This RNC ad is nothing but Obama speaking in his own words – no “splicing or dicing” no “out of context”… “The More Context You Get, The Worse It Sounds”:
Since the “out of context” defense isn’t working out so well, the left has come up with a new one: Racism!11!!1 as espoused by the utterly moronic Jonathan Chait. There have been many responses to that – I liked Quinn Hillyer’s best: Jonathan Chait is Vermin:
Please forgive me if that headline is too strong. But I’ve always thought so, and now I know. Chait is actually suggesting that racism is driving the negative reaction to Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark. Give me a break. What a skunk this guy is. The last refuge of a scared, cheap-shot, leftist scoundrel is to yell “Racism” in a clouded, weirder way than ever attempted before. As in:
Mitt Romney’s plan of blatantly lying about President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech is clearly drawing blood. But what makes the attack work so well is not so much the lie itself but the broader subtext of it. …The key thing is that Obama is angry, and he’s talking not in his normal voice but in a “black dialect.” This strikes at the core of Obama’s entire political identity: a soft-spoken, reasonable African-American with a Kansas accent. From the moment he stepped onto the national stage, Obama’s deepest political fear was being seen as a “traditional” black politician, one who was demanding redistribution from white America on behalf of his fellow African-Americans….The entire key to the rise of the Republican Party from the mid-sixties through the nineties was that white Americans came to see the Democrats as taking money from the hard-working white middle class and giving it to a lazy black underclass. Reactivating that frame is still the most mortal threat to the Democrats and to Obama. …
What a steaming load of diseased dung this is. The time has come to call this “racism” wolf cry what it really is: the Left’s version of McCarthyism. As with the original, the game is to accuse adversaries of something awful, and awfully untrue, purely for political effect, to cause a political wound. (The difference is that at least McCarthy had some small basis for his vilely overstated accusations, as the Venona documents have since shown; this cry of racism, here as in so many of the Left’s uses of it in recent years, has not even a shred of truth to it.)
I associate myself with the remarks of John Nolte at Breitbart, who called Chait’s dung heap “equal parts hilarious, maddening, unAmerican, and just plain pathetic.”
Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon: Wreck it Barack:
One cannot help noticing the struggle between Barack Obama’s natural instincts and the serene and benevolent persona he projects to the world. Beneath the visage of a cosmetically populist, post-racial, post-partisan reformer who wants to “perfect” America and to have “millionaires and billionaires” “pay their fair share” is just another condescending, self-important, sarcastic, academic liberal Democrat, who believes in false consciousness and in scholastic theories that success in life can be attributed to birth or luck or community but not to individual effort and grit. Obama may be talented at self-fashioning, but he cannot maintain his public face constantly. The mask sometimes slips.
The real Obama emerges. He lets loose in the self-consciously ironic and pretentiously omniscient argot of the American ruling class, lecturing audiences in what he, Elizabeth Warren, and the segment producers at MSNBC treat as the new catechism. The reaction to these gaffes is always the same. His remarks spark justified criticism. There is a frenetic effort to paper over his comments and restore the impression that he is just another dad who wants to take care of one big American family. He and his lieutenants and other members of the “truth” posse indulge in mock outrage. They say the president’s words have been distorted, that he did not really say what he said, that he meant something else entirely. The activity is convulsive and furious because David Axelrod and David Plouffe understand that an unplugged Obama will damage his brand. He is not actually likable at all. And he is liable to wreck years of hard work and mythmaking the moment he goes off script.
Read the whole thing – it’s brillant.
It’s awesome that Obama keeps handing the RNC rapid response team such golden material to work with: “It Worked?”
They cut to the chase in this TV ad — With the economy on the verge of collapse due to Obama’s disastrous policies, his only plan for the next four years is to do all the same things….AGAIN?:
Not hard hitting enough if you ask me, but they’re trying to talk the undecideds off the fence – “It’s okay”…
Another RNC Ad just rubbing it in…These aren’t Gaffes:
The NRCC Democrats Running from their own Convention:
NRCC Political Director Mike Shields discusses North Carolina Democrats who won’t be attending the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
This is funny – especially when he talks about the poor Obamacrat who is actually from the same district in which the convention is being held, but will be avoiding it like the plague…
“He’s going to have to have to be driving around in his district, going in the opposite direction to avoid being there by accident.”
