As we sit here watching a President who ignores a world and a U.S. economy burning in chaos, while instead doing photo shoots for the Hispanic version of People Magazine, or spending the weekend watching football, or holding fundraisers with Jay-Z, the media is dictating to us what is truly important – Mitt Romney caught on video telling his wealthy donor audience that 47% of the Obama-era electorate are dependent on government.
In other words, *gasp* the truth.
The incident has led to in-fighting on the right, with beltway Republicans choosing to take up the fight for the President’s campaign and excoriate Romney for his candid remarks.
When the Weekly Standard tried to convince people that all conservatives agreed that Romney was wrong with his remarks, it prompted Erick Erikson of RedState to respond, “Like hell.“
And now, Alexa Shrugged has penned the single best response to the ‘secret tape’ argument, with her own argument that represents a majority of the thinking on the right side of the blogosphere. She has been kind enough to allow us to re-post the piece here.
I’ve gotta get blatantly partisan and maybe ruffle a few feathers, but hopefully wake some people up. We are 48 days away from the election. This is do or die, the fate of our country is at stake. The infighting is over, the circular fire-squad must end, the criticisms of our candidate must be held until after the election, the Reagan 11th commandment must be adhered to – this may be controversial to say, but it must be said and must be done if we are to win.
President Obama has been an utter failure and the focus right now should be on the Middle East which is on fire – and a US ambassador was ASSASSINATED!!!! for the first time since the Iran hostage crisis – plus the economy is in the toilet. If you have concerns about the optics of things Romney says – his press conference on Egypt was too early, it shouldn’t have blamed Obama, the 47% quote is bad – even if you truly believe this stuff, even if you think these issues are of Romney’s own making and he is a bad candidate, I must say to you right now: STFU!!!!!
You are being a useful idiot by providing cover for the left and MSM to make this into a huge story instead of the actual things going on in the world that matter you are giving Obama further campaign ads – “Romney sucks – even X conservative says so!” The fact that you have qualms about Romney “gaffes” ONLY hurt us, there is no possible positive outcome for you saying it. Don’t give me the “I’m just being objective, I’m maintaining my independence and integrity,” etc. I don’t care about your self-centered righteous indignation – forget you and your personal vanity – this isn’t about YOU, we have a country to save. So, STFU!!!!!
You can easily find things in what Romney has said to agree with – if you can’t get over the 47% number of people who don’t pay income taxes, then turn the discussion into a broader point of big government dependence vs. individual independence and the American creed – what kind of country do we really want to be? Or focus on his truth on Israel and the Palestinians not wanting peace from that same donor video. Or attack Obama and his administration for ignoring warnings about the September 11th embassy attacks. Or the fact that Brownshirts took in a film maker in the middle of the night because he exercised his free speech rights to criticize a religion.
There is so much material, you should not be wasting one second going after Romney for supposed “gaffes.”
Get in line, defend Romney, or at the very least focus every breath on attacking Obama as if your life depended on it – because it does, if not literally, then at least the quality of your life and all future generations. This is desperation time, do or die, leave it all on the field.
“Let’s get this done. We can do this.” – Paul Ryan. WE MUST DO THIS!
A die-hard conservative who cannot live under another 4 years of Obama and will do ANYTHING to win in November
You know who would have whole-heartedly agreed, and been supremely proud of Alexa’s words? Andrew Breitbart.
At his CPAC 2012 speech, Breitbart made this incredibly important point:
I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate! …
When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.
And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!
The choice is clear. You’re either in that bunker with Alexa and Andrew, supporting and fighting for Mitt Romney … or you’re on the other side.
Which is it?
Earlier in the week, Speaker of the House John Boehner slighted Wendy Long in her bid to upset Kirsten Gillibrand for Senate in New York’s 20th congressional district.
During a speech at a breakfast for New York delegates on Wednesday, Boehner spoke of the challenges that House GOP candidates faced in “orphan districts” in Illinois, California, and New York. Of those districts, which include Long’s, Boehner claimed there is “no significant Senate race underway.”
