Rush Limbaugh, Batman, and the Colorado shooting [Update]

posted at 11:21 am on July 20, 2012 by Dustin Siggins

At the risk of seeming callous by getting into the politics of the Colorado shooting, this has to be nipped in the bud by the President and other prominent liberals soon. Via Twitchy:

Some Twitter users are speculating that the Aurora, Colo., shooter was inspired by comments made by Rush Limbaugh.  The shooting occurred at a midnight premiere of the movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” On Tuesday July 17, Limbaugh said on his radio show that the name of the villain in the movie is a thinly-veiled dig at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney:

RUSH: Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is.  That’s right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing.  Do you know the name of the villain in this movie?  Bane.  The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e.  What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy?  Bain.  The movie has been in the works for a long time.  The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time.  Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?

To be perfectly clear, as a Batman fan, I don’t think there is any connection between Bane and Bain, unless the original creators of the character knew a couple of decades ago that this would be a political issue. Or the producers of the 1990s Batman Animated Series knew this would be an issue. Regarding the timing of the release, production began several years ago. Which means this was long before Romney was ever the presumptive GOP nominee, never mind the actual nominee, and well before most Americans knew what Bain Capital even was. So I think Rush was either simply wrong or having a bit of fun at Obama’s expense.

However, Rush’s statement does not leave room for the kind of accusations these Twitter users are making. While a few no-name people accusing Rush of being responsible for this shooting is a big eye-roller, this could easily lead to the kind of widespread slander and libel leveled against Sarah Palin after the Giffords shooting. A quick Google search brings up this blog already talking about it, and a comment below a Huffington Post article discussing the alleged correlation. An ABC News discussion of the shooting is also already bringing up extremely tenuous Tea Party links.

Rather than make accusations, all Americans should all sit back and pray for those who were involved, including the alleged shooter. Accusations related to politics can wait until investigations are well under way.

P.S. Timothy Carney notes that two liberals have stepped up to the ball already on Twitter to bash the ABC reporter who insinuated Tea Party links– Adam Serwer and Jay Rosen. Kudos to them.

P.P.S. Jake Tapper reports that Obama has cancelled a fundraiser later today due to the shooting and is speaking now about it. I will update this post as necessary, should the President address these baseless accusations against Rush and the Tea Party.

[Update] The Obama campaign has ordered all ads attacking Romney to be taken down, including by affiliates:

The president “feels this is the appropriate step on that front, and today we are focused on remembering the victims and finding out what happened,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who was traveling with Obama in Florida.

She also said the Obama campaign had “asked affiliates to pull down our contrast advertising for the time being. It takes time for stations to be able to do this, but we are making every effort.”

[Update II] Romney is pulling down all ads in Colorado “until further notice,” and will address the shootings at a campaign event. Both Ann Romney and First Lady Obama, as well as VP Biden, are off the campaign trail today due to the shooting.

[Update III] Via Weasel Zippers, thanks to MontanaMmmm in the comments, ABC News has retracted the assumption that the shooter was a Tea Party-associated man of the same name:

An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

[Update IV] The President’s speech didn’t address the jumps to conclusions by anyone, but it was a largely good speech nonetheless, even if a few members of the audience were a bit raucous. And kudos to Media Matters for taking the classy road as well in a short statement on its Facebook page.


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The Lefties never pay a penalty for jumping to immediate conclusions and trying blame these tragedies on conservatives, or on the Tea Party.

So they have nothing to lose by doing it.

farsighted on July 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

+1000000

if a gop jumped to conclusion oooooh the outrage

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I guess.

I asked lowereastside to kindly present evidence of its claim, but it seems to have shut itself off.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

The Department of Health raided her Arby’s last night, that’s why she’s so irritable today.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

And kudos to Media Matters for taking the classy road as well in a short statement on its Facebook page.

“Thank you, Chief Torturer, for only using 300 volts today instead of the usual 400!” /

Liam on July 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

He asked a simple question here. Nothing “moronic” about it at all, except to you residents of Uranus.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

That’s the “moronic” thing Gohmert said? So in DaveMoldyboard’s head people defending themselves is moronic?

NotCoach on July 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Resist We Much on July 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Is that the USC of football fame? If so I might need to turn in my grad degree from there. I don’t want to be associated with a University that produces gun nuts. :)

chemman on July 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I just posted this but it disappeared so I’ll say it again.
This is as bad as it gets. The young Jim Holmes was a med student at Univ of CO. He dropped out last month. Obviously very bright but very broken. Family wasn’t surprised it was he when they heard who was picked for the slaughter. Even tho he is an adult, they are probably wishing they had intervened before it came to this and forced help on him.

gracie on July 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

So I think Rush was either simply wrong or having a bit of fun at Obama’s expense.

