GOP stoops to Orwellian rewriting of history

Remember when Mitt Romney told America that he just didn’t give a rip about poor people?

He did, you know. He said it word for word, on Feb. 1, 2012, and I quote:

“I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

Of course, that’s not what Romney meant, and everyone knew that’s not what he meant. Taken in context, he meant that the safety net for the very poor remains intact, and that the real challenges lay in solving the problems of the middle class. So after a brief kerfuffle in which a few people tried irresponsibly to make his statement into something it clearly wasn’t, everybody moved on.

Contrast that to what the Republicans are doing with Obama’s “You didn’t build that” statement. Like Romney, he said it word for word: “You didn’t build that.” And just like Romney, that is not what he meant and everyone knows that’s not what he meant.

Taken in context, he meant that no person or business succeeds alone. For those who care about such things, here are his actual remarks:

“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”

In my mind, it says a lot that the Republicans are building their 2012 convention message, and much of their 2012 campaign, around what they know in their hearts to be a blatant lie. That lie is repeated and repeated and repeated, and it gets no more truthful with each iteration. In fact, as demonstrated by an RNC video shown at the convention last night, it gets worse.

Note that the audio has been edited to remove the entire runup to the magic four words — the part in bold above — leaving behind no audible trace that Obama ever uttered it. The words simply vanish, and history is altered. As George Orwell wrote in 1984:

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’”

It is distressing to see so many Americans gleefully embrace and rally around what they know in their hearts to be a doctored version of history. And it gives an ironic twist to the fine words of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie last night in his speech to the GOP convention, in which he stressed the importance of telling the truth to the American people:

“We’ve never been a country to shy away from the truth,” he said. “History shows that we stand up when it counts and it’s this quality that has defined our character and our significance in the world.”

“Standing up when it counts” does not mean basing much of a campaign on an obvious, shameless lie. Not in New Jersey, and not anywhere else in this great country.

Except perhaps in Tampa.

– Jay Bookman

467 comments Add your comment

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:33 am

I guess Jay sleeps well at night knowing that the “private sector is doing fine.”

Thomas Heyward Jr.

August 29th, 2012
8:34 am

Everyone knows that the Collective built “that”.
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Forward Soviet!

the cat

August 29th, 2012
8:35 am

Repeat a lie often enough…………….

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:36 am

Jay glosses over the uproar when Mitt said “I like being able to fire people.”

Whatever

August 29th, 2012
8:36 am

Jay,

My issue with what Obama said is that it goes in line with his philosophy. He is much more left-leaning than most people who build small businesses. We feel threatened by him. He may not have meant it exactly how it sounded but it lands close enough to the truth that it is scary none the less.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
8:37 am

The whole Republican party is based on lies. Listen to talk radio for 15 minutes and you know that.

Murph

August 29th, 2012
8:38 am

My family and my employees built this…along with plenty of farm subsidies…on our own…with our own hands….

Can’t really believe they chose a farmer to make their point in this ad…

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:38 am

Republicans: When the truth sucks so badly for you, a lie is all you have left to hang your hat on.

Shorter: It’s only a lie if it makes me feel worse.

PJ

August 29th, 2012
8:38 am

The private sectors is doing just fine. They just aren’t trickling any of it down.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 29th, 2012
8:39 am

Like I’ve been saying. There’s only two kinds of Republicans…The rich and the conned. I used to say duped, but I don’t want to confuse anyone ;)

BuckeyeInGa

August 29th, 2012
8:40 am

Running on the ad that is mentioned, will not will over independents.

Welcome to the Occupation

August 29th, 2012
8:40 am

In the unconscious there is no negation – Freud

Good morning folks!

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:41 am

It is distressing to see so many Americans gleefully embrace and rally around what they know in their hearts to be a doctored version of history.

Welcome to 2012. Lying is a profitable industry these days for pundits who otherwise couldn’t get a job at Wal-Mart.

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:41 am

And there is no rewriting of history in Obama’s autobiography. It just had “composite” characters. Jay glossed over that too.