Boehner talked up the possibility of grabbing four more House seats, but said the GOP is going to have to fight hard in what are known as “orphan districts,” located in states such as New York and California where the party won’t undertake a serious campaign in the presidential election and “there’s no significant Senate race underway.”
Did John Boehner forget about the record-setting Republican victories which swept him in to power in 2010? Did he forget already that it was conservative enthusiasm that brought about that Republican tidal wave? Apparently, he has. Is there really no chance that with the proper funding and backing from the party, that something similar could happen again in New York?
Just ask Chris Gibson if upsets are possible in New York.
The shameful dismissal of Long’s chances prompted Conservative Chairman Mike Long to write a ‘Dear John’ letter to the Speaker.
Long wrote (full text at the end of this post):
“Our US Senate candidate, Wendy Long, with little money and shear faith in New Yorkers waged an almost impossible primary campaign challenge and won the right to be on the GOP line against all odds,” Long wrote in the letter. “Every place Wendy Long goes throughout New York State she wins over voters and impresses all who make the effort to be an educated voter.”
“Every Republican/Conservative Congressional candidate will benefit in November with Wendy Long’s name above his or hers on the ballot,” he wrote. “You, as Speaker of the House, would benefit with a strong Republican/Conservative voice in the Senate from New York State, instead of the current Senator who does nothing to pass the legislation the House sends to the Senate.”
Senator John Cornyn also helped quell the Speaker’s snub with his endorsement for Long, stating:
“Wendy Long would make an outstanding addition to the U.S. Senate, and I believe she is the perfect candidate to break the Democrat stranglehold on New York. I endorse her with enthusiasm and believe with her platform of Jobs, Freedom, and Accountability she can win this race.”
Unfortunately Senator, endorsements, while fantastic for moral support, do not win races alone. Long is vastly underfunded in the race against liberalism’s darling, Gillibrand. Through the end of June, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, of which Cornyn is Chair, has yet to contribute to the Long campaign.
It’s time to put your money where your mouth is Mr. Cornyn, otherwise your endorsement is about as helpful as John Boehner’s words have been thus far.
Here is the full text of Mike Long’s ‘Dear John’ letter:
Imagine for a moment how surprised I was to read that when you addressed the New York delegation breakfast in Clearwater at the RNC convention on Wednesday, August 29 that you considered New York’s US Senate race one of the places where there is “no significant Senate race underway. Imagine my disappointment, which unfortunately is very real and quite disconcerting when so much is at stake.
New York State, in 2010, delivered more new GOP Congressmen to you than any other state in our Nation. They helped you become the Majority Leader and this year will help keep the GOP Majority in the House, in fact may even be part of giving you a bigger majority.
Why would you say there is “no significant US Senate race underway when we both know that we are already fighting the enrollment numbers in this blue state? New York voters are concerned about the fiscal future of our nation and are looking for candidates who will go to Washington to make a difference.
Our US Senate candidate, Wendy Long, with little money and shear faith in New Yorkers waged an almost impossible primary campaign challenge and won the right to be on the GOP line against all odds. Every place Wendy Long goes throughout New York State she wins over voters and impresses all who make the effort to be an educated voter.
Every Republican/Conservative Congressional candidate will benefit in November with Wendy Long’s name above his or hers on the ballot. You, as Speaker of the House, would benefit with a strong Republican/Conservative voice in the Senate from New York State, instead of the current Senator who does nothing to pass the legislation the House sends to the Senate.
Instead of trying to strengthen a coalition of republican/conservative voices that will help the country you and I are proud to be active political participants in, you let a golden opportunity slip by and in fact inadvertently undermined what we both work so hard to accomplish: a strong fiscally sound nation.
Congressman Boehner, New York State has a very significant Senate race underway. Wendy Long, despite all the odds, is making this a very significant race and come November 6, 2012 you may realize just how significant it was, especially when more republican/conservatives congressional candidates benefit by having her name above theirs on the ballot.
Caught your attention with that headline, right? But, why?
Because of it’s undeniable and blatantly racist connotation.
