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In this campaign, only Republican gaffes get attention

Reporting John King’ contention that Mitt Romney “‘stepped on’ [on good polling news] with his Birth Certificate joke“, Ace wonders

. . . if Romney didn’t do that on purpose. Since our unserious, unprofessional, unintelligent, partisan press is determined to talk about distractions (given that all substance favors Romney), why not give them a distraction of your own choosing?

If the choice is between Rape!!! and Birth Certificate, isn’t it better to talk about Obama’s Birth Certificate? Neither is what Romney wants to talk about, but the press is determined to only report on irrelevancies; so give them one that doesn’t much hurt you.

Romney’s joke wasn’t funny, observes Jennifer Rubin, but the media were “hysterical“, giving the word its original meaning.  CNN spent more time on this awkward joke than it did on any issues in the current presidential contest — at least they did in the hour I wanted that I watched while working out.

From the moment this sentence [i.e., the Birth certificate joke] escaped Romney’s lips,” writes Allahpundit,”it was a metaphysical certainty that it would dominate political coverage for the rest of the day, with MSNBC’s pants-wetting expected to last well into the evening.”

We get 2,410 results when we do a google news search of “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.”  And when we do a similar search for “It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person,” we only get 759 results.

A few days ago, the president spoke those words at New York fundraiser which included “numerous basketball luminaries” and added:

Usually the folks want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. That has not been the case at this event and I completely understand.

That may well be true, but secure men don’t need say such things.  Jennifer Rubin finds the comment “so intellectually needy, you wind up admiring Bush and Ronald Reagan, neither of whom would dream of saying such a thing, even in jest.”  Indeed, it betrays a certain insecurity which could impact the man’s capacity for leadership.

You’d think a revealing comment like that would get more coverage.  When a Republican makes a gaffe, it generates news and talking heads clucking about how significant it is.  When Obama makes one, well, it’s not really news.  It’s just an odd statement full of interesting words, signifying nothing.



  1. Joe Arpaio had a team of people looking into the BC for 6 months and they concluded it was digitally assembled. It isn’t a gaffe if you are making a joke with the truth behind it.

    Comment by KevinSB — August 24, 2012 @ 9:07 pm - August 24, 2012

  2. Republican gaffes get more coverage because the media doesn’t want to hold Obama to any kind of standard.

    The media is colluding to make sure Obama is reelected.

    Comment by Just Me — August 24, 2012 @ 9:09 pm - August 24, 2012

  3. The media is colluding to make sure Obama is reelected.

    It’s a damn shame it’s not gonna work. I personally CANNOT WAIT for the liberal head explosions 11/7/2012.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — August 24, 2012 @ 11:08 pm - August 24, 2012

  4. What fun! Obama gets a tiny pin prick and the entire MSM hemorrhages barrels of blood for him.

    Peggy Noonan thinks that Romney ought to keep jabbing at Obama to make his thin skin crawl and make him whine and cry and keep the MSM out attacking Romney for upsetting the boy president.

    Obama and his MSM Red Guard must bat down every attempt at challenging Obama’s persona, because they know that if they cede the little stuff, the big stuff will come tumbling out as well.

    Perhaps Donald Trump will lodge some stink bombs in the fall.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 25, 2012 @ 8:57 am - August 25, 2012

  5. It’s looking more and more like November will be the largest landslide in political history and not only will Romney/Ryan win but we will have a filibuster proof Senate.

    Comment by Richard Bell — August 25, 2012 @ 11:28 am - August 25, 2012

  6. From your lips to G-d’s ears, Richard Bell.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — August 25, 2012 @ 11:33 am - August 25, 2012

  7. […] In this campaign, only Republican gaffes get attention […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » The media-generated (?) ignorance of Romney haters? — August 25, 2012 @ 12:01 pm - August 25, 2012

  8. It’s looking more and more like November will be the largest landslide in political history and not only will Romney/Ryan win but we will have a filibuster proof Senate.

    Yes, if the winner carries everything but Minnesota or DC. I hardly see that happening. Guess we’re going to have to check back in November. Sorry to spoil your outlandish premonition.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 12:15 pm - August 25, 2012

  9. The thing that gets me is Mitt’s not-very-good joke was so minor, and yet the media are beclowning themselves declaring it the most vicious, hateful, nasty… and of course, “racist”… thing ever said ever.

    But then we have people denying that Obama’s campaign ever called Mitt Romney a felon, a tax evader, an exporter of jobs whose hatred of America is revealed in that a small percentage of his investments are held by foreign banks, or insinuated that he was responsible for a woman’s cancer death.

    Comment by V the K — August 25, 2012 @ 12:41 pm - August 25, 2012

  10. The thing that gets me is Mitt’s not-very-good joke was so minor

    VTK, The comment may speak greater truths. Romney, a man from an extremely privileged background, who faced no social obstacles on his road to success, making light of unfounded national innuendo a man of color who came from nothing was subjected to, purely based on his modest and untraditional background. Elitist and, perhaps unintended smugness are the qualities that arise. Romney would have best served himself by not going there, but, unfortunately, he’s being true to his lesser characteristics, me thinks. The high-school hazing incident comes back to mind.

