Reince Priebus: If They Want to Punch Us We’re Going to Punch Back With Brass Knuckles (Video)

Via Gateway Pundit:

GOP Leader Reince Priebus and Sean Hannity discussed the Obama Administration’s campaign of anger and hate tonight. Priebus promised, “If they want to punch us we’re going to punch them back with brass knuckles.”

He also said:

At the end of the day, the only thing “shovel ready” around here are the words coming out of Joe Biden’s and Barack Obama’s mouth.

Mitt Romney deployed the brass knuckles out on the campaign trail, today:

Mitt Romney used a tough new campaign speech to personally blast the Obama campaign on Tuesday, saying comments earlier in the day from Vice President Biden are “what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.”

“Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” Romney said while campaigning in Ohio.


“His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency.  Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower,” Romney said.

“This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.”

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse: Mitt Romney Tells Barack Obama: “Mr. President, take your Campaign of Division, and Anger and Hate back to Chicago” – Video 8/14/12:

Hat tip: Charles B.

Video: Giuliani Wonders Whether Biden Has ‘Mental Capacity’ for Presidency: “He’s Not Very Bright…He’s Never Been Bright…Actually, He’s Just Not Very Smart”

Biden crowd in Danville, VA.  Photo credit ABC-13 WSET-TV

In an interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, tonight, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested that Vice President Biden may be unfit for office. Via The Daily Caller, here’s the transcript from Biden’s speech in Danville, VA that many say went way over the line:

“Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules — unchain Wall Street.”

“They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” he added, in a low, threatening voice.

Do people from Delaware generally say, “y’all”? Just wondering. Video here. Yes, there were some audible groans.

Giuliani told Kudlow:

Well, I think if it came from somebody serious maybe we’d get all excited about it. But the — I think the vice president of the United States has become a laugh line on late night television. I mean, he — I’ve never seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes, said as many stupid things. I mean, there’s a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it. I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. And people think, ‘Well, he just talks a little too much.’ Actually he’s not very smart.

LOL, I  thoroughly enjoyed that.

On Hannity, Karl Rove said it was clearly “an appeal to racial unrest” in  the Southern part of VA that used to have plantations.
He suggested that it was put on the teleprompter to make the racial appeal.
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter says the campaign has “no problem” with Vice President Joe Biden’s comments to about putting people back in chains.
If the Obama campaign doesn’t have a problem with this rhetoric, so let it become a regular part of Biden’s stump speech and see how far it goes. The American people are not stupid, Rove said.
From the Obama campaign: “For months, Speaker Boehner, Congressman Ryan, and other Republicans have called for the ‘unshackling’ of the private sector from regulations that protect Americans from risky financial deals and other reckless behavior that crashed our economy. Since then, the Vice President has often used a similar metaphor to describe the need to ‘unshackle’ the middle class. Today’s comments were a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middle class families. We find the Romney campaign’s outrage over the Vice President’s comments today hypocritical, particularly in light of their own candidate’s stump speech questioning the President’s patriotism. Now, let’s return to that ‘substantive’ debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned.”
Really, it’s a distinction without a difference  – the Republicans want the to put historically oppressed people back in “shackles” instead of “chains.” Oh, that’s much better.
Sarah Palin just told Greta Van Sustern on her show,  that she thought the Obama campaign should replace Biden with Hillary Clinton, but that implies that Biden said something the campaign didn’t approve of.
There’s no doubt in my mind that someone from this race-baiting campaign put those words in Biden’s teleprompter to sow racial division. It’s a major part of their divide and conquer campaign strategy- something they’ve been doing all year. I stopped tracking the examples back in March after being overwhelmed with material. I’m just a one person operation, here.
…his people are going to raise the issue of race to a level this  country hasn’t seen since the Civil Rights movement.  White guilt got  Barack Obama the nomination.  White guilt got Barack Obama into the White House.  At least it was a big part of  it…
…they are not sure they can run on the economy by summer of 2012.   Motivation is way down – the people on the ground.  Many of them will be  sitting this one out.  The campaign conducted over five internals in the  last few months. Each time the one issue that came back favorably for the  president was the color of his skin.  People are not comfortable…white  people are not comfortable going against a person of color.  At least not a  whole lot of them. 
Oh….I think 2012 is going to prove very differently for the Race-Baiter in Chief and his minions. I think there are going to be more than enough people who will be willing to kick Obama to the curb despite the color of his skin.
(Why are we calling it  “gaffe”? Who said it was a gaffe? The Obama camp had “no problem” with his words…)

The Obama campaign said Tuesday it is confident Vice President Biden will be an effective foil against GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan despite his latest gaffe.

