Monthly Archives: August 2012
Glenn Kessler beclowns himself with a “fact check” of a speech that hasn’t been given yet.
So instead of “fact checking” his imaginary speech, how about fact checking this oldie but goodie from Obama?
I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,
Pretty straight forward questions….is that really a responsibility of the President? Does that responsibility reach to other religions. If so, which ones, if not, why just Islam?
Let me know when Kessler or Politifact get around to this.
It is entirely coincidental that this information comes to light the evening that all three network newscasts lead with the dead story of Mitt Romney’s taxes and not Joe Biden’s “put you in chains” remarks (or the reaction from several black political figures like Douglas Wilder and Arthur Davis), the Family Resource Council shooting, or the Medicare debate that Obama and Democrats are finding isn’t the walk in the park they thought it would be.
Yep just a coincidence.
The choice of Paul Ryan is obviously shaking up the race, get the POTUS Predictor app for Android and Kindle to make and share your predictions of how this election is shaping up.
I mean, I think that he’s a practical conservative. He’s got a very conservative voting record, but he’s not a knuckle-dragger, all right? He understood that TARP, while none of us wanted to do it, if we were going to save — save our economy, save the world economy, it had to happen. I wish we didn’t have to do it, either, but he understood that.
For the Speaker of the House to call opponents of the plan “knuckle-draggers” is absolutely insane.
For the record, I supported TARP at the time based on what some people I know in finance were telling me (I oppose the slush fund it’s become since). At the time opposition or support was defensible. It was a situation unlike any we’d faced in most of our lifetimes and there weren’t any obviously good or safe options. You pick a plan and roll the dice, that’s life. For Boehner to dismiss opponents so breezily and with such contempt is despicable.
Does the Speaker not realize that save those “knuckle-draggers” he’d still be the minority leader in the House and Nancy Pelosi would still have the big, cushy office with the nice view?
Apparently it’s asking too much for the suppose leaders of the GOP not to hold large chunks of the base of the party in contempt. As much as people like Boehner may wish he was leading a better class of people, many of us realize we need a better class of “leaders”. Since there’s more of us than him, eventually he and his kind will be shown the door.
A collection of Paul Ryan on the economy, foreign policy and America in general….
First and foremost, Ryan schools Obama face to face on the realities of health care reform and the budget.
Ryan’s big foreign policy speech: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/317160.php
A big econ speech he gave: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/316250.php
“Nobody Ever Got Rich Betting Against The United States of America, And I’m Not About To Start”
His State of the Union reply: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/311226.php#311226
Ryan on the debt ceiling: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/318423.php
Some general Ryan awesomeness: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/315469.php#315469
And don’t forget Obama insulting Ryan to his face when Ryan couldn’t fight back: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-address-was-surprise-attack-gop-lawmakers-say/2011/04/14/AFlMVYfD_story.html
No matter what liberals will say, the Ryan Plan isn’t even remotely radical (unfortunately). http://ace.mu.nu/archives/314334.php
Oh FFS Mitt, stop whining. Let’s not pretend you are a babe in the woods when it comes to negative campaigning. Did it help Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum when they complained (no matter how correctly) about your bull shit attacks during the primary? Considering you’re the nominee, I’d say no, no it didn’t.
No one cares you’re feelings are hurt or that Team Obama is playing mean. And if you are going to go after them for this, GO AFTER THEM. The whole “more in sadness than in anger” thing can work but if this is so awful as to disqualify Obama from office, get angry and go after them.
The challenge posed by the Soptic ad is that Team Obama wants to depress turnout among certain groups (white working class voters mostly). These are people who want Obama out but aren’t rabidly committed to the effort. Mitt running a “boy he’s mean” ad isn’t going to motivate the “pox on both your houses” people to vote, it will only serve to help tune them out.
Yes, it’s just one ad out of seemingly millions but it continues the same Romney pattern…the other guy is awful so vote for me or something. Mitt needs to do something he hasn’t done in this campaign (including the primary), he needs to give voters a reason to go out and vote FOR him and not just AGAINST Obama. Maybe he’ll do that starting at the convention as his supporters seem to think. We’ll see.
