Video: Election will bully Obama, or something

posted at 2:41 pm on September 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Conventions produce a lot of oddball claims and weird arguments, but last night’s speech by Deval Patrick had one of the strangest I’ve yet heard made.  In fact, I had to double-check the transcript and the video this morning to be sure I’d heard it correctly.  According to the current elected governor of Massachusetts, contesting Barack Obama’s record and opposing his bid for a second term amounts to bullying:

The list of accomplishments is long, impressive and barely told—even more so when you consider that congressional Republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy. With a record and a vision like that, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office—and neither should you[.]

I suppose we should be grateful, since Patrick’s speech was one of the few not to celebrate the Democratic sacrament of abortion.  It also fits with the opening theme of the convention, which was Government Owns You And You’d Better Appreciate It (as some at the convention did).  This, however, takes the current national obsession with bullying about three quantum leaps into the absurd.  Barack Obama ran for office by criticizing the current occupant of the White House and his opponent in the election.  Even while George Bush maintains a respectful silence on politics, Obama has spent most of the last four years blaming his predecessor for all the failures of his term.  He’s even arguing that Bush was so awful that he should get a pass on being judged for his own job performance in this election — and Patrick has the nerve to claim it’s Obama getting bullied?

And hey, remember when dissent was patriotic?

That’s not the only jaw-dropping claim Patrick made in his speech.  Even Dylan Matthews at Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog pointed out a couple of whoppers in Patrick’s claims, including the entirely spurious accusation that Mitt Romney cut education spending, which increased 41% during Romney’s tenure.  But the claim that debating the record of officeholders during a normal election cycle is an argument that elected leaders should be somehow protected from criticism — which is an argument for tyranny, not for freedom.  If Democrats can’t defend Obama from the heat of political criticism, then perhaps Obama should take the advice of an earlier Democratic President and stay out of the kitchen of electoral politics — and take Deval Patrick with him.

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Obama’s administration spent money sending people to public schools to show the children how to eat a piece of chicken (don’t swallow the bone).

maverick muse on September 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

…or, stumbled over his nose.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

or choked on it.

maverick muse on September 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Yup. Mother Nature just bullied Obama indoors.
Nasty women, she.

Jabberwock on September 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Paying for “how to eat chicken” school programs is as stoopid as the day is long. That’s what KFC and Church’s commercials already accomplished.

maverick muse on September 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Nasty women, she.

grandma’s ghost from the grave

maverick muse on September 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

No surprise. Patrick is a road-show version of 0bama – his 2006 Axlerod-run campaign was a test drive for 2008.

bofh on September 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

C’mon, Deval. “Whip” is a much more provocative image. And chains.

John the Libertarian on September 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

OT: 400,000 more people watched Ann Romney’s speech than Michelle Obama’s

What say you, trolls?

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Did the DNC pay for her dress?I remember how much of an issue was made of Palins clothes.

docflash on September 5, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Did the DNC pay for her dress?

docflash on September 5, 2012 at 3:24 PM

We did.

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 3:26 PM

, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office—and neither should you[.]

….dissent will not be tolerated…..
………….there is no “open forum of ideas” when it comes to Obama…you will do his bidding….anything less will not be tolerated.

You will succumb to all of Obama’s orders and wishes….he is the anointed one…you do not question…nor do you disobey.

Obama’s policy initiatives should be met with only open arms and a blank check……he knows better than you, what is best for you….be knows what is best for the country and should not be questioned nor held responsible for the results of his actions….for if the results turn out to be negative….then it is surely somebody else’s fault.

All opposition and dissent is racist…..is a symptom of the bigoted foundation that this country was built on and will not be tolerated…
…God Dam# America!!!!!!….
..to question or oppose Obama is un-American and should be met with disdain and if necessary…violence.

Now sit down and shut up everybody and do what Obama instructs you to do…nothing more…nothing less.

Baxter Greene on September 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

They had it so very much worse than brother George in Nairobi’s Huruma slum.

Racist Bully.

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Does the government belong to you or do you belong to the government?