(Damage control – it wasn’t a gaffe.)

Biden on Tuesday made headlines when he told a crowd here that the GOP ticket’s policies would put “y’all back in chains.” The remark was about Wall Street regulations, but the Romney campaign seized on the imagery of slavery to say Biden and Obama had hit a new low.

The unscripted comments highlighted Biden’s propensity for off-the-cuff statements —which at times have caused the White House embarrassment. But Biden aides say the occasional slip-ups are far outweighed by the positives that the vice president brings to the table.

“Vice President Biden has been the president’s partner and top surrogate on the campaign trail and no one is fighting harder to ensure the president is reelected in November,” a campaign official said. “He continues to travel across the country making the case for what’s truly at stake in this election and why President Obama is the right choice for middle class workers and their families.”


The Right Scoop: Krauthammer shocks the panel, said Biden playing the race card not a Big F’ing Deal:

Krauthammer notes that if anyone else had said what Biden said today, it’d be a huge deal. But because Biden is seen as the crazy uncle, Krauthammer says not really a BFD.

Michelle Malkin: Black like us: The race clownery of Obama-Biden:

Is there anything more ridiculous than white Democrats talking down and talking black to voters — while whitewashing the devastating effects of their economic policies on those voters? Is there anything more poisonous than stoking racial grievances by shamelessly likening your political opponents to slavemasters — while presiding over a culture of dependency than chains future generations to massive debt?

Joe Biden isn’t a BFD. He’s a BFE: Big F’n Embarassment. The result of Biden’s White House-approvied racial tension inflammation yesterday?

This: New Black Panther Party threatens Republican National Convention…”Our feet will be on your necks.”

And for your listening pleasure via Fingers Malloy: It’s the “Back in Chains Blues.”


Tuesday Links: Sans Teleprompter, Obama’s Mask Slips, Again

Noisy Room: The Entire Obama Campaign in 1 Cartoon

Via Doug Ross: Truly Terrifying Quote o’ the Day: Obama: “A New Vision Of An America In Which Prosperity Is Shared”

“Too many folks still don’t have a sense that tomorrow will be better than today. And so, the question in this election is which way do we go?” President Obama asked at a fundraiser in Chicago on Sunday.

Do we go forward towards a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared?” Obama asked. “Or do we go backward to the same policies that got us in the mess in the first place?”

Got that? Not earned, shared. Like Rainbow Fish – sharing his shiny scales. Capitalism is outmoded and doesn’t work. Collectivism is the way “forward”.

Yea, Obama! Middle-class taxpayers will pay a mere 50 percent of their income in taxes next year!

Only 11% of Americans believe that Communism is morally superior to the American system of politics and economics. So every time Obama allows his mask to slip, he turns off more voters.

More from the same awful speech in IA: Oops! Obama Goes Off TelePrompter, Tells Audience: If You’re “Lucky Enough” You Make It to the Top 2% (Video):

Obama tells a Council Bluffs, Iowa crowd, “If you’re lucky enough… You make it to the upper 2%.”

Larry Johnson sets up Obama’s next FUBAR moment in Iowa: Obama, Leads with His Chin:

Clearly, Obama does not know a damn thing about fighting. One of the key rules of fight club, “DON’T LEAD WITH YOUR CHIN.” Why? If you move your face towards your opponent’s on rushing fist and it connects with your chin–lights out.

That’s exactly what Obama did today (thanks harp2 for the tip). Obama tried to play “gangsta” and shoved his mug towards Ryan. Boom. Down goes Obama. Down goes Obama:

Gateway Pundit: FAIL. Obama Slams Paul Ryan For Not Passing Farm Bill That He Passed 2 Weeks Ago (Video):

Obama blasted Paul Ryan for not passing a farm bill to help suffering farmers in Iowa.
Um… Paul Ryan and House Republicans passed the farm bill two weeks ago.
But, since when did facts matter?

