Tail-Gunner Allen Is At It Again
A couple of weeks ago, the intrepid Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) announced that he has a list of 78 to 81 members of Congress that are also members of the Communist Party.
West now charges that the FBI’s removal of Islamophobic material from the its training facility is part of a greater world-wide Muslim conspiracy to undermine America. “We should not allow the Muslim Brotherhood or associated groups to be influencing our national security strategy,” West told Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends.
Commies and radical Muslims apparently are everywhere. Watch out, America, the pod people obviously are on their way to replace us all. “They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next!”
More Etch-A-Sketching In The Romney Campaign
The Romney campaign thinks it can simply wipe away the past inconvenient statements the candidate blurted out trying to capture the GOP nomination.
Did Mitt make a jerk out of himself with women by saying that he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood? No problem, just wipe it away.
Did Mitt alienate Latinos by saying he supported Arizona’s “papers please” and “e-verify” laws? No problem, erase it.
Last week, the Romney campaign named Richard Grenell as its new foreign policy spokesperson. It turns out that Grenell has a long history of tweeting really stupid things about women, who don’t like Mitt to begin with.
For example, Grenell once tweeted that “Hillary is starting to look liek Madeline [sic] Albright.”
Grenell remarked that Rachel Maddow looks like Justin Bierber.
Grenell tweeted that First Lady Michelle Obama had been working out and “sweating on the East Room carpet.”
Inconvenient statements, indeed, especially for a candidate trying to improve his station with women. How best to deal with such statements? Try to erase ‘em, of course:
On Friday afternoon, Grenell still featured a link to his personal site (http://www.richardgrenell.com) on his Twitter profile, which then showed that he had tweeted 7,577 times, according to a screenshot taken Friday by The Huffington Post. By Sunday morning, Grenell’s Twitter feed only listed 6,759 tweets and his personal site is no longer available.
Unfortunately for Mitt, the internet has its own permanence. You can scrub it all you want, but it will just keep coming back.
Would You Want To “Grab A Bite” With Mitt?
The Obama campaign is organizing a “Dinner with Barack” sweepstakes. Four winners will win round-trip airfare, a hotel stay and dinner with the President. Sounds pretty cool.
Did the Romney campaign try to match this? Not quite. It seems that a $5 donation can win you round-trip airfare, a hotel stay and dinner with Ann Romney, not Mitt.
This actually makes abundant sense. Who would actually want to “grab a bite” with Mitt?
He’d spend the meal telling you that the coffee tastes like it was bought at McDonalds and that the cookies taste like they came from a homeless shelter. He would remind you that “corporations are people, my friend.” He would regale you with stories of riding “dressage,” and you would look dumbfounded because you wouldn’t have a clue as to what “dressage” is. Mitt would then name-check all of the professional sports owners who are his friends.
You would stare at your watch non-stop. You would hope to receive e-mails, texts and other notifications to steal yourself away from Mitt’s sparkling personality. You would scream. You would scram.
The Junk Man Cometh
When I hear Mitt Romney drone on and on about how the President did not work miracles by immediately reversing the course of the Great Recession upon taking the oath of office, I am reminded of the power of the old adage about there being three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
Got nothing really to say, Mitt? Just make it up. Don’t worry about whether its true. The more outlandish it sounds, the better it is. The more aggressive it is in its falsity, the more likely it is to be believed. Throw in some really good sounding statistics and maybe enough low information, short memory voters will fall for the hokum.
Steve Kornacki summed it up quite well last week in Salon:
This speaks to the power of Romney’s basic message. He and his campaign are notorious for using highly misleading and outright junk statistics to blame Obama for economic conditions that are the direct result of the economic collapse that occurred just before he took office, on his Republican predecessor’s watch.
But we all know the recession started in 2007. Or at least we though we all knew that. If, however, enough American voters are willing to say “lie to me, Mitt, lie to me,” Mitt’s revisionist history could very well work.