I saw this at redstate via hotair earlier today.


Hillary Clinton apparently suffered from some kind of medical issue today at an event to commemorate the events of 9/11 on this, the 15th anniversary of the attacks. It includes her having to physically be helped into her van as she appeared to be fainting.


The piece included tweets from fox’s Rick Leventhal saying this:

I instantly started checking the tV but saw nothing on it, later Redstate updated their story with this tweet.

Finally I saw this report on Fox

I then turned to CNN to see how they would report this, Fareed Zakaria was on so I went back later during reliable sources wondering how Brian Stelter would handle it.

Now I’ve been doing this for nearly 8 years and I’d like to think I’ve reached the point where the bias of the media doesn’t surprise me anymore. But bless his heart Stelter and company did their best to do so.

I’ve just sat through a Mr. Seltzer and a panel of three discuss the story, the only person I knew off the top of my head was the ultra far left Katrina vanden Heuvel of the Nation. UPDATE: another was David Zurawik of the Baltimore sun and the other Tara Sotmayor) They had very little to say about Hillary Clinton but a lot to say about Fox news. They had no problem using words like “conspiracy”, “irresponsible” and were united in painting the Fox story as poorly soured, overblown and attacking the network for reporting it. Nowhere on the panel was any person defending the story, or providing any balance and let me remind you this is a show about taking an unbiased look at the media.

Oddly enough they had no problem repeating the Hillary campaign claim over her being overcome by the heat without question. In fact as I type this at 11:44 AM they have just done so again before pivoting to hit Fox news again on a different story.

As of now 2 hours after Hillary Clinton’s “episode” 11:42 it is 83 in NY according the weather.com I’ve seen reports that it was 78 degrees at the time of the episode but either way I’d be very interested in hearing if there was anyone else in the crowd overcome by heat.

Now you might think that a show called “Reliable sources” would be very interested in not looking partisan particularly in an election year.

But lately the polls have been looking pretty bad for the Clinton’s and the episode was reported before the left could agree on spin, so there wasn’t time to put on the mask.

Even as I type Brian Stelter just talked about Hillary’s health issues being reported by “conservative outlets” but some reporters too as if any reporter who is a conservative can’t be trusted.

Journalists my ***

Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn, Just back from Alabama covering a pilgrimage to EWTN lot of videos at my Youtube channel and several posts coming, meanwhile in a disasterous devleopment for the Clinton Campaign Jake Tapper is now live on CNN meaning that the network will practice actual journalism for a while.

In fact he just played the video of her stumbling.

Chris Cillizza hardest hit.

Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign

That will leave a mark.

Update 2: The video

Update 3: If Hillary continues her freefall (in more ways than one) these new words from Glenn will be prophetic:

I’m seeing enough Dem pundits running with this as suddenly being a big story that I wonder if they’re looking for an excuse to dump her for someone who might beat Trump easily.

Hey they could have had Bernie who would have been a disaster for the country but could have beaten Trump with the MSM help but I think Tim Kaine would be able to win this election and if the Democrats come to that conclusion then I think Hillary is gone.

Update 4:
From the Washington Post article whose headline I quoted above:

“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” spokesman Nick Merrill said. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.”

What that statement leaves out is that a) it came 90 minutes after Clinton left the ceremony b) reporters — or even a reporter — were not allowed to follow her and c) the temperature in New York City at the time of Clinton’s overheating was in the low 80s. (A heat wave over the eastern United States broke last night/this morning.)


One wonders, too, what will happen if she is unable to continue as the Democrats’ nominee. Is there a federal statute governing withdrawal of a presidential candidate? Is it up to the party to determine how to select a substitute nominee? I don’t know, but it is time to start researching the issue.

and a different writer updates.

I have the same questions as John. It’s one thing to replace a senate candidate (Torricelli, New Jersey), quite another a presidential candidate when each state has different ballot access rules and different deadlines for finalizing the ballot.

Legal Insurrection:

Well if nothing else it takes the conversation away from the “deplorable”

Scott Adams: “unelectable

when it comes to American psychology, there is no more powerful symbol of terrorism and fear than 9-11 . When a would-be Commander-in-Chief withers – literally – in front of our most emotional reminder of an attack on the homeland, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority.

Hillary Clinton just became unelectable.

but as Twitchy notes others “unexpectedly” disagree

Note the time stamp he’s saying this not before additional information was available.

Update 5: The Hill reports the same thing I did with a VERY different take

CNN’s Brian Stelter explained his network’s waiting game in the below clip. He led a panel of guests, all of whom slammed Fox News for what they deemed to be irresponsible coverage. Most prominently, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik denounced Fox News’ quick characterization of the event as a “medical episode.” Indeed, that term immediately started trending on social media following the Fox News report. Zurawik described his reaction to hearing the term used by a mainstream outlet like Fox News:

While the entire video of the report was included read the story and note how they legitimize the whole critique to make CNN seem “reasonable” as their panel cries “conspiracy”

I’ll let you judge deal reader whose interpretation of CNN’s actions is correct, the Hill’s or mine.

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This just in from The New York Times: Journalists are having trouble being objective about Donald Trump.


Here’s what the red, old lady had to say recently:

“If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, non-opinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.”

The author, media columnist Jim Rutenberg, apparently isn’t much of a reporter or has ignored significant evidence of media bias when he served as the lead reporter on the 2012 campaign and a White House correspondent.

Note: I am not an ardent supporter of Trump. Also, I realize that the readers of DaTechGuy are not surprised by The New York Times’s arrogance and ignorance. But it is noteworthy that Rutenberg actually puts his analysis in writing at http://ow.ly/IOQg3034Bsk

NewYorkerNoted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria made no bones about his attitude about Trump. He simply called the GOP presidential candidate a “bull****” artist on CNN and in The Washington Post.

In the neck-snapping underpinning for his “astute” analysis, Zakaria quoted a Princeton University professor who actually wrote an academic paper entitled, “On Bull****.”

In case you need a definition, a BS-er, “is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all . . . except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says.”

It seems to me that the definition applies to Zakaria and many of his fellow travelers in the media.

Christopher Harper, a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org

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One of the advantages of age is memory and perspective and watching yesterday’s CNN debate returned me to the days of my youth in the pre-cable / internet age when my family would gather around the TV set together to watch All in the Family.  It brought to mind a particular episode from 1973 Called “The Games Bunkers play“.

In the episode  Uber Liberal Mike (Meathead) Stivic (Rob Reiner) invites the Lorenzos (Vincent Gardenia, Betty Garrett), Lionel Jefferson ( Mike Evans ) to join him and wife (Sally Struthers) and his mother in law Edith (Jean Stapleton) in a game called Group Therapy which is supposed to reveal things about themselves. Archie (Carroll O’Connor) passes. “I’ll tell you what I’ll do little girl I’ll give you my interpretation of a guy going down to Kelsey’s for a couple of beers.”

Alas for Mike the things he finds out about himself are that for all his bleeding heart liberalism and self professed tolerance he’s locked into his own prejudices.  At one point Lionel (whose family is the black foil for Archie Bunker) draws a card saying “Choose a member of the group now standing back to back and pushing each other them why it’s hard to be direct with them.”  Mike jokes that Lionel will have to pass since Archie isn’t there and is shocked when Lionel says:  “I choose you” and instantly notes that Mike isn’t pushing and asks if he’d push harder if he was white and the exchange escalates video here :

Lionel:  Yeah man just once I’d like for you to talk to me like I’m Lionel Jefferson and not a representative of the whole black race.

Mike:  Oh C’mon Lionel I don’t do that.

Lionel:  Sure man what’s the first thing you say whenever I see you, something about the “black” problem right?

Mike:  C’mon Lionel, What do you want me to talk about the weather?

Lionel:  Sometimes yeah black people have weather too.  We get rained on and everything.

And THAT brings us to the CNN debate and Telemundo reporter María Celeste Arrarás.

For a reporter the chance to appear in a highly rated national debate is a Godsend and I’m sure Ms. Arrasas was delighted for the chance to question the candidates.  There are a vast array of issues that are critical in America.  Jobs, the war against ISIS, Obamacare, Fracking and the Climate Change debate, the Revolts going on college campus, Policing, Twitter’s attacks on conservatives, Food Prices, Housing prices, the Zika virus, the VA that  are of vast importance to the viewers of Telemundo.

However given the chance to address all of these issues Ms. Arrarás confined her questions to Immigration, Latino perceptions of the candidates and the Puerto Rico Debt crisis (which in fairness is a serious national issue that’s been largely ignored).  It’s as if CNN and Telemundo came in with preconceived impressions of what a latino journalist was supposed to be and she happily went along.

At least South Park openly calls their black character “Token”.

It’s also worth noting the debate illustrated the difference between Latino liberals and conservative, in that while Ms. Arrarás was glad to say “Thank you for the racist gift basket” a la the famous (and hilarious) Gabriel Iglesias skit, the Latino GOP candidates on stage were having none of it.  Neither Cruz

You know, I would note that a lot of folks in the media have a definition of Hispanics that you can only be hispanic if you’re liberal. That makes sense in the media, but I gotta tell you, one of the things I was most proud of when I ran for Senate here in Texas, I earned 40 percent of the hispanic vote here in Texas.  At the same time, Mitt Romney was getting clobbered with 27 percent of the hispanic vote nationwide. And, the reason is, as you know, you look at the value sin the hispanic community. The values in our community are faith, family, patriotism.

You know, we’ve got the highest rate of military enlistment among Hispanics in any demographic in this country. And, when I campaigned, and I campaigned the same here in Houston or Dallas as I did in the Rio Grande Valley, defending conservative principles, defending judeo- Christian principals, telling my father’s story.  Telling my Dad’s story of coming to America with $100 dollars in his underwear, not speaking English, washing dishes, having hopes and dreams for the American dream. And, the truth is the Obama-Clinton economy has done enormous damage to the hispanic community. It is not working in the hispanic community, and I…fighting so that everyone who is struggling in the hispanic community and beyond will have a fair and even shake at the American dream.

Nor Rubio

the second point I would make is that we have to move past this idea that somehow the hispanic community only cares about immigration.  Yes, it’s an important issue because we know and love people that have been impacted by it. But, I’m going to tell you that the most powerful sentiment in the hispanic community, as it is in every immigrant community, is the burning desire to leave your children better off than yourself and, you can only do that through free enterprise. That’s what we stand for, not socialism like Bernie Sanders, and increasingly Hillary Clinton.

If Ms. Arrarás wants to play the Token Latina from a telenovela that the Liberal MSM expects that’s up to her.  Perhaps they can get her a tight fitting low cut dress for the next debate and occasionally cut away to a ripped Latino man giving her a soulful look for effect, as she asks her questions.

But let me say from my experience this is not reflective of the latinos I know. In my last job I worked with Latinos from multiple countries and when we were all laid off together last week I can guarantee you the last thing on any of their minds was if Donald Trump or anyone else was going to build a fence at the southern border.

Update: Fausta informs me I’ve dropped an “S” from the end of our Telemundo reporter, actually spelled Arrarás, corrected.

Update 2: Powerline asks: What is Telemundo running for?

Even under the slack standards and biased practices of the left-liberal mainstream media, it should be unacceptable for journalists asking questions at a debate to stake out a substantive position and then ask the candidates whether they “get it.” The job of journalists in this context (and others) is to ask for the candidates’ position, not (in effect) to instruct them and the audience that they are clueless if they don’t agree with the position the journalist happens to take.


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Update: Apparently while Ted Cruz’s kids are on the table Bill Clinton, master fundraiser for Democrats, campaigner for Hillary,and former president is not:

Protect the Queen!

