Video: Michael Moore tells Democrats to get off the couch

posted at 4:01 pm on December 13, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

From our friend Charlie Spiering at the Washington Examiner comes this clip of a former Michigan governor whose state suffered a net out migration and lost 630,000 jobs during her tenure asking a white multi-millionaire how to keep rich white guys from destroying the middle-class economies of the Midwest. Oh, and there’s the bit about the couch, which is also…rich.

Reuters has a great story on how the successful push for right-to-work happened in Michigan. Contra complaints from the left that it was somehow untoward or hidden, the success came as a result of canny combination of grassroots work, well-planned legislation, and a competent, coordinated political and PR roll-out that happened out in the open, during 2011 and 2012. It didn’t hurt that a ballot initiative enshrining collective bargaining rights in the state constitution went down 57-43 percent, a union overreach that drained their forces of $22 million and gave even wavering Republicans a reason to believe they had the people in their corner.

The efforts, which have been accused of opacity, included visits by the legislation’s Republican authors to union halls to explain the idea, press conferences on right-to-work legislation, the formation of the “Michigan Freedom to Work” coalition whose members wore bright yellow “Freedom to Work” t-shirts at the Republican Leadership Conference, which was also attended by Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus, and their attendant press, and three Americans for Prosperity conferences on right-to-work featuring the late Andrew Breitbart. The reporters say right-to-work activists were “[o]perating in plain sight but often overlooked.”

After the ballot initiative went down dramatically, the work of 2011 and 2012 came together quickly.

After the November election, activists decided that the time was ripe to bring up right-to-work.

“As soon as the election ended, the dialogue on right-to-work just really ramped up,” Snyder said.

Activists viewed Senate leader Richardville as the most hesitant of the Republican leadership. Rather than confront him, sponsors quietly tried to convince him and lobbied other members of the Republican caucus.

Richardville, who says he hails from a union family, admitted that he was hesitant about right-to-work and said he made his mind up slowly as he saw the support in his Republican caucus.

“There wasn’t a eureka moment in that I finally see the light or a moment to jump up and down,” he told Reuters.

Snyder, a former computer executive who had campaigned as a moderate in the 2010 election, had said for nearly two years that right-to-work was too divisive for Michigan, but said he would sign a law if the legislature passed it. After the election he tried to get labor leaders and Republicans together to discuss a compromise but he said those talks failed.

Snyder and Richardville both told Reuters that they had made up their minds to go through with right-to-work legislation after a December 5 meeting with longtime right-to-work advocate state House Speaker Jase Bolger. Snyder announced the decision a day later and the draft laws were given preliminary approval by the legislature within hours.

Sponsors inserted in the laws a provision allocating $1 million to implement the laws, a shrewd way to make it harder to overturn the laws by referendum because Michigan’s constitution bars challenges of spending bills.

A media campaign was rolled out. Television advertising appeared across the state extolling the virtues of right-to-work produced by an agency linked to an associate of Dick DeVos.

Democrats and unions were outraged and said they were blindsided.

Read the whole thing. It’s a well-done piece and is very fair to Republican State Senator Patrick Colbeck who originated the push after seeing 2010′s Census numbers: “Michigan was the only state in the United States to see its population fall during the previous decade and he wanted to reverse that trend. People will not come back without jobs, his thinking went. That’s when Colbeck concluded that right-to-work was required to bring in new investment.”

The press is full of analyses of where the Tea Party movement has prevented Republican victories, but it doesn’t talk much about where it has exceeded expectations. Colbeck got into politics as a Tea Party activist, with a background in business and aerospace engineering. I’d argue one of the reasons right-to-work passed in Michigan might be because it took a political newcomer to question the conventional wisdom that it could never pass in Michigan. He’s a smart guy who devised a plan to pass it, and conservatives have a pretty historic victory on their hands. It’s not their fault unions were too busy shooting themselves in the foot to get off the couch sooner.

As with Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, Michigan will now learn that such legislation does not hasten the bringing of hellfires upon the heads of working people (and can add jobs, as business testimonials and numbers in recently right-to-work Indiana suggest). Wishing Michigan nothing but the best, though it doesn’t take much to get better than the Granholm era.

