Romney’s ‘Secret Video’ and Dem Politics of Distraction

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Democrats need to change their party mascot from the donkey to the squirrel. They divert the media’s and the electorate’s short attention spans with fleeting, fuzzy objects — like the main canine character in the animated Pixar movie “Up,” who was easily distracted from his main thoughts and serious duties by every last little moving trifle.

Embassy attacks? Quick, find a squirrel! Warnings ignored? Squirrel! American troops killed by long-plotting jihadis exploiting security weaknesses? Squirrel! First Amendment sabotage by White House officials in the name of political correctness? Squirrel! Chronic joblessness, high gas prices, exploding dependency? Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!

As Election Day draws nearer, the Obama campaign and its surrogates in the Fourth Estate have infested the political arena with an army of tactical and rhetorical rodentia. One week, it’s GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney’s high school hijinks. The next, it’s a heinous smear about Romney killing a steelworker’s cancer-stricken wife.

Or, it’s a hit job on multiple sclerosis survivor Ann Romney’s therapeutic horse. Then, it’s faux rage over Romney’s firm statement condemning the feckless White House response to the murders of our U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi.

This week, it’s a “secret Romney video” shot undercover at a closed-door dinner with Florida donors in May. Unemployed Democratic operative James Carter IV (grandson of former president and malaise engineer Jimmy Carter) brokered the film to progressive Mother Jones magazine.

Now, the same media lapdogs who had conniption fits when the late Andrew Breitbart and conservative investigative journalist James O’Keefe used undercover video are tripping over themselves to publish glowing profiles of Carter the Fourth and his impressive “furtive efforts” to secure the Romney tapes.

Carter the Fourth found the cameraman on Twitter, invoked his family name and convinced the mole to leak the tape to Mother Jones’ David Corn. To quote Joe Biden with all due sarcasm: BFD.

But back to the bigger Big, Fluffy Distraction at hand: Let’s reflect for a moment on the Beltway hoo-hah over one small snippet from Romney’s nearly hour-long talk. Here’s the quote that has liberal finger-waggers and Republican wet-finger-in-the-wind windbags in meltdown mode:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney explained to an audience member who asked how the candidate was going to change the “we’ll take care of you” mentality of Obama voters.

“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. … And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

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  • crackerjack

    What Romney and his big money friends coneniently overlook are the billions of bailout the taxpayer has just pumped into their "Finance Industrie" to secure their fortunes and wealth.

    They also conveniently overlook the tax support they directly profit from , such as the 4 billion "subsidies" their oil industrie recieves yearly , or the generous subsidies to the Telecomunication, Aerospace or Chemicals industries.

    Apparently, Romney and his Big Money friends have come to the conclusion that they deserve a monopoly on state support.

    • Stern

      Hey, at least those "industrie" (sic) do something!

    • PaulRevereNow

      You forgot to mention how wealthy Dhimmicrat Jon Corzine(former Gov. of New Jersey, among other things) stole $1.6 billion from MP Global. Most of that money was stolen from everyday people–depositors accounts. And do you know WHY he did it? Because he's in Obama's back pocket, and he KNEW he could get away with it–and he did. And the Chicago Mercantile Exchange–the regulatory body in question–was supposed to stop this, but didn't. Your investments aren't safe anymore, and we have Obama and Corzine and the corrupt government regulators to blame. Has NOTHING to do with Romney.

    • reader

      Bailout did not go to oil companies. Bailout went to th unions and Obama bunglers, which is what you've conveniently overlooked – apart from this being totally irrelevant to what Romney said.

    • Andy

      Comrade Crackerjack, you don't have any friends here. Try the NY Times, also known as American Pravda.

  • harrylies

    We know what Frontpage thinks about old people and disabled veterns. Like David Horozitz, Romney skipped military service. If Horozitz and Romney had served, may not be rich today. John McCain was right when he thought Sarah Palin was a better choice. He did not Romney as Vice President.

    • PaulRevereNow

      McCain also gave us McCain-Feingold, apologized to Obama for saying his full name, in 2008, and supported the war in Libya, and Al-Qaeda. Who cares what PC John McCain thinks?

      • Deprogrammer

        McCain-Feingold – which tried to rein in rampant corruption and bribery – makes McCain to "PC" for you? Well, it certainly shows us all what you think of rule of law.

        • reader

          It did not rein rampant corruption and bribery at all, it's reined in the First Amendment. In fact, it favors Soros types over individual contributors. Well, it certainly shows us what you think:

          chirp chirp

        • Maxie

          Much/most of McCain-Feingold was ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS. Bush should have vetoed it. Big mistake.