But as a commenter at No Quarter wisely noted:

…i think the Obama campaign actually has decided to embrace a tactic of out and out lying. from Orwell’s novel, 1984:

“… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.”

Anyone who has been studying the campaign’s tactics – hell – Obama’s tactics since the last campaign would have to agree. His total contempt for the American electorate is on display every single damn day. He and his surrogates know their lies will be believed by the drones – the rest of us they don’t care about – and he also knows the MSM will, for most part, give them a pass.

I say, for the most part – that means not everyone, every time. Every once in a while,  Obama, or more likely one of his surrogates will be called out, and that’s always good for laughs…

Guy Benson, Townhall: Brutal: CNN Torches DWS on Medicare Falsehoods:

Let me say this right up front: Congratulations to Wolf Blitzer for being a relentless, responsible journalist. If you value the truth, this interview is a pleasure to watch.  If you have even an ounce of human compassion for the in-over-her-head target of Blitzer’s inquisition, it’s positively brutal:

Watch the video, and read Guy’s excellent commentary at the link.


Ben Shapiro of Big Journalism shows how the MSM runs interference for their chosen candidate: CBS’ Schieffer Redacts Vital Ryan Interview Clip:

Last night, newly-selected debate moderator Bob Shieffer of CBS featured Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on 60 Minutes. The interview was fine, except for one small portion – a portion Schieffer and the folks at CBS left on the cutting-room floor in order to avoid making Ryan sympathetic.

Ryan, who has become a Democratic target for his plan to revamp Medicare for future benefit recipients, has a mother in Florida who is on Medicare. Obviously, he doesn’t want to end Medicare as we know it – he wants to maintain it for the future. Here’s what Ryan said – and what CBS News cut out of the interview:

My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger. And we think these reforms are good reforms, that have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late ’90s.

That’s about as egregious a cut as you can make in politics. It’s the equivalent of failing to inform viewers that Bill Clinton grew up poor in Arkansas, or Barack Obama was raised by his grandparents. These are vital biographical details that go to the motivation of political actors. Ryan isn’t out of touch with seniors. He’s fully in touch with them, as evidenced by his mom. The media just doesn’t want anybody to know about it.


The Daily Caller: Biden campaigns before a crowd of 660 in North Carolina:

Vice President Joe Biden spoke before a crowd of 660 people in Durham, N.C., at the Durham Armory during a campaign stop for President Barack Obama on Monday.

Biden’s appearance before a comparatively meager crowd came a day after the newly formed Republican ticket — presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan — rallied a crowd of over 10,000 in High Point, N.C., about an hour away, and a crowd of approximately 4,700 people in Mooresville, N.C., about two-and-a-half hours away.


GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew so many people to a St. Augustine, Florida rally that hundreds were unable to be admitted when the screeners couldn’t process them fast enough.And even better, Romney is hitting President Obama hard on Medicare:”The president’s idea for instance for Medicare was to cut it by $700 billion dollars,” Romney said. “That’s not the right answer. We want to make sure we preserve and protect Medicare.”

Here’s what we know about the hecklers:

The protest was organized by Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement, a  Marxist group in the state that also  heckled Mitt Romney at last year’s Iowa State Fair. Iowa CCI counts among its “friends and allies”, National People’s Action, a Chicago-based Alinskyite community-organizing group dedicated to “progressive social change” and “economic and racial justice;” and  Center for Community Change, a non profit organization that recruits and trains activists to lead political-issue campaigns.

Iowa CCI is also among the cabal of  far left groups that endorsed Van Jones and Move On’s “Spring Offensive”, earlier this year.

The activists plan to disrupt shareholder meetings of Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and 30 other large corporations. They also plan to conduct “actions” against education lender Sallie Mae and businesses they accuse of profiting from student indebtedness. Their strategy is remarkably similar to the subversive plan pushed by SEIU’s Stephen Lerner that aims to destroy the nation’s financial system.


The training session is also endorsed by small-c communist Heather Booth’s Midwest Academy and by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. Iowa CCI is the Marxist group whose members screamed at Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney at the Iowa State Fair last August. (The group is part of a larger Saul Alinsky-inspired organizing network called National People’s Action.)

