Dear Media: Fox News Blames You!

On November 7, 2012, in Candidates, Media, by tommy

To Be Clear: Locally, Fox9News does a pretty good job. This is a quick post about some of the nastiest Republicans in the state of Minnesota – the GOP SD48 – and the National Faux “Fox” News.

It’s the morning after a historic election; locally the ethically challenged Kirk Stensrud got knocked off by Yvonne Selcer in 48-A. Knowing how “classy” the local GOPers are (not), I went to their website – let’s look!

OK, see that on the bottom, middle? “• BIAS ALERT — Five ways the mainstream media tipped the scales in favor of Obama.

That’s “right” – blame the media. That’s the local GOPers excuse for possibly the worst candidate a party has ever put up for President, the “fiercely conservative” – until he got the GOP’s endorsement – “Multiple Positions” Mitt Romney (who even the Salt Lake Tribune couldn’t endorse).

“Blame the media” from the local Party of Personal Responsibility (from OTHERS). Forget Etch-A-Sketch; forget Romney Shambles; forget the non-existent tax returns; forget… well EVERYTHING – it’s the media’s fault.

These local GOPers are the ones that rallied behind disgraced former Mayor Phil Young. The ones that two years later; still vilify former DFL State Representative Maria Ruud. The ones that… well, I could go on and On and ON. The local “leaders” of the Mn GOP SD48 simply are NOT nice nor classy people.

And their very first post on their website, on the day after an election rejecting their candidate for president, saw the DFL take over the House and Senate in St. Paul (including the defeat of their endorsed candidate in SD48-A, Kirk Stensrud), saw the defeat of two State Constitutional Amendment proposals is a link to the National Fox News, whose message is: “blame the media.”

Message to GOP SD48: take some responsibility.

You know, like you’re always demanding, from everybody else.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

A Look Back At The DNC Convention

On September 30, 2012, in Road Trip 2012, by tommy

The RNC and DNC Conventions were defining of this year’s presidential race. On August 28th – just after the RNC and just before the DNC – Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Blog at the New York Times had President Obama’s odds of winning at 68.7% and Romney at 31.3%. From that point on, it’s been all Obama; as of September 28, President Obama is at 82.7 with Romney dropping to 17.3%. The RNC’s Convention was a party for the country club while the DNC’s was a party for the country.

Having the advantage of being credentialed media in addition to a National Delegate allowed the opportunity to talk to media from across the country that covered both events, and universally the response was that Charlotte was a much more open event, for the media, delegates, and average citizens alike. Tampa, I was repeatedly told, was a high security, keep people and the press away event – and the further away the better. At Charlotte, the limited protests that actually were present could and did get right downtown into the heart of where the action was. Fundie Westboro types set up literally on the sidewalk in front of the Convention Center – with AMPLIFIERS. And I capitalized that, because they were VERY LOUD. And obnoxious, too.

So there were some clear differences between the Conventions. Here’s some of my observations from Charlotte:

It was a lot of fun to Road Trip to Charlotte with a couple of guys; we met on Friday at DFL HQ on Plato. The crew got to know each other much better AND have some fun on the way down – like seeing the fake lemons outside of Lyin’ Ryan’s office in Janesville, Wisconsin. If I were better and faster with iMovie, I’d have a YouTube made of Cliff’s BS Detector going crazy on I-94, and following it to where fake lemons hung like Christmas ornaments in a tree. Which surprised the three of us; we figured why have fake lemons outside when the real lemon was the congressman inside?

One of the slurs GOPers like to hurl at us on the left side of the aisle is we’re “Big-City Democrats.” So I found it ironic that the GOP held their convention in a big city, while by no stretch of the imagination is Charlotte a “big city.” Nice city, yes. And with local foods to die for. I absolutely had the best fried chicken, ever. Period. End of story. So I applaud the choice of Charlotte for the convention; I think it makes for a great convention to hold it in a smaller city – it was the biggest show in town and everyone was very happy to have it there. A convention, like the RNC did, in Tampa? A drop in the bucket, for a big city. Plus, it takes away a talking point for the GOPers.

Because Charlotte is a smaller city, The Host Committee had to be very creative in where to stage events – such holding the Saturday night pre-convention Media Party at the North Carolina Music Factory.

The Sunday Night Delegation Welcome Parties were split up and held in a variety of venues. The Minnesota Delegation teamed up with delegates from Louisiana, New York, Puerto Rico, D.C., South Dakota and Texas for a party at a science museum – which reminded EVERYONE that we’re Democrats, because GOPers these days simply don’t believe in science. Other states met at at venues such as the National Whitewater Center and the Carolina Raptor Center and, of course, the NASCAR museum. I thought it was really cool to hold these events in the venues that they did, and a lot more fun than just some convention center hall. Note to 2016 Host Committee — just do it!

