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Time after time since he took office, Obama has failed to show the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric

Once again, to borrow an expression, Democrats are asking a Republican to differentiate himself from something he didn’t say:

President Obama’s campaign is looking to seize on a pair of controversial comments by supporters at Mitt Romney’s town-hall meeting in Cleveland Monday, calling on the presumptive Republican nominee to “stand up to the extreme voices in his party.”

“Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason,” said Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith in a statement. “Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?”

(Via Washington Examiner.) You see, Romney had ignored a supporter’s aside saying that she believed Obama “should be tried for treason” when she asked the candidate about “about the separation of power in the United States’.”

Well, let’s hold President Obama to the Lis Smith standard.  The Democrat invited Dan Savage to the White House for a “Pride Reception.” A number of White House officials have cut videos on behalf of Mr. Savage’s It Gets Better Project.  Several administration departments and programs have backed the project.  And while the project certainly has a noble goal, its creator is anything but a noble individual, regularly making hateful comments about conservatives and Christians.  He even tried to infect campaign workers for one Republican candidate with the flu.

Now, to be sure, the White House can back a project without supporting every word its creator said, but given the Obama spokesperson’s comments, shouldn’t we then expect Mr. Obama to stand up to the hateful rhetoric and mean-spirited actions of the creator of a project it has backed?  I mean, they’re holding Mitt Romney responsible for not faulting a woman who just asked a question for her aside.  And Mr. Savage’s comments are more than asides.

Time after time since he took office, Barack Obama has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown in his first term, what can the American people expect of him in his second?

RELATED: ROMNEY ATTACKED FOR NOT RESPONDING TO THROWAWAY COMMENT ACCUSING OBAMA OF TREASON:

Romney answered the question he was asked. No one pushed him around. He chose not to dignify the woman’s aside about treason with a response.

Romney could have chosen to deny that Obama has committed, or should be tried for, treason. That might have been the better, more nimble response. But the way he handled the questioner was fine too, and certainly doesn’t amount to a failure to stand up to the woman.

If the MSM is interested in Romney’s view on whether Obama is a traitor, it can ask him, something the woman didn’t do.

UP-UPDATE:  Ann Althouse (via Ann Althouse @ Instapundit) doesn’t think Romney needed rebuke the audience member:

Romney doesn’t need to go all beta when an audience member states her antagonism to Obama in a strong way. He doesn’t need to scold and discipline Obama’s antagonists. Romney’s approach to answering the question asked was just fine, though it is perfectly understandable why the Obama campaign would like Romney to get sidetracked into defending Obama.

UP-UPDATE: Did Mr. Obama differentiate himself from these folks accusing the then-president of treason?

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  1. “Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?”

    But it’s totally cool for the alleged “leader” of our country to use “over-the-line rhetoric” when it suits him? Further, I would remind her of Jimmy “Let’s take these sonofabitches out!” Hoffa and advise her that she should cram her indignation in her box.

    Comment by TGC — May 8, 2012 @ 12:57 am - May 8, 2012

  2. Also, Obama has endorsed the Occupy movement. Shouldn’t he differentiate himself from it, now that it has turned into an orgy of disease, violence, rape, and death?

    Comment by Rattlesnake — May 8, 2012 @ 1:13 am - May 8, 2012

  3. Another shiny object to distract from Obama’s dismal failure of an administration.

    Comment by V the K — May 8, 2012 @ 5:20 am - May 8, 2012

  4. David Axelrod calls Koch brothers ‘contract killers’ Obama supporter accuses Romney of Treason. Media, Obama silent.

    The double standard continues.

    Comment by The Livewire — May 8, 2012 @ 9:45 am - May 8, 2012

  5. Here is the problem :

    Obama and liberals don’t see any attacks on conservatives as “hateful and over-the-line-rhetoric”. Everything and everyone is fair game. The Mrs. Palin “experience” has shown us that.

    Why would you correct something that you don’t perceive to be wrong?

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — May 8, 2012 @ 10:36 am - May 8, 2012

  6. ROMNEY ATTACKED FOR NOT RESPONDING TO THROWAWAY COMMENT ACCUSING OBAMA OF TREASON

    Would we see Democrats attacked, a few years ago, for the many throwaway comments made by lefties (some of them former Vice Presidents) that accused Bush of treason?

    But I digress. It’s Obama’s job to defend himself – if he cares to – from random charges of treason. Not Romney’s.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 11:14 am - May 8, 2012

  7. KSM had a hearing (normally a perfunctory process of an hour or two) at Gitmo that dragged on 13 hours and had all manner of prayer breaks, food breaks, and a female lawyer in full Islamic covering so as not to offend and distract KSM.

    The point is that KSM is setting the agenda and he is using the loopholes of civility and bending over backwards to be fair in our judicial system to tie it knots.

    Now consider the Alinsky playbook. It uses the civility and courtesy rules against the target (Romney) in outrageous ways while denying any culpability on the accuser’s side. Go back to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting rally in Arizona replete with t-shirts and innuendo and calls for a new civility. Or the Paul Wellstone memorial where trashing the Republicans turned into a frenzied rally of hyper-partisanship and ridiculously outrageous rhetoric.

    They are begging for the classic Reagan “there you go again” reminder that they have thrown a wheel and are headed for the gutter.

    You can not defend without being defensive. You can not trade tit for tat without being petty. You must be ready, willing and able to snicker at the lame attempt and stay away from it. Don’t hit the tar baby.

    If you are running against demagogues, you have to be attuned to their tactics and learn how to dismiss them each and every time they are played.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 8, 2012 @ 11:21 am - May 8, 2012

  8. You can’t really hold President Obama to ANY standard, I think it’s racist, or something.

    Yup, he calls for civility while his VP attacks Tea Party members (nevermind his own comments about bringing a gun to a knife fight), or that we shouldn’t rush to judgment over the Fort Hod shootings, while he pretty much DOES rush to judgement with his “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon” comment.

    Meh, hypocrisy, thy name is Barack Obama :)

    Take it and run

    Comment by Acethepug — May 8, 2012 @ 2:12 pm - May 8, 2012

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