These were, without a doubt, active members of the organized left who disrupted Paul Ryan, today,  in service to the Community Organizer in Chief.


The Other McCain: Ohio-Bound: Hitting the Road With Mitt:

By the time you read this, I’ll be about halfway to Beallsville, Ohio, where Mitt Romney has the first of his three campaign stops today:

  • 12:30 p.m. ET: American Energy Corporation
    43521 Mayhugh Road
    Beallsville, Ohio
  • 3:30 p.m. ET: Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl
    532 Mcintire Avenue
    Zanesville, Ohio
  • 7:00 p.m. ET: Ross County Court House
    2 North Paint Street
    Chillicothe, Ohio

White House Dossier: Obama Schedule || Tuesday, August 14, 2012:

11:25 am || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum, Oskaloosa, Iowa
4:00 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; B.R. Miller Middle School, Marshalltown, Iowa
7:55 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Waterloo Center for the Art, Waterloo, Iowa


Seton Motley, Big Government: Romney-Ryan a Pro-Technology, Pro-Consumer Presidential Ticket:

The Tech sector had been for years – pre-President Barack Obama – a jobs creation machine.  Why? Because it was almost totally regulation-free.

President Obama is proactively, illegally ending that.

The President has via unlawful Executive fiats imposed on the Tech sector a huge, all-encompassing new uber-regulation – Network Neutrality – and a whole host of others large and small.

As a result, the Tech sector has been hemorrhaging jobs at a rapidly accelerating rate.

Overall unemployment under President Obama peaked at 10% in October 2009, and dropped slowly to settle at a still egregious 8.3% for most of 2012.

Tech sector job losses have, however, accelerated dramatically as the Obama illegal regulatory regime has taken firmer hold.

Tech Layoffs Hit 3-year High of 51,529 in First Half of 2012

The more Obama we get, the worse it is for the Tech sector.

Romney, meanwhile, has long been campaigning on deregulation.  He’s a businessman – he knows how damaging overregulation is.  And Ryan’s budget is, amongst other helpful things, decidedly deregulatory.

Romney-Ryan will bring gigs back to the Tech sector.  At the very least, they will not actively, serially attack it a la the current Administration.

[As to actual votes: Congressman Ryan voted to undo President Obama’s Net Neutrality power grab.  And he voted against the overly broad, overreaching Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA).]


Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator: Why Ryan Terrifies The Left:

Paul Ryan terrifies the American Left.

Which precisely explains the tones of hysteria coming from the Obama White House.

The real question is why the Chicago Thugs have suffered such a public meltdown over Mitt Romney’s choice of the young Wisconsin Congressman to be his vice-presidential running mate.

And there is an answer. Three specific answers, actually.

• Ronald Reagan: President Reagan today is an American hero. Poll after poll has Americans placing him in the pantheon of great American presidents, and occasionally at the top of the list.

The admiration for Reagan has become such a part of American historical bedrock that even President Obama and likeminded professional leftists have essentially given up the ghost. When they mention Reagan at all, it is generally to play a sly game of casting Reagan as a moderate, pretending to salute him while taking a shot at some Republican for not being more like Reagan. Obama played this game four times in one speech back in April, effusively praising Reagan while casting Mitt Romney as some sort of wild-eyed extremist.

No one is fooled.


Keith Koffler, WHD: Paul Ryan, King of the Reagan Babies:

Obama’s spin doctors are salivating at the chance to dissect Ryan’s conservative record and politically disembowel him with it.

But they don’t understand that Ryan’s conservatism is not going to hurt him anymore than Ronald Reagan’s did in 1980. Bearing, like Reagan, a specific plan of action for difficult times, Ryan may be just the man to ride his conservatism straight into the West Wing.

Because Ryan is the king of the Reagan babies. The one that most resembles dad.


AoSHQ: BREAKING – MUST CREDIT ACE OF SPADES: Paul Ryan’s Secret Love Child Found:

Well, that was a short honeymoon. Below the fold is an exclusive photo obtained by the HQ that we might as well get out there before the mainstream media gets its hands on the story.

OMG, I knew it.


Big Government: Brock Oppo File on Ryan: The Cure for Insomnia:

I literally fell asleep while reading David Brock’s opposition research file on Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for Vice President. The 290-page media cheat sheet, prepared by Brock’s super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, and released on the Internet so that the Obama campaign could borrow from it without coordinating with the super PAC (wink, wink), is not just boring, but a giant failure, except as a cure for insomnia.