Mick

August 29th, 2012
8:41 am

Throw in the lie about changing welfare rules and well….there you have it, a party of lies funded and paid for by the wealth whose only goal in life it seems is to get “more” through tax cuts and god knows what else that have up their sleeves. This is a party of diminishing returns for the working class, they are not to be trusted in their current state…

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
8:41 am

Murph

August 29th, 2012
8:38 am

My family and my employees built this…along with plenty of farm subsidies…on our own…with our own hands….
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Exactly. But the common Republican is too stupid to see that because Rush didn’t tell them to see it.

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:42 am

Poor “Simple Truths” can’t tell the difference between a one-day story and building an entire campaign around something.

Jay

August 29th, 2012
8:43 am

Simple Truths, that “firing people” quote is another excellent example. Thanks for bringing it up.

Have you seen a Democratic ad featuring Mitt saying those words over and over again? Has that become the running theme of Obama’s campaign? Have they attempted to erase from the national memory the rest of Mitt’s statement: “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say, ‘You know, I’m going to get someone else to provide this service to me.’”

If the answer is yes, the Democrats have indeed made that into a central part of their campaign, then you have a point. If the answer is no, then you have confirmed MY point.

Recon 0311 2533

August 29th, 2012
8:43 am

Obama with his statement said what he believes and he believes that a big centralized government is the answer. He believes that private sector business plays a lessor role and it must be closely controlled by the government. It’s his socialist ideology slipping out and being revealed in his speech. He’s not being taken out of context at all.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
8:43 am

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:41 am

And there is no rewriting of history in Obama’s autobiography. It just had “composite” characters. Jay glossed over that too.
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Really? cite examples p[lease. Give me chapters. Give me page numbers. I’ve actually read the damn book, have you? I actually HAVE the damn book, do you?

Or do you just quote the lies about the book that talk radio quotes?

Come on Mr. Mouth, put up or shut up.

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:44 am

Republicans: the grand party of cognitive dissonance. Or maybe “cognitive dissidents” is better? I’ll have to think about that.

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:45 am

Obama with his statement said what he believes and he believes that a big centralized government is the answer

I see the projector is turned on this morning.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
8:45 am

Normal, I saw a great line last night and used it.

You ain’t filthy rich, you are just filthy dumb!

Anti-intellectualism/rampant dishonesty is systemic in the horrifically incompetent Republican Party.

It is one of the few things that HAVE trickled down on them.

Hell, they have even made up their own language that is somewhat similar to standard written English…

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:45 am

Ironic that Jay gives “context” without actually giving context. He chopped off the President’s next line “Somebody else made that happen.” In his next sentence, Mr. Obama doubled down on the owner not building the business.

Mick

August 29th, 2012
8:46 am

recon

A little projection going on there? It seems you see and hear what you want it to be, not actually what is being said. Therein lies the problem, actual words seem to fall on deaf ears…

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 29th, 2012
8:47 am

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:33 am
I guess Jay sleeps well at night knowing that the “private sector is doing fine.”

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No we all sleep better at night knowing as Governor Romney said
that “big business is doing fine”

Doggone/GA

August 29th, 2012
8:47 am

Getting to this late. It is the constant and repeated lying about such things that has ultimately made me completely deaf to any message by Romney. If his belief in his religion is so strong, how does he square his religion with his constant lying about things Obama said?

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:47 am

“Simple Truths” is just throwing out lie after lie in order to make himself feel better. He’s got nothing to look forward to except the Monopoly Guy losing… and he knows it and it makes him want to lie more for some reason.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
8:48 am

The great challenge for the semi-literate, garden variety con is to turn off the TV and radio and to actually start reading intellectual information again.

All of their sound bite “answers” are being spoon fed to them by the biggest liars on the planet – Limbaugh, O’Reilly. Coulter, Hannity, Boortz, et al, ad nauseum…

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
8:49 am

Obama is a socialist. Obama is a socialist. Obama is a socialist.

When you listen to FOX and talk radio all day everyday and that is all you hear, then that is what you will repeat. You can see it played out right here.

Oh but wait, these folks NEVER watch FOX or listen to talk radio. It’s just coincidence that they hit the same talking points each day……….