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

So lemme see,
They bring a knife you bring a gun= NOT bullying

Get in their faces = NOT bullying

Whose azz to kick = Not bullying

Lets take these sons of beeches out = NOT bullying

TEA party can go straight to hell = NOT bullying

Selling guns to mexicans to kill Americans= NOT bullying

Sending goons to people’s houses and businesses to bully them
= NOT bullying

Unleashing Occupoorz , black panthers and rapists = NOT bullying

Waiting for Nov 6 2012 to vote for a POTUS we want = BULLYING

burrata on September 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Does the government belong to you or do you belong to the government?

The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Its so hard to maintain decorum and civility when you see the other side doing everything they can to bankrupt this country and destroy it out of their own jealousy and greed of others.

I watch tv pundits from both sides try to argue thier points and then laugh it off at the end when the segment is over and it feels as if it will be impossible for us to turn things around.

I’m starting to agree with those that see no hope for us except for an eventual civil war.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Wait until that Democrat toxicity is released from the Convention Hall onto the streets. Then we will see some world-class bullying.

kenny on September 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Devolve, you should talk about the 6.1% unemployment rate you have in MA now, and compare that to Romney’s 4.7%.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

He also talked about Mitt increasing Business Taxes 30% and raising their fees.

So what is he saying.

I am black so can bully Mitt about his record.

Mitt can not talk about Obama’s because Obama is Black and talking about his record is bullying?

I give up. He did not actually play the race card in so many words.

Hey Patrick you can not have it both ways.

Either you are bullying Mitt or Mitt is not bullying Obama. Only the later makes sense.

Thus Duval Patrick you are a pants on fire liar.

Steveangell on September 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

You have mini-me, mumbles, dukakis, lie-a-watha. pagliuca and the Kennedy’s in NC… can’t they stay there – maybe (ok not much hope) but maybe Massachusetts can heal?? I guess that’s not fair to the people of NC though..sigh!

unaffiliated on September 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57505888/romney-campaign-rnc-raise-$100-million-in-august/

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August for the third consecutive month, building upon a fundraising prowess that has allowed him to outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

Romney and the GOP raised a combined $101 million in July, $106 million in June and $76.8 million in May. For their part, Obama and the Democrats pulled in $75 million last month, and $71 million in June and $60 million in May. Last month, Obama’s campaign spent much of its cash — about $59 million — on advertising and paid staff.

Death Star ready for launching.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

And of course, you’ve got to add the usual line about how Obama spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising over the summer, aimed squarely at making Romney so unlikeable that he wouldn’t be electable.

At the end of all that, Romney now runs slightly ahead of Obama on likability, in other words Romney’s position has IMPROVED in that time. So Obama might as well have flushed that money down the toilet.

Add in the Republican advantage among SuperPacs, the enthusiasm advantage, and Republicans out-registering democrats, and things start looking awfully good for Romney.

WolvenOne on September 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Comedy gold.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Awesome. Facepalm is right.

peski on September 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Well I know we can’t talk about the first half-white President’s record. The record is godawful and that’s being kind.

So are we allowed to say he has a great tailor and is really good at mincing down the AF1 steps with this little skip and bounce?

Yeah.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

And of course, you’ve got to add the usual line about how Obama spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising over the summer, aimed squarely at making Romney so unlikeable that he wouldn’t be electable.

At the end of all that, Romney now runs slightly ahead of Obama on likability, in other words Romney’s position has IMPROVED in that time. So Obama might as well have flushed that money down the toilet.

Add in the Republican advantage among SuperPacs, the enthusiasm advantage, and Republicans out-registering democrats, and things start looking awfully good for Romney.

WolvenOne on September 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I’m reading Michael Medved’s new e-book in which he makes this exact point to argue that Obama will lose – incumbent elections are about the incumbent, and desperate attempts to demonize the challenger rather than run on your own record invariably fail – failed for Carter, GHW Bush, and Dole.

peski on September 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

failed for Carter, GHW Bush, and Dole.

peski on September 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Correction – Failed for Carter and Bush. Successful second termers Reagan, Clinton and GW Bush won reelection based on their first term records, and defeated challengers who used personal attacks on the incumbent (Mondale called Reagan too old, Dole painted Clinton corrupt, Kerry said Bush is stupid) and failed.

peski on September 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Now sit down and shut up everybody and do what Obama instructs you to do…nothing more…nothing less.

Baxter Greene on September 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Seig heil!

Obama uber alles!