    It isn’t to say Romney should be begrudged for his advantages and what he made out of them, but if we’re talking about a person born with a silver spoon in their mouth, a lot is to be said about someone who knows exactly where that spoon came from and who had a part in making it. Jon Huntsman comes to mind, but Republicans said ‘no’ to him quite clearly. But, hey, when it comes to Romney’s success, he “built all that” by himself, right?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 1:24 pm - August 25, 2012

  11. It isn’t to say Romney should be begrudged for his advantages and what he made out of them

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 1:24 pm – August 25, 2012


    You and your fellow Obama puppets reveal what drives you every time you open your mouths — jealousy, envy, spite, and hatred for anyone who has more than you do.

    That’s why you and your leaders like Obama turn to government. You are going to use the power to confiscate these peoples’ wealth at gunpoint and give it to you because you think you’re entitled to it and they’re not. You cloak it in your whines about “fairness”, “equality”, and whatnot, but at its core, it is pure jealousy and spite.

    Moreover, Obama did not come from “nothing”. His father was wealthy. His grandmother was a bank vice president. He went to one of, if not THE most, exclusive schools in Hawaii. He went to Ivy League schools on what appears to be foreign-student scholarships. He has been given everything his entire life by simply pointing at it, demanding it, and screaming that if you didn’t give it to him, you’re “racist”. Despite demonstrably never holding a job, he is a multi-millionaire.

    In short, Cinesnatch, if Obama did not reinforce your belief that government should take from everyone else and give to you, he would be one of those people you presume to hate. Just like Nancy Pelosi, just like Harry Reid, just like John Kerry, and just like the entire Kennedy clan.

    The Obama Party is the party of jealous, spiteful children who want someone else to take away another child’s toys and invent all sorts of entertaining rationalizations about why you “deserve” them instead. And you fit that bill perfectly.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 25, 2012 @ 1:43 pm - August 25, 2012

  12. If I cut through Vince’s blather, it amounts to “Mitt isn’t allowed to joke about Obama because he’s a rich guy.”

    Never mind that Mitt Romney donated his entire inheritance to charity. Starting out as the son of a former Governor of Michigan did give him advantages in life. But I would make the case that Romney is better connected to real people than Obama is.

    Obama has spent his entire adult life in a cocoon (is that racist? probably) of affirmative action and elite connections. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, served as a bishop and a stake president in his church. Among his responsibilities in those roles, he would have had to serve as a marriage counselor, a guidance counselor for church youth, and would have administered the church’s welfare program; which involves not only managing resources but also determining if people were needy enough and worthy to access welfare resources. You can’t tell me he hasn’t been face-to-face with the challenges of ordinary people.

    Comment by V the K — August 25, 2012 @ 2:03 pm - August 25, 2012

  13. #10: “VTK, The comment may speak greater truths…”

    This is probably the most dishonest, idiotic pile of horsesh*t CineBitch has EVER posted on this blog, and that’s quite an accomplishment. A NOTHING joke about a birth certificate (by a candidate who has already categorically rejected “birther” theories on the record) and CineTwit is convinced it’s symbolic of an epic conflict between good & evil just slightly less grandiose than Paradise Lost.

    Of course, CineDork and his ilk are the same people who screeched that it was outrageous, insane, and racist for anyone to interpret “spread the wealth around,” “shared prosperity,” and “you didn’t build that” as anything other than benign declarations of Obama’s deep and enduring love for America and its capitalist traditions.

    Serious question, CineVag: How do you manage to guzzle such oceans of O-Bot Kool-Aid without the assistance of a life-preserver and a row boat to keep you from drowning? HOW?

    Comment by Sean A — August 25, 2012 @ 4:05 pm - August 25, 2012

  14. making light of (….) a man of color(*) who came from nothing was (….), purely based on his [1.] modest and [2.] untraditional background

    [1.] Very pricey private school in Hawaii, Columbia University, Harvard Law School.

    [2.] Whacko mother. Unknown father. Communist Party member grandparents of substantial means.

    (*) man of color if black half trumps white half.

    Obama must not be even joshed. If you question his birth credentials, you are a wild-eyed manic “birther.” If you question his strange draft registration, you are a racist, lunatic. If you wonder about his non-conforming and differing SSN’s, you a homophobic Xenophobe. If all his sealed college records seem curious, you are a UFO abductee who was dumped out on Atlantis.

    Vince has gone for the jugular section of the funny bone this time.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 25, 2012 @ 6:28 pm - August 25, 2012

  15. Almost makes me want to read the comment! But, other fish to fry.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2012 @ 11:27 pm - August 25, 2012

  16. The Dems are going down, and hard, come November. There is no surer indication of this than the dodgy hysteria they keep throwing at the public. Of which the trumped-up, Cecil B. DeMille production of outrage over Romney’s joke is but the latest desperate example.

    They think we’re stupid. Come November, we’ll see who’s stupid.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 26, 2012 @ 11:45 am - August 26, 2012

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