Talking Points Memo has the exclusive which not a single Ohio progressive blog apparently got.  Click on the link to hear the audio:

According to audio recorded by someone at the dinner and obtained by TPMDC, the joke concludes with: “Lincoln was a skinny lawyer. Obama is a skinny lawyer. Lincoln was a Republican. Obama is a skinny lawyer. Lincoln was highly respected. Obama is a skinny lawyer. Lincoln was born in the United States. Obama is a skinny lawyer.”

That was followed up with a more subtle crack from State Rep. James Zehringer, who said he read over Portman’s Wikipedia entry, which starts by identifying him as an American lawyer. “Rob Portman is an American lawyer. That’s the first sentence [on his Wikipedia page]. That’s something our president can’t say,” Zehringer said.

The good news is that even an all GOP audience noticeably groans at the birther jokes.

Meanwhile, Portman’s campaign gets the “ignore the ironic elephant in the room award” for this spin:

A Portman spokeswoman called the remarks “inappropriate” when asked by TPMDC about her boss’ reaction, but also dismissed the questions as silly.

“The comments were inappropriate, but it’s unfortunate that all Democrats have to offer are cheap political attacks meant to distract people from the economic serious challenges we’re facing in Ohio. Rob Portman will continue to focus on developing solutions to help Ohioans get back to work,” said spokeswoman Jessica Towhey.

To call Democrats questioning Portman’s failure to call out those comments and instead tacitly accept them is not “cheap”.  What those two GOP idiots did was cheap political attacks.

This is the political tension the Ohio GOP is playing while trying to keep the birthers and the tea baggers while not scaring away the sane world.

And Portman cannot balance to the two well.

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  • Amber

    Lame. That is the best “attack” on the GOP you can come up with?

  • Montana

    In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of ?birthers, baggers and blowhards? have brought you. They are good at ?Follow the Leader? of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O?Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. Although most republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe they have a long way to go. And as they said in WACO “We Ain't Coming Out”.

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