Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Romney gets trapped inside the right wing bubble

Mitt Romney thought he "had him" last night in the second Presidential debate, but he ended up being smacked down by a woman named Candy (one of Buzz's fantasies, but that's another story.)  We're talking about the question of whether or not Obama referred to the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens as an act of "terror" the day after the attack in Barack Obama's Rose Garden press statement.

Romney said that Obama failed to mention that the attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi was an act of terrorism the day after the attack.  After Obama said he said it was an act of terrorism in his Rose Garden speech on September 12th, Romney thought he caught the President in a lie.  Debate moderator Candy Crowley instantly fact checked Romney and told him that the President had indeed referred to the September 11th attack as an act of terror.

Romney is new to the right wing bubble, after all, he was "Moderate Mitt" when he ran against Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994 and when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002.  He failed to recognize one of the most important rules of the right wing bubble:  don't make statements outside the bubble if there's somebody there to fact check you.

Some of the reasons right wing talk radio is so successful is because the radio host controls his or her callers, can drone on for hours unchallenged, and most importantly, controls the microphone.  Rush Limbaugh doesn't have a Candy Crowley instantly fact checking him.

The right wing has been relentless in its attacks on the Obama administration for the Libyan attack on September 11, 2012.  Republican Congressman Darryl Issa (Chair of the House Government Oversight Committee) has even taken to conducting hearings while the rest of Congress is home campaigning for their jobs.  The conclusion they reached before the hearings started was that Obama lied to the American people and engaged in some sort of cover up to hide his foreign policy failures.

Our advice to Governor Romney is to read our primer on right wing talk radio.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With regards to the Rose Garden statement referenced by Mr. Obama: Either one of two things is
going on here. Either Mr. Obama and his administration are hopelessly incompetent, or they have deliberately deceived the American public for nearly a
month. And my conclusion is that the narrative of incompetence, which has been out there for the last month, is actually preferable to them.

Think about it. What exactly did Mr. Obama hope to accomplish by
challenging Gov. Romney with his "get the transcript" remark? I did get that transcript. I read how he began speaking of religious tolerance:

"Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None."

It was not until toward the end of his remarks, in the context of 9/11, that he stated, "[n]o acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation."

Is Mr. Obama now suggesting that he knew all along that the attack in
Benghazi was act of terror because he called it as such the very next day in the Rose Garden? This interpretation strains credulity. For in the days and weeks that
followed, every top official in our government (Ambassador Rice, Secretary Clinton, and the President himself in his speech before the United Nations) blamed the tragedy on a six-month-old YouTube video.

So later in the debate, when Mr. Obama got all sanctimonious and said he was “offended” that Gov. Romney is using the issue for political purposes – that is
a load of garbage – because that is precisely what Mr. Obama has done with this tragedy. He’s tried to spin it for his own political purposes.

The reality is that Mr. Obama’s foreign policy is naive and dangerous, and it is unraveling before our very eyes every day on our television screens.

Probably wise to step out of that liberal bubble every now and again Norton.