#AttackWatch is a Hit on Twitter (With Updates)


President Thin Skin has revamped his old and patently dishonest “Fight the Smears” Website  under a new name, “Attack Watch”.  With a hip and slightly spooky black, white and red motif, it aims to correct the terrible, awful things people say about the Dear Leader. He doesn’t want to take away your guns,  he really *hearts* Israel, just listen to what world leaders say! He’s deported more Mexicans than anybody, ever! He’s created (or *ahem* saved) eleventy million jobs! etc! etc!

The Obama campaign is launching a new website to handle misinformation against President Obama.

In an email, Obama’s reelection campaign manager, Jim Messina, announced the formation of AttackWatch.com.

“Forming the first line of defense against a barrage of misinformation won’t be easy,” Messina wrote in a fundraising email to campaign supporters. “Our success will depend on a team of researchers and writers to stay on the lookout for false claims about the President and his record, bring you the facts, and hold our opposition accountable.”

As an example, Messina mentioned a claim by presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that Obama was president when the Troubled Asset Relief Program was passed into law.

Messina said the site will be running from now through November 2012.

Jim f’n Messina!

Jim “Punch back twice as hard” Messina:

Messina’s name came up in this  Patterico report on  the Obama Administration’s responses to the  town halls and Tea Party protests of 2009:

Somewhere between August 2nd and August 6th a strategy was devised that put all tools at the [Obama] administration’s disposal in line and firing at the protesters. August 4th seems to be an important day in the roll out of this strategy. The White House famously posted a new aggressive offensive on their blog calling out what they described as “mis-information” about the proposed bill and directed true-believers to report any sources of these “lies” to a special e-mail address: flag@whitehouse.gov. Also on the 4th, an organization called Health Care for America Now (HCAN) released a document that became a blueprint for intimidation and, ultimately, violence under the guise of confronting the tea party protesters at these town hall meetings.

HCAN is an organization funded by various unions, most significantly SEIU, whose main purpose is to promote and push the effort for government-provided, universal health care. (To understand the SEIU’s reasons for pushing for this government health care, read this post.) The National Field Director for HCAN is Margarida Jorge. Margarida Jorge used to work for the SEIU as an organizing director.”

HCAN and Jorge issued detailed instructions (set forth at the BigGovernment link) on how to organize health care support and to limit protesters’ ability to gain media attention and ask questions at last summer’s Congressional health care events. The DNC, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leftist blogs joined HCAN in criticizing the Tea Party protesters as “angry mobs” and calling for liberals to push back.

White House involvement became clear when, on August 6 as David Axelrod and Jim Messina talked to Senators about how to handle health care meetings with constituents, Messina promised: ”If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.” Thus:

“Two days after the instructions on how to manage and control protestors at town hall meetings were released by Margarida Jorge at HCAN, one day after the Speaker of the House likened protestors to Nazis and mere hours after President Obama’s top political advisors assured Congressional Democrats that “If you get hit, we will punch them back twice as hard”, Kenneth Gladney lay beaten and bloody on the ground outside Rep. Russ Carnahan’s Town Hall meeting.”

Now we have Messina in charge of “Attack Watch”, but who’s going to be doing the attacking?

Conservative Twitter users are having a blast tonight, as @AttackWatch debuts on Twitter:

DLoesch: So glad #attackwatch is here to dispel those unfounded attacks involving Solyndra, Gibson, Fast and Furious, Gulf moratorium, NBPP, etc.
Paceset9999RT @TimGamble: #Attackwatch The head of Obama’s Jobs council, Jeffrey Immelt, is sending lots of jobs to China.Please stop him. @attackwatch
blogho Dear #attackwatch There are several former Dems who are in my tea party group. Is there a reward for turning them in?
keder Hey @AttackWatch, I heard GE’s Jeff Immelt flies in a cororate jet. Get him! #attackwatch
ctsa How 1930’s Germany of you Barry. #AttackWatch
MrsD55 Dear #attackwatch, Somebody made a Barack Obama joke the other day.
MrsD55 Dear #attackwatch, I heard that Vann Jones said, “F*** it, I’m buying some gold.”
MikeShawTV #attackwatch – When you care to narc on the very best
thomasa56 Hey, #Attackwatch I saw someone making Obama look bad. His name was Barack Obama.
And so on. There are too many too keep up.
You’ve got to give them credit for chutzpah. Most totalitarians pay you to report opposition to the state, these guys ask you for your money instead.
Mark Steyn at The Corner: Attack of the AttackWatch!

