DNC Opens with the Declaration ‘Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To’ (Updated with Romney Response)
Tonight, the Democratic National Convention officially got under way – and the party of “You Didn’t Build That,” “We Made It Possible,” record food stamp enrollment, nationalized health care, and record deficits opened its gala with a video declaration that “Government is the only thing we all belong to.” It’s not our culture that binds us together, nor our nationality, our freedom, our values, or | Read More »
Video: Juxtaposing Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and ‘Are You Better Off?’
A new spot from the RNC juxtaposes Jimmy Carter addressing America about the disastrous state of its economy with headlines from Barack Obama’s presidency. The ad is part of the “Are You Better Off?” campaign, and one would think that connecting Obama and Carter as much as possible can only be a good thing for the RNC this election.
Politico Fires a Shot Across Obama’s Bow with ‘Egotistical, Selfish, Dull’ Headline
Under the improbable headline “Media: Obama is egotistical, selfish, dull,” Politico‘s Dylan Byers noted Monday that over the Labor Day weekend, “major media outlets…lobb[ed] five high-profile bombs at the incumbent.” The article itself isn’t as noteworthy as the title, which is particularly eye-catching from a political publication whose left-leaning orientation is well known.
The examples Byers points to come from the New York Times, the Washington Post, HuffPo, the Wall Street Journal, and his own Politico. Let’s take a quick look at them – and at the laugher that a senior campaign official offered in response.
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Obama’s Attempt to Ignore the Last 4 Years Includes Recycling 2008 Words, Phrases, and Promises
The lengths to which the Obama campaign is going to pretend that the last four years simply didn’t happen (or, in the words of Ezra Klein’s headline writer, to act as though Mitt “Romney’s policies are the incumbent,” rather than the sitting President of the United States) have been laughable in their extremity.
Part of the effort to recreate 2008 in the current election cycle, as a new ad from the RNC shows, is to simply recycle the same words, phrases, and promises then-candidate Obama made four years ago – before his Carteresque term as President.
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Ryan’s ‘Fading Obama Posters’ Line Spawns an Excellent Ad
Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech to the RNC Wednesday night was addressed in no small part to the segment of the population that supported President Obama in 2008, but who were turned off enough by the last four years to consider an alternative in the upcoming election. One of the most vivid lines in Ryan’s speech – and one which conveyed that message very | Read More »
Paul Ryan’s Horrible Janesville ‘Lie’: Accurately Quoting the President and Recounting Actual Events
Several of the statements made in Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s RNC address Wednesday night have triggered strong reactions from the Obama campaign and its surrogates throughout the media. One of the biggest points of contention is Ryan’s anecdote about a GM plant in his hometown of
Jaynestown Janesville, Wisconsin, which closed just months after being visited by then-candidate Barack Obama.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina responded to the story by accusing Ryan of “dishonestly attack[ing] Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin — a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush,” while some journalists and media “fact-checkers” have written their own context into Ryan’s remarks in order to claim them false.
Let’s look at exactly what Obama said, what Ryan said, and then at what happened.
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RIP Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
America lost one of its true icons today, when Neil Armstrong, simultaneously taking for the last time both small step and giant leap, departed this world at the age of 82. The former Navy pilot and astronaut, who left the first human footprints – as well as messages of goodwill and prayers to the Almighty from U.S. presidents and world leaders alike – on our moon, inspired generations of Americans and citizens of the world with both word and deed.
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Obama Campaign Fishing for Dirt on Potential Vice Presidential Picks
As the time draws near for Mitt Romney to announce his running mate [Note: Read this important essay from Dan McLaughlin on that pick], the Obama campaign is sending out emails requesting any and all dirt on prospective VP picks, which can be submitted via subject-specific contact pages on its website. Those receiving the send-us-your-dirt treatment include Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Governor Chris | Read More »
Obama: ‘We tried our plan and it worked’ – ‘You would think they’d be saying Thank You!’
President Obama’s latest clarification-inducing comment came Wednesday, and it’s eyebrow-raising to say the least. Speaking on employment and the economy, the silver-tongued president declared, “Just like we’ve tried [the Republicans'] plan, we’ve tried our plan, and it worked. That’s the difference.” Moe, who has graphically shown the fallacy of Obama’s “it worked” claim, summed up his rebuttal by declaring that “the only way that you | Read More »
All Hands on Deck as the Silver-Tongued President Continues Clarifying ‘You Didn’t Build That’
Years ago, our own Dan McLaughlin defined ”swiftboating” as “Accurately quoting a Democratic politician’s own words.” By that definition, President Obama is being swiftboated up a creek without a paddle right now, as constant repetition of his own words has the campaigner-in-chief and every attack dog he can muster working day and night to “clarify” his remarks on small business. For review, here’s the president’s direct | Read More »
Bloomberg: A Little Anarchy Might Help Convince People to Give Up Their Guns
The latest evidence that Little Lord Farquaad New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s brain is melting into a puddle of hot goo came courtesy of a Monday night appearance on Piers Morgan’s CNN “show.” This time, the pint-sized billionaire with a taste for cradle-to-the-grave control over the proletariat suggested that “police officers across this country…stand up collectively and say ‘we’re going to go on strike’” | Read More »
Penn State has torn down JoePa’s statue. Now the NCAA should tear down Penn State’s football program.
At 7am Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State University president Rodney Erickson released a statement announcing that the statue of Joe Paterno that has stood outside Beaver Stadium since 2001 would be removed. By half-past eight, the job was finished, and a football legend cast in bronze no longer adorned the stadium grounds. Removing the statue was the correct move, and one that had to be made | Read More »
Shut Up. (Please).
That’s the three-word message I have for the folks who are using last night’s massacre at an Aurora, Colorado cineplex as an excuse to fuel their hatred of political opponents, to push pet issues like gun control, or simply to babble stupidly. This message is applicable to random unhinged tweeters who are calling for the arrest of Rush Limbaugh. It is applicable to those currently | Read More »
Obama’s ‘billion dollar campaign’ getting increasingly desperate for cash
In 2008, the Obama campaign raised and spent more money than has ever been spent in a presidential election, coming up with the “parallel public financing” crock* to cover for reneging on an agreement with John McCain to take real public financing once they realized just how much money they could raise, both at home and abroad. The 2012 edition of Obama for America was supposed | Read More »
For the Thirtieth Time, the Obama Administration Admonishes Voters Not to Read Too Much into One Month’s Jobs Numbers
In case you missed it, the June jobs report is out, and the numbers are not good (though the Obama administration had a ready-made – and well-worn – excuse ready to go at a moment’s notice; more on that below). As Daniel Horowitz wrote here this morning: The headline number of the establishment survey is that only 80,000 net jobs were created last month, about | Read More »