June 30, 2012

Latest anti-Romney talking point--projection...

Shiny object of the week - Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post:

...The newest talking point: Mitt Romney is vague or has no ideas. When he gives an answer they don’t like (he’s opposed to gay marriage), he’s accused of ducking the issue. The most egregious variation is insisting Romney doesn’t have anything with which to replace Obamacare. He certainly does.

Let’s remind everyone: Romney has a tax plan with specified corporate and individual rates, a commitment to keep current progressivity, and territoriality for international businesses. On health care, he wants a premium-support Medicare plan, block-granting Medicaid, uniform tax treatment for individual- and employer-purchased insurance plans, interstate insurance sales, permission for small businesses to group together for insurance purchases, greater transparency and disclosure by insurance companies, and tort reform. On immigration, he has plans for family unification, legalization for those who serve in the military, expansion of visas for highly educated foreign students, employer verification and increased border control. He’s got tons of other policies — an outline for Social Security reform, expanded domestic energy development, reduction in the federal workforce and removal of Big Labor giveaways.

I could go on and on. So what accounts for the blatantly false assertion that has become the latest anti-Romney talking point?

It is a simple game of distraction or, if you prefer, a classic case of projection....
Posted by John Weidner at June 30, 2012 10:40 AM

No, it is a simple case of lying. There's no complex strategy, no psychology, it's just a lie. The MAL simply does not care about facts.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 1, 2012 1:03 PM

Of course they don't care about facts. That's hardly worth mentioning.

But there IS a complex strategy. Having thousands of people simultaneously promulgating a political message that changes every week is complex.

The interesting question is, is it conscious? My guess is not. I doubt there is a "Journolist" passing out planned talking points.

Rather, it's like when an addict needs a fix, every brain cell is in pain. So inevitably he finds compelling reasons to commit any crime or outrage. No one is "in charge;" the whole organism just moves and thinks as one.

Similarly, most liberals are psychologically dependent on liberalism, to hide the terrors of the abyss.. Plus a large portion are financially dependent. They are addicts. The cells are all in pain, knowing (though they don't admit it consciously) that their organism has failed, and will soon be shrinking and shriveling and maybe dying outright.

UNLESS people can be distracted! So any new "shiny object" that arises, wherever, is instantly transmitted to all the cells, who all begin to broadcast it.

Posted by: John Weidner at July 1, 2012 2:32 PM

I think it's a good strategy for the MSM. You wear down Romney by telling people he's ducking the issue, and Romney eventually gets weary. It worked against Roberts, didn't it?

Posted by: David at July 2, 2012 3:21 PM

"I think it's a good strategy for the MSM."

More like a desperation play by people who have no positive message of any kind.

And I think we are just going to have to wait and see with Roberts. I think he's playing a deep game, and we will look back later and see it. I read somewhere that when he was a young conservative lawyer just getting started in DC, he would never comment on controversial legal issues. Presumably because he was looking forward to a future judicial nomination.

Sounds like a steely-eyed missile man to me. Not somebody who gets "worn down" easily.

Posted by: John Weidner at July 2, 2012 5:09 PM

It's also part of the "Tyranny of Cliches" where they have become so used to "thinking" with soundbites that when a new one shows up it's just plugged in. I think there is conscious direction but it's more like on fish in a school, he just goes in some particular direction and everyone else follows.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 3, 2012 1:53 PM
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