First, I was listening the other day when Rush was talking about this and I’m pretty certain that Rush actually said that this was in the works long before Romney was the likely nominee but that democrats would use it some how to attack Romney.

Second, Rush was not the first to pose that possibilty, it was nasty little democrat chihuahua chris lehane that gleefully looked forward to the opportunity to use a huge movie vehicle for the democrats ends.

this could easily lead to the kind of widespread slander and libel leveled against Sarah Palin after the Giffords shooting.

It already has. That’s why the small unbiased media sector and conservative media has to go all out against the attempts by the left to turn this horror to thier political advantage. Who says that stephanopolous and brian ross are immune from media questions just because they pretend to be journalists? Where is that law printed? Fox news needs to follow these guys around with cameras and microphones yelling questions about why they decided to slander the Tea Party at the crack of dawn and what was thier answer to the charges that thier reporting was very nearly criminally irresponsible.

An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

Websters-disseminate-To spread or become spread, diffuse. Is It abc news job to disseminate information or to report the news? I pray that someday a news reporter, a real, credible journalist, will rise who will have the balls to call the leftwing propaganda media on thier dishonesty, arrogance and anti-Americanism. I’m not a journalist nor am I a rocket scientist but I am intelligent enough to understand that if someone hates America’s history, hates America’s form of government, hates America’s economic system and hates the American people then there is no question that they are anti-American.

peacenprosperity on July 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

jaydee_007 on July 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Quite right.

Anyone who thinks the police protect them is a fool. Only in the most extreme circumstances do the police actually actively protect someone, when there is an unequivocal and certain threat, and then only temporarily.

The police try to deter crime by catching perps after the fact and helping the DA convict. If the perps do not care about getting caught or think they can get away with it no one but you can stop them from making you into a crime victim statistic.

farsighted on July 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Every Time I here the “It was a Tea Party guy for the next wk, my reply will be… No, but the weapons did come from Fast & Furious, so Obama and Holder have even more Blood on their hands.

Fire with Fire!

God Bless America!

paratisi on July 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

The Department of Health raided her Arby’s last night, that’s why she’s so irritable today.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Here’s her classic “response”.

For those commenters whining about why the tea party is being perceived as dangerous, your anti middle class and radical pro gun policies are a major determinant. Couple that with spitting on black congressmen and wishing death on poor people without insurance; and you shouldn’t be surprised why middle America thinks of you as dangerous.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

lol! Epic Fail across the board.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Actually, Chuck Todd (who’s name happily escaped me) literally suggested teh won tape a message at the White House as an alternative to the jarring footage of the cheering crowd in Florida, which he and the anchor agreed was unhelpful to the campaign

wolfsDad on July 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

NewsBusters:

Michael Grunwald is doubling down on what many liberals in the media are only hinting at. “[T]here is nothing wrong with politicizing tragedy,” the Time senior national correspondent wrote this morning, reacting to the Aurora movie theater shooting. “If advocates or experts or even politicians think their policy ideas can prevent the next Aurora—by preventing potential killers from obtaining guns, by making sure potential victims can carry guns, or by some other method—then by all means, now is the time to spread the word.”

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

paratisi on July 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Obama may as well resign if that turned out to be the case. Media could no longer ignore F&F, and the public would get a giant eye full of that political operation.

NotCoach on July 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

The Department of Health raided her Arby’s last night, that’s why she’s so irritable today.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Here’s her classic “response”.

For those commenters whining about why the tea party is being perceived as dangerous, your anti middle class and radical pro gun policies are a major determinant. Couple that with spitting on black congressmen and wishing death on poor people without insurance; and you shouldn’t be surprised why middle America thinks of you as dangerous.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

lol! Epic Fail across the board.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Yep, the filthy lies of Congresswhore Emanuel Cleaver live on forever.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Maybe starting to look like a Jared Loughner redux:

REPORT: Denver Shooter Had ‘Hair Painted Red’ And Said He Was ‘The Joker’

NotCoach on July 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

ABC and others are about to get Richard Jewelled and I can’t bloody wait.

NBC and others had to pay a lot of money to Richard Jewell for libeling him.

My advice to the James Holmes libeled by ABC, Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulous, Brian Ross and any other news organisations or websites this morning:

CALL LIN WOOD AT 404.891.1402. NOW.

He’s the best and is experienced in these sorts of cases. He represented Jewell. If you want a second opinion, call Mr Floyd Abrams at 212.701.3621 or email him at fabrams@cahill.com. He is a living legend.