Newby

August 29th, 2012
8:49 am

Recon said “Obama with his statement said what he believes and he believes that a big centralized government is the answer. He believes that private sector business plays a lessor role and it must be closely controlled by the government. It’s his socialist ideology slipping out and being revealed in his speech. He’s not being taken out of context at all”

Ah – the old “freudian slip” theory of political propaganda…

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:49 am

No, Jay. The Democrats just featured an ad claiming Mitt killed a man’s wife. No rewrite there. No rewrite there.

DannyX

August 29th, 2012
8:50 am

Well, Republicans sure aren’t going to tell the truth, if they did they would have to say,

“The economy: We didn’t build that, we demolished it.”

Jay

August 29th, 2012
8:50 am

Recon, if “he’s not being taken out of context at all,” why is the context literally being taken out?

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:51 am

The Democrats just featured an ad claiming Mitt killed a man’s wife.

Was an independent super-pac, not the president and not the DNC. And Obama said it wasn’t true.

Romney doubles down on the lie.

Try again. :roll:

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 29th, 2012
8:51 am

Doggone – “, how does he square his religion with his constant lying”

You mean his religion founded on the premise that Joseph Smith just happened to be walking in the woods one day when the angel Moroni appeared and gave him the magic glasses that decoded the mystery parchment that the entire Mormon religion is based on?

How could he NOT sqaure his lying with his religion?

Simple Truths

August 29th, 2012
8:51 am

Fred,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreams_from_My_Father#Basis_for_characters

Obama, Barack. Dreams From My Father, pg. xvii. Three Rivers Press, New York City: 2004.

Thanks for playing.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
8:52 am

Mick, it is hopeless.

McCarthyism still rules the day in the 2012 version of the 1950s.

The childish nonsense about Obama’s communism/socialism/Marxism is firmly entrenched in the mentally midgitized far right wing…

Welcome to the Occupation

August 29th, 2012
8:52 am

As in the Freudian unconscious, in American Id politics there is no negation. Any string of words is free to roam outside its context without suffering the slightest deprivation of literal meaning the imagination might bestow on it.

PJ

August 29th, 2012
8:52 am

I’m not too worried or impressed with the lies being told by the Right. Such stupid and disputable falsehoods don’t deserve either. The truth will be told and the will be lies outted during the Democratic Convention. Also the debates (if Romney does them all) should be interesting too; to see if the “I don’t care about facts” line works.

larry

August 29th, 2012
8:52 am

The Democrats just featured an ad claiming Mitt killed a man’s wife. Did Obama’s campaign approve that message. Nope. I’m sorry

Big difference in a Romney campaign approved message and a Super PAC approved message.

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:53 am

I also find it funny that Republican governors are going to great pains to say that the economies of their respective states are doing great, but the economy sucks and it’s Obama’s fault. Uhh… thread that needle much?

Redstateneck

August 29th, 2012
8:53 am

The Democrats used to not favor socialist policies. The Democrats used to be for motherhood, apple pie, and free enterprise. The Democrats used to have a soul. America didn’t leave the Democrats, the Democrats embraced secular socialism because the whole hippie thing didn’t work out.

Recon 0311 2533

August 29th, 2012
8:53 am

Mick, I know it was just a Freudian slip in his comments about those who’ve built a business.

Doggone/GA

August 29th, 2012
8:54 am

“Mr. Obama doubled down on the owner not building the business.”

SEE!!! It WORKS. And that’s why they lie to you. Because they know you’ll be dumb enough to believe what they say, instead of believing your “lying eyes”

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:55 am

The Democrats used to not favor socialist policies. The Democrats used to be for motherhood, apple pie, and free enterprise. The Democrats used to have a soul. America didn’t leave the Democrats, the Democrats embraced secular socialism because the whole hippie thing didn’t work out.

In my mind, this is the best parody posting of the last several days.

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 29th, 2012
8:55 am

PJ – “Also the debates (if Romney does them all) should be interesting too; to see if the “I don’t care about facts” line works.”

Agreed. It’s one thing to stand up with your peers and verbally assault your opponent. However, thing change greatly when one is forced to go head to head with their competition. I asked this question on another thread. If Romney is so great, why have Republicans repeatedly passed on him for POTUS/VP until now?