On to the Obamacrats’ culture of corruption…

Quin Hillyer, The American Spectator: Holder’s Perez: Perjury on Panthers?

Late last month, the Obama/Holder Justice Department suffered another embarrassment, and showed that its leaders probably merit criminal prosecution, in a too-little-noticed spin-off from the infamous New Black Panther Party case. As I have written repeatedly, the politicized leadership of the Holderites is thoroughly corrupt, and a menace to the very cause of justice.

The embarrassment came in the final court action of a long-running suit brought by the indefatigable Judicial Watch. The watchdog group had pressed requests based on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to force the Department of Justice (DoJ) to divulge more information about its seemingly inexplicable, and certainly unexplained, decision to drop voter-intimidation cases against the Panthers for their actions outside of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. As it has done in numerous other instances, the Obama administration stonewalled, claimed spurious “privileges” against disclosure, and prevaricated wildly through its embarrassingly unprofessional press office and via sworn testimony by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez. Yet Judicial Watch prevailed in part, even against a none-too-friendly judge, thus forcing the release of some of the withheld records.

The latest ruling from federal district judge Reggie Walton involved Judicial Watch’s request for the government to pay its attorneys’ fees as a result of Judicial Watch’s partial win. The judge agreed that the government ought to be liable for at least some of those fees. In doing so, he wrote the following passages, which would be deeply embarrassing for any administration with the grace to feel embarrassment, especially if an establishment media weren’t pathetically in the pocket of said administration:

Keep reading. It’s just another reminder, if any were needed of the migraine inducing corruption we have been living under and will continue to live under if the leader of this criminal cabal is reelected, this November.


The Daily Caller: Blatantly Political’ Ill. state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime

Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., participated in an unethical — and possibly illegal — effort to force 76 employees of an Illinois state agency to engage in political activity on the taxpayers’ dime.

According to the whistle-blower, Rev. Jackson also encouraged the government employees to load first-generation and low-income college students up with student loan debt — because Democrats in Congress, he allegedly promised, would eventually pass laws to forgive that debt later. “[T]hose people will continue to vote Democratic,” Jackson Sr. said, according to the whistle-blower.


The Washington Free Beacon: Former Obama Adviser Takes the Fifth, Former trade adviser and Democratic donor allegedly involved in an illicit gold deal:

A former Obama administration trade adviser accused of plotting to purchase $10 million in gold from a Congolese warlord refused to detail his role in the illegal plot, invoking the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during confidential court testimony, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

President Obama tapped oil mogul Kase Lawal, a prolific Democratic bundler and Clinton family confidante, to serve as a member of the White House’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010. Lawal’s name no longer appears on the website.

Soon after his appointment, court documents allege, Lawal became entangled in a plot to purchase nearly 2,500 pounds of Congolese gold from Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, a rebel commander who has been linked by the International Criminal Court to ethnic massacres and rapes.


Byron York: When 1,099 Felons Vote In A Race Won By 312 Ballots:

In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn’t exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout.

That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in “Who’s Counting?”, a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. Although the authors cover the whole range of voter fraud issues, their chapter on Minnesota is enough to convince any skeptic that there are times when voter fraud not only exists but can be critical to the outcome of an important race.

In the ’08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.

Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.

It was a slow motion train wreck – a horror that you knew was going to end badly the longer they dragged it out. The only reason the 2000 Presidential election didn’t have a similar outcome is because the Supreme Court mercifully put a stop to it.

Big Government: 74% of Americans Support Voter ID Laws:

Yesterday, the Washington Post released a poll which found that 74% of American adults support the idea that voters should show a photo ID prior to voting. Keep in mind, the Post tried to game the results by framing the question as to whether you would support the requirement of an “official, government-issued” ID to vote. The intent of that questioning was to make the requirement seem like some special, extraordinary measure that would make voting harder.

Yet, the DOJ  is suing multiple states to block voter-ID laws favored by more than 74 percent of the public.

As Hillyer said in the link above, “these aren’t legitimate legal disputes; these are raw attempts to steal the election if it is close enough to be stolen.”