Even if Obama succeeds in raising the top marginal rates, compensatory damages for emotional distress, damage to reputation, etc., are generally not considered taxable income. You will have to pay taxes on any punitive damages awarded and, if such are available in your jurisdiction, you should seek them. ABC quite obviously acted with wanton and reckless disregard and the consequences of its actions were foreseeable to any reasonable person.

Be our hero. Sue the hell out of all of them. They’ve defamed you (and the rest of us and they’ve been getting away with it for years: OKC, Giffords, Anders Behring Breivik, etc.). We don’t have standing. You do.

You go, dude!

PS: I am NOT affiliated with either. I’m just an attorney and, if I were in your shoes, they would be where I’d go because they are the best.

Resist We Much on July 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

No shout outs this time?

Ukiah on July 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The left does not care how wrong they are in blaming Rush, the Tea Party, the Second Amendment, or any other conservative or conservative group, all it matters is get the leftist narrative out as fast as possible, the left knows that the liberal media will run with it with no questions asked. When the truth comes out, of course a nonapology apology is made but it is buried in a statement or in a small paragraph that very few people will hear or see, but point is the leftist narrative is out quickly and pushed on the general population, with the true goal of the leftist narrative getting embedded in the minds of the gullible, who the left count on them not hearing or seeing the leftist blatant lie being retracted.

Beastdogs on July 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The young man was troubled, no doubt. I pray for his parents as this has to be their worst day. The media will be camped out here in San Diego perched near their yard watching them. Can we stop with the vulture journalism?

I pray for those who lost their family member(s. I pray that we as a Nation can once again become United.

Let’s not look to blame or shame, let’s look to bring this Nation together once again.

uhangtight on July 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Dear Mr. Rywall, I hate to see you become so easily led, you really are becoming a cheap date.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Is that the USC of football fame? If so I might need to turn in my grad degree from there. I don’t want to be associated with a University that produces gun nuts. :)

chemman on July 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Better get some stamps. :-(

Resist We Much on July 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Where’s Hotair’s coverage of Gohmert’s moronic remarks?

Dave Rywall on July 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Well, ladies and gents, DR provided the remarks @ 12:52 PM.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

You’re wasting your time Raquel.

verbaluce is the circus clown reshaping balloons.

ToddPA on July 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

With Raquel, it’s a disagreeable but substantive back and forth.
With ToddPA, it’s what he thinks are clever but are not personal insults and name calling.
But when you have nothing to say, you say nothing.

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Love that. It’s late in the morning, possibly lunch time in some places, and you are “rising early” to read trolls the riot act. :)

“OMG Don’t MAKE me come IN THERE!”

Axe

Okay, now, you are going to have to reimburse me for the carpet cleaning. Coke Zero + white carpet = Big Mess

What I meant was that I actually awoke early this morning…like 6, which doesn’t happen very often since I’ve been on my Obama Vacay. I heard about the massacre, chequed in over at Townhall, and sure ’nuff, the old trolls were up to their old tricks. SOME OF THEM WERE THE EXACT SAME ONES THAT POSTED ALL SORTS OF CRAZY CRAP ABOUT PALIN, THE TEA PARTY, ANGLE, CONSERVATIVES, LIBERTARIANS, REPUBLICANS, etc., being responsible for the Tucson Massacre.

I HAVE THEIR POSTS FROM THE THREADS ABOUT TUCSON IN THE FIRST 48 HOURS AFTER THE SHOOTINGS.

Here’s a sampling:

Dondi Wrote: Jan 09, 2011 1:24 AM

I hope your satisfied Sarah Palin and Rush Fatbaugh becaus ethe both of you have the blood of these Patriots on your hands and I seriously hope your held accountable for it, an eye for an eye, hand for a hand, Palin will not get away with the virolent rhetoric she is now famous for.

christian Wrote: Jan 08, 2011 2:35 PM

Dangerous Liberals huh? Thank Gawd Sarah Palin “targeted” REp. Giffords. The Tea Party has a massacre on their hands.

Tyler Wrote: Jan 08, 2011 2:21 PM

Very sad the tea party is responsible

Glenn Wrote: Jan 08, 2011 8:24 PM

When Sarah Palin posted a picture of a rifle’s crosshairs on the Congresswoman, I started fearing for her safety.

Walker Wrote: Jan 08, 2011 7:08 PM

Maybe this tragedy will show just how dangerous some of the ignorant, anti-American, anti-Government, hateful crap is on Townhall.