Update: Glenn gets it:

Before a debate it’s customary for candidates to attempt to lower expectations so that any showing is considered a success but I have to say this is the first time that I’ve ever seen a network do such a thing:

CNN expects ‘significantly smaller’ ratings for Dem debate

Of course you could try to get the various candidates to confront each other on issues and get some fireworks like we had with the GOP but that won’t take place:

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate the first Democratic presidential debate this week, and unlike the previous Republican debate hosted by CNN, Cooper said he won’t be encouraging confrontations between the candidates.

After all this is CNN and the MSM are liberals first and reporters second.  So what does that tell us about tonight’s event, it tells us several things:

It tells us that they don’t expect the large crowds who have turned up for Bernie Sanders to translate into ratings.

CNN has concluded that young people given the choice of watching bunch of geriatric democrats and watching doing almost anything else, they’re probably right.

It’s tells us that while Cheryl Crow might draw for the national anthem:

Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the first Democratic primary debate being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13.

They expect that as soon as the anthem is done her fans will turn away.

And of course given that this is democrat debate they risk Democrats votes turning away over the playing of the national anthem.

Finally it tells us that even with a full week of speculation concerning american heart-throb Joe Biden, will he show up, will they take that podium, what will the field do if he comes?

Even the Joe Biden card isn’t going to be enough 

Closing thought, what does it say about the Democrat field when their last best hope to get attention is Joe Biden?

I’m sorry to say yet another school shooting has taken place at a community college in Oregon. 10 are reported dead.

As Stacy McCain has said we don’t know all the facts so I’d take everything on social media with a grain of salt at this time and even the stuff on CNN, FOX MSNBC etc is based on initial reports so one should be very careful before we attempt to figure out motive, number of shooters etc etc etc.

However there is one fact that we can note.  Umpqua Community College is a “gun free zone” and on CNN at 3:32 PM the person Brooke Baldwin was speaking in response to noting this was a “Gun Free Zone” said the following:

‘Gun Free Zone’ means nothing to the shooter.

When you create a gun free zone you don’t make people safer, you turn an area into a hunting preserve for killers and terrorists.

This is a lesson that needs to be learned and until this is, we will see more and more of this.

That’s all I have to say for now.

Update: Instapundit: “As I wrote several years ago, now, People don’t stop killers. People with guns do.

Update 2: From the press conference: “Do you have armed security guards on campus?” “No I do not.”

Update 3: shot


Update 4: the NY Post reported that the shooter was singling out Christians:

A woman who claimed to have a grandmother inside a writing class in Snyder Hall, where a portion the massacre unfolded, described the scene in a tweet.
“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset.

I was hesitant to put this up because it was not from a live source but Time Magazine now has an actual person on the record saying this:

Student Kortney Moore, 18, said the gunman shot her teacher in the head, then asked others in the classroom about their religion before shooting again, according to the News-Review, a local newspaper.

linking to this:

Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.

That give the NY Post enough credibility to repeat and said story now includes this:

Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old student at Umpqua Community College who was also in the room, told Oregon’s News Review that the shooter was indeed on the hunt for Christians.

I predict that if this pans out Barack Obama & Democrats will regret his suggestion to politicize this issue.

Update 5: The “targeting christians” is now the headline of targeting Christians, CNN is staying away from this but was happy to bring an Obama hack to attack the #GOP.


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Today I had CNN on in the background as I was writing. As you might guess they were talking about the Charleston Shooting. In watching Wolf Blitzer’s coverage I learned two lessons:

Lesson 1:  The murders of Black Christians at Prayer show that the gun laws of South Carolina are not sufficient.

Lesson 2:  Every Single Republican must be questioned concerning the Gun Laws national or state.

CNN (with the notable exception of Jake Tapper who pivoted when a guest tried to blame Fox News for the murders) has apparently decided that they are not going to let this crisis go to waste politically.

Oddly enough if anyone at CNN goes to this page they would note that there have been 11 shooting homicides in Baltimore since June 1st.

These shooting have cost Tyrone Hamber, Calvin Bryant, Kevin Jones, Ronnie Walden, Elery Hudson, Jamon Corprew, Curtis D Mitchell, Jerome J Grant, Michael S. Montgomery and two as of yet unidentified victims their lives.

CNN apparently sees no connection to any of these murders to the Gun laws in either Baltimore or Maryland and has yet to ask any Democrats asked to comment on the lack of effectiveness of gun control in either the City of Baltimore or the state of Maryland.

If only Tyrone Hamber, Calvin Bryant, Kevin Jones, Ronnie Walden, Elery Hudson, Jamon Corprew, Curtis D Mitchell, Jerome J Grant, Michael S. Montgomery and those other two victims had been murdered by someone of the right color, then CNN would find them useful make their names household words.



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While this morning Politico was spinning Nancy Pelosi Jake Tapper decided in proper journalist fashion to unspin Hillary Clinton

as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns:

Tapper’s piece give 45 examples of Hillary Clinton publicly supporting the bill.

Here is number 22:

22. November 10, 2011: America’s Pacific Century
“There is new momentum in our trade agenda with the recent passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and our ongoing work on a binding, high-quality Trans-Pacific Partnership, the so-called TPP. The TPP will bring together economies from across the Pacific, developed and developing alike, into a single 21st century trading community. A rules-based order will also be critical to meeting APEC’s goal of eventually creating a free trade area of the Asia Pacific.”

It’s got to be a real frustration for the left to have a person doing actual reporting on a network that’s a news source for their low information voters.

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Late Yesterday the news came that the in the attack in the Boston area on police, the primary target was not the police:

Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.

Watch the interview

and be either amazed at the cluelessness of Burnett or be shocked at her suggestion that an ad explicitly opposing Jihad is ground for attempted murder.  It’s as if the MSM were doing their best Dalek Impersonation:

As Pam herself puts it:

Erin Burnett just doesn’t get it.

They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by them voluntarily. This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery, or bow down to them and silence ourselves?

If there is one thing that actually surprises me are all these “informed” people seem either shocked that Pam is a target or act as if this is only a recent thing.  For almost the entire time I’ve known her Pam has been a target traveling with bodyguards.

Perhaps Erin and the crew at CNN might be a tad better informed if they had read this interview with her I did in Aug of 2013

4. You seem to shrug off death threats the way people comb hair out of their eyes, where does this strength come from?

I am fighting for freedom. Life is not worth living without freedom. If we don’t fight now, when? When the death threat becomes …… law?

5. A rather somber question, if tomorrow your foes managed to silence you, other than the obvious answer (Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch) where would recommend your readers go to stay informed about Radical Islam.

The Religion of Peace.com

I think that what really upsets people is Pam’s courage is a constant reminder of a lot of other people’s cowardice.  Every day she stands up like a lion she reminds everyone else that they are mice.  That’s why in my opinion if the Islamists manage to murder her may so called supporters of free speech will publicly deplore it and privately celebrate.

It’s a national disgrace.

Two thoughts in closing:

If Radical Islam ever conquers the few people who resist in secret will have pictures of Pam on their wall & copies of her writing hidden on flash drives to inspire them to fight on.

But when Radical Islam falls, and it eventually will, there will be a lot of people who collaborated with it who, with the threat of the blade gone, will suddenly go from sounding like mice to sounding like lions.

They had better hope that day comes after Pam is gone because if she is still alive she’ll not let them get away with it.

Update:  Via Zilla Pam is interviewed by Fox they do it right as did Jake Tapper who has been an example of real journalism for a while & is getting hit for it.


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There was a tweet from Chris Cuomo has gotten a lot of attention

Now I’ve read the Constitution and I never noticed that pesky “hate speech” exclusion, but in fairness he is citing a court case “Chaplinsky vs NH” where a person was arrested under a law that prevented 

“any offensive, derisive or annoying word to any other person who is lawfully in any street or other public place,” or “call him by any offensive or derisive name,”

The ruling doesn’t mention “Hate Speech” what it does say is this:

Allowing the broadest scope to the language and purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment, it is well understood that the right of free speech is not absolute at all times and under all circumstances. [n2] There are certain well defined and narrowly limited classes of speech, the prevention [p572] and punishment of which have never been thought to raise any Constitutional problem. [n3] These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous, and the insulting or “fighting” words — those which, by their very utterance, inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. [n4] It has been well observed that such utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality. [n5] Resort to epithets or personal abuse is not in any proper sense communication of information or opinion safeguarded by the Constitution, and its punishment as a criminal act would raise no question under that instrument.

This leads to an obvious question

His Answer?

“For them” suggests a flexible standard that one could easily use to silence opposition.  If you can redefine what constitutes “hate speech” than you can silence anyone you wish at any time and justify it for the public good.  Sounds positively totalitarian to me.

Some are tweaking him over this and similar journalist foolishness others are pointing to newer court cases:

Over time federal courts have narrowed that ruling to make clear that it only applies, in Ken White’s words, to “face-to-face insults that would provoke an immediate violent reaction from a reasonable person.” In other words, says Instapundit, a “personal invitation to brawl.”

And even fighting words are not what they once were:

There are indeed limits on the First Amendment; the Supreme Court has held that “fighting words” and incitements to specific and imminent violence are not protected.  But as recently as 2011, the Court ruled 8-1 that the Westboro Baptist Church had a First Amendment right to picket a military funeral and wave signs that read “You’re going to hell” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

But for the moment let’s take a close look at this standard given by the case Cuomo cited:

The word “offensive” is not to be defined in terms of what a particular addressee thinks. . . . The test is what men of common intelligence would understand would be words likely to cause an average addressee to fight

Now let’s apply the standards I’ve quoted to the events in Garland which is what Cuomo was really trying to tar here..

Rather than being on the public street this was a ticketed event at a closed venue. The subject of the illustrations in question was not only not present but as he has been dead for 14 centuries is beyond making personal objections.

But more importantly the standard listed is the same question I asked the our lead post this morning:

Would a reasonable person be offended by this image?”


or as the court put it back in the 40’s:

The test is what men of common intelligence would understand would be words likely to cause an average addressee to fight

Would this image cause the average man to fight?

the answer is clearly no, although I suspect that our media are doing their best to convince the common man that it is.

And believe me they are trying to do so with a lot more than just this.

Update: Apparently Isis has defined “hate speech” for them.

ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.”

The threat, posted on anonymous message board JustPasteIt, singles out Geller, who helped plan a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that was attacked by two gunmen in Garland, Texas, over the weekend. ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting early Tuesday, marking the first time the terror group called an American attack one of its own, though lawmakers believe the two men were influenced by the group, not guided directly by it.

Under the Chris Cuomo standard they are perfectly within their rights.

Exit question:  In the war between Pam Geller & ISIS which side will the media & the left take?

Update 2: You know your point is pretty bad when even Salon & Greg Greenwald are running rings around you.

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…It’s because their narrative is so fragile it can’t stand up against someone who is informed let alone an expert like Pam Geller

Watch this video dear reader and marvel at the fact that CNN viewers may have for the very first time heard the other side of an argument that usually is dominated by either the words “islamophobia” or “Hate Speech” rather than facts.

The effort of the MSM to blame the targets of terror here is the US for being attacked however is not surprising when you consider that the president they have been shielding for six years publicly said:

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

That’s a far cry from Admiral Robert Blake’s: “Cringing to these fellows will never do.” isn’t it?


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If you want to understand how the media places with story titles to create or avoid a meme you can’t do better than these two headlines both covering the same story:

dueling headlines

Here is the AP story:

Italy’s migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Now in fairness to the BBC the story does go there

The 15 Muslim migrants involved in the row with Christians were arrested in the Sicilian city of Palermo and charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate”.
The suspects, who are from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea, were among 105 migrants travelling in an inflatable boat that left Libya on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses told police how the altercation resulted in Christians being thrown overboard, and that some of the survivors had formed human chains to avoid a similar fate.