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Simple Mind: So you found a wiki page. I know that works for you brain dead Republicans, but not here. Cite me pages and chapters. IE: PROOF that you have actually read the book and aren’t just mouthing second hand propaganda.

Oh wait you can’t do that because you HAVEN’T read the book and ARE just mouthing second hand propaganda.

Thank YOU for playinglying.

larry

August 29th, 2012
8:56 am

I also find it funny that Republican governors are going to great pains to say that the economies of their respective states are doing great

I know one state that the unemployment rate there has been higher than the national average since July of 2007.

Let’s see, which state is that……………………..I’ll give everyone three guesses and the first two dont count.

Redstateneck

August 29th, 2012
8:56 am

Butch, does your religion place Hitler and the Jews he killed in the same place?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

Mitt lies, his party lies….and they build an entire campaign on lies. And the conned swallow it whole. NO ONE has gone it alone in this country…. NO ONE has “built it” alone. Anyone who thinks or says they did, must be an idiot.

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

Republicans simply cannot win with the truth and they know it.

Live from the RNC in Tampa. Where is George W. Bush?

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

Who is Artur Davis ?

Rep. Davis loses bid to become first black governor of Alabama

Rep. Artur Davis lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, ending his bid to become the first African-American to hold Alabama’s top job.
Davis lost to state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, who pulled in 64 percent of the vote to the congressman’s 36 percent, according to unofficial results.
Sparks’ long-shot victory may be attributed to low voter turnout among blacks who did not go to the polls for Davis at the same levels they did in 2008 for President Obama.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/governor-races/100955-davis-loses-bid-to-become-alabamas-first-black-gov

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

Also the debates (if Romney does them all) should be interesting too; to see if the “I don’t care about facts” line works.

I predict a Palin-like quality to Romney’s debating. Talk about whatever you want to talk about and ignore the question as being merely inconvenient.

Doggone/GA

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

“The Democrats just featured an ad claiming Mitt killed a man’s wife”

Nope. That was a PAC or some such. One of those “money is free speech” things that Supremes foisted on us. If it doesn’t say “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message” it’s out of the control of ANYONE except those responsible for creating it.

Welcome to the Occupation

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

Redstateneck The Democrats used to not favor socialist policies

That’s good stuff. Good parody. :)

TM

August 29th, 2012
8:57 am

I think Jay left off the next sentence of the famous quote “You didn’t build that. Somebody else made it happen” I guess it depends on your definition of “that” and “it”.

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 29th, 2012
8:58 am

Redstateneck – “Butch, does your religion place Hitler and the Jews he killed in the same place?”

???????????????????????????????

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 29th, 2012
8:58 am

To sum up the speeches last night:

“Chris Christie 2016″!!!!

King of Everything

August 29th, 2012
8:59 am

Let’s all celebrate “We Built That” in a stadium built with tax payers money and union labor.

Recon 0311 2533

August 29th, 2012
8:59 am

Jay,

He’s only stating what he really believes. Maybe we should applaud him for revealing his true ideology to the voters.

Common Sense

August 29th, 2012
8:59 am

If the Obama recovery was humming along, we would not even be having this discussion.

And since we cannot have a real conversation on why it isn’t, that has left us here.

Chris Sanchez

August 29th, 2012
8:59 am

People’s lives matter. Mr. Obama’s statement sticks in the minds of people because it comes off as belittling their hard work. And not just small business owners. A great many people took that statement as an indictment of any measure of success they may have achieved in life. Certainly, people realize they had to have opportunities to achieve success but the difference between those who did and those who did not is the amount of effort exerted.

To belittle those efforts is insulting and almost everyone can identify with that. As such, there is little reason the GOP is beating that statement like a drum. If Democrats want to change the discussion the way to do so is quite simple: talk about President Obama’s record since taking office. If the last 3 1/2 years have left the country in better shape then talk about that. If people are so obviously better off 3 1/2 years into President Obama’s first term in office then talk about that.

But there’s the rub. The country is not in better shape. People are worse off than they were when he took office. To say the situation would be even worse without President Obama is a tough sell. To say he inherited a mess, while true, isn’t getting it. Obama did inherit a mess but many of the American people (including many who voted for Mr. Obama in 2008) doubt he can fix it. The question then becomes can Romney get the economy moving again where Obama has not? If the answer to that question is yes then Romney wins in November. All the spin from the campaigns will not change that!

