeing it tells me a lot as well. What does he have to hide.

    I can set all of that aside and examine the content of his character as MLK suggested and find it highly wanting over all the broken promises and his quadrupling of the federal budget in two years and ask myself the question, do we want another 4 years of his presidency to which I answer; Not only no, but hell no.

    John Wilder

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