Brad Wrote: Jan 08, 2011 8:46 PM

Sarah Palin, this assassination, mass murder and her advertisement targeting Congresswoman Giffords will go hand and hand the rest of her life. Her political career is only. The majority of America will see her for who she is. A horrible, nasty, undereducated and opportunistic woman.

Glenn Wrote: Jan 08, 2011 8:43 PM

Strong, courageous right winger shoots unarmed nine-year-old. McVeigh redux.

And, as George, Brian, and others have proven today, the Left still hasn’t learned its lesson. They go faaaaaaaaaaaaaar out on that limb and reality comes along and saws it off. ;-)

Resist We Much on July 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Do you know if Mark Steyn will post a transcript of his broadcast today? I’ve never seen him put one up on the Limbaugh website as Rush does every day, but I’d like to hear/read what he had to say.

timmytee on July 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Where’s Hotair’s coverage of Gohmert’s moronic remarks?

Dave Rywall on July 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Well that would mean HA having to take a position on the remarks indeed being moronic.
As with Michelle Bachmann’s recent ‘Muslim infiltrators’ idiocy – it’s tends to be crickets here when a Tea Party hero clearly crosses the line.
Wouldn’t want to offend (or inform or educate) anyone…

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

lol! Epic Fail across the board.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Yep, the filthy lies of Congresswhore Emanuel Cleaver live on forever.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Things got even more Hallucinogenic from there.

When numerous posters reminded lowereastside that the alleged “spitting incident” had been debunked (Breitbart unsuccessfully offered a $100,000 reward to anyone with video proof that it happened), lowereastside childishly explained that it was simple-the Tea Baggers who actually videotaped the spitting incident (that never took place) would rather keep the videos for themselves! Even said that they would refuse to give them to Breitbart even if the reward was $1 million.

Epic.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Eric Holder and Van Jones quietly smiles, while Fast & Furious 2.0 goes American, just in time for the long, hot summer.

Typicalwhitewoman on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM


Where’s Hotair’s coverage of Gohmert’s moronic remarks?

Dave Rywall on July 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Here’s you coverage azz.
It was comforting and humble. Things about which you know nothing.

Completely messed that up.
Meant to say that about Romney

arrgggggg

bluealice on July 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

the shooter had a teacher. and drove on government roads to the theater…..hmmmm…..

t8stlikchkn on July 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Let me educate you about what is actually in the letter, since you haven’t read it apparently.

2) (Keith Ellison wrote): “The mother, brother and deceased father of Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and that she, too, by extension, may be working on the organization’s behalf.”

(Bachmann responds:) “Not once in the letter to the Inspector General of the Department of State, as you summarize was it stated that “by extension, (Ms. Abedin), may be working on the organization’s behalf.” In fact, what we wrote was that:

“…the Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/ or organizations. Her position provides her with routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.

“That her family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood has been reported and referenced widely in the Arab-language media, including Al-Hayat, the Arab Times and Al-Jazerra….”

That last part is fact, her late father her mother and her brother are all connected to the Muslim brotherhood, her mother, in the branch organization, the Muslim Sisterhood whose stated goal is to “destroy Western civilization from within.”

Relatives of suspected criminals are questioned by the police, why shouldn’t questions about the associations of Huma’s relatives be investigated. Why did Hillary’s motorcade get pelted with tomatoes last week in Egypt by opponent’s of the Muslim brotherhood, which she endorsed?

celtnik on July 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Rather than make accusations, all Americans should all sit back and pray for those who were involved, including the alleged shooter.

I think I’ll pass on praying for the “alleged shooter”. I hope that doesn’t make you think I’m a bad person. Actually, go ahead and think that. I think I’d prefer that to praying for him.

VorDaj on July 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

As with Michelle Bachmann’s recent ‘Muslim infiltrators’ idiocy – it’s tends to be crickets here when a Tea Party hero clearly crosses the line.
Wouldn’t want to offend (or inform or educate) anyone…

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

There was no idiocy by her. Now with McCain and Flake and Boehner … and you … that’s another matter entirely.

VorDaj on July 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Which means this was long before Romney was ever the presumptive GOP nominee

Eh. Romney’s been the presumptive GOP nominee since 2009. Hard to pretend otherwise when every new candidate running was automatically considered the “not Romney” in the race until that person flamed out and became the next “not Romney”. So I’m not sure that’s accurate. Additionally, while it’s true that Nolan didn’t create the Bane character, he did have a ton of other villains to choose from and specifically chose this one. So the fact that the character is much older than Romney’s political career, isn’t necessarily proof this wasn’t political either.