Problem is … That’s not an actual headline. Nor is it an actual news story. But this is…
Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like
Bet your ass if that headline read the way the original does, it would be national news.
The message is delivered via video produced by a liberal group headed by an ex-Media Matters executive, and includes such gems as – Romney is so white, he makes Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel … or something.
As is typical, the message hides behind the facade of being a ‘satire’ or comedy. And they will get away with it.
In advance of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech Wednesday to the NAACP, a liberal group headed by a former New York Times reporter and ex-Media Matters executive have produced a video “satire” that claims blacks don’t like Romney, who they dub so white he makes “Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel.”
The YouTube from “The Message,” an online “media hub,” is described as a satirical video of Romney getting advice on what to say to the civil rights group. Or, as they said in a release, the video “lacerates Romney and his advisors as they prepare for his speech to NAACP in Houston on Wednesday.”
The lead “advisor” in the video is described as the brainchild of the 1988 Willie Horton ads and the 2004 swift boat campaign. He states bluntly that “blacks don’t like us and we’re about to give a speech to a whole lot of them.”
Here’s the video…
Satire or not, this video is meant to plant the thought that Romney is your typical rich, white guy who can’t relate to the average African-American.
Now imagine a Tea Party group trying to produce a rebuttal to this and see how it would be reported. Would they be able to call it satire? Or comedy?
Or would they be branded racists?
Allen West, once again showing that he fears nothing in his quest to deliver truthful commentary on the state of today’s liberal Democratic party, ripped into the left’s perpetual use of the race card and stated that ‘true racism’ lies with white liberals.
West was responding to an article in the Los Angeles Times that ripped into Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for not condemning past comments from the Congressman from Florida. The Times piece showed their true colors by referring to West as a “gaffe-ster” and a “clown prince” of outrageousness.
Apparently, the author would have preferred that Priebus refer to West in the same terms.
West’s response, in an interview with Mike Huckabee, was laced with typical verbal beatings for the left (h/t Right Scoop):
I really feel that it is demeaning to me to think that I need some individual to justify me and my existence. Look, I went through 22 years being in the military, I rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel, I have a bachelor and 2 masters degrees.
And for these white liberals to believe they can have this condescending manner toward black conservatives that we need to have approval from our quote unquote, I guess “masters”, for us to be able to speak – see that’s where the true racism really lies governor is with the white liberals who don’t want to see someone such as myself that broke away from their dependency class and is out here and able to possibly contend against them with the policies that they are promoting that’s destroying the black community.
I know I’m their #1 target and it just emboldens me to speak out even stronger. And the heck with them if they think someone else needs to approve of me and what I stand for.
We are but infants in the blogging game. But we’re celebrating anyway!
Six months ago, we started this blog with one very loud opinionated blogger and three followers. Today, we still have that loud opinionated blogger, but we’ve expanded to about four followers (Thank you Mom!) … (Dad, seriously, could you at least consider following?).
But that isn’t about to dampen our spirits here at the Mental Recession, as we celebrate our 6-month Blogiversary. Thus far, we’ve posted exactly 501 times during that span, and experienced over 162,000 page views in all, an average of over 27,000 per month.
Most importantly, we’ve had a lot of fun doing this. And we hope you have too. Please consider hitting the ‘Donate’ button on the right side of the page, and help support this site – we badly needs some upgrades to keep expanding.
And without further ado, here are the Top 6 Posts in Mental Recession History…
Bonus – Top 6 Referring Sites…
And special thanks to the following people for either helping to promote some of the work done here at The Mental Recession, or for providing advice and inspiration in continuing on this path…
Tabitha Hale, Michelle Malkin, Doug Ross, John Ruberry, Anita MonCrief, Maggie Thurber, Warner Todd Huston, All-American Blogger, Brian Garst, Tucker Carlson, John Brodigan, Caleb Howe, Bill O’Connell, Alexa, Smitty and the Other McCain, Melissa Clouthier, Nice Deb, Fausta, Sarah Rumpf, Noel Sheppard, Ali Akbar, Matt Sheffield, Ken Shepherd, Jon Henke, Accuracy in Media, Breitbart, NewsBusters, the Daily Caller, and many, many more…
Thanks, and we hope to see you here in another six months!