Cripes even CNN got the lead right:

Italian police: Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard

Frankly the real story to me is that AP & CNN didn’t do what the BBC did.

I guarantee you that if the religions were reversed not only would the BBC headline would be more explicit, furthermore every single network would be leading with it today.

 the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.

John 16:2b

In fact I predict you’ll see that sentiment even from people who claim not to believe in any god.

“Gentlemen, I refuse to sign any pledge. I never have been drunk, and, by the blessing of God, I never will get drunk, but I have a constitutional privilege to get drunk, and that privilege I will not sign away.”

James “Chancellor” Kent

Amazing how many people discover the importance of the 2nd Amendment when something like #ferguson takes place:

It’s worth noting the body language of the woman conducting the interview.

Via Bryan Preston at PJ Media. This is the reason why it’s rather short-sighted to sign or vote away your 2nd amendment or any of your rights, you never know when you might find you have a need for them.  As John Adams put it:

Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.

Never forget without the 2nd Amendment the first amendment is just words.

Update: Exhibit B

and didn’t have to be pressured into apologies for things like this.

Of course that’s not going to slow down people like Andrew Sullivan: or any of our friends to whom none of the considerations given to liberal women apply to conservatives and especially not the Palins.

closing comment, I noticed Doug Matacoins asks this question on twitter

You know I wondered the same thing about a police incident in Ferguson.

The Cat: Man Reality Sucks

Red Dwarf: Back in the Red Part 3 1999

Once again Fox news is embarrassing their competitors in terms of numbers.

Third-Quarter 2014 Primetime Averages
FNC: 1,797,000 viewers, up 12 percent (313,000 adults 25-54, up 12 percent)
CNN: 555,000 viewers, up 2 percent (186,000 adults 25-54, up 4 percent)
MSNBC: 557,000 viewers, down 2 percent (150 adults 25-54, down 21 percent)
HLN: 352,000 viewers, down 4 percent (120 adults 25-54, down 12 percent)

Yes FNC is outdrawing them all combined and yes we can joke about Shark Tank re-runs beating MSNBC but let me throw a dose of reality at you. Those FOX numbers mean nothing as long as these broadcast news numbers remain true:

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

Total Viewers/A25-54
NBC 8,187,000/1,811,000
ABC 8,029,000/2,002,000
CBS 6,344,000/1,507,000

You will note that Fox total views barely beats the 3rd place CBS number for 18/54 year olds.  Furthermore If we combine the totals of these 25,821,000 & 6,089,000 in the 18-54 demo for the seven networks in question here is what we get for numbers by comparison

Total Viewers/A25-54
NBC 31.6% 29.7%
ABC 31.1% 32.9%
CBS 24.5% / 24.7%
FOX 7.0% /5.1%
CNN 2.1% / 3.0%
MSNBC 2.1% / 2.5%
HLN 1.3% / 1.9%

So for all their power in cable Fox news reaches a whopping 7% of news viewers and not even Megan Kelly beauty has gotten them above 5.1% among 18/54 year olds.

Furthermore when you remember that the 25.8 million number represents only 10.7% of the voting age population and and 18.4% of the number of people who actually voted the impact of Fox (and to some degree the networks) is really understood.

Now to the left, being totalitarian in nature, even this modest bit of the electorate getting an opinion differing from their message is dangerous which is why FOX remains a target, but lets not kid ourselves. As long as we are crowing about FOX News vs CNN/MSNBC/HLN we are like the toughest player on the JV football team talking smack.

Until we break into those newsrooms thing swill not change and frankly until we break into the greater culture where the 89.3% of voting age people who don’t watch news go even that move will be wasted.

Conservatives pride themselves on seeing things as they are as opposed to the utopian left.  Let’s start acting like it.

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Lt. Aldo Raine: Y’know… Utivich ‘n myself heard that deal you made with the brass. “End the war tonight”?… I’d make that deal. How ’bout you Utivich, you make that deal?

Pfc. Smithson Utivich:
I’d make that deal
Lt. Aldo Raine: I don’t blame ya! Damn good deal! And that purty little nest you feathered for yourself. Well, if you’re willing to barbecue the whole high command, I ‘spose that’s worth certain considerations. But I do have one question. When you get to your little place on Nantucket Island, I ‘magine you’re gonna take off that handsome-lookin’ S.S. uniform of yours, ain’tcha?… That’s what I thought. Now that I can’t abide. How ’bout you Utivich, can you abide it?

Pfc. Smithson Utivich: Not one damn bit, sir.

Lt. Aldo Raine: I mean, if I had my way… you’d wear that goddamn uniform for the rest of your pecker-suckin’ life. But I’m aware that ain’t practical, I mean at some point you’re gonna hafta take it off. So. I’m ‘onna give you a little somethin’ you can’t take off.

Inglorious Bastards 2009

This weekend on the Radio show during Da Magnificent Panel the question of Rand Paul bringing Bill Clinton into the whole War on Women battle the question of Bill Clinton the question was put to my liberal panelist Maxine Baptiste.

She bluntly and without equivocation described it as old news and pointed to president Clinton’s record on “woman’s issues” as more than trumping Rand Paul who voted the wrong way on such bills. I asked her directly about actions vs votes. That took 2nd place to the voting record. Here’s the clip:

On Reliable Sources Sally Kohn did the same, The Bill Clinton actions (which Sally made a point of disapproving of) did not matter and in fact made him morally superior to Republicans who might have a voting record that she does not approve of.

As I have been watching a lot of Sherlock lately I instantly thought of Sherlock & his speech concerning Billy Kincaid as transcribed at Ariane Devere’s site

John Watson: The best man.
Sherlock Holmes: The best man?
John: What do you think?
Sherlock: Billy Kincaid.
John: Sorry, what?
Sherlock: Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter. Best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to charity, never disclosed. Personally managed to save three hospitals from closure and ran the best and safest children’s homes in north England. Yes, every now and again there’d be some garrottings, but stacking up the lives saved against the garrottings, on balance I’d say …
John: For my wedding! For me. I need a best man.
Sherlock: Oh, right.
John: Maybe not a garrotter.

Here’s the video (until it gets pulled)

The moral implications of women actually standing behind Bill Clinton as a “war on Women” messenger (as Bob Filner did in 1998) is as astounding as the NAACP’s standing behind Carlos Henriquez or it would be if the Democrats in their drift toward Marxism hadn’t decided the ends justify the means that every situation is the end of World War 2 and the deal is always a Damn good deal but I suspect the left are more Sherlock than Aldo. The question is have they reached the point where they can not only abide the removal of that uniform but long as they get the votes and the power from a person will put up with a few more garrottings as well?

If you want to hear the full panel discussion on the Kentucky Primary & General race here it is:

Oh and we didn’t even touch on this guy.

Update: Related  How DARE you say judge people who mutilate women

Feminist Icon Germaine Greer Supports Female Genital Mutilation On Grounds Of Cultural Sensitivity. Female eunuchs are okay, so long as they’re not Europeans, I guess.



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Mr. Spock:Lieutenant, I am half-Vulcanian. Vulcanians do not speculate. I speak from pure logic. If I let go of a hammer on a planet that has a positive gravity, I need not see it fall to know that it has in fact fallen.

Star Trek: Court Martial 1967

Dr. Ben Sobel: “Oh now you’re going to tell me it was a suicide?”

Paul Vitti: I think he left a note. Jelly,did they find that note?

Jelly: (taking out pen & paper)  Ah No, but they will in a minute.

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Analyze This 1999

I’ve pushed pretty hard on the Underage Hooker story with Senator Menendez so when I saw this title at the Daily Caller:

Lawyer behind Menendez prostitution allegations recants, fabricates media conspiracy

I thought I might have to offer an apology, but then I saw this piece of the story…

Figueroa blamed four news outlets — CNN, The Daily Caller, Telemundo and Univision — for allegedly encouraging him to fabricate false accusations about Menendez.

…I almost chocked on my drink.

The MSM has been dragged kicking and screaming to this story. The three networks other than the Daily Caller mentioned in this report all lean left. CNN in fact didn’t touch the story until they could spend twenty minutes attacking it. At the Washington Post the Sunday of CPAC a long story defending Menendez appeared. The very suggestion that these outlets would be part of a conspiracy to frame Menendez when they’ve done their best to ignore the guilty pleas in New Jersey concerning dirty money is so laughable it’s a wonder anyone would make them.

Or rather it would be laughable to anyone who knows how US media is.

Now if you were dealing with someone who wasn’t familiar with how the MSM in the US worked, say, just for conjecture of course, authorities from another country who might be pressured from people who could profit from this story going away. A person like that might name US news organizations they have heard of not realizing these media outlets are as likely to go after a Hispanic democrat senator as Pope Francis is of announcing his conversion to Buddhism at the Easter Vigil mass next week.

However this man has gone on the record claiming these things and all the organizations named (except strangely for CNN) are on the record denying it so it is news and must be reported. So perhaps Stacy McCain’s caution on the story was warranted.

I trust my readers are so I’ll leave it to their best judgement: Which do you think is more likely?

Scenario #1 

2 US left of center Spanish News networks and one flaming liberal international network along with the Daily Caller paid this man $5000 to spread false rumors about Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in order to bring him down so GOP Governor Chris Christe could appoint a replacement

Scenario #2

People with a vested interest in this story going away who are profiting from the money brought to the DR by the Senator & his connections in conjunction with the famously honest Dominican Republic police pressured persuaded this man to make these charges to discredit the story.

Being descended from a Sicilians, a people whose unfamiliarity with any form of official corruption or intrigue is legendary, perhaps I have a different take then the general public.


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…then maybe they might have managed to find this woman without traveling to the Dominican Republic to get a picture of a reporter knocking on a door:

The escort, who earns money having sex with men in upscale hotel rooms, said during an in-person interview that many of her wealthy and powerful customers use pseudonyms when arranging for her services, and when meeting her in person.

TheDC showed the woman a photo of Menendez, however, and she identified him as a former client.

and while CNN could only knock on doors the Daily Caller people managed to get a bit more:

Beth added that Buchyk’s responsibilities to Melgen have included procuring young women in the Dominican Republic whom he and his friends — including Menendez — can pay for sex.

“There’s so many brothels there,” Beth told TheDC. “Women are nothing. They’re [treated like] trash there, at any age. They have no meaning, no reason for being. So she [Buchyk] would OK it, because that’s her job.”

SB“Buchyk” would be model Svitlana Buchyk who was involved in a dispute concerning her residence in a Condo owned Menendez donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Court records also show that Melgen was drawn into a 2009 dispute over whether a Ukrainian actress named Svitlana Buchyk could occupy an oceanfront condominium that Melgen leased at Aquarius on Singer Island in Riviera Beach. The Condominium Association of Aquarius objected because Buchyk did not apply for the association’s approval.

What I find more interesting about Ms. Buchyk (other than the obvious) from the Palm Beach Post Story is this:

In Palm Beach County, Buchyk listed Melgen’s business address when she received a ticket in 2009 for having excessive tinting on the windows of a four-door Chevrolet she was driving. She listed Melgen’s North Palm Beach home address when she received traffic tickets in 2010 and 2011.

and this

Buchyk, 26, could not be reached last week. The Miami Herald reported that it briefly reached Buchyk on Jan. 31 and she said she had worked for Melgen in the past, but would not answer questions about the type of work she did.

While Menendez office expressed “curiosity” over they story there didn’t provide a Statement concerning the question of the Senator paying for sex or no.

Perhaps if CNN has that same level of curiosity they would have been able to find the same people the Daily Caller has been able to. Granted I wouldn’t expect an international organization like CNN to have the reach of such distinguished news organizations as The Daily Caller or the Palm Beach Post but I’d think considering the combination Washington Power, Money and Beautiful women they might have managed a little better than their door knocking stunt.