Monday was a party for the people – CarolinaFest. It was essentially a big party downtown featuring two music stages with James Taylor as headliner; weather wiped out a performance by Jeff Bridges and the Abiders. Other acts were local in nature – which is a good thing. The Host Committee did their best to make sure as much local flavor as possible was in everything the Host Committee did.

The Convention went off well. I’ve seen a LOT of speeches, and I’ve NEVER seen one as amazing as First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech on opening night. When she was speaking, you could hear a pin drop (between applause); everyone wanted to hear every single word. The place was packed to the rafters – and everyone was paying attention. Even in the corridors it was quiet; everyone was crowded by the TV’s on the wall or running back to (non-existent) seats in the arena. It was so good, I’m going to put it up so people can watch it again!

This version, as of this time, has 1,956,737 views.

I knew it was going to be a great speech. Before speakers go on the stage, copies of their speeches are available to the media so they (we!) can start writing/working before the speech starts. For instance, in the photo to the right, taken in the media area, one intrepid media type is pre-loading her tweets. This photo was taken during President Obama’s address – which, while very, Very, VERY good – didn’t measure up to The First Lady’s, IMNSHO. When I picked up the copy of The First Lady’s speech, and read through it, I knew it was going to be a great one. And the First Lady nailed that speech.

That scene, our intrepid media type standing and tweeting, was typical – especially on Day Three. It was supposed to be held in the Football Stadium; weather concerns caused the finale from being held outdoors with 70,000 to inside. And that move caused about 25,000 to be crammed into an arena that holds 15,000. But as they say: “ya know what?” – the job got done and the stories got written.

The DFL Staff, from Marge Hoffa & Ken Martin & Corey Day to Kate & Carlie & Heidi & everyone – did a great job under sometimes difficult conditions. There’s always SNAFU’s at every event; the issue isn’t the SNAFU – it’s how it’s dealt with. The DFL Staff did a fine job.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Mayor – R.T. Rybak – seemed to be everywhere. Including delivering a great speech! “Pyromaniacs shouldn’t blame the fire fighter” – gotta love that line!!!

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank my host for the Convention, Dusty Trice. Dusty served as the Director of Digital Strategy for The Host Committee, go to that website and you’ll see his name at the bottom of every page.

And I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank Paul Bengston of Seven Corners Printing – Paul and Seven Corners made that button way at the beginning; I just hauled ‘em down and handed ‘em out to the Minnesota Delegates.

Finally, I’d like to thank the two guys that Road Tripped this event; we’re a little tired but happy for the memories of a lifetime. From finding fake lemons to taking the scenic route through the mountains to to The Pride Party to being there to nominate President Obama for Four More YEARS! – it was quite a trip. While Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Blog has this race looking very good for a second term, there is still work to be done before the celebration can begin. There’s only five weekends left before election day on November 6th – and lots of phone calls to make and doors to knock to make sure it IS an election night celebration.

From all the Romney Shambles before the conventions, to all of the differences the two conventions pointed out, to Romney’s Libya & Open Mouth, Then Insert Foot fiasco to Romney’s devastating 47% comments at a fundraiser – all that doesn’t matter if there isn’t an end game and folks don’t show up to vote.

As Paul Wellstone said: “The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.”

The future is now.

GOTV – Get Out The Vote.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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At the local watering hole, a guy who’s economy has been BushWhacked asked if the ol’ TwoPutter was gonna cover Willard’s #DineAndDashWithCash event at the Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka. These days, he commutes to work on a bicycle and wanted to catch a ride. No problemo! We met and left, arriving in the land of the one percent around 5pm; and twitter action commenced! Tweets with links to pictures, below.

I wasn’t planning on writing this up, but a blogpost, “An Evening With Mitt Romney”, by noted right winger John Hinderaker changed my mind.

I’m not going to fisk Hinderaker’s whole babbling; just a few lines. Here they are:

Rounding the corner to pull into the Lafayette Club’s parking lot, security was tight. Across the road, a pathetic, ragtag group of left-wing protesters were chanting, as usual, “We are the 99 percent.” There were conservative counter-protesters too; I couldn’t tell which group was more numerous. The largest sign said “Romney Creates Jobs.” I wanted to park my car, get out and confront the leftists, but unfortunately the security arrangements didn’t permit that. Otherwise, I would have approached some of them and taped interviews. The question I always want to ask is, “If you are the 99 percent, why are there only 11 of you?”(emphasis added)

As has been noted here on MPP before, most recently with regards to the GOP State Senate’s “Lunch Hour Lit Drop” scandal, right wingers seem to always say: “Who ya gonna believe – us, or yer lyin’ eyes?”

So let’s look at the tweets, and keep in mind what Hinderaker wrote, above!