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

neck, fantastic fiction at 8:53!

Bu it would not earn a passing grade in any ninth grade class…

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

I guess it depends on your definition of “that” and “it”.

You mean roads and bridges? Yeah, the business owners didn’t build those.

Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.
~Big O

larry

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

I asked this question on another thread. If Romney is so great, why have Republicans repeatedly passed on him for POTUS/VP until now?

My guess is that they couldn’t twist himself into a pretzel on issues quick enough back in 2008. This year, they have had five years with the man and they have twisted him into a figure eight several times.

My question is, why twist a canididate like that, when the earlier version of him, say the one from 1994-2006 , would win?

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

He’s only stating what he really believes.

No, you’re only stating what you believe he really believes.

And you’re smart enough to know that.

Doggone/GA

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

” I guess it depends on your definition of “that” and “it”.”

Nope. It depends on Obama’s recitation of them just before that. You CAN read whole paragraphs, can’t you?

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

The truth is that the Republicans are campaigning on words that resonate with their targeted supporters–whites, especially old white males including Sheldon Adelson and the Koch boys.

BuckeyeInGa

August 29th, 2012
9:00 am

Seems like a great time at the convention. per Politico
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An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.
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Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
9:01 am

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 29th, 2012
8:58 am

Redstateneck – “Butch, does your religion place Hitler and the Jews he killed in the same place?”

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I couldnt’ figure that ignorant post out either Butch so don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. It looks like our usual troll with his new daily alt (atlernate screen name). I would just ignore it.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
9:02 am

The recovery is humming along.

Considering how utterly destroyed the American economy was four years ago…

This sucker could go down. ~ George “Worst Ever” Bush

ByteMe - Political thug

August 29th, 2012
9:03 am

An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.

As they were removed, an RNC official was heard yelling at them “Too blatant! Too blatant!!”

King of Everything

August 29th, 2012
9:03 am

Why shouldn’t they lie if the press and the people will not hold them accountable? They should do it if they are allowed to get away with doing it.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 29th, 2012
9:04 am

You mean you libs don’t believe with all your heart that one day you are born and the next day *poof* you own a successful business? Your parents and your education in no way contributed to you getting to the point where you could start a business?

Are you commies or what?

b-troll

August 29th, 2012
9:04 am

The O Team is trotting out campaign ads with Bill Clinton down in FL….

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 29th, 2012
9:04 am

Common Sense

August 29th, 2012
8:59 am

If common sense is really your forte, then you know why, the GOP will not let it happen.

The GOP said from day one of President Obama’s election that their main priority is to make him a one term President. They have put ideological pride ahead of their constituents and will not allow anything to pass that will make the President look good. The GOP of today is not “For the People”. They are for themselves and many, many of us will remember that come November.

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
9:05 am

I see the new and improved Republican party platform has thrown Hispanics under the bus and blacks under the bus and women under the bus and poor under the bus and gays under the bus. The only thing left for them is to focus on their desired constituency using that tried and true southern strategy. They know better than to abandon a proven strategy.

Romney/Ryan 2012 – The Whitewashed

ragnar danneskjold

August 29th, 2012
9:05 am

I think we can agree that the world’s greatest orator is a total idiot when it comes to simple grammar in standard English. For an educated person, the indefinite pronoun for a plural – “roads and bridges” – is “those,” not “that.” Of course, for the GOP “Orwellian rewriting of history” to have any sound basis at all, one would have to assume that the original speaker of the meaning of the “Orwellian rewriting of history” – Elizabeth Warren – will have a significant speaking role at the democrat convention. Oops, she does, doesn’t she? Well, talking about Orwellian rewriting!

Mitt Romney Versus Reality: Auto Recovery Edition

August 29th, 2012
9:05 am

Mitt Romney’s words unedited…”Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61HbcIpKL7E

Murph

August 29th, 2012
9:06 am

“TOUGH LOVE: Christie Rallies GOP With Call for ‘Era of Truth-Telling’” – FOX news headline as of 9:04 am. “Era of truth-telling”…wow…can this get any stranger?

b-troll

August 29th, 2012
9:06 am

I think Christie’s words were as much directed at Romney, as to the wider audience.