At the very least Jeannie Most could have done a story on the rewards of an exciting career in Optometry

If only Menendez was a Republican, or at least was seen drinking water somewhere.

Update:  Despite the rule 5 implications Stacy McCain expresses caution

I would be cautious about a source like this, who contacts reporters after reading coverage of a scandal. Not to say that I doubt Senator Menendez patronizes prostitutes, just saying that without some corroborating evidence — a credit card receipt, a hotel bill, etc. — I’d be cautious about the source. Perhaps the Daily Caller has such corroboration and is witholding it.

The question of whether Menendez was in the habit of patronizing prostitutes is, of course, relevant to his relationship with Florida businessman Salomon Melgen and their alleged sex parties in the Dominican Republic, where prostitution is legal, but where at least one Dominican prostitute told reporter Matthew Boyle that she had sex with Menendez when she was 15, which is illegal even there.

I would think an excellent place to start would be Ms. Buchyk and her travel.

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6 days new week and perhaps Ms.
comment on the Senator

Well I got my man

Don Liddle September 29, 1954 the Polo Grounds

We have talked about the interesting use of polls and stats. This weekend we saw a story that claimed that 1 in 5 self identified conservatives who have already voted in Ohio voted for Barack Obama.

Well, you have to believe it. It’s the truth. CNN said so.

Now I’m sure the results were exactly as they said and one in five of the people who identified themselves as conservatives to CNN voted Obama but I’d be interested in how many people that was? How many “conservatives” were polled? 1000? 100, less…


I’d really like a link there but let me give you two examples so you can understand how you can fudge a statistic without lying.

Here is the pitching line from Game 1 of the 1954 World Series:

If you looked at this box score and was told Sal Maglie came out of a tie game with Runners on 1st & 2nd with nobody out, you would of course assume that Liddle did his job, no hits, no walks, one guy faced, retired him and that was it.

But anyone with even a passing knowledge of baseball knows the reason why the Giants were able to win this in the 10th was because of a fellow named Mays:

Liddle’s stat line while accurate is misleading.

A more modern example came from yesterday when Felix Baumgartner had quite a fall on Sunday.

Now this was one of the most viewed events in history but lets look at this statistically. Based on all of the real world data currently in existence:

1. 100% of all humans who have jumped from 128,000 have survived
2. 100% of all men who have jumped from 128,000 have landed on their feet
3. Statistically a larger percentage of those who have fallen down stairs have suffered fatal injuries than those who have jumped out of a capsule at 128,000 feet above the earth.
4. More human being have died from being beaned at the plate in Major league games than have died from Jumping out of a capsule at 128,000 feet

Make sure you look at some of these interesting polls claims the same way you do those four truthful sentences above.

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Antonio Villaraigosa has a great future to him as a Russian Basketball referee come Olympic time.

Did I actually see the Democrats need three tries to add “God” & “Jerusalem” back to their platform?

Did I actually see the Democrats lose their voice vote three times to change their platform and only pass their amendment due to a tin ear.

Did I actually see CNN focus on Arab Democrats very Angry?


I’m sorry as the 11th Doctor said when first meeting the Vampire Ladies in Vampires of Venice “It’s Christmas”

Update: partial video (last vote)

Update 2: Replacing the partial video with the full one, simply Amazing:

If the Dems want to see an example of Vote Fraud, they just demonstrated it live.

Update 3: Here is Buzzfeed:

The delegates on the floor, though, appeared not to be in on the plan: Villaraigosa called for a voice vote three times, with Ayes rivaling Nays, and then forced through an affirmative over an unclear and noisy situation on the floor.

Several delegates told BuzzFeed they were dismayed by the chaos, and some objectors said they voted “no” because Villaraigosa had not explained the move. Other said they believed the vote reflected hostility to Israel among the delegates.

and Twitchy:

Democratic party leaders last night weren’t anxious to answer questions about why the words “God” and “Jerusalem” had been removed completely from the party platform. This afternoon, however, Democrats restored the language via voice vote — amid loud boos from convention delegates — after former Ohio governor Ted Strickland introduced two amendments to restore both.

Chuck Todd Tweeted:

Meanwhile the founder of Daily Kos was not amused:

and here is Hotair

That’s the second time in 24 hours that Obama’s been forced to disclaim responsibility for some terribly counterproductive messaging at the convention. Weird how the rank-and-file have these crazy ideas that he in no way shares, isn’t it?

Update 4: When even Paul Begala is hitting you for mistakes, that’s bad:

Update 5: More reactions CNN

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement that they “welcome reinstatement to the Democratic platform of the language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Together, these party platforms reflect strong bipartisan support for the US – Israel relationship,” the statement read.

“Although today’s voice vote at the Democratic National Convention was unclear, the Democratic Party has acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Obama has repeatedly refused to say the same himself,” she charged. “Now is the time for President Obama to state in unequivocal terms whether or not he believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”

Israel Matzav:

The Democratic party has been taken over by the slimeballs. What could go wrong?

Taylor Marsh:

It’s really pretty stunning to think people whose living is made in politics would omit the word “God” in an official party platform. Faith worked fine for me, but then I’m a rebel Episcopalian that prefers contemplative meditation, so I tend not to get upset about things like this.

As for omitting a statement about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it was just plain stupid. It’s another basic political issue on which no nuance can be offered in American politics. A water’s edge issue. It’s also something I was pretty sure would be rectified, while waiting for it to happen.

And JHPolitics actually does an audio comparison.

This is the gift that’s going to keep on giving right on till election day.

Update 5:
The Anchoress

It seems to me the booing had nothing to do with God or Israel and plenty to do with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calling a 2/3 majority when the vocal responses sounded like at least a 50/50 division (and perhaps even a 60/40 for the nays) to many ears, including mine. Villaraigosa himself looked pretty discomfited making the call.

Put it more succinctly, the optics have gone from bad (i.e., “this party hates God and Jerusalem”) to even worse: “this party makes a show of listening, then does what it damn pleases.”

Then again, that last is merely an affirmation of what what has been known at least since the Democrat-led house and senate passed Obamacare in the face of public resistance and polling, and the president said, “eat your peas.”

And the American Thinker:

If a Republican convention had suffered similar fiascoes in the same day, the media would be claiming the convention was verging on chaos.

Update 6: More reactions Nice Deb:

And just asking a question is no longer deemed “fair and balanced” by denizens of the Democrat shame culture. The only thing that inspires them to change course is fear of the kind of exposure that leads to reprisals. The specter of lost Christian and Jewish votes is reprisal enough for these shameless Dems to “carp on trifles!”

Babalu Blog notes the Teleprompter:

No wonder these guys support Castro, they use the same voting system


The Republican noise machine, then, successfully changed the Democratic platform document, a day after the fact. For context, there were lots and lots of liberals who spoke out about deficiencies in the platform, on housing, on civil liberties, on all kinds of subjects. None of them merited a change. But when one Weekly Standard writer and a group of trolls carp, Democrats leap to attention. Never mind that this kind of tactic never once leads to conservatives somehow letting up on their criticism. The olive branches never lead to anything positive.

What we saw last night is how Democrats often talk and campaign. What you saw today with the platform is how they govern.

Check out the comments, they are classic.

Update 7:
I’d call this a significant headline:

Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, a campaign source said, but did not seek to change it until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday. And even then, it had to be forced through a convention hall full of delegates who nearly shouted down the change.

Let me remind you of Rush Limbaugh’s words today

All they did was try to convince people that they are not who they really are, because they know they can’t win doing that.

If you didn’t believe that before you ought to believe it now

There was a lot of talk yesterday of MSNBC’s decision to cut away from every Minority & women speaker (except for Ann Romney who is NOT a poll).

When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.

MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.

Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.

And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.

Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC

This is getting some outrage online but there are two other media notes that should be discussed

1. The Rules fight:

There was a real divide between grass-roots activists and the Romney campaign, on twitter and in many posts people where rather outraged but strangely this kind of divide which would normally big news got very little play.

2. CNN & Artur davis:

While MSNBC pretended Artur Davis didn’t exist CNN’s Roland Martin not only called Davis a “Political Fraud“.

but while he was on the air with the panel Martin continued to pound him visibly angry while Davis remained composed. (this was just before this Gloria Borger clip that Newsbusters highlighted.

Both of these moment were PERFECT for TV yet got very little press. You don’t see it pushed.


Because the networks understand that this is a base election and as the NPR story I highlighted last week shows, there are very few actual independents to persuade.

The Davis exchange with Martin highlights an actual debate going on in the Black Community “0%” polling not withstanding, and the Floor fight story demonstrates the divide between Romney and the Tea Party base that was evident all during the primaries (Remember “Anybody but Mitt?)

Both of these things are threats to a Base that is not delighted with Barack Obama and must at all costs not be shown anything that gives one an excuse to stay home or vote Romney.

It’s more subtle than blacking out Women & Minority candidates but it adds up to the same thing.

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

The media is on defense because they understand their candidates are too.

I was going do this piece about the fake republicans in the latest Dem ads that Powerline pointed to or perhaps the Obama for America coordinator claiming to be part of “Republicans for Obama”

But then I saw this post at Nice Deb and found it much more significant.

Prelude to a Shellacking

It’s a long detailed post that looks at the history of the last few weeks and is full of links including this one to John Nolte titled: Story the Media Won’t Tell: Obama Is Losing:

Something is happening in this country — something both the Obama campaign and its media cronies know is happening but won’t acknowledge.

What’s happening is on the ground and not yet quantifiable in polling that doesn’t yet have its sea legs. But it’s out there and it’s real and before the media and President Obama are forced to acknowledge it, they’re spending every bit of their dignity and credibility and integrity to kill it.

Who links to Eric Erickson piece: Not the Behavior of a Winning Campaign:

Hysteria creeps into campaigns when the campaigns know they are losing. When George H. W. Bush saw the election slipping away in 1992, he took to referring to Bill Clinton and Al Gore as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The invective went up as his poll numbers went down.

Nice Deb notes this and expects worse:

That’s the reason we can expect even more desperate, hysterical, hyper partisan mudslinging and dirty tricks from Obama and his cronies from now until election day – they can’t lose.

For a year I’ve been telling everyone who would listen to me that this election is going our way, that every single objective metric and the actions of the left back it up. Actions like this:

The other thing that they’re trying to do is that they have a coms group—and this is breaking news you need to know this—they have a coms group that is trying to shut down the EMS communications structure for the city. That’s really happening. They’re trying to shut down the communications structure for the city for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.

But these occupod types, the intellectual children to Elizabeth Warren, they’ll do the same to the left right?

And no, they’re not going to do the same thing at the DNC, that’s the thing, is because the radicals feel like the average liberal is confused but they have dehumanized completely the conservative. And so they feel they are entitled to take our rights away when they’re not going to do that at the DNC. That’s the difference.

As the PJ Tatler says

the left media and the entire left establishment who claims they have nothing to do with these anarchists, they will defend them and dirty the name of anybody who exposes them just as they did to me and just as they did to Andrew. They will defend their darlings and attack the character of anyone who holds them accountable and calls them out.

But despite a full year of screaming this out, writing about it here on the blog and saying it on the radio with 50,000 watts to back it up it hasn’t sunk in and the hardest people to convince has not been the left who is doing their best to pretend it isn’t happening but the right who can’t bring themselves to admit they are winning for fear that something anything might happen to blow it.

But now look. You have John Nolte from Breitbart openly saying on one of the most significant sites on the right Obama is losing. You have Erick Erickson from CNN bluntly saying these are signs of panic in his campaign and you have Nice Deb a blogger highly respected throughout the net daring to believe and say what’s been apparent for a while.