@TwoPuttTommy KMSP TV covering protest at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event in #MN #StribPol #2012 http://twitpic.com/amxtep

(ok, to be fair – that may be where Hinderaker got his “only 11 of you?” line…)

@TwoPuttTommy 1st bus arriving with protestors at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event at Lafayette Club on Lake Mtka #2012 #StribPol http://twitpic.com/amxytw

(clearly, there were WAY more than “only 11 of you?”…)

@TwoPuttTommy Protestors yelling “we are the 99%” at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event #2012 #Stribpol http://twitpic.com/amy0o0

(yep! Protestors did indeed yell that, as noted by Hinderaker…)

@TwoPuttTommy Another bus with protestors arriving at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event #2012 #StribPol http://twitpic.com/amy1nc

(“…only 11 of you?” Yeah, “right”)

@TwoPuttTommy Norm Coleman just arrived at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event! Think I saw McClung, too. #2012 #StribPol http://twitpic.com/amy74m

(Normie, it should be remembered, is the The Court-Certified “4th Most Corrupt” Senator in Congress, which explains his popularity in today’s GOP – “Greed Over Principles” – Party)

@TwoPuttTommy And ANOTHER bus arrives with protestors at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event #1U #2012 #StribPol http://twitpic.com/amy8pp

@TwoPuttTommy Protestors at #Romney’s #DineAndDashWithCash event in MN have a message of him #1U #2012 #StribPol #p2 http://twitpic.com/amyckh

(ok, remember, above, “The largest sign said “Romney Creates Jobs.””? That’s the truth, the PARTIAL truth, and nothing BUT the partial truth. But, hey – who ya gonna believe, right winger Hinderaker, or yer lyin’ eyes??!?)

@TwoPuttTommy Workers at #Bain owned companies talking about #RomneyEconomy at Mitten’s #DineAndDashWithCash event #1U #StribPol #p2 http://twitpic.com/amye0m

TwoPuttTommy “what’s outrageous? #Bain Capital wages!” #Romney #DineAndDashWithCash event #1U #p2 #2012 #StribPol http://twitpic.com/amyf34

@TwoPuttTommy #Romney motorcade arrives for #DineAndDashWithCash event, has to pass in front of protestors #1U #2012 #StribPol http://twitpic.com/amyn3w

OK, @JaviMorillo followed up that tweet; ya gotta see the picture!!!

@javimorillo Did Paul Ryan come with Mitt Romney to Minnesota? I think we just saw him drive by. #fb #stribpol pic.twitter.com/F2eBSTYN Retweeted by Tommy Johnson

Had to put Javi’s tweet in here!!!

Anyway, the point of all this, is Hinderaker gives a GOPer “Point Of View” (think: “fact challenged”) on Willard’s #DineAndDashWithCash event; Willard didn’t take any time to meet with anyone that wasn’t willing to pay for that privilege. No surprise there!

And Hinderaker’s pathetic post is just today’s example of: You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different.

For the local Fox TV Station’s take on the event, link here. At the 1:06 mark? The guy I went there with, that’s been BushWhacked. And IMNSHO, he’s spot on, with his comment about Romney. Of course, he could have been referring to Hinderaker, too….

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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So Romney maintains his 25% base of GOPers that can’t stand him, and wins Iowa by 8 – EIGHT votes. He goes to New Hampshire, and who’s there to help? McCain. Yes, John McCain. Here’s one headline:

PETERBOROUGH, N.H.—John McCain hugged Mitt Romney today as he endorsed his campaign. Four years ago, he wanted to hug Romney long enough to stop his breathing. (Slate.com)

So, what was McCain saying about Romney, four years ago? Let’s look!!!

So, how does McCain justify that epic flipflop, from ripping Romney 4 years ago, to stepping up for him now? Back to Slate:

Bygones.

But if the enemy of my enemy is my friend, it does not mean he’s my boon companion.

“…if the enemy of my enemy is my friend…”

Hey, THERE’S a real “Christian” philosophy, yes?

I guess what that really means any flipflop is ok, as long as it’s in the interest of making sure Obama is a one term president. Grinding the country to a stop – like the GOPers do in the GOP controlled US House, and the filibustered tyranny of the minority in the US Senate, is ok — as long as it’s in the interest of making sure Obama is a one term president. Taking care of their Boardroom Base is ok — as long as it’s in the interest of making sure Obama is a one term president.

McCain didn’t have to come out for a guy he ripped four years ago – correctly – as a serial flipflopper; he could have just stayed on the sidelines and let the process play out before stepping in for his team’s endorsed candidate. But he didn’t; he jumped in now for a guy he ripped mercilessly — and, again, correctly.

The Big E used to track The Court-Certified “4th Most Most Corrupt Senator In Congress” – GOPer Norm Coleman – in a repository called “The Norm Coleman Weasel Meter”. Ol’ Smokescreen (Norm Coleman) has got nothin’ on Mittens, in the way of flipflops! Comparatively, Norm’s an amatuer. McCain ripped Romney for that flipflopping back then; now he’s got Mitten’s back.

Today’s GOP is morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest, and institutionally corrupt.

And has been pointed out before, one person pointing that out was then-RNC Chair Michael Steele: “You have absolutely no reason – none – to trust our words or our actions at this point.”.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)