Tapper grills Carney: Why isn’t it fair to blame Obama for Hoffa’s remarks?

posted at 4:55 pm on September 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

Nice catch by JT. I’d forgotten about this incident from Campaign ’08, when McCain apologized for Bill Cunningham’s reference to “Barack Hussein Obama” in his intro at one of Maverick’s rallies. By comparison, not only is Hoffa not sorry for what he said, the best Carney can do by way of repudiation on Obama’s behalf is to say that no one speaks for The One (except him). Will that standard also apply to the Republican nominee next year? Of course not, but don’t expect any reporter there to challenge Carney on it later when the Democrats’ smear campaign against him/her gets going — except Tapper himself, of course. In fact, the new head of the DNC, who was one of the most adamant proponents of the “new tone” after the Tucson shooting, spent an entire segment on Fox News this morning deflecting questions about Hoffa rather than denouncing him. How soon things change.

Speaking of change, my favorite part of the Hoffa story is the left’s defense that he was talking specifically about voting when he called for taking those tea-party “sons of bitches” out. That’s super, but the whole point of the “new tone” demagoguery after Tucson was that intent doesn’t matter. Go re-read Palin’s Facebook post from March 2010 showcasing the crosshairs map that the media would make famous 10 months later. Sample quote: “This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington.” Elections. Voting. And yet it didn’t matter to our liberal betters after Giffords was shot; the argument then was that the political “climate” in America had become so heated that it was irresponsible to use violent rhetoric or imagery even in service to a perfectly pedestrian nonviolent call for voter turnout. Remember? We were all going to clean up our language lest the scrambled brains of the Jared Loughners of the world derive some sort of incitement to murder from them where none was intended. Fast forward eight months and here’s the president of the Teamsters coloring his own turnout plea with a bunch of war metaphors and a call to start taking “sons of bitches” out, oblivious to the possibility that Loughners might exist on his side as well. How’s that post-Tucson rhetorical standard working out for you now, liberal friends? Is that bed you made for yourselves comfortable?

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This is just another example of The One’s inability to lead. He talks a good civility game but when he has an opportunity to build on it, he gives his supporters a pass.

He doesn’t realize that once again he has given up the high ground. This fact will be lost on most of his dwindling base — the same people that would have been upset with him if he had called Hoffa out — but slowly and surely more and more of them become his former supporters.

Meanwhile, independents’ become less likely to ever support him.

EconomicNeocon on September 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Loughner was on the side of the democratics.

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Heh. You called them the democratics.

Jaibones on September 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

If I recall, Loughner was on Hoffa’s side. He’s bat poop crazy, but he’s one of theirs.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/01/jared_loughner_alleged_shooter.php

DailyDanet on September 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Obama talks the talk about “civility”, but in reality he’s perfectly happy to let his minions make threats, and call names, and otherwise try to intimidate the opposition. I’ve never seen a president with this level of paranoia and pettiness (even Nixon had better control of himself).

RebeccaH on September 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Jimmy Hoffa’s dad was a shovel-ready job.

crushliberalism on September 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

WH Press Secretary is a woeful, shaming post. Even the supposed ‘good’ guys like Tony Snow are engaged every day in dissimulating or peddling the most convoluted and tortured untruths but this guy Carney is the worse this old man has ever seen. His bald, seemingly completely unashamed, vivisection of the truth reminds one of the viper at the Tree of Knowledge working on the character faults of poor Eve. To listen to the man, to observe him at the podium, is a willful act of evil. I feel dirty. I had to think of how watching him diminishes me and had me thinking of an apt description of how he makes me feel. Absolutely without prurient intent, Jay Carney engenders the sensation of being splashed from head to foot by smegma. Excuse me, but that is the best description of the Jay Carney.
Where does one go after being WH Press Secretary? I realize that most of them either enter into work at a prestigious college, university or think tank. Jay Carney, though? I actually picture him in Northern Africa involved in human trafficking or something similar. He has definitely burned all his bridges with civilized society.

thegreatbeast on September 7, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Among the liberal press, Jake Tapper stand head and shoulders above anyone else in terms of being an honest and objective journalist.

And this is not because he’s conservative in any way — he’s not and he will rail against similar hypocrisy when he sees it from Republicans too. But he’s one of the very few liberals who apply the same journalistic standard to both sides.

I think conservative politicians could get a tough but honest and fair interview from him.

willamettevalley on September 8, 2011 at 2:58 AM

Where does one go after being WH Press Secretary? I realize that most of them either enter into work at a prestigious college, university or think tank. Jay Carney, though? I actually picture him in Northern Africa involved in human trafficking or something similar. He has definitely burned all his bridges with civilized society.

thegreatbeast on September 7, 2011 at 7:56 PM

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Cylor on September 8, 2011 at 5:37 AM

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