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No, Mr. Obama, Romney is not the candidate with “extreme” views

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:01 am - August 27, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Once again, we see our friends at Yahoo! trying to help the Obama Democrats get their message out.  Just look at this headline which suggests that Romney view are “extreme” and Obama  is just talking about them:

Yup, the incumbent is calling his opponent “extreme”:

President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to “own up” to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.

Amazing just amazing.  Do wonder if any president running for reelection has attacked his opponent the way Obama has, calling his rival’s positions “extreme” and saying his “lacks serious ideas.” Don’t recall Reagan ever doing it in 1984 nor Clinton in 1996, nor even W in 2004.

Speaking of serious ideas, what exactly are Obama’s plans to reform entitlements to prevent their insolvency and to realize that “net spending cut” he promised and to cut the deficit in half (by the end of his first term) as he pledged?

It seems rather that Mr. Obama’s the one lacking in serious ideas.  Mr. Romney, by contrast, tapped as his running mate a Congressman who has put forward (and otherwise articulated) many serious ideas.

(I would dare say the AP reporter never bothered to follow up on Mr. Obama’s attacks and misrepresentations.)

The real extremist in this race is not the challenger, but the incumbent.  He favors bigger government while most voters prefer smaller government with fewer services.  He pushed legislation overhauling our nation’s health care system, even as the bill lost public support during his campaign to pass it.  Even his position on abortion is extreme as John McCormack reminds us:

A Quinnipiac poll asked voters in December 2009: “Do you support or oppose using public funds to pay for abortions under a health care reform bill?” Seventy-two percent of voters opposed public funding of abortion and 23 percent supported it.

Mr. Obama favors using public funds to pay for abortion.  Not just that, McCormack adds:

So extreme is Obama’s commitment to abortion-on-demand that as an Illinois state senator he opposed measures to protect infants who had been born alive during botched late-term abortions. The president is so dedicated to “women’s rights” that this summer he opposed a ban on gender-selective abortions—the abortion of girls because they are girls.

Read the whole thing.  Once again, it seems, Mr. Obama levels accusations against his opponents which could be better directed at him.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  The “phenomenon you’re talking about,” observes Charlie Foxtrot

. . . is called “Projection” in psychological studies, and simply referred to as “Being a Liberal” in the American vernacular. ;-)

Ultimately, I think it backfires on guys like Romney because, as JP mentioned, there is nothing extreme about the man. It’s why the Dem attacks against W always failed. Sooner or later people see the guy Democrats are vilifying and think, “he doesn’t look like a baby eating spawn of Satan..”



  1. What could be more extreme than “fundamentally transforming” America?

    Comment by V the K — August 27, 2012 @ 7:47 am - August 27, 2012

  2. Projection, thy name is Obama.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 27, 2012 @ 9:16 am - August 27, 2012

  3. Looks like Obama, representing left wing homosexuals/bisexuals has decided to turn up the volume on moonbatshitcrazy. Is there really any difference between the homonazis of Nazi Germany and the homonazis of today, exclusive of the genocidal aspect toward orthodox religion? Where else but the APAs/ABA would one find reliance on astrology and the occult seeking justification for abhorrent behaviors?

    Comment by rjligier — August 27, 2012 @ 9:27 am - August 27, 2012

  4. Romney may not be behind this, but I do find this to be extreme:

    Comment by JohnAGJ — August 27, 2012 @ 12:14 pm - August 27, 2012

  5. while on vacation I chatted with a girl who was from a life long dem family….she also said she was concerned about Mitt’s extremist political views…I laughed and said “in Texas we call those with Mitt’s background and views Democrats … He was voted in as Gov. of Massachusetts after all and some ultra right wing die hard conservative is NOT going to get that office”. She thought about that and conceded I had a point.

    Comment by JP — August 27, 2012 @ 12:47 pm - August 27, 2012

  6. This is where word choice once again comes into play. THe democrats paint themselves as the center the more the refer to the GOP positions as extreme ones. The media happily marches along in lock step and cooperates with this labeling-probably because so many of them are liberal democrats themselves.

    Word choice means a lot and conveys a lot.

    Comment by Just Me — August 27, 2012 @ 1:24 pm - August 27, 2012

  7. The phenomenon you’re talking about is called “Projection” in psychological studies, and simply referred to as “Being a Liberal” in the American vernacular. 😉

    Ultimately, I think it backfires on guys like Romney because, as JP mentioned, there is nothing extreme about the man. It’s why the Dem attacks against W always failed. Sooner or later people see the guy Democrats are vilifying and think, “he doesn’t look like a baby eating spawn of Satan..”

    Comment by Charlie Foxtrot — August 27, 2012 @ 2:08 pm - August 27, 2012

  8. Understand that liberals are moral relativists and deal only with ethics according to the specific situation. Conservatives have principles and standards which ground them with an actual belief system.

    When a liberal calls a conservative “Extreme” he is branding him as cold, unfeeling, politically incorrect Neanderthal who is clinging to his standards and rigid morality. It works with the small minded and weak minded and group think liberals and so-called independents.

    On the other hand, you can not make “extreme” stick with the amorphous, gelatinous liberal who oozes his core of “feeling” around any chosen topic with neither stated principle nor standards.

    Alinsky explains how the liberal game is plotted, manned and played out. If enough people fall for it, there is little one can do to awaken the doublespeak entranced zombies.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 27, 2012 @ 3:05 pm - August 27, 2012

  9. Does anyone actually read and prepared to accept-100%-as-doctrine the Party Convention Platform as-written?

    There’s some pretty radical…and really-petty…language in the 2012 Platform as presented to the Convention; on Religion, on Gay Rights and SSM, on Abortion, and on Pornography.

    Although to be balanced, the Democratic Party Platform reads as Left-of the old US Communist Party.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 27, 2012 @ 5:21 pm - August 27, 2012

  10. It’s pretty easy, Ted.

    One party doesn’t agree with you on abortion, the other doesn’t agree with you on private ownership of businesses or other Fourth Amendment issues.

    One party doesn’t agree with you on “gay rights”, the other doesn’t believe you have First Amendment rights.

    One party doesn’t agree with you on marriage, the other doesn’t believe that you have Second Amendment rights.

    So grow up and be an adult. Or get the hell out. I really don’t have any more time to waste on pathetic sniveling gays who would sell themselves into slavery for a gay-sex marriage certificate, and I don’t think the Republican Party needs to worry about them either.

    If you want the GOP to take you seriously, start acting like a serious person. You’re getting upset about the GOP platform not being to your exact liking on issues that are ultimately irrelevant to your daily life while the Obama Party is openly pushing ultra-left-wing “progressivism” that will devastate it.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 27, 2012 @ 5:47 pm - August 27, 2012

  11. Oh, NDT, you silly wingnut. There you go again acting like our Constitutional Rights are somehow more important than the right to have a same-sex relationship legitimized by the signature of a Government Bureaucrat on a standard form.

    Question worth asking: Why *are* Democrats so hostile to free speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, property rights, and all the rest?

    If you think about it long enough, I suspect you won’t like the answer.

    Comment by V the K — August 27, 2012 @ 5:56 pm - August 27, 2012

  12. I’m not “upset”….I’m just making the observation that no-one takes either Party’s Platform seriously. But they do serve as propaganda-targets for the opposite-side when preaching to either own choirs.

    **Sheesh** Grow a sense of proportion…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 28, 2012 @ 8:53 am - August 28, 2012

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