Late last night, I had received an e-mail from a concerned blogger which explained an odd situation he had encountered on Twitter:
Last night about 20 minutes after I went on a conservative rant my account was suspended by Twitter for no apparent reason. Twitter‘s reason for the suspension was “abusive language” I didn’t even curse let alone make a threat, I said nothing that could be interpreted as abusive. I argued with Twitter and after several hours they unlocked my account.
But there’s more…
Shortly after his ordeal with Twitter, the blogger proceeded to investigate and discovered several suspensions of accounts belonging to what he called ‘low profile conservatives’ – meaning the groundwork, foot-soldier type bloggers who don’t quite have a huge following as of yet.
Were conservative bloggers just getting a little paranoid?
Chris Loesch is the husband of conservative blogger, Dana Loesch, and a prominent name on Twitter.
Earlier this evening my husband, Chris Loesch, had his Twitter account suspended. There have been stories going around of conservatives getting suspended from Twitter over innocuous things while accounts like @KillZimmerman (an account which threatened to kill George Zimmerman) and other such accounts were left active for weeks. After a user remarked about me being raped and murdered, Chris and others defended me.
I can only assume that either someone suspended it, or (and more likely) progressives targeted Chris’s account, reported him, and got him suspended.
Either way, conservatives didn’t react to kindly and launched a Twitter campaign the likes of which I haven’t seen since Wonkette and Trig Palin. #FreeChrisLoesch trended third worldwide.
In the ensuing battle, there were reports that Chris Loesch had his account reinstated, but then suspended again a couple of times. I tried to follow @ChrisLoesch this morning, and I am greeted by a message that reminds me his account has been suspended.
It’s not over yet. Coordinated flag-spamming is a problem that Twitter needs to address now and preemptively, not AFTER conservative accounts are targeted and taken down.
So who’s behind the Twitter assault on conservatives? The Twitter brass seems unlikely, as this would certainly hurt their traffic by suspending a major portion of their political dialogue.
The most likely scenario is a group of low-level liberals on Twitter, taking advantage of the reporting system in place to make bogus claims of spam or harassment. It is emblematic of the juvenile frat boy tactics of the left. Either way, it appears to be a coordinated attack that’s end purpose will only be to raise the ire of conservatives even further. You would think they would have been smarter and waited for an important news cycle to pull out this stunt, as it is likely to be remedied by Twitter in short order.
What part of free speech exactly do liberals continue to struggle with?
Methinks she’s not quite sure of the meaning of the word ‘literally’. Literally.
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker solved the case of the Trayvon Martin shooting by telling the Daily Caller that what caused his death was “conservative, right-wing policies”.
“The same folks who want to kill workers’ rights in the work place are the same folks who want to kill voters’ votes … and now they are literally supporting legislation that is literally killing our children.”
Baker told TheDC that conservative policies, like Florida’s “stand your ground” law — which states that an individual has the right to defend himself if he feels that his life is in imminent danger — are to blame.
“When you look at whose behind it, you find that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a very conservative think tank comprised of corporations and very conservative representatives at the state level are behind this.”
Say, you know who has also been accused of being responsible for somebody’s death? Baker doesn’t have to look far to find the President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka.
From Freedom @ Work:
As president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) union, Trumka led multiple violent strikes. Trumka’s fiery rhetoric often appeared to condone militancy and violence, especially against workers who dared to continue to provide for their families by working during a strike. As a Virginia judge ruled in 1989, “violent activities are being organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Take the murder of Eddie York, a nonunion contractor, who was shot in the back of the head and killed while leaving a worksite in 1993. Trumka and other UMW officials were charged in a $27 million wrongful death suit by Eddie York’s widow.
Michelle Malkin adds:
… when it comes to terrorizing workers, Trumka knows whereof he speaks.
Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
A federal jury convicted one of Trumka’s UMW captains on conspiracy and weapons charges in York’s death. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled a $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial. An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.”