One of the only sources of hope for the left has been the right’s unwillingness to say this aloud, if John, Erick and Deb are now willing to do so it means only one thing.

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

When the dem finally breaks it’s going to be a lot of fun watching the left squirm but remember, it’s OK to be cocky, but it’s not OK to be Lazy we still have to work like hell!

Update: Dan Riehl reminds me of one other point

It’s highly doubtful that the ego-driven “messiah” of 2008 would now want to be portrayed as the failed and struggling POTUS running for re-election who can’t even win 2012 on his own.

Besides, what smart, up and coming Democrat would risk going down to defeat with Obama in 2012, after he won with Biden in 2008, only to have a national embarrassment like Joe Biden say, I told you so? Most likely, none.

Yet, at the same time, across the greater right and among Republicans, it appears as though some have a sort of Stockholm syndrome.

The right would do well to re-assess reality around Biden. Obama isn’t “sticking” with Biden, he’s “stuck” with him, a fact that can only help to further demoralize an already nervous Democrat Party. Nationally, plenty of Democrats aren’t only hiding from Obama, their running away from him.

Guys it’s falling apart for these guys, fast.

I promised myself that I would use restraint in the Family Research Council shooting waiting a few hours for facts before Reporting on the motive for this shooting.

CNN seems to have taken this to a whole new level. I saw a blub on Instapundit that there was no sign of the story on their website so I took a look.

Here are some screen shots of the CNN at 2 p.m today in 5 screen shots (Yes those are the windows from tweet deck as I scrolled down to take the shot.):

Now I’ve heard about reserving judgement on a story until all the facts are in but this is holding back the THE ENTIRE STORY, that’s a new journalistic standard to me.

Cripes did TPM send the an e-mail telling them to ignore it?

If you want to know why CNN is at the bottom of the ratings here it is.

Update 3: Took an hour but now there is a single line under: This just in and now covering it at the top of the hour.

Update 4: Ok we now has a shooter and a motive and yes we apparently have a politically motivated shootings but as the target was a group officially hated by the left and can’t be blamed in any way on a Tea Party it is not dominating Memeorandum or the news cycle.

Update 5: Hotair (via townhall) has the timeline:

I’m constantly shocked when I try to follow Stacy’s Rule three by checking Memeorandum how Talking Points Memo is constantly represented at the top-level of the site.

A day does not pass when TPM doesn’t have a Top level story on the Memeorandum page, the question is how do they manage it?

Yesterday CNN’s Soledad O’Brien last night:

During her interview with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock, O’Brien became visibly flustered and was actually caught doing finger stress exercises as she attempted to insert editorial commentary while her guest, a former skilled Republican operative, defended the House GOP budget, designed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

Accidentally, a cameraman captured O’Brien furiously flipping through notes, only to cut out seconds later. What was she viewing?

Well CNN has a huge staff and a world-wide reach so naturally they have all kind of reports from their own people to provide them info, right…

There was a blog post from Talking Points Memo, the popular liberal blog. She was reading The Myth of Paul Ryan The Bipartisan Leader. She never cited it, but used its contents. In fact, she claimed to be reading a direct statement from Senator Wyden’s (D-OR) office, but was in fact reading this excerpt from the blog:

So that’s why TPM constantly gets on Memeorandum, the MSM would be lost without it.

Stacy McCain is flummoxed

the point is that rather than doing her own research on issues, Soledad is relying on people e-mailing her liberal blog posts.

“The Most Trusted Name in News”? She’s a disgrace.

The only surprise to me here, is that anyone who watches the news is the least bit surprised.

Journolist wasn’t an e-mail list for the professional media left, it’s their way of life.

The 4th Doctor: A Lost mine, A phoney map are people still falling for that old guff I mean are they?

Dr. Who The Ribos Operation Episode 2 1978

Last night just before 8 p.m. EST yet another CNN poll came out showing yet another Obama lead (7 pts this time) and yet another batch of hand wringing ensued on twitter..

You know I really hate to be a broken record but Really, we are still falling for this trick, REALLY?

It took under 15 minutes of looking at the internals of this poll to see the problem with this Obama 52 Romney 45 poll….

I Double checked the PDF and yup no break down provided, it’s simply amazing:


Apparently they are because people see these number and start to panic.

Well I took the liberty of re-reading the poll and while they don’t provide the splits they do have an interesting subsection where only Republicans and Republican leaners are asked that tells a story…


Why is this important? here is the first line of the poll

Interviews with 1,010 adult Americans conducted by telephoneby ORC International on August 7-8, 2012. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The sample also includes 911 interviews among registered voters (plus or minus 3.5 percentagepoints).

The sample includes 760 interviews among landline respondents and 250 interviews among cell phone respondents

I know math is not a strong suit in the US any more, but lets do some math.

OK here we go. You have a 17 point difference between GOP & GOP leaners and those who do not. 17 pts! Are they serious? “But DaTechGuy…” You say, “…what about the TRUE independents you are lumping them with the learners?”

Well there is a clue that can tell us the reality. We’ve already established that the GOP/leaners are 41.4% of the poll, so how does that compare to how Romney is polling?


So we have a poll where Romney is OVER-PERFORMING among his people growing his pie. THAT is the one indisputable fact that we can see from this poll.

Why is this important, I’ll explain it again: You don’t hide the figures if they favor you.  If the breakdowns favored Obama they would be out there and arguing them, we would be seeing people talk about how great the president is doing among both his own side and drawing independents toward him.  Instead you have to dig and do long division to establish the one fact that we can be sure of in this poll: Mitt Romney is performing beyond his base.

Don’t let yourself be played for suckers.

Update: Ah HA DaTechGuy, maybe CNN shows a seven point lead but FOX shows a NINE point lead. And they provide splits. That’s right they do, lets look at those splits:

So in a poll where there is a 9 point split between Democrats & Republicans Surprise Democrats lead by 9.

Romney draws 40% according to this poll in a 35% GOP sample, that means he is outperforming his base by over 14% Obama draws 49% on a base of 44% that’s 11% over base not a bad job, the best I’ve seen for him.

I might be encouraged if I was an Obama guy if it wasn’t for two critical facts.

1…For the last month Obama has been outspending Romney HUGE and all that spending hasn’t depressed Romney among his base.

2. In a poll where the number of Democrats polled outnumber Republicans by over 25% Obama STILL can’t get to 50%

If Obama can’t get to 50% with a 9 point spread after spending a fortune what makes you think he will in November?

Update 2: The only discouraging thing I’ve seen from this poll is this post at The Other McCain:

Is anyone else troubled by the evidence that this lie-a-minute strategy by the Obama campaign is working? The CNN poll shows Obama leading by 7 points and the Fox News poll shows him ahead by 9 points, and I’m at a loss to think of anything in the past couple of weeks that could have moved the polls this way except that Democrats are telling a bunch of shameless lies.

No Stacy, I’m troubled that you are actually falling for this garbage, of all people you should have more sense than that.

Update 3: Allahpundit is worried and makes one fair point:

Those people are already wary of reelecting him (that’s why they’re undecided), so they’re essentially Romney persuadables. Romney needs to persuade them, but all Obama needs to do is keep Romney on the defensive and keep the campaign dumb and nasty so that those persuadables stop caring and stay home. It’s incredibly cynical but it’s his best bet. If you believe these two polls, it’s working okay so far.

Yes Obama needs to suppress the Romney vote but he has not only nearly shot his entire wad in terms of cash but he the charges have been so outlandish that even the MSM is calling him on it.

When the people with actual skin in the game start acting like Obama is re-electable then I’ll start to worry, not before.

Update 4: Mike Flynn at Breitbart gets it

Okay, I’m not certain they are literally making up poll results, but the poll CNN and British market research firm ORC International released Thursday afternoon is so screwy and raises so many questions that they might as well be doing it intentionally. If CNN is already resorting to these kinds of tricks before the conventions have even started, it’s going to be a very long campaign.

Thank God SOMEBODY else is saying it.

Update 5: The Lonely Conservative gets it too


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Back in April at Blogcon I filmed this interview with Kaite Pavlich author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up

Katie had been writing about this for a while.

Obama took credit for confiscating 64 percent more weapons than ever before. Well, that’s what happens when the federal government sends thousands of guns into Mexico in the first place through Operation Fast and Furious under the Obama Justice Department and ATF, of course it becomes easier to confiscate more guns when you put more into an area to begin with.

that entry was from May 11th 2011.

Meanwhile today the viewers of Morning Joe found themselves learning about the president’s use of Executive privilege to shield Eric Holder which necessitated talking about Fast and Furious.

This entire conversation and the death of an ATF agent must have come as a shock to their viewers who were wondering why the administration is invoking executive privilege.

Ironically, like MSNBC I was late to this story as well, my first post on it was June 28th of 2011 in a post titled “Is it Watergate yet? which starts with the line:

I’m likely the only blogger on the right who hasn’t written on project gunrunner…

The post linked to a story at Fox News (you know that company the media urges all right thinking people to ignore)

‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice

By Maxim Lott

Published June 27, 2011

Here is the video I didn’t embed at the time.


That weekend I had Barbara Espinosa on my WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRAdio to talk about this issue. (BTW she will be on my show this week in the 2nd hour WCRN during my 11 AM hour listen live at wcrnradio.com).

A little over a month later the ATF chief resigned My post on the subject was titled:

ATF chief resigns and nobody knows why

…at least nobody who follows the MSM

If you search for the words “fast and furious” on my blog you will only find 14 posts after this one and remember I was not only late to this, but I didn’t give this story much attention.

If however you do a search for “fast and furious” or “ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL” at Instapundit ( a former MSNBC contributor no less) you will find dozens of entries dating back to Feb 13th 2011: NRA weighs in on ATF gunrunning scandal.

Over and over I’ve seen the Morning Joe crowd scoff at “just bloggers” and tweeters who comment, yet even a “blogger and tweeter” like myself who has given this story short shift has been on this story for a year while the Morning Joe viewers are only now getting anything resembling coverage of this story and they dare to paint it as an “election year stunt”.

They could have covered this story, with their vast resources they could have done the work that a 23-year-old blogger Katie Pavlich did, or they could have interviewed her and talked about her book. They deliberately choose not to do so.

After today I don’t want to hear a single person on MSNBC or anywhere else talk about “bloggers in their pajamas” vs “real reporters”, because speaking as a blogger typing cross-legged in his bed, I find the comparison insulting to me.

Exit question: I’m listening right to my show from a year ago as I type this and one section is jumping out at me:

DaTechGuy “…This is serious stuff because Watergate nobody ever, For all that Nixon did with Watergate no one died from Watergate and we already have, we have two deaths directly connected with this…”

Barbara Espinosa: “…but you don’t just have two deaths”

DaTechGuy: “…and that’s not counting the deaths in Mexico.”

Barbara Espinosa: “Well there’s been hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been killed with these guns…”

When I reflect on how the MSM has covered for this administration for a full year I challenge my readers to consider this question:

Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?

I say yes!

Update: Let the record show that Barbara Espinosa has been writing about this forever and has written about this today as well

Update 2: Powerline talks to a Justice Department vet who says:

Even with his fawning press, [Presdient Obama] will pay a price for this one. He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite. They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both. I just can’t see any other explanation for such a risky move.

Wasn’t the Washington Post just covering big time the 40th anniversary of Watergate? I wonder how much coverage this one will get.

Like I said, we are seeing what Watergate would look like if the MSM were all behind Nixon

Update 3: Missed a link, fixed.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we are talking Swatting and the blogger day of silence (with a little of Wisconsin thrown in) with Ali Akbar in the first Hour and Stacy McCain in the 2nd hour as the story finally makes the MSM in a big way

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It’s also nice to see the rest of the terrestrial media catch us to us bloggers, even CNN covered the story at last

Of course if you were listening to WCRN during the Memorial Day Morning Drive you would have already heard the story.