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Ironic considering Team Obama has some of the biggest political bullies in the school yard. But just like most bullies, when you challenge them, they start crying and run home to tell Mom on you. Even funnier, many in Massachusetts have dubbed their governor “Devalue Patrick” because, just as Obama has done to the country, he has thoroughly mucked up their state. Wah, wah, wah, Patrick, you big crybaby.

College Prof on September 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Did Deval go on to explain all of the great things 0bama has accomplished?

No, the deuce you say.

jukin3 on September 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Against individualism, the progressive Obama conception is for the progressive State; and it is for the individual only in so far as he coincides with the progressive State. Obama conceives of the progressive State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the progressive State. The Obama conception of the progressive State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value.

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

That a black man can’t be judged on his record is ridiculous.

So much for King’s content of character not color of skin.

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

So are we allowed…?

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The answer to that is a resounding YES!!! We don’t have to ask those jackwagons for permission for anything.

(I do understand that you were sarcastic)

NapaConservative on September 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Well I know we can’t talk about the first half-white President’s record. The record is godawful and that’s being kind.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Has “The One” blamed any of his failures on the half-white side of himself yet? Can’t remember, he has blamed so many other things.

I don’t think he acknowledges his half-white side as being president. His half-white side is a typical white person.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

It’s such a grim, agressive and angry DNC convention, the complete opposite of the RNC. How pathetic the press praises it and attacks the RNC. Up is down, day is night. Don’t believe your lying eyes.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Am I the only one who sees the irony in African Americans (at least some of whose ancestors were presumably slaves) saying that they were OK (neigh happy) with being owned by the government? (Don’t bother answering of course this is a rhetorical question). I guess its off one plantation and on to another

RasThavas on September 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

It’s such a grim, agressive and angry DNC convention, the complete opposite of the RNC. How pathetic the press praises it and attacks the RNC. Up is down, day is night. Don’t believe your lying eyes.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

It can fairly well be summed up as just one big hate fest. Hate, hate, hate and still more hate, and they have just started.

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Herr Hussein Obama has corruption in the coop, hate on the hoof, taqiyya on the tongue and bats in the belfry — that’s his campaign strategy.

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Correction – Failed for Carter and Bush. Successful second termers Reagan, Clinton and GW Bush won reelection based on their first term records, and defeated challengers who used personal attacks on the incumbent (Mondale called Reagan too old, Dole painted Clinton corrupt, Kerry said Bush is stupid) and failed.

peski on September 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

yep, one termers fail on their 1st term records and reelects are reelected based upon succesful first term records. Obama is dragging rock bottom on the 1st term record even while his surrogates try as they might to paper over it. He wants his 1st term to look like Bush/Clinton/Reagan when it really looks worse than Carter, and, on many fronts, much much worse.

ted c on September 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

FU Deval, you effin’ idiot – and a big, fat FU to your lover in the White House. How about that?

I REALLY hate these stinkin’ commies.

Pork-Chop on September 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

but last night’s speech by Deval Patrick had one of the strangest I’ve yet heard made.

Please, don’t try to understand them, just defeat them and send them back to the source of their diabolical confusion–Hades.

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

To Herr Hussein Obama and the demofascists the state is all powerful and the individual is state property — slaves –in the 19th century jargon.

What would Lincoln or Jefferson think of this political abomination, this political Halloween ad, about the American people belonging to the government, from the gates of hell?

VorDaj on September 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Well, if Obama wasn’t such a pantywaist…

Ward Cleaver on September 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

ot: color me shocked van jones not happy with the dem platform where God was removed…

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If the media actually fact checked Duval’s and Romney’s Massachusetts records the guy would be hanging his head in shame

audiotom on September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

This is a very angry convention, everyone is pissed off and mean and full of “You’re going to die under the GOP!” rhetoric.

Bishop on September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

“I’m pro-intervention……”

“…..because I’m smarter than you, and you’ll just make bad choices, so I take it upon myself to select the choices you can make”

BobMbx on September 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

He seems angry.

Oh wait, that’s racist….

ConservativeLA on September 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Just sit back, y’all, and let them finish digging their hole.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Now sit down and shut up everybody and do what Obama instructs you to do…nothing more…nothing less.

Baxter Greene on September 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

If we would just behave like the little people in SimCity, everything would be perfect.

BobMbx on September 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Has “The One” blamed any of his failures on the half-white side of himself yet?