The other problem with this ad is simply, this is a weak line of attack. Voters don’t care that politicians say mean things about each other, they rather expect it. This ad does nothing to tie Obama’s lack of character to the voters lives. It’s basically an ad that says Obama should be punished for being mean to Mitt. There are plenty of character issues to go after Obama on that have real world policy implications and actually impact voters lives. That Mitt chose not to make them is telling and a missed opportunity.
One last thing. The ad’s claim that the Obama’s “campaign” is responsible for the ad. The clip he shows is from Priorities USA, a “Super PAC” the campaign can’t coordinate with. Now, do I believe that all Super PACs and campaigns co-ordinate? Of course. But as someone once said in a GOP debate:
Secondly, I did not have a super PAC run an ad against you. That’s — as you know, that’s something which is completely out of the control of candidates.
That “someone”? Mitt Romney.
Admittedly that’s just small ball “gotcha” and you could do that all day with Mitt. No doubt however it will come back to bite him when Obama tries to hold him responsible for a pro-Romney Super PAC ad. No doubt, Mitt’s tune will change.
That factual “mistake” will be all the “fact checkers” need to brand the ad false and thus give the DMM (Democratic Machine Media)tm all the excuse they will need to neuter the coverage of the ad.
Plenty of people are saying Romney will unleash hell on Obama once he can dip into his general election money. Maybe, maybe not. But it better be more than hundreds of millions in negative ads. That’s not going to get it done.
I’ve been pretty tough on BuzzFeed for some of their more ridiculous anti-GOP reporting. Hell, I even suggested conservatives stop linking to them until they append the inevitable correction on to the half-assed post they most likely go from a liberal group’s press release.
No more! BuzzFeed is awesome and I wish them well in destroying as many conservatives and Republicans as possible. You see BuzzFeed had a big shindig to celebrate the opening of their new Washington, DC bureau. It turns out plenty of Republicans and conservatives showed up.
BuzzFeed, the up-and-coming website that graduated from covering funny cat pictures to covering politics AND funny cat pictures, celebrated the launch of its D.C. bureau in a packed party at the Brixton Wednesday night. Reporters from nearly every outlet in town were joined by few political types — Bill Burton of President Obama’s SuperPAC, Priorities USA, and Michael Steel, press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, who showed up in jeans — for the free booze, fancy cheese, and proscuitto.
I have no problem with being friends with people of differing political views. I’d be awfully lonely in New York if I did. And I’m sure on a personal level Ben Smith, Andrew Kaczynski and the gang are fine folks. It would be fun to have a beer with them but this isn’t about them personally, it’s about their business, BuzzFeed. A lot of what they do is harmful to the cause we are supposedly fighting for. The ability of any media entity to impact the political conversation is based in no small part to its perceived legitimacy. Showing up at an event like this helps to legitimize BuzzFeed as more than LOL Cats and a liberal outlet.
I get that DC is a company town and that’s part of the problem. To folks that live there it’s just business, nothing personal. Hell, you might need a job someday so, best keep all options open. We’ll to those of us out in the hinterlands elections and the direction of the country aren’t just business, it’s damn personal. See we don’t make our living hoping from campaign to campaign, outlet to outlet, congressional office to congressional office. We get involved because we care and want to have an impact, no matter how small. We want to advance our ideas and discredit the other side’s. That includes going toe to toe with the outlets that attack conservatives and try to advance liberalism. It’s not the most noble side of the contest of ideas but it is part of it.
There’s been a lot of complaining on the right about “The Establishment” lately but it’s hard to define it. Here’s my working definition (part of it at least)…If you care more about the respect or acknowledgement of your “colleagues” on the other side of the fight than you do your non-professional allies, you are the establishment or at the very least have an establishment mindset.
Well DC pros, enjoy your new friends at BuzzFeed but don’t come bitching to the rest of us when they come after you or your boss (and they will if you have any pull). I’m done doing my little bit to push back against them. In fact, the next time they hit one your guys, I’ll give it as much play as possible. But cheer up, they might have a kick ass
Christmas Holiday Party come December!
So good luck with your new DC office BuzzFeed, I’m sure it will enable you to even more of what you already do so well.
“Come on Barack, we don’t have to listen to what the mean girl says”