If the story has become so big that CNN has finally decided to cover its own story then the endgame is near.

And yes I still advice state evidence for the Swatter before the rest of the left and the Kimberlin crowd throws you under the bus…

…and they will.

Update: The time magazine story that Stacy Mentioned The Wizard of Odd can be found here.

Well It’s been 20 hours since this first tweet from Ali:

Which was followed by this post by Stacy McCain

and Ace, The Daily Gator, American Power, Camp of the Saints, The Lonely Conservative, Twitchy, The Fellowship of the Perpetually Aggrieved, Instapundit, Evil Blogger Lady, The Conservative Hideout and others.

Well 20 hours is a lifetime in the 24 hour news cycle, so I decided to check ABC news to see if there were any results from the past 24 hours on the threats to Ali

Nope how about CBS News

Well what about NBC

Hey that’s not fair NBC news is under MSNBC let’s try there instead


Surely PBS will have something

or not.

24 hour news cycle, what 24 hour news cycle?

Now I wouldn’t expect print media to have something published on this yet, but perhaps the paper of record has something on their website…

…then again maybe they won’t. Well Politico MUST have something, after all they are really known as an online paper and Ali is the head of the National Bloggers Club:

Now all of these sites are part of the MSM and “lean” left surely someone on the left must have something to say about the attempt of a Democrat Operatives to intimidate & silence a Black Political activist:

And this in a nutshell is the Modern left/Democrats, not much difference than the old Richard Russell Democrats where intimidation of a Black political activist and his family to keep him quiet was not only how things were done, but was not something the media talked about.

It also shows why, with respect to my friend Ace, his idea is for a day of silence is horrible!

The goal of the left is to silence us, to keep our voices to break through the media silence on issue after issue. It has been our success at this that has driven them to try to silence us.

So in order to protest the attempt to keep our voices silent, we are going to…do what they want?

Remember this is the same MSM that ignores the largest march in DC every year, it will be no trouble for them to pretend bloggers who challenge their narrative don’t exist. For them that’s the good old days.

I think a much better idea would be along the lines of “Every Blog About Brett Kimberlin day” where the story dominated Memeorandum to the point where it was impossible to go to Memeorandum without seeing it.

I think an even better plan idea would be 100 bloggers calling each of these media outlets, and then perhaps more local papers to see if they are going to cover it, I think calling the NAACP the congressional black caucus and seeking comment would be more effective. I think a headline at Memeorandum that says…

“NAACP silent on attempt to intimidate black political activist through family”

…just might draw a few eyeballs, then perhaps we can contact the British Press and see if THEY will cover it.

Update: Stacy McCain notes that Texas is not Maryland:

Maryland courts have been incredibly lenient with the Kimberlin/Rauhauser axis, but Ali assures me that Texas won’t take too kindly to the purposeful harassment of one of its law-abiding citizens. Ali’s mother has harmed no one, and whoever thought up this sick stunt might find themselves prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — Texas law.

For some reason his post reminds me of this scene from Casablanca:

Update 2: I can’t stress this enough: All of these tactics are not signs of the strength of the left, it’s a sign of their weakness and desperation These are not things you do when you are winning. That means any counter to them should include this simple piece of advice:

Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

Keep that in mind and we’ll be fine.

Update 3: A new target with the right response and more outrage

…as soon as I began researching the background of last weekend’s incident I realized, Hey, there’s a legit news story here.

What’s more, there was a perfect opportunity to get ahead of the story, because the mainstream media had been initially reluctant to report it. Saturday afternoon, I checked Google News and there was zero, zilch, nada from major news organizations. Yet I anticipated (correctly) how the story would develop, and so began hoovering up every fact I could find online and aggregating every tidbit of information other bloggers were reporting.

Robert Stacy McCain Because I know what’s news on Anthony Weiner June 3rd 2011

Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind

Michael Corleone Godfather III

Well it took almost a full week but the Swatting of a CNN contributor FINALLY made the national media

Unfortunately for CNN the national media was FOX News

Granted it took time for Fox to find a story ripe for the picking. The old Swatting incidents didn’t do it, the contributions of the elite left to Kimberlin didn’t do it, Stacy McCain’s forced flight, Patterico going public on his swatting & appearance on Beck didn’t do it, Herman Cain’s tweet didn’t do it, the liberal foundations denials didn’t do it, even Aaron Worthing’s brief arrest didn’t manage it.

But Erick Erickson by virtue of his status as a CNN contributor managed to push the story over the top for FOX, four days after the incident.

Now CNN is put in the unenviable position to be, at best, second on a story involving harassment of one of their own people. Cripes did they hire the same news director as that Newspaper in Norfolk that didn’t find the beating of their own reporters newsworthy?

None of this was necessary. In fact if CNN and the other media entities made the choice to report the news rather than serve as a filter for stories the left wanted killed, not only would it have ratings, but there would be no FOX or Drudge etc because there would have been no market for them.

Instead you have a network so pathetic that Donald Trump is making fun of CNN’s ratings on their own network. I don’t blame him, when a news organization becomes incapable of recognizing a story then that news organization will be a laughing-stock, and rightly so.

Clearly CNN needs a new News director, a person who can see a story and immediately recognize it as Newsworthy.

Lucky for CNN the right man for the job is available: Robert Stacy McCain. CNN should hire him right away…

…if they can only find him.

Update: Script error fixed and Instalanche! Thanks Glenn and it looks like this one has generated a lot more than 16 hits.

Update 2:
When Trump said CNN’s ratings were in the tank I wasn’t kidding:

After the cable news network delivered its lowest-rated month in total viewers in over a decade in April, May became CNN’s worst month in primetime among total viewers in over 20 years.

They can’t hire Stacy fast enough.

My thoughts on the debate, I think the strategic move for Romney people in crowd to be nice to Newt was cute. Newt proved that when he is not attacked he makes good points. Paul remains the same and I think gains in every debate because of the way he portrays himself, I think Santourm didn’t have good visuals but gave complete answers. He does better on substance than Style. Romney was crisp and remains so. The question remains if people actually believe him.

10:00 p.m. Am I the only guy who noticed the weird (How to identify a Mason via Monty Python) handshake. between Paul and Santorum?

9:51 p.m. I like the last question.

9:37 p.m. “As long as your an enemy of the US you are safe” Gingrich nails it.

9:34 p.m. Santorum states Syria is a puppet state of Iran, it’s absolutely true. Strangely enough Paul was right about the declaration of war bit, not about Iran in general

9:30 p.m. “Find the Biden position and do the opposite and you’ll be right 100% of the time.” Santorum mentions the green revolution.

9:22 p.m. I never thought I’d hear Ron Paul quote the “just war” theory of the church.

9:05 p.m. I must admit that Santorum’s answer on Arlen is something that never occurred to me. A much better answer than I had.

8:55 p.m. Government control of services lead to tyranny. Next having a good night.

8:50 p.m. The GOP candidates are hitting the “contraception” question out of the park, Newt and Mitt on Religious Freedom, Paul on immorality, and Rick on the ills of pre-marital sex.

8:45 p.m. Coming up faith and immigration, they’ll get to fast and furious sometime after a discussion of subsidies for Unicorn breeding.

8:41 p.m. Paul having a good debate.

8:39 p.m. good exchange on bailouts, Gingrich has better debates when Romney isn’t targeting him.

8:34 p.m. good question on auto bailout

8:31 p.m. Santorum refuses to pander on earmarks

8:22 p.m. The Catholic church is pulled out of adoption in Massachusetts, is Mitt really claiming social conservatism in Massachusetts? Please.

8:16 p.m. Gotta love Paul’s answer to the “fake” question.

8:09 p.m. Opening question on debt, good!

8:07 p.m. Good opening by Romney best of the 4

That means I’m putting in entries when the mood strikes me.

Guess who’s too busy for the next presidential debate:

GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will skip a March 1 debate in Atlanta sponsored by CNN and the Georgia Republican Party, CBS News/National Journal has learned.

“With eight other states voting on March 6th, we will be campaigning in other parts of the country and unable to schedule the CNN Georgia debate,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We have participated in 20 debates, including 8 from CNN.”

On a tactical level it makes sense, use Newt and Paul attack Santorum and not be associated with “negative” campaigning.

On a strategic level it is a cataclysmic blunder. It creates the image of Romney as afraid and/or desperate.

Let me give Mitt Romney the advice I once gave to Herman Cain: HIRE JIMMIE BISE. At least you will have one adviser who knows how this stuff looks to real people.

Meanwhile while Romney ducks Santorum engages:

Rick’s not afraid to go 12 min with Hotair. If I’m the Romney Camp, i’d be very afraid

Apparently Santorum is now skipping the debate as well, the question is, did he decline before or after Romney? If before the Romney critique can be justly applied, if after then it’s a smart counter to keep from attack but it gives Newt an opening and that might also not be a good move.

update 2: It’s the same story updated to reflect Santorum too, that suggest that the Santorum decision came after the Romney one

You might wonder why people still fall for Nigerian E-mail scams, it’s because of a simple fact of human nature. There is no limit to what you can convince people of if they want to believe it.

This comes to mind when I saw the headline:

“Liberal Catholics challenge Bishops of contraception”

Yup those liberals who call themselves “Catholics” but aren’t big on Mass, the sacraments, the teachings of the church and all those things that make catholics “Catholic”. But I clicked over nevertheless to see what CNN was saying.

When I read the piece that accompanies it I had to laugh, it was not much more than a press release for “Catholic’s United” a fringe “Catholic” group that exists to provide press releases for democratic candidates who oppose Church teaching and to provide a group that says “Catholic” on it as a counterpoint to actual church teaching.

The really funny line is this one:

“The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated,” James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House’s contraception rule.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

The entire set of Bishops representing every diocese in the county speaks against something and a “Catholic” fringe group of dissenters that consists of a PR machine for the left says they are fringe?

Tell me what services does Catholics united provide, what soup kitchens do they run, what services for the poor do they provide, what prisoners in jail do they visit? How many millions of dollars and volunteers do they have providing these services?

The next sentence of the CNN bit is even funnier:

Another Washington-based Catholic operative, John Gehring, e-mailed reporters over the weekend to knock the bishops for criticizing President Barack Obama,

Note what we have here, not even a group or an organization a “Catholic operative” a single operative. That’s what CNN quoting to show how isolated the Orthodox Catholic position is?

Meanwhile against them what do we have lets take a peek:

Of the 183 dioceses (by my count) in the U.S. who have a bishop currently serving as its head, 178 of them have issued statements. I can only find 3 Roman Catholic bishops who have yet to issue statements. So almost 100% of bishops who head dioceses have spoken out against the Obama/HHS mandate.

(And one of those three bishops has commended the mandate in print).

Meanwhile there is a list of 28 Catholic organizations (so far) who have condemned the mandate (full disclosure, one of these groups is the Knights of Columbus of which I’m a member) and 9 protestant groups as well.

and that doesn’t even count the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of North America (the Greek Orthodox church).

Yet here is the MSM trumpeting a group who’s only credibility is with Pro-Abortion democrats looking for cover.

Only those totally ignorant of the church or opposed to their teachings would fall for this….which explains why it’s on CNN

Update: A clarification, it isn’t CNN MSNBC, ABC, CBS etc etc etc who are falling for the scam, they know that Catholics United is basically a fax machine. It is their readers, those who hate the Church and it’s teachings, and those Catholics who want to convince themselves that their support for Abortion and other grave sins isn’t actually wrong are the targets. They are being sold the scam and are buying it readily because it is so much easier than dealing with actual reality.

