The fallout from the Obama machine’s serious mis-step of implying Governor Mitt Romney is a felon continues…
Obama appeared on CBS today and doubled-down on the Bain/Romney/felony smokescreen. He also released two more ads today on the same topic. (Obama is outspending Romney 3-1 on ads in battleground states. Revealing a bit of stratagem, FOX News’ Carl Cameron today said Team Romney will hit back with targeted ads in a couple of weeks.)
Meanwhile, in response to Stephanie Cutter, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades issued a blistering statement yesterday and called for an apology:
“President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign,” Rhoades said. “President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works.“
Bulldog John Sununu appeared on Hannity yesterday and had this to say:
Charles Krauthammer weighed in yesterday, as well:
Even Obama surrogate Ed Rendell disapproves of Obama’s latest over-the-top smear. Here he is on MSNBC’s'Now’program with Alex Wagner:
Romney spokesman Ryan Williams issued this statement: “Earlier today, former Governor Ed Rendell had the courage to do what President Obama would not: admit the Obama campaign’s baseless and unsubstantiated attacks on Mitt Romney went too far. President Obama may talk about a different kind of politics and bringing people together, but it’s just another broken promise from a president who has failed to keep so many.”
Governor Romney today released this fantastic ad using Obama’s OWN WORDS:
CNN’s John King wrote this yesterday regarding Team Obama’s declaring 1999 as the birth year of ‘the big Bain Lie’:
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Much has been written, not about Barack Obama per se, but about the absence of his past. In fact, it has become standard fodder among the conservative media to discuss the lack of history and vetting Obama has received from the mainstream media (“MSM”). The MSM love affair in this regard is obvious – some have even had chills up their legs. Comparatively, conservative candidates have been grilled and vetted in a very granular way. Effectively, the mainstream media has turned a blind eye when it comes to Obama and when others attempt inquiry they are labeled inappropriately. How dare they question! Bearing that in mind, Sean Hannity has made it a point in this current election cycle to change the paradigm and expose “Obama in the shadows,” or the undisclosed history of Barack Obama. Sean makes it a point each evening on his Fox show, Hannity, to share with the public what hasn’t been written or known, in an effort to draw a distinction between the candidates.
Notwithstanding, there are other conservative educators, bloggers, pundits and journalists who have attempted to peel away the layers of the onion by making inference about Obama’s past; typically any such disclosures have remained the domain of the conservative media without reference in the mainstream media. Thankfully, we are not so dependent on the MSM as in the past. Within this context Dinesh D’Souza has shaped an argument about Obama in his New York Times bestselling book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage. A dear friend and Oscar winning producer, Jerry Molen, has further illustrated D’Souza’s book in a film to be released this summer, “2016”.
In Dinesh’s book and Jerry’s film, they both reference how unknown Barack Obama is and how he still remains a mystery, even after three years as our President. As stated, little has been written or known about Barack Obama. In the book and film, each seeks to expose Obama’s compass and ideology. They don’t attempt to label Obama with the names that others have applied, but hope to reveal the foundations that have shaped Obama’s beliefs, who he is, what he stands for, what he believes and why, and what he hopes to achieve in his deconstruction of America. They are deliberate in illustrating what America may look like in 2016 if Obama is re-elected and free to act without accountability. (Dinesh begins speaking at the 1.53 minute mark below)
Paul Gregory has made further inference in two Forbes articles in January (here) and most recently in May (here). In each he attempts to challenge Obama’s ideology and see how it aligns, or not, with like-minded individuals and organizations in Europe. Gregory doesn’t necessarily challenge the propriety of inquiry into Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright and others. He does however, go deeper into the question of Obama’s ideology with a methodical comparative and alignment with political parties of, and advocates in Europe. Specifically, he makes a comparative between Obama’s agenda and that of the Party of European Socialists (“PES”). He also looks to the platform of recently elected Francois Hollande, clearly a “European Socialist”. It is fascinating how aligned they are, and even mirror each other.
According to Gregory, Obama has given us a few fleeting glimpses, such as his complaint about the Constitution’s “negative rights and his off-the-cuff “spread the wealth around” remark. His most recent and significant slip was to tell Occupy Wall Street protesters: “You are the reason I ran for office.” Gregory then offers an interesting comparative (see below).
