Jim Greer's apology a start to atone for GOP's hysterical verbal excess

Do you forget what Greer said last year?  Here's half of his statement:


“As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology. The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.


“While I support educating our children to respect both the office of the American President and the value of community service, I do not support using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda. The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President’s agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President’s initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.


Greer was hardly the only offender.  How about Christian conservative and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer?


Once again, the Obama Administration is using its power in unprecedented ways, this time injecting itself into the nation’s classrooms. Tuesday may be a good day to sit in on your child’s classes.


Actually, that does pale next to Greer's verbal fusillade, doesn't it?


Of course, now we have Newt Gingrich deriding Obama, calling him a "con man,and a "Kenyan, anti-colonialist" worldview.  What's going on here?  As Newsweek's Howard Fineman told MSNBC's Chris Matthews last night on Hardball. Fineman called it "depressing."


Fineman also said that Gingrich's message is about creating more doubt about who Obama is going into the 2012 election.


For the second straight year, President Obama intends to deliver a back to school speech to students at schools who will agree to broadcast it.

So far at least, the extreme rhetoric denouncing it has been pretty muted.  In fact, there hasn't been any that's come across the transom that I can detect.

That's a far cry from a year ago, when some of the silliest, shrillest over the top rhetoric was employed by a variety of Republicans about the President "indoctrinating" students.  Of course, that was perhaps a preview of just some of the invective to come Obama's way over the next year.

Now one of the worst of those critics, the disgraced former Florida Republican party chairman Jim Greer, is apologizing to the President.  In a statement issued Monday, Greer blamed racists within the GOP:

“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President’s speech.”

When the Palm Beach Post asked Greer for some names, please, the former chair, who earlier this year was indicted on six felony counts, declined to do so, texting, "No names, but committee consists of people who fought me on outreach and I had to discipline state members who promoted racists (sic) comments which I was also fought on too."

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