        • PaulRevereNow

          Rein in rampant corruption and bribery? How, by regulating us to death? Over-regulation increases corruption, because it decreases responsibility. You should know that.

  • Bamaguje

    Romney's truth telling should actually be an eye opener for undecided voters and even some of the parasitic 47% with a conscience. So, methinks all this undue hoopla by the sycophantic pro-Obama media might actually help the Republican candidate.

    • BS77

      Ann Coulter agrees with you. She said American is fast reaching the point of no return….when takers out number the makers….and welfare, entitlements, government programs exceed all limits….and our nation goes bankrupt……we are probably getting close to that now.

    • Deprogrammer

      I wouldn't call it "truth telling" as Romney is such a master of the "flip flop" I doubt he even knows what truth really is. Openness is a far more accurate term. This is the real Romney. He doesn't care about anyone who doesn't already have tons of money. Whether they got it through actual work, through mere inheritance or out right criminality doesn't matter. What matters is they have it. THAT is what makes them "good" in the Mind of Mitt.

      • JoJoJams

        Wow! So, you're a mind reader! Quite interesting…. How come only you loony lefties happen to "know" what is in the mind of others, from this comment of yours to "code words/phrases" for "racism", you loons alwyas THINK you know what is in theminds of others. Freud would more correctly call things like that "projection".

  • tagalog

    On the latest incarnation of that film that's shown on CBS News, the Mother Jones logo is quite prominent on the film. I thought Mother Jones Magazine was a hard-left publication. Putting one's name on a videotape indicates that Mother Jones is claiming some right to that video, like -gasp!- a copyright. What is Mother Jones doing, claiming a copyright? Don't ideas belong to the collective? Isn't claiming a copyright to certain property (like a videotape) a capitalist thingie?

    • Deprogrammer

      *Sigh* That is your take away? Really? Nothing else actually sunk through to the layers of FPM applied lard? You must have a very well constructed "mind". The FPM overseers must be quit proud of themselves. They've worked your wet claw of a mind so thoroughly that no reality can reach it.

      • Jen Knotts

        *SIGH*, you have no idea what sarcasm is.

      • tagalog

        Yes, that's it. I'm so superficial. Nothing else got through, that's correct. My mind is indeed a wet claw. What a waste of time it is to take me to task for not getting what you get. What a dummy. Duh.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, most folks in the southwest on welfare are Hispanic. Iin Texas 53 percent using welfare and from Mexico or Central American or 2nd or 3rd generation Hispanic not white. This makes it difficult since 2000 the Republicans running for president are courting the Hispanic vote.

  • cynthia curran

    Not Peggy the moocher but in Texas Juan the moocher.

  • cynthia curran

    Rubios uses the hardworking immigrant among legal immirgants they are more likely to use welfare programs than native born whites as a percentage. Not that i'm saying all immigrants are bad but some even with BA's end up with jobs that don't require college and tend to take some form of welfare. illegal immigrants received welfare for US Born Children the largest program would be the free and reduce lunch program. Whites in Texas work hard as well and they pay most of the Taxes since Whites on average have higher incomes than Hispanics in Texas.

  • Schlomotion

    I don't think Romney's contempt for 47% of Americans is a small deal. I also don't think it's a small deal that he only has the bravery to say this behind closed doors with his banker friends.

    • reader

      Obama talking point again – from a big time "libertarian" of all people. What a clown.

    • Maxie

      You're correct when you write "I don't think"

  • Elliott

    Adjacent to the name of that unidentified individual "Schlomotion" one can see "94p".
    This is obviously his value in British currency (approx. US$1.50).
    Not quite worth his (her?) weight in gold (or any other commodity).

  • cynthia curran

    Well, like I stated 47 percent are not all Americans. A good portion in states like California or New York are foreign born or if they are born in the United States they have a foreign born parent. Some Republicans are working on reforming the usage among immigrants which as exploded in the past 15 years.

  • Iratus Vulgas

    The truth always hurts when you're a liberal. It was none other than Alexis de Tocqueville who said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury." Just as true today as it was over 150 years ago.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, like I stated Romeny is not always talking about the american born, in Texas and California most earned income tax credits are families that came from Mexico or Central America or 2nd of 3rd generation Latinos in poor South Texas or the Central Valley. Romney is not talking that much about white people unless your discussing the poor white states. So, the left knows that since the white population has dropped that most of the folks on the dole are not old white people on Social Security but legal or legalized immigrants and there offspring and the black population which tends to be less middle class than the white population. On welfare total population Hispanic Pew stated that now in total numbers Hispanic Children are in poverty which means they quality for welfare programs more than whites or blacks.