PES: The welfare state and state-provided universal access to education and health care are society’s great achievements. Obama: Favors universal access to health care and associated benefits as a critical expansion of the welfare state. PES: Collective responsibility makes society stronger when people work together, and all people are enabled to live a dignified life, free of poverty and protected from social risks in life. Obama: Favors collective responsibility (as defined by the federal government) to protect all from social risks through food stamps, welfare programs, extended unemployment benefits, guaranteed health care, the bailing out of big companies, forcing renegotiation of mortgages, class action law suits, and other measures. (Instead of opportunity and incentive to succeed, no one is allowed to fail). PES: The state must insure that economic growth is environmentally “sustainable.” Obama: Favors carbon taxes, higher energy prices, restricted drilling and refining, and subsidies of green technology for the “common good,” even at the expenses of higher conventional growth and jobs. PES: If unfettered by state control, market forces, driven by and greed and shift power to the privileged few, deepen economic, geographic and social inequalities, and create economic crises. Obama: Shows a distrust of market forces and advocates selective regulation, subsidies, and taxation to persuade or coerce business to promote the general welfare as he defines it. Industries not part of his collective endeavor (oil and gas and coal) are penalized. Industries that serve his conception of “general welfare” (green technology) are to be promoted even if the market rejects them. PES: Ensuring long lasting prosperity, stability and above all, peace requires effective coordination in the international realm based on democracy, mutual respect, and human rights. Obama: Places reliance on international institutions, international consensus, and mutual respect in the conduct of foreign policy. (The United States must coordinate its foreign policy with international organizations and treat even rogue nations with respect in the hope that they will voluntarily improve their behavior). PES: A strong state must preserve the public good, guarantee the common interest, promote justice and solidarity and allow people to lead lives rich beyond material wealth, so that each individual’s fulfillment is also part of a collective endeavor. Obama: Advocates a strong state that offers the “positive right” of political and economic justice to its citizens. He complains that the U.S. Constitution is a “charter of negative liberties,” that dictates what government “can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.”
If there is validity to Gregory’s argument,(more…)
Rick Perry tried to go after Mitt a few times, and I can’t wait to see the fact-checkers tare Gov. Perry’s baseless attacks apart. In fact, the first fact-check is in. As most of us knew, Rick Perry’s accusation that Mitt changed his position between the hardcover and paperback of “No Apology” has also been ruled “Mostly false” by Politifact. For a front-runner, Rick Perry sure does seem to be grasping at straws. If anyone would’ve asked Rick Perry which page he was talking about, he would’ve had nothing to say because he made up the attack he said. I loved it when Mitt said “Nice try” to Gov. Perry after one of this ridiculous attacks. I also have to give Sen. Santorum credit for pointing out how moderate/liberal Gov. Perry is on Immigration. It’s amazing that Gov. Perry is considered so conservative. He’s almost anarchist on some issues and very liberal on others. Our friends over at Evangelicals for Mitt ask “Why do People Think Perry is More Conservative than Mitt?” I’ll take Mitt Romney as the full spectrum conservative any day.
The Fix says “Romney is, without question, the best debater in this GOP field and this may well have been his best showing to date.” Next, Mitt is the only candidate to receive an A grade at The Page. I also like most of the analysis in the article titled “Perry Comes Out Swinging, Knocks Himself Out“. Race42012 has a post titled “Romney’s Very Good Night Or, The Night Rick Perry Lost the Nomination” that is worth a read.
Frank Luntz focus group picks Mitt Romney as the clear winner!
Saturday Night Live makes the obvious even more clear. Mitt Romney is the only choice for our next President. SNL has satirized President Obama now as well because he’s a failed leader. Watch the skit here for a chuckle.
The entire video of the debate:
MittRomney.com has put some video clips of debate highlights together and we’ve posted them after the fold as well. (more…)
“The anointed one calls for an all-out assault on Mitt Romney.”
Thus spoke Sean Hannity on the lead-in to his TV program tonight. The FOX News host was referring to Obama and his Scheme Team’s strategy to to ‘kill Romney’ which was revealed this week. Hannity also said the issue wasn’t receiving enough attention.
Hannity devoted the first 20 minutes of his show to a fast-paced twenty minute interview with Gov Romney:
If you missed the Sean Hannity show on Wednesday you also missed this great call-in by one of our bloggers, Jeff Fuller. The dialogue is about 8 minutes long, a great length since calls are typically are limited to 3-4 minutes on shows like this. Jeff discusses with Hannity some excellent points about RomneyCare and the manner it was passed. He also makes a few great plugs for Romney for Hannity’s millions of listeners to absorb.