It is also true that we’ve known about Bane since long before most had heard of Bain, but the Bane thing did also come up years ago without getting national attention.

That said, I do still think Rush is either full of it or making a joke here (hopefully the latter), because Bane is probably the most logical choice to end this new series on, as he’s the only one who ever broke the bat. Plus, there’s nothing about him that in any way resembles Romney.

Esthier on July 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Rush was bloviating and spouting nonsense about Bane and Bain. I feel for all the victims and the families in this senseless crime. I cannot help feel, though, that obama is overplaying this. Did he react this way when our soldiers were slaughtered at Ft. Hood? No, he was too pre-occupied with his shout-out. He’s a hypocritical fool and I can feel sorrow and compassion without him.

Xyz22 on July 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Where’s Hotair’s coverage of Gohmert’s moronic remarks?

Dave Rywall on July 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

MKH did mention it. And now HA is covering Rush’s stupid comments.

Your problem is what exactly?

Esthier on July 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Where’s Hotair’s coverage of Gohmert’s moronic remarks?

Dave Rywall on July 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

MKH did mention it. And now HA is covering Rush’s stupid comments.

Your problem is what exactly?

Esthier on July 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

FYI, Esthier…Try listening to him, he was reporting Jon Stewart’s angle. Didn’t want you going off half cocked or something.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/17/comedian-likens-batman-villain-bane-to-romney-bain-capital-firm/

AllahsNippleHair on July 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Rush was bloviating and spouting nonsense about Bane and Bain. I feel for all the victims and the families in this senseless crime. I cannot help feel, though, that obama is overplaying this. Did he react this way when our soldiers were slaughtered at Ft. Hood? No, he was too pre-occupied with his shout-out. He’s a hypocritical fool and I can feel sorrow and compassion without him.

Xyz22 on July 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

You sound like an idiot. Read below, he was DISCUSSING the libs, Jon Stewart making the connection. But, like a liberal, you blame Rush.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/17/comedian-likens-batman-villain-bane-to-romney-bain-capital-firm/

AllahsNippleHair on July 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The guy had 4 guns, the last one legally bought in May so nothing Rush said yesterday motivated the deranged man that shot those people. He also had body armor from head to toe. He has been planning this shooting for months, long before anyone heard about Bain, Bane or Batman Rises. I’m waiting for Prezzy Moment of Silence to get back to DC and hold a meeting with Big Sis, so they can figure out how to word the EO confiscating our weapons.

Kissmygrits on July 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Interesting stuff

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Dustin, you need to update/correct your post. Rush was commenting on what Jon Stewart said and from a July 16 article. The trolls are starting to link your post. Thanks.

AllahsNippleHair on July 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

The media (and this administration) is desirous of a mass murder committed by a conservative white male….let’s hope they never get one.

repvoter on July 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

This Bane BS is just that, BS. But that Punk, Palin, using cross-hairs at American opponents. Sorry boys, that B*t*ch won’t fly.

Observation on July 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM

that’s probably the most reasonable action I’ve ever seen this administration perform. Well, that and shooting pirates and UBL in the head, but that’s another thread.

ted c on July 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Really? It just plays into the conservatives cannot be trusted with their thoughts and actions motif that pervades progressive thought. It’s the same thing that causes people to say that comments by Rush that seemed against the movie “made” some conservative go out and shoot people.

It’s the same thing idea that made a Tea Party activist in Aurora who shared the name a convincing lead to ABC. Even if Obama doesn’t think it himself, it’s like “Whoa, I’d better not anger the conservatives anymore with attacks on Bain because it’s just going to rile them up.”

One half of the country finds it acceptable to believe that the right is some powderkeg of hate. It’s odd, but the emotional release and “experience” of “revelation” that their suspicions have been right all along, that they revel in in these tragedies really aren’t touched by the sterile facts and the “Now, let’s all get along” treacle. Experientially, they’ve lived through a right winger shooting up Fort Hood, a guy being hung by reactionaries because he’s suspected of being a Fed, the Tea Party shooting up a museum, crashing a plane into an IRS office, and shooting Gabby Giffords.

They just wait for the real world to catch up with their convictions. I’m not really into the “dog whistle” argument, but to the extent that any of it could be valid, this can be a way to play to that progressive suspicion about the uptight violence of the right, all the while pulling some expensive, ineffective adds.

Axeman on July 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

0bama won when Romney followed his example of pulling the ads. You see, the liberal media is continuing to attack Romney while he has nothing out there.

Shades of McLame? You betcha!

DannoJyd on July 22, 2012 at 4:52 AM

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