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

No but there is still time. And yes we can.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This is a very angry convention, everyone is pissed off and mean and full of “You’re going to die under the GOP!” rhetoric.

Bishop on September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

It is shaping up to be a great convention. Not enough of the real rockstars but Billy Jeff is coming up soon and you know he’ll come out with a stream of consciousness BS that will be hysterical.

And then Chief Liz later who is their ‘rockstar-in-gold’.

Watching it on MSNBC and understanding it is actually just a comedy helps.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Obama’s record be damned. The Party of Entitlements believes Obama is entitled to a second term. Only racists would believe otherwise.

BTW … You should have heard the fawning over Deval’s speech on a Boston talk radio station this morning. Didn’t matter that he was talking out of his a$$, he sounded “so passionate” … “presidential” … god help us.

BRunner on September 5, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Where are the trolls these days?

Don’t they want to fight against “Bullying”?

Chip on September 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

This is a very angry convention, everyone is pissed off and mean and full of “You’re going to die under the GOP!” rhetoric.

Bishop on September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

It is as if they are livid that the GOP did not stop them from electing President Incomplete, so they are going to make them pay by doubling down on fail.

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Governor Patrick….take a chill pill!!! His speech displayed what the internals must be showing the DNC……they are sunk!

tomshup on September 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Mini-Me speaks.

J.H. on September 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Fact check?

Nope. Didn’t think so.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

If the Tea Party movement nationwide would only unite itself from the grassroots on up – as they are presently doing in New Jersey – then Deval Patrick et al would be whining at a soprano pitch.

ManlyRash on September 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Conventions produce a lot of oddball claims and weird arguments, but last night’s speech by Deval Patrick had one of the strangest I’ve yet heard made. In fact, I had to double-check the transcript and the video this morning to be sure I’d heard it correctly.

So, you still don’t understand how Marxists think I take it?

Well, in a way that’s good…

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Whoa!!! LA Mayor Villaraigosa just BULLIED the Democrat Convention into putting G0D and Jeruselem back into their platform.

It took 3 votes to get the outcome he wanted, but he did it.

The change required a 2/3rds vote. Voice vote sounded like 50-50 to me each time.

1/2 the delegates are not happy.

Tune in to http://www.CSPAN.org to watch.

wren on September 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Everyone keeps saying that Romney didn’t get a convention bounce but the head to head per RCP has sure changed in the last two weeks

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/general_election_romney_vs_obama-1171.html

breffnian on September 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM

ManlyRash on September 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

You spelt Devil Patrick’s name wrong.

cableguy615 on September 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I can’t wait to bully Obama on election day. I’m going to give him a swirly and an atomic wedgie.

St Gaudens on September 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

So Americans exercising their voting rights to vote Obama out of office is bullying? Poor Obama, the victims of American bullies at the voting booth. These democrats think with their glands!

Chessplayer on September 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Two distinctions Deval Patrick does hold:

(A) Deval Patrick and Barack Obama are both creations of the master puppeteer, David Axelrod; and

(B) Deval Patrick gave both the “Just Words” speech and “Take a Chance on Your Own Aspirations” speech before Barack Obama gave them, though Barack Obama later received praise for both as a master speechwriter and orator, despite having written neither.

Deval Patrick was an advertising/marketing creation by Axelrod and Barack Obama was his clone. There is nothing behind the curtain hiding either one of them.

IndieDogg on September 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

With a record and a vision like that, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office—and neither should you[.]

And the incitement to violence drumbeat continues. Leftist racial code for “get Whitey”. Funny how so many “isolated incidents” have “no racial motive”.

Buck Turgidson on September 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Deval Patrick~ The new Black Panther in chief. He makes Malcolm X look tame by comparison. He’s the new black trash.

DevilsPrinciple on September 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM

One more example of Democrats being Bullies:

Conservative talk-show hosts who came to Charlotte to interview political figures are furious. For the first time in anyone’s memory, Radio Row — the designated set of booths available to visiting talk-show hosts — has seen restrictions placed on its use by Team Obama. DNC staffers at Radio Row will book leading Democrats for slots on conservative stations but then cancel the appearances an hour or so before broadcast “because you’re not our audience.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/316111/thought-police-patrol-conventions-radio-row-john-fund

wren on September 7, 2012 at 12:22 AM

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