Update 2: Now 100% of the Bishops and 30 lay organizations have spoken out, but what’s that compared to Catholic’s United!

The Anchoress reports on a disturbing omission in the MSM coverage of Thursday’s debate:

I came to the debate a few minutes late so I didn’t see it live. At the end of the debate, when CNN replayed “highlights” the standing-O wasn’t included (it certainly seemed like a “highlight” whether one liked it or not), so I only became aware of it thanks to the internet, and social media.

This morning I got an email from a friend who scours the papers, and he wrote:

AP and others did not even mention the standing O

I took a quick look around at various mainstream reports and discovered that my friend was correct. Even pieces identifying themselves as analysis of “winners and losers” or “views from the bleachers” made no mention of the standing ovation that accompanied Newt’s smackdown of King.

I also barely got to the TV for the first question after covering Scott Brown’s announcement in Worcester. I saw the standing O that Gingrich got.

Now let’s be clear, I’m a Santorum man and that’s it, but this is really more about the stereotype that the left has about the right than anything else.

To our friends on the left, the Christian is an intolerant bigot, extremely judgmental who only lives for their own self-righteous. It is a caricature of actual Christianity which is not only based on the concept of forgiveness but demands it of any who would follow Christ. In fact every time the Lord’s Prayer or as we Catholics would say the Our Father is prayed we are reminded of it:

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

For our own sakes we have to forgive

Of course one is required to avoid and turn away from sin, but Gingrich has confessed his sin and asked forgiveness. We must avoid the trap of the elder brother in the story of the prodigal son.

But to our friends on the left that’s a story they are not familiar with.

Meanwhile in South Carolina Stacy McCain does some practical shoe leather reporting on concerning a false flyer and Will “hot stuff” Folks and a flyer targeted at Rick Santorum:

this flyer was surreptitiously distributed on the windshields of cars at a pro-life event where the Paulistas were out in force.

So I come out to the parking lot, get the flyer, drive to a McDonald’s to file my American Spectator column and, while I’m at it, decide to Google this “Elizabeth Reichert” to see if such a person exists. And the only reference to her online as of 10 p.m. Wednesday was … Will Folks at FITS News, who had managed not only to transcribe the 388-word flyer, but also to write a 475-word “news” story about it, in which he said, “Allegations are flying among the rival 2012 camps, but at the moment a majority of fingers are being pointed at Perry’s campaign.”

Because why would you stop a dirty tricks campaign when you are pulling out of a race and trying to mend fences. Stacy continues

So: How did Folks get hold of the flyer? Was he in Greenville that night? Three presidential candidates — Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich — spoke in person at the pro-life forum, while Ron Paul appeared via satellite TV hookup. If Folks was in Greenville to cover that event, where are his reports of those candidates’ appearances? Did he decide that what the candidates said at the forum was less newsworthy than this flyer distributed in the parking lot of the Hilton?

You see what I mean by “suspicious”? One suspects that, unless Folks himself wrote this flyer, it was written by one of his fellow Ron Paul supporters, who informed him in advance and provided him with the text of the flyer by e-mail, so that all he had to do was to cut and paste it and hit the “publish” button the minute his fellow Paulista informed him that the flyer had, in fact, been distributed.

Read the whole thing and you can see why lover-boy is so anxious to hit Stacy. When you are a shoe leather reporter used to using sources you know how much time it takes to transcribe a flyer, you notice a lack of sources and the improbability of certain “facts”.

This would be consistent with Robocalls that took place in Iowa falsely questioning Santorum pro-life and pro-gun stance and the false flag operation at the Gingrich/Huntsman debate that I covered in Goffstown NH..

Paul’s people seem to take a page out of the Lyndon Johnson school of tactics. Politics isn’t beanbag and a presidential campaign even less so but my advice to the Ron Paul folks is this: If you expect Rand Paul to be a serious contender in 2016 (and you do) I strongly suggest cleaning up your act. The press might not be all that interested in the tactics and the players while the targets are fellow republicans or conservatives, but once the target is a democrat in 2016 or Obama if somehow Paul gets the nomination, all of this stuff is going to come out in the wash and a lot of members of the GOP who stayed silent because they didn’t want to alienate the Paul folks will be happy to confirm and cooperate in bringing you down.

Now it’s true that “liars and disgraceful cowards” votes count the same as everyone else, but I would remind every one of an old poem that I enjoy quoting:

One night in late October,
when I was far from sober,
Returning with my load, with manly pride;
My feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came up an’ lay down by my side;
A lady passing by was heard to say:
‘You can tell a man who “boozes”
by the company he chooses’
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

And this doesn’t even take into account this interesting piece of work:

In what appears to be a last ditch attempt to halt Newt Gingrich’s late momentum in South Carolina, a fake CNN Breaking News alert was emailed to state Republican activists early Thursday morning claiming that the former House Speaker pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion.

CNN did not send out the email alert.

I don’t know who sent out this blast, but as it says above “you can tell a man who boozes…”

Here is the Cause:

Well that sounds like a credible accuser


The response from Herman Cain Campaign:

This is a huge win for Herman Cain. He has proven he can take the hardest punch the MSM can throw and come out ahead of the polls. The Lawyer on CNN was amazing, he claimed yet another woman called him claiming harassment, yet did not state the nature of the accusation nor the name of the person.

This is the worst of all possible news for the MSM they are revealed as toothless.

Update: Is politico serious with this headline?

Herman Cain allegation: Accuser breaks silence

Cain’s accuser breaks silence by saying she’s not talking, but she stands behind her story…whatever it is.

The comments are even funnier. These guys on the left are delusional. Or as Stacy put it:

“What the [bleep] is Politico doing?” said the man on the phone. “And how the [bleep] are they getting away with this [bleep]?”

Update 2: You’ve GOT to be kidding me:

we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment

So now the NRA says go ahead and talk and the accusers suddenly decides not to? Amazing! More amazing is this:

Bennett said that in his legal opinion, what occurred between Cain and his client met the legal definition of sexual harassment. But despite repeated questions from Blitzer, he refused to specify what the alleged actions were, and he said his client would not be appearing to shed any further light on the matter.

She has flipped Ace.

At the end of my weekly game night session over a friend’s home I was scrounging a ride to the airport for next week’s trip to Phoenix (Barbara Espinosa) and Denver (Blogcon) when the subject of the election came up.

Much to my surprise the two most liberal members of my game group expressed support for Herman Cain. One a solid anti Palinite who follows the BBC has decided on him and the other who supports Deval Patrick and is an MSNBC guy is just about there.

Both were very aware of the Politico story and their only questions were along the lines of: “Will Cain survive it?”

This indicates the weakness of both the Politio story and the MSM’s narrative and today’s big headline was a classic example of that failure:

Herman Cain accuser wants to talk, her lawyer says

A person’s lawyer backing them up? Boy that’s news.

Even more troubling for the MSM narrative is this reaction from. Mark Shea:

Entire Party that Once Defended Bill Clinton…

…now wets itself in righteousness because somebody complains that Herman Cain made somebody feel uncomfortable once.

I’ll never vote for the guy but… seriously? I’m supposed to believe the Dems have some burning sense of concern about this stuff after the Clinton Administration?

If three days of this isn’t winning over someone who’d “never vote for the guy!” what chance do they have with the folks already on his side?

And what do the current polls say? Funny you should ask:

A new poll puts Herman Cain ahead of Mitt Romney by seven percentage points in the GOP presidential race, reflecting a margin wider than the sampling error.

Cain and Romney competed for the top spot in national polls for much of October, but a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday shows Cain breaking ahead to take a solid lead.

There is a phrase in the CNN story that is very telling: emphasis mine

The poll, taken almost entirely before reports emerged of sexual allegations against Cain, also reveals Cain leading in a hypothetical matchup against Romney, 47% to 39%.

“Almost entirely?” What exactly is the date range:

Quinnipiac surveyed a total 2,294 registered voters over the telephone from Oct. 25-Oct. 31, with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

The story broke huge on the evening of the 30th. The news was dominated with coverage on the 31st. That means that 2 of the seven days of the poll (say 1 1/2 because of the time it broke) took place at the height of the press’ feeding frenzy.

That being the case one might think that there would at least a slight depression of the results for Cain, that there is not says one of two things:

1. The credibility of the MSM is so low they are unable to move public opinion anymore on something like this.

2. The support for Cain is so high that even with a slight depression he still outpolls Romney outside of the margin of error.

This Cain story is doing damage all right, but that damage is to the street cred of the MSM

Update: Instalanche thanks Glenn and please consider kicking in on my fall Fundraiser If 1% of last month hits kick in at even the Beanie level it can finance the blog, the family and national coverage beyond for a full year!

Update 2: If I’m the Cain Campaign this Piece from Jimmie Bise would worry me more than the MSM:

Sexual harassment charges are, to my thinking, the most difficult to refute cleanly. Oftentimes they devolve into “he said, she said” situations where only those involved know the truth, if there is any truth to be known at all. Two people can perceive the same situation differently and one person’s harassment is another person’s honest and innocent conversation.

That, however, doesn’t matter. Politicians have been dealing with similar accusations for decades, if not centuries. Any campaign can, with just a little work, study how other campaigns handled charges levied against them and figure out how to do it themselves. It takes homework, but it surely can be done.

and the big finish

Herman Cain has said, over and over, that we should support him because he is a problem-solver. If he can’t solve the problems in his own campaign, how can we believe he’ll solve the far larger problems of Obama-sized government? Regrettably, I can’t.

If Jimmie is saying that you’d better believe others are thinking it.

I have no idea how this will go but we will soon find out:

My Take, Cain, Santorum and Bachmann helped themselves, Rick Perry was bloodied, Romney stayed steady but not great, Huntsman hurt himself, Paul was Paul, Gingrich was solid.

A lot more substance than other debates, likely due to the tea party business.

9:49 p.m. Silly question about adding in, Gingrich hits on Tzars.

9:44 p.m. Huntsman’s answer to the women translated: “Let them die, not our problem.”, Perry agrees.

9:42 p.m. Santorum hits Paul HARD on 9/11. Paul is Paul, I’ll say this for him, he’s consistent.

9:39 p.m. Paul: “Difference between military and defense spending.”

9:38 p.m. Cain on energy independence not bad, Gingrich on defense spending.

9:37 p.m. Calls in-state tuition a states rights issue, a bad hit on him.

9:35 p.m. Romney almost gets it on the Latinos question.

9:33 p.m. Huntsman suggests Perry is treasonous for saying we can’t secure the border. Plays the License isn’t an ID card.

9:31 p.m. Bachmann don’t give taxpayer subsidies for breaking the law.

9:30 p.m. Perry defends in-state tuition Santorum hits.

9:28 p.m. Perry says boots on the ground and agents rather than a fence.

9:27 p.m. Illegal immigration question Santorum 1st.

9:22 p.m. That last round was bad for Romney and Perry and good for Bachmann, Paul and Santorum. Stacy Live-blogging too.

9:20 p.m. Bachmann makes an important point about wavers being able to be undone.

9:18 p.m. Ron Paul points out how communities used to take care of their own, important cultural point.

9:16 p.m. Perry says Romney care is the wrong move but the state has the right to do it if it wants.

9:15 p.m. Romney not defending Romney-care attacking Obama-care

9:14 p.m. Suggests “loser pays” laws

9:12 p.m. Santorum throws a roundhouse on big government, Perry tries to defend, I think he took a big hit on this

9:10 p.m. Bachmann talks about political donations and the drug companies. Perry hits back.

9:09 p.m. Little girls don’t get a do over says Michelle Bachmann hitting Perry, hits Obama on the morning after pill.

9:08 p.m. Perry gives a mea-culpa, should have gone to legislature but defends his motives.