Jonah, re the President urging his supporters to report dissenters to ThinSkinWatch.com, I was flattered to discover via  a reader that I am the only sinister foreigner to be honored with my own page of Presidential smears at TouchyAndInsecure.com. You can find it here – http://www.attackwatch.com/tag/mark-steyn/ .


The hashtag was already in heavy rotation by Twitter users by Wednesday morning, but many users are conservatives such as columnist Michelle Malkin, who offered upher own daily column as an example of an Obama “attack.”The website is meant to be “the first line of defense against a barrage of misinformation,” according to an email from Obama’s campaign manager announcing the launch on Tuesday.



For more information, visit http://twitter.com/misfitpolitics.


More MSM coverage:

AoSHQ: Oh No: Washington Post Headline, “Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock of the Internet”CBS News Political Hotsheet: Conservatives mock Obama’s “AttackWatch.com”


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If any of you morons figured out what the lava joke was about, let me know. I didn’t get it, either.


Soros, and AFSCME Funded Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Darrell Issa As He Probes Gunwalker Plot

American Family Voices is a liberal advocacy group that conducts media campaigns charging Republicans with wrongdoing. It’s funded by unions, (mostly AFSCME), and George Soros.
The group filed an ethics complaint against Darrelll Issa  with the House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) on Tuesday.

The Hill reports:

The five-page complaint, which was obtained by The Hill, accuses Issa of using his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to add to his multimillion-dollar fortune.

An Issa spokesman on Monday said the allegations have absolutely no merit and are part of a smear campaign spearheaded by the White House.

The complaint alleges that Issa pressured the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to halt an investigation of Goldman Sachs shortly after he bought a huge stake in one of Goldman’s high-yield mutual funds.

It also claims Issa used his authority to improperly defend Merrill Lynch, a firm with “which he has a significant financial interest,” the document states.

“In fact and in appearance, Rep. Issa has repeatedly — and impermissibly — used his public position to promote his private financial interests,” Mike Lux, president of American Family Voices, wrote in a letter to former Reps. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) and David Skaggs (D-Colo.), co-chairmen of the OCE.

A spokesman for Issa said the complaint is part of an effort orchestrated by the White House to discredit its critics.

“This complaint is entirely without merit. The White House has used an assortment of outside progressive groups in an effort to attack Oversight and Chairman Issa directly.  This is just their latest salvo in an ongoing effort to obstruct oversight,” said Frederick Hill, Issa’s spokesman.

Just yesterday,Issa told Laura Ingraham that Holder is so ‘inept he is dangerous’.

The Hill reported:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that Attorney General Eric Holder is so “inept that he is dangerous to have as the Attorney General” and that President Obama should consider removing him from office.

Issa made the comments on the Laura Ingraham show while commenting about the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking program.

In case you’re keeping score, there is a Soros connection to Fast and Furious. (Of course there’s a Soros connection to practically everything on the left.)

CBS News and the Los Angeles Times have  reported that Dan Restrepo and two other officials, were in on ATF memos from the Gunwalker operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

Restrepo, the National Security Council’s top man for Latin America, was also one of the figures behind the  U.S.’s deplorable  Honduras policy in 2009. Hiding behind the curtain at that time too,  was  “the Puppetmaster”.

Prior to moving to the National Security Council,  Restrepo was the director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the Soros funded liberal think tank, whose President and Chief Executive Officer is John Podesta…

Now Darrell Issa himself, is charging that this ethics complaint is being orchestrated by the White House.

Issa is obviously over the target.