Recon 0311 2533

August 29th, 2012
9:06 am

b-troll,

That’s Obama’s newest strategy, he wants to run on Clinton’s record because he can’t run on his own.

ragnar danneskjold

August 29th, 2012
9:06 am

Pardon, that should have read “definite pronoun.” Apologies for the misidentification.

barking frog

August 29th, 2012
9:06 am

Most “self-made” successes
are just lucky but would not
have been lucky if they had
not been trying at the time
they got lucky. Anyone’s
success betters everyone’s
chances. Parsing words out
of context is just lying by
omission.

Don't Tread

August 29th, 2012
9:07 am

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale”

Sounds more like the alphabet media and the liberals constantly howling about Rush, Fox News, and churches because they don’t say what liberals want them to say. But the GOP is guilty of rewriting history in an Orwellian fashion. Right. :roll:

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 29th, 2012
9:08 am

I think we can agree that

There are 2 things wrong with that statement…..

“we can agree” — nope
“I think” — we can agree to hope one day. :P

b-troll

August 29th, 2012
9:08 am

Romney himself has made his views known about the Obama quote.

He said (and I paraphrase): When a kid gets an A in a class, you don’t give the credit to the bus driver.

I agree.

joe

August 29th, 2012
9:08 am

Doesn’t matter.

Sound familiar? Yes, that’s Debbie W Schultz (any relation to AJC Shultz?) talking point. What’s good for the geese is good for the gander.

Bottom line, all this poppyc0ck from both sides makes no difference. What counts is Obama’s failure to do anything about the economy. That and that alone is why he must go.

Jay

August 29th, 2012
9:08 am

Based on my experience as a Caucasian member of the press who worked the GOP convention in 2004, I would guess that the attendee with the peanuts was demonstrating a general disdain for the media and for CNN rather than making a racist comment.

Can’t say for sure, of course, but that would be my guess.

b-troll

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

Recon 9:06 bingo

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

Mitt Romney is a fine example of a Presidential Candidate designed by committee…

Peadawg

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”

Simply put, this sentence just sounds bad. You can talk about the context and everything but that 1 sentence sounds horrible, especially in a time when small businesses are struggling.

I know the context and everything but taking horribly worded sentences out of context happens to everyone.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

ragnar danneskjold

August 29th, 2012
9:06 am

Pardon, that should have read “definite pronoun.” Apologies for the misidentification.
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Doesn’t matter, it’s nonsensical prattle either way.

TaxPayer

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

If only Romney could tell us the truth about his taxes. Release those tax returns, Mitt.

ragnar danneskjold

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

Perhaps I am too hard on Chauncey for his “oratory.” Perhaps he was talking down to his Norfolk audience, a la Hillary’s ebonics? Strange place to be talking inner city lingo, to a well-educated audience. The, I do not pretend to understand anything Chauncey does.

larry

August 29th, 2012
9:10 am

4.5 million private sector jobs created after the second worse economic disaster ever in this countries history.

Stock market up over 13, 000 from a low of 6,900 in March of 2009.

The only sector that is losing jobs is the public sector and the President has tried to rectify that situation, only to be met with a filabuster.

And while that filabuster continues, the job loses continue, ironically, in the states headed by a Repub. governor. Who needs stinking teachers, firefighters and policemen and policewomen?

ragnar danneskjold

August 29th, 2012
9:10 am

Dear Fred @ 9:09, good morning, sorry you failed to learn standard English.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (aka "Knuckle-Dragger")

August 29th, 2012
9:12 am

As a Democrat, you are for sure an expert on lying. The supreme leader probably unloads fifteen to twenty per day.

Fred ™

August 29th, 2012
9:12 am

b-troll

August 29th, 2012
9:08 am

Romney himself has made his views known about the Obama quote.

He said (and I paraphrase): When a kid gets an A in a class, you don’t give the credit to the bus driver.

I agree.
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Without the bus driver the kid doesn’t get to school to make the A. He doesn’t get to school to learn the material to take the test. Without the carpenter he doesn’t HAVE a school.

No man is an island.