Exit quotation (Allahpundit™), from a 2011 WSJ piece by William McGurn: “Some politicians give us failure. Some politicians give us failure mixed with spectacle. Once in a generation, a politician gives us failure and misunderstanding so colossal that his or her bad example rises to the level of public service.

To this elite few belongs Jennifer Granholm.”


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Hey Mikie where your hard hitting Movie about the Obama Admin. remember you promised us one?

ChunkyLover on December 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The iconic (multi-chinned)face of the contemporary lib-left hive.
I envision HA trolls with identical obnoxious presence.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Heh, is he going to run?

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Is he to fat to be a community organizer?

Must of been in a hurry. He’s out of costume. Where’s his hat?

JellyToast on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

That’s an ironic thread title and concept :)

Schadenfreude on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Michael Moore in a hoody is something I never wanted to see.

John_Locke on December 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

the face of the left…attached to an enormous rapacious, sloppy, lethargic and disgusting body

DanMan on December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Heh, is he going to run?

fat chance

DanMan on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Who cuts this guy’s hair? James Trafficant?

SirGawain on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Is he to fat to be a community organizer?

JellyToast on December 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Barbara Walters would like to know.

UltimateBob on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

It’s looks like Michael Moore is revolting:

Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone? shar.es/6EXO8

Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 07, 2012

Oh wait, he’s normally revolting… never mind.

Southern by choice22 on December 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Contra complaints from the left that it was somehow untoward or hidden, the success came as a result of canny combination of grassroots work, well-planned legislation, and a competent, coordinated political and PR roll-out that happened out in the open, during 2011 and 2012.

That’s a first for the Republican party! Usually they just let the Left walk all over them.

UltimateBob on December 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Somebody needs to ask this guy how much he eats in a day. Seriously.

Michael Moore is like the epitome of liberal hypocrisy. Hilariously so. He very smartly never really enters into discussions with anyone who would really confront him on his hypocrisy. The guy is mega rich. Lives in at least one mansion. How much food does he eat? How many small families could live for weeks on what he eats in a day? How many could heat their small homes on the energy he wastes just jetting around the country?

Using the same standard he does against the rich… he must be stealing food from the poor to feed his own face. Has to be.

So how many are going hungry to keep Michael Moore’s belly full?

JellyToast on December 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The irony is so thick here, you could save a whale or two just by cutting it. Great jab, MKH.

Archivarix on December 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yeah, get off the couch and punch a satirist in the face. Cause, you know, that solves problems.

The Schaef on December 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Read the story when it was in the headlines. Seems like a pretty smart and savvy politician who I wouldn’t mind seeing at the national level. As for the Tea Party, it seems that the genuine citizen legislators that became involved in the movement have been a net win. Lots of the kook-y candidates like Angle and O’Donnell were fringe political activists who saw the Tea Party as good meal ticket.

Illinidiva on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Granholm was a bonanza of failure, from blocking energy and resource development, to pouring state money into now-failed battery makers.

Clark1 on December 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

This sloppy pig makes Jabba the Hut look like a well toned athlete.

rplat on December 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Michael Moore tells Democrats to get off the couch

…yeah!…you’re sitting on his lunch!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

From our friend Charlie Spiering at the Washington Examiner comes this clip of a former Michigan governor whose state suffered a net out migration and lost 630,000 jobs during her tenure asking a white multi-millionaire how to keep rich, white (fat) guys from destroying the middle-class economies of the Midwest.

Enough about union thugs already!

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Video: Michael Moore tells Democrats to get off the couch

They will as soon as you put down the Double Jelly Donut
you Fat Bloated jackazz.

ToddPA on December 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Another insignificant person in search of relevance.

DAT60A3 on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Has anybody made reference to MKH going HAM. She does.

Capitalist Hog on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

?

Capitalist Hog on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Michael Moore should run for the Governor of New Jersey in 2013. I see a lot of corporate sponsorship in this race’s future…

Archivarix on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

With the union thug forklift makers out beating up reporters and right-to-work types Moore-on may have to revise to abandon-in-place as his next Dimocrats strategy.

viking01 on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The hypocrite Michael Moore knows all of the angles of tax avoidance AND how to get the feral government to subsidize his film bidness.

onlineanalyst on December 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Another insignificant person in search of relevance.

DAT60A3 on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

And, not finding it on a cable station that no one can find.