9:06 p.m. Paul on executive orders, should never be used to legislate

9:06 p.m. Romney says the “fair tax” would hurt middle tax.

9:05 p.m. “Would any of you be willing to support the fair tax?”

9:03 p.m. Gingrich brings up GE when Wolf hits the oil companies, still not asked the question given.

9:02 p.m. Huntsman says 8-16-24 and talks debt

9:01 p.m. Love the question: “Out of every dollar I make, how much should I be able to keep?” Who will answer it?

9:00 p.m. Romney doesn’t hit the fed as hard, who is going to run the currency Congress? They didn’t let Paul touch the fed question, amazing!

8:58 p.m. Perry doesn’t back down from the “Treason” business, if the fed is used for political purposes.

8:57 p.m. Cain hits the fed in terms of the monetary exchange rate, Bachmann talks about almost unlimited power of fed and loans to foreign governments.

8:55 p.m. Question on federal reserve, goes to Santorum first but a slow ball over the plate for Paul when it gets to him.

8:53 p.m. I think Cain has helped himself the most so far, but nothing exciting yet.

8:50 p.m. Since that initial back and forth it’s been a more open debate.

8:49 p.m. First non-tea party question, can you be pro-business and pro-worker at the same time?

8:48 p.m. Gingrich points out that jobs are created by the American People not governments.

8:47 p.m. Perry: “People aren’t coming to Texas because we’re overtaxing them.”

8:46 p.m. Ron Paul points out you don’t pay for people being allowed to keep their own money. Important line.

8:45 p.m. Perry talks tort reform, that’s why Romney will never be short of campaign money.

8:44 p.m. “If you are dealt four aces that doesn’t make you a great poker player.” Romney

8:41 p.m. Cain pushing the 9-9-9 plan again. “You don’t know how Washington works, yes I do, it doesn’t!”

8:40 p.m. Bachmann stress not raising the debt ceiling still a strong point

8:39 p.m. 1/2 of zero jobs is still zero jobs says Perry

8:37 p.m. Wolf seems to be rephrasing the questions when asked.

8:33 p.m. First break, no word from the democrats to explain the lack of horns or hoods on the tea party members in the audience.

8:32 p.m. Michelle Bachmann talks personal responsibility

8:31 p.m. Ron Paul hits the wars again, but also wants to cut dept of Education and energy

8:30 p.m. Did Romney just push Cut, Cap and Balance?

8:29 p.m. I hate hearing about “waste and fraud” it exists but almost never gets touched.

8:27 p.m. Just saw Ali Akbar in the crowd, Stacy is rooming with him for this trip.

8:26 p.m. Are all the questions going to be from Tea party members? Great!

8:24 p.m. Santorum points out he was talking about this 17 years ago.

8:23 p.m. Gingrich delivers the Bazinga! “I’m not worried about Romney or Perry scaring people when Obama does it every day.”

8:22 p.m. Huntsman talks against “drama” then offers some and backs up Ryan.

8:21 p.m. Herman Cain: “I don’t care what you call it, it’s broken.” Offers an actual solution.

8:20 p.m. If I’m one of the other candidates I would ask directly are we part of this debate or not? Paul points out the Social Security money has been spent.

8:18 p.m. Perry given a chance to respond to Romney, are they going to play the Perry Romney show again?

8:17 p.m. Romney hitting Perry with his book.

8:15 p.m. Bachmann talks about keeping promise, Perry follows up asks about his op/ed guarantees benefits for existing seniors but been called Ponzi scheme long before me.

8:13 p.m. Good first question how do you convince seniors to allow the changes

8:11 p.m. Bachmann mentions founding tea party caucus, good move.

8:10 p.m. I like starting with the anthem but it’s not good that it took 10 min to get to the candidates

8:08 p.m. Yay! Dianne She opened many a tea party the same way! That’s awesome!

8:07 p.m. Bachmann get a big hair upgrade, Cain gets the biggest cheer, Huntsman almost doesn’t get one.

8:05 p.m. Cripes is this s football game? Looking for the cheerleaders on each side as they come on

8:03 p.m. Just saw Andrea Shea King in the audience

8:01 p.m. Notice that Huntsman was 4th on the list though last in the polls

I know, I know this really should have gone up last night but I got home very late and had to bring the kid to school early.

First the Candidates

Winner: Michelle Bachmann without a question.

Doreen Marie Costa (R-RI) Supports Bachmann

Bachmann not only made the only real news of the day (her official filing) she was poised and confident and had strong answers. She clearly stated what we know. Obama is ripe for the taking. Most importantly where the left (read MSNBC/Chris Matthews/Scarborough et/al) have tried to portray her as a nut in the past the reality has been quite different and people who are not hockey fans saw that clearly. As a person not in the top 3 or 4 in the polls she needed to give people who like her a reason to believe she belong in the top-tier and she did so.

Morning Joe's Favorites before the "Bachmann is Crazy" meme died

In the Free speech area her people liked her. I spoke to a Rhode Island State Rep who talked about how GOP women are treated by the MSM and she was very strong for Michelle, this woman is going places.

Let’s go down the line

Newt Gingrich started very slow (bad news in NH since most of the people watching were watching early and changing to the Bruins game) but he finished VERY strongly. His second half was classic Newt, strong positions, solid beliefs and a willing to not mince words. He makes his staff look bad for leaving but as there was not a single sign for Gingrich in the free speech zone. It is likely not enough to get him in the top-tier but it does allow him to continue.

Rick Santourm:

NH State Rep (right) and Santorum fans
although a national figure for a while, he needed to be seen more, the Hockey game hurt him the most because many NH voters did not see him. He was passionate and talked his record and was very strong on the life issue. Basically he needed face time and made the most of what he had. A good performance not a breakout one. He likely helped himself and the surprisingly large contingent of supporters in the “free speech zone” would likely agree

Mitt Romney Romney’s answers were crisp clean and polished as befitting both a front-runner, he made only one mistake and that might not have been perceived. Mitt’s entire reason for being there is he can “Beat Obama” yet he maintained that everyone on the state can beat Obama. His biggest problem on the stage was the problem in the free speech line, the question was asked “Why Romney” and I got a “Why

these Democratic protesters will be a headache for Romney
not?” but his biggest problem was the large organized democratic contingent that made up about a quarter of the people there who mockingly complemented Romney because of Obamacare. He however had a good night in the sense that the Bachmann victory keeps the Romney nomination equation expressed as:

(conservatives+ Tea Party) / (Bachmann + Cain + Palin) = Romney Nomination

The most telling line afterward. During a call with Little Miss Attila after the debate she mentioned Mr. Attila, a strong social conservative said if he didn’t know about Romneycare he would have been very impressed by his presentation and answers. Unfortunately for Romney that will not be the case among republican voters, but realistically Romney is going to win NH and if he doesn’t do so by at least double digits he is in trouble. I would also have expected a stronger Romney presence in the zone with his money and local support, that might suggest support is broad but not deep.

Tim Pawlenty Pawlenty’s did the worst of all the candidates in the sense that he needed to set himself up as the Romney Alternative and just plain didn’t. His answers were not bad and were in many ways pretty good but just the way that he carries himself lacked excitement. When the most memorable of the night is hitting Joe Biden and complementing Sarah Palin you have a problem. I also didn’t see any T-Paw people in the free speech spots, that’s not good.

I called Little Miss Attila during my drive home as I know her as a big Pawlenty supporter she agreed that his answers were fine, (she was more impressed with them than I was) but conceded the strategic decision to not go after Romney might have been a mistake. It will be interesting how it plays in an Iowa sans Romney but in NH that is an issue.

Ron Paul was classic Ron Paul, advancing classic Ron Paul issues and making some strong blunt points about certain realities. His line about delivering 40k babies was very good and played well, nationally he didn’t advance his campaign for the presidency, but in NH from my conversations with voters the concept of an authentic person who believes what he believes is important. His followers in the free speech zones were strong and committed. Nothing took place in the debate to expanded his support beyond that base, but the expanded tea party power in the state gives him the potential to expand quietly. I have a feeling he isn’t really running for president so much as running to remain a national niche figure. He wins that race hands down.

Herman Cain
had a very good night.

Herman Cain leaves the spin room
As the person running 3rd (2nd without Palin) he gave a performance to prove he belonged in the top-tier. He not only answered well but challenged CNN’s King when he tried to misquote/spin him. A good solid performance, proving not only 1. The last debate win was not a fluke. but also: 2. He can hold is own in the expanded field. His supporters in the free speech line had clear answers on why they supported him and I briefly spoke to the candidate after the debate, he was pleased with his performance, as well he should be. This man is going places and the nomination is certainly not out of reach. He has cemented himself as both a strong GOP voice in the future or as a serious contender for either spot on the GOP 2012 ticket.

The Debate and CNN

The CNN tape with camera covered against the late rain
First of all the silly questions, (spicy or mild) were just absolutely foolish (and it was slightly unfair to the other candidates that Mr. Cain’s question involved Pizza an area of expertise for him) It was noted by a lot of people on Twitter than John King did his best to steer the debate away from the economy where Democrats lose to social issues where he believes they win. John Notle nailed it on twitter:

“Hi GOP: There’s a good reason Dems don’t submit to Fox News debates. Not cowardly, smart. Please learn.”

Last time the press didn’t vet Obama, this time they will try not to vet the economy. We can expect more of the same from the MSNBC debate, however Miss Attila pointed out he exceeded her admirably low expectations. I did like the questions from the town halls and the legal immigrant’s question laid the difference in stark relief between “opposing immigration” and opposing “illegal immigration” King’s counter spin not withstanding.

Johnson supporters make their case
Others: At the free speech line there was a contingent of Gary Johnson supporters talking about his exclusion from the debate. There were adamant that he belonged on the stage and people in the crowd generally agreed. I was surprised at the number of people he had in the “Free Speech Zone” . It’s worth noting their argument for Johnson seemed to be a utilitarian one, (he can draw Democrats look at NH). One could make that same case with Pawlenty.

The Press: Although they had the advantage of the room and the internet (until I managed to ummm ‘connect’ remotely to the CNN network) they made the same mistake that they did during the Scott Brown business. They didn’t talk to the undecided voters that were available all around them.

What’s the point of having a room, a power supply and a box lunch if you don’t talk to people like him:

Why wasn't the press interviewing guys like this? You know Undecided NH voters

or him

Local voter who the press ignored

or them:

Votes just waiting for a reporter to ask questions!

I made it a point to go back to some of the people I talked to and asked if the press had at any time during the day approached them. Not a single one did. C’mon guys!

And one more thing about the press; why weren’t more members of the press wearing fedoras like this:

Talk about looking hot and cool at the same time!

Speaking of the woman in that last photo I had a fascinating conversation with her. She is a freelance photographer and talked on the difference

You can't take pictures in here, it's the press room!
between what she does now and her years as a regular staff member at a paper I think her story would be a great one to tell and frankly she belongs on a blog to augment her work. Just a few minutes talking to her showed she has great things to say and stories to tell.

That being said it was nice to spend some time with Kerry Pickett and Dave Weigel. Both of who are a pleasure to actually be with. Also enjoyed time with John LaRosa and company who I hung with a bit at CPAC. They where rather cool and of course my regular guest Brian Henchey who unlike me was credentialed in the press room while I sat on

Dave Weigel has an eye for news
the ground behind the building writing, posting and snarfing CNN’s internet. Weigel will be doing some good old-fashioned shoe leather stuff today in NH so keep an eye on his site.

There will be plenty more of these debates in the future. The real contest at this point is fundraising. Bachmann & Cain will get a lot of it from this debate, Newt and Santorum might get a small bump (Santorum’s pro-life answers will help) but that is the game. Romney is ready for a marathon and it will be a question of who will fall by the wayside over time.