February 28, 2012

‘Incendiary’?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:42 pm

You might have missed this from the 2008 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton:

You know, it’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative, attacking of President Bush, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am.

I’m a person with extensive experience in government. I understand how government works from a personal standpoint and from a theoretical standpoint. I want to use those skills to help the country. And if I get selected, great, and if I don’t, I can live with that too. I’m putting myself out there because I think I can do a better job getting America back on track. I think this president has taken us in a very dangerous direction, and that we’ve got to get him out of the White House. But I’m not willing to say anything to get that nod.

The reason you missed it is because (of course) it didn’t happen.

But the following did, courtesy of (who else?) …:

Mitt Romney:

You know, it’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative, attacking of President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am.

I’m a person with extensive experience in the private sector, in the economy. I understand job creation from a personal standpoint and from a theoretical standpoint. I want to use those skills to help the country. And if I get selected, great, and if I don’t, I can live with that too. I’m putting myself out there because I think I can do a better job getting America back on track. I think this president has taken us in a very dangerous direction, and that we’ve got to get him out of the White House. But I’m not willing to say anything to get that nod.

Rush appropriately reacts:

At least McCain waited until the general campaign to make it clear that anybody criticizing Obama would be fired. Here it’s happening in the primary. “I’m not gonna make any incendiary comments to attract the base. I have extensive experience in the private sector.” Obama can say whatever he wants about us and does, and the media can, and we’re not talking about incendiary, we’re talking about truth, I thought.

Mitt Romney is okay with playing by the Left’s rules, which in a nutshell are:
1. We can say anything incendiary and/or untrue about you. It will stand, and our press apparatchiks will pile on.
2. You can’t say anything incendiary, even if true, about us. If you do, our press apparatchiks will hound you mercilessly for “incivility” and “untruth” (even if true).

That’s a formula for surrender. No wonder the base is unimpressed with the Mittster.

And look at the contempt he has for the “very easy to excite” base.

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