[I remember when Olbermann was going to destroy FAUX News and rocket CurrentTV into the upper echelons of broadcasting…then, he and his 35,000 CTV nightly viewers woke up.

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Exit quotation (Allahpundit™), from a 2011 WSJ piece by William McGurn: “Some politicians give us failure. Some politicians give us failure mixed with spectacle. Once in a generation, a politician gives us failure and misunderstanding so colossal that his or her bad example rises to the level of public service.

To this elite few belongs Jennifer Granholm.”

And Barack Hussein 0bama

UltimateBob on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Does any American embody wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony more than Michael Moore (excluding Al Gore, of course, who self-anointedly gave us the internet)?

/Rhetorical, unless an HA Leftist Troll wishes to nominate themselves …

ShainS on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Since when is Jamarcus Russell interested in labor politics?

And when did he become white?

JohnGalt23 on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM


Michael Moore: ‘Things Got Better’ When Reagan Voters Died

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/12/13/Michael-Moore-Things-Got-Better-When-Reagan-Voters-Died

Did I miss the best part of this interview here somewhere?

Breidtbart has the full interview where Michael Moore says it’s good a lot of Reagan voters are dead. He says pretty much that things are better now that they are dead. If you were 55 or older and voted for Reagan.. you’re dead now. That’s good.

Watch it yourself. It’s at the end.

JellyToast on December 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Has anybody made reference to MKH going HAM. She does.

Capitalist Hog on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Erryday. I’m pretty sure I was the inspiration for this phrase. Ha.

Mary Katharine Ham on December 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Michael Moore should run for the Governor of New Jersey in 2013. I see a lot of corporate sponsorship in this race’s future…

Archivarix on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That could be awkward as Chris Christie is in fact Michael Moore’s brother.

CorporatePiggy on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Fat jokes.
Stay classy, MKH.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Fat jokes.
Stay classy, MKH.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Chris Christie was unavailable for comment.

Resist We Much on December 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Who Who cuts this guy’s hair? James Trafficant?

SirGawain on December 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

.
If James Traficant ever got close enough to Michael Moore to cut his hair, he’d cut Mike’s head off, instead.
.
But the hair shape does look similar, don’t it? … : )

listens2glenn on December 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

CurrentTV is still broadcasting?

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Has anybody made reference to MKH going HAM. She does.

Capitalist Hog on December 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

.
Erryday. I’m pretty sure I was the inspiration for this phrase. Ha.

Mary Katharine Ham on December 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

.
That’ll be enough bragging outta’ you, young lady. : )

listens2glenn on December 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Granholm was a bonanza of failure, from blocking energy and resource development, to pouring state money into now-failed battery makers.

That sounds awfully familiar…

RobertE on December 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Is Barbara Walters concerned?

viking01 on December 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Fat jokes.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Me: I’ll take “Fat Jokes” for $100, Alex.

Alex: “This shameless, self-serving propagandist masquerades as an idealistic ‘artist.’”

*buzz*

Alex: Yes, Fallon?

Me: Who is Michael Moore?

Alex: Correct. Make another selection…

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Mikey needs to get off the couch and get lots of exercise.

sadatoni on December 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Megan Fox is to the left but I’m over here in the Micky Moore cause I got too over heated.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

CurrentTV is still broadcasting?

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

To millions of turned-off TV’s daily.

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Han, mah bukee, keel-ee caleya ku kah. Wanta dah moole-rah? Wonkee chee sa crispa con Greedo?

Sekhmet on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Video: Michael Moore tells Democrats to get off the couch and hand over the double bacon cheeseburger and fries.

FTFY.

Ward Cleaver on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Me: I’ll take “Fat Jokes” for $100, Alex.

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Michael, do you look at a menu and say, ‘Okay’?

(– Rodney Dangerfield :)

Democrats and unions were outraged and said they were blindsided.

Setting aside the silliness of the underlying proposition, isn’t this about the most pathetic whine a whiner might whine?

“No fair; I wasn’t ready.”

This sentiment would persist until they were sure they’d won. After that, it would be, “OK, we’re ready to vote now.”

Axe on December 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

It’s sometimes hard to figure out the left. They win on November 6th; they’ll probably get what they want out of this nutty “fiscal cliff” situation. Yet, the left seems angrier and more unhinged than ever.