Perhaps Ms. Baker would do well to look in-house before making wild claims about a case in which little has been proven. May we also suggest the purchase of a dictionary to look up the word ‘literally’.
Andrew Breitbart has inspired a fighting spirit in the entire conservative movement, from bloggers to candidates for President. But it’s important to note that he did this through his life, and not in his death. He has armed the conservative movement for #war.
And, he is indeed here…
From Sarah Palin at Breitbart.com:
There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic.
With the death of Breitbart, the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General – we lost an entire Special Forces Division. But he didn’t leave us without the tools and the knowledge we need to fight. This website – Breitbart 2.0 – is the culmination of his study of the technology and aesthetics of new media. The team Breitbart assembled under the leadership of Steve Bannon, Larry Solov, and Joel Pollak will advance his mission with courage and integrity.
Breitbart’s most immediate mission was the belated vetting of Barack Obama. This obviously is an issue very near and dear to my heart.
During the ’08 campaign, the same media that reported breathlessly about an old used tanning bed I purchased to get some sun during the dark Alaskan winter, couldn’t be bothered to investigate Barack Obama’s associations, statements or even his voting record as a state senator. Suntans and what I wore on the campaign trail were more important than Obama’s political background. Unbelievable.
But when you come to think of it, the media didn’t investigate either of our actual political records very closely.
The GOP selection process has been a long and drawn out affair, with some suggesting it is a disaster that could lead to a brokered convention. The opposite is true, however. Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner, much to the chagrin of the conservative base. But, if the lone goal of removing the most damaging Presidential term in the history of this country remains intact, then this is a good process. If Romney earns the nomination, he will garner a large percentage of votes that will simply be cast against President Obama, and not for the candidate himself. At the same time, his prolonged inability to capture the hearts of conservatives will actually be a positive factor for so-called independent voters – which will only earn him more votes in the general election.
Our preference in candidates goes in this order – Santorum, Gingrich, Romney. (Paul is inconsequential and unelectable).
Unfortunately, that list gets reversed when considering which candidate has the best shot of beating Obama in a general. Romney has the money, name recognition, presidential looks, and appeal to independents. If he adds a hard conservative to the ticket (West, Rubio), he will be unbeatable. Gingrich would wipe the floor with Obama in a debate, which could give him a puncher’s chance. Santorum we’re afraid, has little shot against Obama. (Paul still remains inconsequential and unelectable).
We maintain that Romney is the man to beat, and the only true way for it to become interesting again is for either Santorum or Gingrich to agree to drop their bid, support the other candidate, and stop peeling conservative votes away from each other.
Mitt Romney squeezed out a win in pivotal Ohio, captured five other states with ease and padded his delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination but was forced to share the Super Tuesday spotlight with a resurgent Rick Santorum.
“I’m going to get this nomination,” Romney told cheering supporters in Massachusetts,” pointing particularly to delegate support that was greater than the combined totals of his three rivals.
On the busiest night of the campaign, he scored a home-state win in Massachusetts to go with primary victories in Vermont and in Virginia — where neither Santorum nor Newt Gingrich was on the ballot. He added the Idaho and Alaska caucuses to his column.
Ohio was the big win, though, and the closest contest of all as the Republican rivals battled for the chance to face Democratic President Barack Obama in November.
Also, there’s this, via Michelle Malkin:
Then of course, there’s this – The toll of the campaign trail has been rough on poor Newt Gingrich, who took a couple of power naps during a live satellite feed.
Were Occupiers included in this poll, and if so does it count when you’re by yourself in your mother’s basement?
… if you believe the results of a new Match.com survey, the truth isn’t just more subtle, it’s the opposite extreme. Men, it seems, are the ones who want to settle down. Bad sex is a deal-breaker for women. Gay men are the true romantics. And, apparently, it’s conservative Republicans who are getting the most from their bedroom rendezvous.
Republican Lead the Polls—In Orgasm
The stereotype about liberal Democrats really is true. They can’t accomplish anything.