A little background on Jeff Fuller: Jeff may not even know this, but I mostly credit him for my “Romney conversion” back in 2006. At the time he was blogging for the main pro-Romney site electromneyin2008.com (which is now committedtoromney.com) Jeff was a frequent writer there and wrote many investigative/argumentative posts and rebuttals which I absorbed before joining the site myself as a blogger six months later.
Being an Iowa resident at the time, Jeff also ran another successful pro-Romney site Iowans for Romney, where he provided a lot of firsthand news on what was going on there during the 2008 primary campaign. Jeff lived in Iowa for two years to complete a sub-specialty fellowship after completing medical school in Alabama and residency in Georgia. Today he works as a private practice Retina Surgeon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Update by Jeff Fuller: Thanks to Nate for putting this up and for his kind words. I’m on vacation now and wasn’t sure when I could get around to it. A few corrections to my training were made above as well (I’ve actually been an MD for 10 years now.)
Tomorrow is the big day! The much awaited public release of Romney’s new book is here and Mitt will be in the Big Apple doing interviews and media appearances to promote his book. The one day media blitz will include appearances on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX News. A 3-month book tour will initiate the following day. Check this list (click here) to see if he’s coming to a city near you.
The Today Show on NBC: Begins at 7AM ET and runs for 4 hours. I don’t what segment Romney is on. I’ll update this if anyone can verify what time his appearance is.
The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS: Typically at 11:35 PM in all time zones.
For a little added drama, Sarah Palin will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the same evening. Ted Jones of Variety.com has some interesting remarks on the “matchup”.
Not reading too much into this, Palin probably wouldn’t be caught dead doing Letterman at this point, and Romney is embarking on a book tour, meaning he’d probably be just as happy doing Leno.
What’s gratifying is the extent to which late night is seeking out politicians not just as novel guests, but as actual draws. We’re long past the point of lamenting the fusion of politics and entertainment in the talk show arena to a recognition that these appearances, whether on Leno or Letterman or Colbert or Stewart, often make news, sometime even of substance. It sure beats another star tubthumping their latest project, even if these politicos have their own tomes and agendas to promote.
It’s probably just a matter of time and Romney will be on Leno’s show as well. I remember he was on Jay’s show right before a primary debate in 2008. Has he done it more recently than that?
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Romney Talks Economy on Meet the Press, Hannity, CNN
This month Governor Romney was the go-to source on the economy. He appeared on Meet the Press, Hannity, and State of the Union with John King. He made three central points: 1) we need to stop funding the economy with public sector debt; 2) we need to end TARP and use the money to start paying down that debt; and 3) forget about a second stimulus, we need to re-tool the job incentives in the first stimulus.
In an op-ed in USA Today, Romney wrote:
Like other presidents before him, Barack Obama inherited a recession. But unlike them, he has made it worse, not better.
His failure to stem the unemployment tide should not have been a surprise. With no experience whatsoever in the world of employment and business formation, he had no compass to guide his path. Instead, he turned over much of his economic recovery agenda to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, themselves nearly as inexperienced in the private sector as he. Congress gave him and them everything they asked for, including a history-making three-quarters of a trillion dollar stimulus.
Romney Records Audio Version of New Book
Buzz continues for the release of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” The Hill newspaper recently featured it as a prominent upcoming political book.
St.Martin’s Press, which is publishing the book, asked Romney to hit the studio this December to record an audio version.
The book hits shelves on March 2nd, but you can pre-order your copy today at Amazon.com. In the book, he outlines his views on how to create a stronger economy, military, and families, and his vision on jobs, education, health care, energy, and citizenship.
Romney Supports Scott Brown for Massachusetts Senator
A special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate will be held on January 19th. State Senator Scott Brown is running a determined campaign to make history by becoming the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts in 30 years.
Scott’s election would shock the country and send a strong message that business as usual in Washington is coming to an end. He would bring badly-needed fiscal restraint to an out-of-control budget process that is adding trillions of dollars to our national debt.
If he is successful, Scott will be the crucial 41st vote against President Obama’s healthcare bill when it comes back to the Senate for final passage.
Governor Romney and Sean Hannity had a 10 minute conversation today in response to Obama’s speech last night to the joint session of Congress. The YouTube embedded below is the audio from that segment.
Before going on Hannity’s show today Mitt and his wife, Ann had lunch with California GOP gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman. I wanted to show this picture because it’s not very often you see the Romney dressed down so much.
Look at those jeans. There was also a tweet yesterday that said they saw Romney at the local dump in New Hampshire. Now that would be a site to behold. A multi-millionaire taking out his own garbage?