TarheelBen on December 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Here’s another critter you should never, ever post a photo of.

Please, I beg you.

Thank you.

GCStateConservative on December 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I like the MKH girl. Seems like she would be fun to have a beer with. Or a pitcher, or a pony keg.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Someone should put a lipo suction machine inside one of those carpet cleaning trucks and hook it up to a nuclear reactor. You will need a 600 horsepower motor to pump that much lard into a toxic waist dump.

Notice I said waist not waste.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Stay classy, MKH.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

…you don’t have ANY idea…what that is!
There ARE three letters in that word that do fit you to a T though!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I like the MKH girl. Seems like she would be fun to have a beer with. Or a pitcher, or a pony keg.

SparkPlug on December 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

.
Or a chilled bottle of champagne.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Stay classy, MKH.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Why do liberals, when one of their own’s actions are indefensible, always attack the messenger?

NapaConservative on December 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Fat jokes.

Stay classy, MKH.

verbaloon on December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Thanks SO much for sharing that.

-2

Del Dolemonte on December 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Why do liberals, when one of their own’s actions are indefensible, always attack the messenger?

NapaConservative on December 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Why do conservatives make fat jokes?
Answer: The same reason they make jokes about a woman’s ‘looks’.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Why do conservatives make fat jokes?
Answer: The same reason they make jokes about a woman’s ‘looks’.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Why does verbalunatic comment on Hot Air?
Answer: he likes being smacked around.

MelonCollie on December 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Erryday.

she says as she drops the microphone c-walking into a billow of smoke.

Capitalist Hog on December 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Just what we need – one of America’s best known hypocrites tellling everyone else what to do.

Lead by example Michael, lead by example.

And that would start with your donating millions of your personal wealth to pay down the debt.

EdmundBurke247 on December 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Why do conservatives make fat jokes?
Answer: The same reason they make jokes about a woman’s ‘looks’.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Liberals making fun of Chris Christie:

http://www.salon.com/2011/04/29/fat_guy_privileges/

http://moderateleft.com/?p=5803

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/30/ed-schultz-reprimanded-ov_n_743150.html

http://www.politicususa.com/health-koch-chris-christie.html

I got bored with Chris Christie fat attacks before even getting started with the liberals/progressives’ attacks on Sarah Palin’s looks.

Meh. You’re not worth the negative attention you crave, verbie.

Fallon on December 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Why do conservatives make fat jokes?
Answer: The same reason they make jokes about a woman’s ‘looks’.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Says some smug, urbane hipster lefty douchenozzle who can’t go five minutes without mocking the fat people in red flyover states who are all models of fitness compared to this morbidly obese cretin.

On a positive note, at least MM shaved off that repulsive neckbeard. Can you even imagine the moldy remains of the errant food particles that missed his gaping, insatiable maw as he shoveled the victuals in? Now he only has that quivering, pendulous dewlap of sweaty, greasy, disgusting skin for food to get caught in.

Walter Sobchak on December 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’d argue one of the reasons right-to-work passed in Michigan might be because it took a political newcomer to question the conventional wisdom that it could never pass in Michigan.

Yeah, it couldn’t be due to the Hundreds of THOUSANDS of TEA Party Patriots DEMANDING THIS for over 20 months…

Second, the organizational skills and the cohesive nature of the “tea party conservatives” around the state won the day. Over the last 20 months, conservative groups coalesced, planned, cooperated, and acted with respect and discipline. Legislators reported that calls, emails and letters to their offices outnumbered those of the other side and, the content of their communication was more educated and respectful.

Thank you for the e-mail Mr. Jack Hoogendyk. We do try to do our best.

DannoJyd on December 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Why do conservatives make fat jokes?
Answer: The same reason they make jokes about a woman’s ‘looks’.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

All liberal Chris Christie jokes aside, even a dim bulb like you can’t be dumb enough to bring up jokes about women.

NapaConservative on December 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Why do conservatives make fat jokes?
Answer: The same reason they make jokes about a woman’s ‘looks’.

verbaluce on December 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

BTW, in true liberal dishonest fashion, you avoided to answer my original question. Do you have any integrity at all or is it sooooo yesterday?

NapaConservative on December 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM