One of the things that you notice when you do this long enough are the more subtle methods of persuasion and suggestion that the media uses.
Yesterday was Super Tuesday and there was a myriad of results. Gingrich taking Georgia, Santorum taking North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, Romney taking Vermont, Massachusetts, Alaska, Idaho and Virginia
And then there is Ohio where Romney is being declared the “apparent winner” with a few percent still to count.
Now we won’t go deeply into Ohio until the rest of the vote is in, but I will say this: If the current numbers hold up that means that it took a 16-1 cash advantage to beat Rick Santorum in a key state where Mitt Romney had an organization that is strong and supported by the republican establishment. An organization that, as Chuck Todd put it:
“looks sharp because Santorum and Gingrich don’t have operations”
That’s a bit of on overstatement but not much. Both Santorum and Gingrich are running shoestring organizations.
The real interesting thing however is not that, what is interesting is what was happening in the 7 a.m. hour on Morning Joe.
Nicole “Yeah I know how to run a winning GOP campaign” Wallace was a guest and showed exactly why she has a job with MSNBC.
It is not a secret that if you are a republican who will hit the GOP base that you will always have a job on MSNBC but Nicole Wallace was on TV today advising Mitt Romney to attack Rush Limbaugh with the entire table nodding in agreement.
- No mention of the background of the business and the phony testimony of Fluke.
- No mention of the Miss Fluke’s “interesting” positions on forced coverage of sex changes
- No mention of the actual issue which is religious liberty
- in fact no mention even of Rush’s apology or that this story is now a full seven days old.
Nope it’s just “Mitt Romney needs to denounce Rush Limbaugh”
Now lets remember what the left has always said about Rush, that’s he’s just an entertainer, that he doesn’t matter that he’s an empty suit.
Yet one week later they are still attacking on this issue. Why? The answer is very simple.
It is clearly understood by the left, no matter how much they say otherwise that Barack Obama is in horrible shape for re-election. They understand that all four of the GOP candidates can and should beat him. No president has won re-election with this kind of economy since FDR and Obama is no FDR.
With democrats disenchanted with Obama (quick find me a dem in a tough race willing to appear on a stage with him) The only chance that Obama has is to depress the GOP turnout, a GOP that is absolutely DYING to vote for someone other than Obama.
That’s where people like Nicole Wallace come in.
Romney has the weakest connection to the base of the GOP than any of the other candidates. If a Nicole Wallace can convince Mitt’s team that he has to attack Rush Limbaugh, a host that has 20 million listeners, that will convince a base that doesn’t trust him to begin with, that he is not with them.
Mind you they don’t even have to convince Romney to actually do this…they simply need to convince the base that he will.
Let’s be blunt, if Romney is the general election candidate the left and the media will be going whole hog on the “Mormons are creepy” business and they will be playing it in the south in an attempt to depress the GOP vote while trying to excite Black voters, particularly in the south (remember the African American’s for Obama business) in the hopes of stealing a state or two.
They will also be pushing the “Americans Elect” BS in the hope of pulling off GOP voters. If Romney is the nominee don’t be surprised to see Americans Elect suddenly find themselves embracing a more conservative ticket
The bottom line is this: The left will always tell you who they fear, they fear Rush Limbaugh, they fear the GOP base and they fear most of all, that if Romney wins the nomination Limbaugh and the base will follow Andrew Breitbart’s advice and support Romney for all his faults.
The target of Nicole Wallace’s and the Morning Joe crowds words were not Mitt Romney, (although they will be happy if he is stupid enough to follow his advice). If you are the base of the GOP then the target is you.
Update: Jennifer Rubin sort of gets it
I am struck by how far afield from anything relevant the Obama team and liberal media must go to attack the likely Republican presidential nominee who is supposedly so weak. Really, Rush Limbaugh is the best the Dems can do?…
…Yesterday, Obama committed Michael Kinsley gaffe (caught telling the truth, namely his support for Israel is as substantive as cotton candy). The administration rolled out an incoherent and useless housing plan. The president’s lead-from-behind Syria policy revealed itself to be embarrassingly late and half-hearted. No wonder the left wants to talk about Rush Limbaugh.
Romney when asked about this should be blunt: The president has 8.3-percent unemployment, a huge debt, no entitlement reform plans and a floundering foreign policy. All he knows and wants to talk about are gimmicks. Shame on him.
Frankly if Romney is stupid enough to fall for this then he doesn’t deserve to win.
Update 2: speaking of outrage over bad words…
Cohen writes this in sneering about the death of a father of four.
A public man should be judged by his public acts. And in Breitbart I can find nothing of value. He thought politics was like war.
What would it take for any editor over there to say, “You know, Richard, maybe you want to take another crack at this one”? Or, “There’s probably a way to make the point you want to make without calling a man ‘revolting and unethical’ — I mean, he did just die suddenly, leaving his wife a widow, his children fatherless, and his friends mourning.” Or, “The man’s funeral is scheduled for today, do we really want to conclude one of our columns with the declaration that his life’s work offered nothing of value”?
But no, that was too much to ask. Just as it was too much to ask for any of the numerous lefties on Twitter to hold their tongues and fingers and just write something like, “I disagreed with him, but RIP.”
But hey, Rush used a mean word, so let’s throw a hissy fit about that for a week.
I never had a lot of respect for Cohen, today I have less