Katie Pavlich, Townhall: Napolitano, FBI Give Non-Answers to Questions Surrounding Operation Fast and Furious

Senate hearing brings out more shocking ignorance of high ranking public officials. Nobody knows nothing!:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitiano and FBI Director Robert Mueller denied knowing anything about the operation until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with guns from the program and avoided getting into details about their involvement by referring the case to the Inspector General in the Justice Department and citing an “on-going investigation” when asked by Arizona Senator John McCain recently on Capitol Hill. On top of Newell’s testimony, President Obama called for a complete review of current gun control policies in April 2009.

Watch video of testimonies at link.


As Dems look the other way on Fast and Furious, they are trying to pressure Issa to investigate Fox News.. I sh*t you not:

The Hill: Dem lawmakers press Issa to probe News Corp.’s alleged hacking:

A group of eight Democrats blasted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for not pursuing allegations that News Corp. may have hacked phones belonging to family members of victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


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Dear Paul Krugman: Examples Please

In Paul Krugman’s lame follow-up  to his despicable and now infamous 9/11 column, he writes:

The fact is that the two years or so after 9/11 were a terrible time in America – a time of political exploitation and intimidation, culminating in the deliberate misleading of the nation into the invasion of Iraq.

It’s probably worth pointing out that I’m not saying anything now that I wasn’t saying in real time back then, when Bush had a sky-high approval rating and any criticism was denounced as treason. And there’s nothing I’ve done in my life of which I’m more proud.

Since comments are once again turned off, I’ll use this space to beg the question: Can we please see some examples of this intimidation – these accusations of treason from the Bushies – any of them – Rumsfeld, Rove, Cheney, any Bush Republicans in the wake of 9/11?

The reason I ask is because  while I distinctly remember the howls of outrage from Democrats that their patriotism was being questioned, I don’t remember any  Republicans in power actually doing it. Who is he talking about? Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh? Ann Coulter doesn’t speak for the Republican party, and she certainly didn’t speak for the Bush administration. Limbaugh may call himself  “the titular head of the Republican party”, but obviously, he speaks for himself, too. The Democrats’ howls of outrage were directed at the Republican party.  I’d like to see some examples of this “terrible” intimidation of which they speak.

Krugman linked to Greg Sargent, who was able to dredge up a few examples of what could be deemed “political exploitation” of 9/11 by Bushies:

Here’s Karl Rove in the runup to the 2002 midterm elections (via Nexis):

President Bush’s top political adviser said today that Republicans will make the president’s handling of the war on terrorism the centerpiece of their strategy to win back the Senate and keep control of the House in this year’s midterm elections.

“We can go to the country on this issue because they trust the Republican Party to do a better job of protecting and strengthening America’s military might and thereby protecting America,” Karl Rove said at the Republican National Committee meeting here.

Here’s Rudy Giuliani, at the 2004 Republican National Convention (via Nexis):

I looked up and seeing the flames of hell emanating from those buildings and realizing that what I was actually seeing was a human being on the 101st, 102nd floor that was jumping out of the building, I stood there; it probably took five or six seconds. It seemed to me that it took 20 or 30 minutes. And I was stunned. And I realized in that moment and that instant, I realized we were facing something that we had never, ever faced before…At the time, we believed that we would be attacked many more times that day and in the days that followed. Without really thinking, based on just emotion, spontaneous, I grabbed the arm of then-Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and I said to him, ‘’Bernie, thank God George Bush is our president.’’ I say it again tonight, I say it again tonight: thank God that George Bush is our president.

Here’s top McCain adviser Charlie Black, during the 2008 campaign:

A top adviser to Sen. John McCain said that a terrorist attack in the United States would be a political benefit to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, a comment that was immediately disputed by the candidate and denounced by his Democratic rival.

Charles R. Black Jr., one of McCain’s most senior political advisers, said in an interview with Fortune magazine that a fresh terrorist attack “certainly would be a big advantage to him.”

So we have Karl Rove, (the Architect)  noting the obvious, and Giuliani’s honest recounting of what he (and  a whole lot of people) were thinking on 9/11. What McCain’s adviser said in 2008 was certainly crude, but I thought we were talking about the period of time immediately following 9/11 when this atmosphere of intimidation and gross political exploitation was so palpable.

And I, of course,  could cite Democrat operatives saying  equally crude things, such as: Obama needs event ‘similar’ to OKC to ‘reconnect’ with voters. Nowhere will we find Republicans scheming with Hollywood to release a movie in October 2004, positioning the “gutsy” President as the hero of 9/11. Now that would be some political exploitation worth mentioning!

Given how the Democrat Media complex  really knows how to play up the missteps of Republicans, you would think Google with be rife with examples of Bushies accusing the Krugmans of the world of treason.

I can certainly  cite for you examples  of the Obami accusing Republicans and/or the Tea Party of treason, terrorism, (or worse).

Democrats have verbally maligned their opposition in the most shockingly abusive terms imaginable, and much of it has come from Democrats in Congress and in the Obama administration. Yes, they have literally questioned Republicans’ patriotism in very overt, stark, impossible to misread terms.

Within hours of the tragic Tucson shooting in which nine people were shot, six fatal, last January, Paul Krugman himself, leaped to the outrageous conclusion that the shooter had to be a Tea Partier. He blamed conservatives for the attack that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accusing them of fomenting “a climate of hate.” I can’t think of a more shameful way to exploit a tragedy than to immediately, and without any evidence what-so-ever,  blame  political opponents for it. You could even call it an attempt to “intimidate” the opposition into silence.

Of course,  the Democrats were, as usual, wrong. The gunman turned out not to be a conservative Tea Party supporter. His writings and obsessions indicated if anything, the deranged, disordered mind of a left-wing lunatic.

I’d love to see some similar examples of unhinged venom and hatred against the opposition from Republicans during the Bush era.

But I’m not going to hold my breath. Because it didn’t happen.

As James Taranto noted in 2004:

Surely it is fair for any politician to take issue with his opponent’s official acts. And if those acts were motivated by something other than antipathy toward America–as any fair-minded observer must presume they were–they could have been defended on their merits. Instead, Democrats themselves raised the issue of patriotism by defensively denying that they lacked it. A cardinal rule of political communication is never to repeat an accusation in the course of denying it (“I am not a crook”). These candidates “repeated” a charge no one had even made.

The Democrats doth protested too much.


Obama’s Jobs Plan is a Laughingstock

 I was tempted to say Obama himself has become a laughingstock, but frankly, Christian charity prevented me from doing so.

Late night comedians are no longer holding back, however,  as Ace notes: Turns Out, Obama Is Sort of Mock-Worthy:

I don’t watch any of the late-night talk show hosts, so I didn’t know that they actually are making fun of Obama (or rather, his SCOAMF on the economy/jobs front). Even bitter old lefty Letterman.

Leno has a good one:

 Leno: The NFL season kicks off Thursday night right here on NBC. We are all very excited. The game will be on right after the season finale of President Obama.

More jokes at the link.

This isn’t actually a joke, but it sure is funny: Dems Face Catastrophe in NY and Nevada Races as Unpopular Obama Becomes Drag on Party.

Things aren’t going very well for the Obama White House….

The truth is, his jobs plan has been met with derision and snickers since the night it was announced, as Michael Barone reminds us:

What is there to say about Barack Obama’s speech to Congress Thursday night and the so-called American Jobs Act he said Congress must pass? Several thoughts occur, all starting with P.

Projection. That’s psychologist-speak term for projecting your own faults on others. “This isn’t political grandstanding,” Obama told members of Congress, as Republicans snickered (but thankfully resisted the temptation to shout, “You lie!”). “This isn’t class warfare.”


Obama is like the guy in the bar who says, “I’ll stand drinks for everyone in the house,” and then adds, “Those guys over there are going to pay for them.”

What’s fascinating here is that once again the supposedly pragmatic and sometimes professorial president is not making use of the first class professionals in the Office of Management and Budget to come up with specifics, but is leaving that to members of Congress, maybe in a midnight marathon session with deadlines pending. Same as on the stimulus package and Obamacare.