The Daily Rushbo: Rush: Lakoff Inspired “You Didn’t Build That”:
Obama MIA, Hasn’t Met With Budget Chair In a Year:
Laura Ingraham interviews Paul Ryan, July 27th, 2012:
ICE Union Chief: Agents Face Threat Of Pink Slips If They Enforce The Law:
Sen. Sessions held a press conference yesterday with top officials from two unions that represent U.S. immigration law enforcement agencies.
ICE agent Chris Crane is President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union representing America’s more than 7,000 ICE agents and personnel. Border Patrol agent George McCubbin, III is President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing America’s more than 17,000 border agents and personnel.
Union Label: Illegal Aliens Ignored: Govt. Union Boss Says Obama’s Policies Don’t Follow The Law
Doug Ross: Top Immigration Officials Describe Border Chaos Resulting From Obama Amnesty Policy
Blame Righty Syndrome Exposed! – Michelle Malkin vs. Tamara Holder – Sean Hannity:
Watch Malkin tell Holder to “shush!”:
Carney Refuses To Identify Capital Of Israel Twice In White House Press Briefing:
Reporter: “Which is the Capital of Israel, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?”
Carney: “Our position on that has not changed.” NEXT QUESTION!!!!
EmergCmteForIsrael responds with a powerful new ad:
This one hits Obama for traveling everywhere in his first four years, but Israel.
Commentary almost a year ago: Obama Re-Writes History on Bush and Jerusalem:
Now this is just getting silly. The Obama White House is gearing up for a Supreme Court case in which it will defend its refusal to list “Jerusalem, Israel” on the passports of Americans born in the Israeli capital. As part of its preparations the administration recently scrubbed all the captions on a White House photo gallery of Vice President Biden in the city, changing “Jerusalem, Israel” to “Jerusalem.” The optics of methodically erasing the word “Israel” from the White House webpage caused a predictable uproar.
Those who make it their business to rationalize White House hostility toward Israel were relieved, then, when the Washington Jewish Week’s Adam Kredo published an article claiming that the Bush administration had enforced an identical policy. Kredo cited a “search of the Bush White House’s archives” and photos of Laura Bush touring the Western Wall to conclude that the Bush White House webpage “never explicitly labeled [Jerusalem] as part of Israel.” Though he was otherwise unsparing in criticizing the White House’s “horrible, simply ridiculous… photo mistake,” Obama’s defenders latched on to his article anyway. The NJDC and J Street found particularly grating and obnoxious ways to pass along the article. You should read them because they’re about to become deeply embarrassing.
Elliot Abrams responded in a quote he gave to Jennifer Rubin, forcefully insisting that Kredo was “just wrong” and that the Bush White House “did not have a hard and fast rule that prohibited referring to Jerusalem” as part of Israel in documents and captions.
Basic Google searches are enough to show that Abrams is right and Obama’s defenders are flat wrong.
Gateway Pundit: Mark Levin: “Obama Hates Israel And He’s Demonstrated It Time And Again” (Audio)
Mark Levin ripped into Barack Obama over the administration’s contempt for all things Israel. This week the administration proved it further by refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Mark Levin told his audience,
“Obama hates Israel and he’s demonstrated it time and time again… I never thought I’d be living in a time to hear an administration which wouldn’t even state what the capital of an ally is.”
PJTV: More MSM Lies: ABC Falsely Blames Tea Party for Batman Shooting Rampage:
The mainstream media just can’t help itself. Brian Ross at ABC accused the alleged Colorado killer James Holmes of being a Tea Party member. His source: a Google search. Why is the MSM so eager to blame the Tea Party, but not Occupy Wall Street, and its criminal element? Find out on this Trifecta.
The Daily Rushbo: Rush: Mayors Menino and Emanuel’s Threats Against Chick-fil-A Are ‘A Direct Assault On Christianity':
El Rushbo articulates exactly how I feel on this nontroversy: WTF???
There is no “intellectual argument” to be made with these Stalinists who want to shut down free speech…..
Star Parker: Chick-fil-A protest could set back gay activism:
The current hate campaign being waged by homosexual activists against fast food chain Chick-fil-A, because of the firm’s Christian values, may well turn out to be a bridge too far. The effort may prove to be a setback for homosexual activism.
The vile attacks on the firm and its owners, the Cathy family, should make clear, finally, that the “gay rights” movement is not about refining and advancing American freedom, but about rewriting American values and advancing, not freedom, but the homosexual political agenda.
John Bolton On The Record with Greta Van Susteren: John Bolton Discusses Mitt Romney’s Foreign Trip to Israel, Poland and the U.K.:
Via Publius Forum: Rep. Kelly’s Rousing Floor Speech Receives Standing Ovation and Chants of “USA!”:
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