Pathetic promises. Perhaps he hoped people wouldn’t notice, but Obama did put in two words — “faster trains” — as a plug for his pet project of high-speed rail. Liberal blogger Kevin Drum calls California’s HSR project, the largest in the nation, “a fantastic boondoggle,” likely to cost three or four times estimates and with ridership estimates that are “fantasies.” “We have way better uses for this dough,” Drum concludes.

Even Obama’s Supporters Laugh When He Says His Latest Stimulus Plan Is “Fully Paid For.”

Wow. Not even Obama’s supporters take him seriously.
From his speech today as posted at the White House website:

And the American Jobs Act is not going to add to the debt — it’s fully paid for. I want to repeat that. It is fully paid for. (Laughter.)

It’s not a good sign when members of his own party are skeptical…

This is even a worse sign from Obama’s old stomping grounds, Hawaii News Daily: The Obama Jobs Plan: 10 Reasons Why It Is A Bad Joke. 

Marc Faber, editor of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report also says  Obama’s Jobs Plan is ‘a Complete Joke’

President Barack Obama’s recently unveiled $447 billion job-creating bill is “a complete joke” and won’t work because the economy needs less spending not more, says Marc Faber, editor of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report.

The package is “another complete failure of Keynesian economics and corrupt interventions,” Faber tells CNBC.com.

“This all amid talk of deficit reductions,” Faber says, adding the package is a “complete joke.”

White House reporter, Keith Koffler is also laughing: White House Jobs Plan Paid for by Raising Taxes:

That Jack Lew. He’s so funny. Especially for a budget guy. He stood up in the briefing room and said President Obama wants to pay for his $447 billion “jobs” package by raising income taxes.

This was the funniest thing I had heard in Washington since Jody Powell announced that Jimmy Carter had been attacked by a rabbit.

Here’s what Lew said today during the White House briefing. He suggested the Republicans might pass this. And no – I can hear you thinking over here – this is not one of my damn satire pieces.

If you haven’t yet heard the one about the new taxes, and increased spending, and how Republicans get blamed when things don’t work out as planned, read on. It’s an oldie but goodie.

Doug Ross quips: Gee, those new taxes should really jump-start hiring!

Also hilarious – Obama’s promises to cut red tape and create jobs while his Latest EPA Rules Kill Another 500 Jobs. (Okay, I’m kidding that’s not funny, at all.)

El Rushbo calls Obama The Most Petulant,Childish,Angry,Divisive President In History.

Michelle Malkin has taken to calling Obama, “President Rerun”.

President Rerun will be quite busy this week, rehashing his warmed-over porkulus plan across the country.

Nora O’Donnell asked WH spokesman, Jay carney about that: why all the campaigning, already? The White House press corp laughed in Jay Carney’s face when he said Obama’s “campaigning for growth and jobs” not reelection…

James Lileks noted the obvious – How much more fail is necessary to convince Dems their Keynesian plans don’t work:

A half-century experiment in draping steam­ship anchors around the necks of the productive class and expecting them to run a four-minute mile has ended in failure. The confiscation of rights and property, the moral impoverishment of generations caused by the state’s usurpation of parental obligations, the elevation of a credentialed elite that believes academia’s fashions are a worthy substitute for knowledge of history and human nature, and above all the faith in a weightless cipher whose oratorical panache now consists of looking from one teleprompter screen to the other with the enthusiasm of a man watching someone else’s kids play tennis–it’s over, whether you believe in it or not. It cannot be sustained without reducing everyone to penurious equality, crippling the power of the United States, and subsuming the economy to a no-growth future that rations energy.

Doug Powers reported: Obama Sends ‘American Jobs Act’ to Congress, and I Think He Wants Them to Pass It:

Conceptually it’s not a bad Hail Mary attempt for a desperate administration: Propose a bill that looks pretty much like all the other stuff that didn’t work so you know that the opposition would never commit political suicide by passing, and then when it doesn’t pass, blame the opposition for the mess that already existed anyway. Sadly, many voters will actually believe that (the P.T. Barnum factor is a constant).

That’s the question, isn’t it? How many people  actually take his jobs plan seriously? I sure hope Congress doesn’t.

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