Friday, May 25, 2012

Romney Bus Payback Begins

I told you that the Romney campaign bus "circling" an Obama/Biden campaign event and surrogates attending opponent events first with the Gingrich campaign and then with the Obama/Biden campaign were not smart moves. Payback is beginning. John Nolte reports:
"Buried deep in yesterday's Washington Post article about presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney being heckled during a visit to an inner-city school in Philadelphia, is the extraordinary news that a portion of those hecklers were organized by the Obama campaign:
"'Outside, meanwhile, some brick row houses across from the school were boarded up. Police had cordoned off a full city block to protect Romney and his entourage. Residents, some of them organized by Obama’s campaign, stood on their porches and gathered at a sidewalk corner to shout angrily at Romney. Some held signs saying, "We are the 99%." One man’s placard trumpeted an often-referenced Romney gaffe: "I am not concerned about the very poor."'
"'Madaline G. Dunn, 78, who said she has lived here for 50 years and volunteers at the school, said she is "personally offended" that Romney would visit her neighborhood.'
“'"It’s not appreciated here," she said. "It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage."'
"'Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) addressed protesters and the media, quipping that Romney "suddenly somehow found West Philadelphia."'
"I'm not sure which is more offensive: the President of the United States community organizing private citizens to artificially undermine an opponent's visit to an inner-city school with Occupy Wall Street sloganeering, or the Washington Post' s Philip Rucker not only burying this news but also allowing themselves to be willingly duped into covering the story in theway the Obama campaign desired.
It probably would have happened anyway, but the Romney campaign cannot legitimately complain about "occupy-style" protests when similar efforts have been a clear part of the Romney campaign style since January.


MAX Redline said...

Correct, although there's a difference in degree - bus circling is one thing; staging artificial "protests" quite another. That move is, however, straight from the Chicago playbook, and as you note, it would have happened anyway. Having been born near Chicago, I got to grow up with the Richard J. Daley political machine.

I must note, though, that it's unlikely to take Barky very far - his campaign has specialized in lighting up stogies - only to have them explode in their faces.

T. D. said...

There have been a lot of "missteps". Heh.

Though having actual voters and residents of the area react doesn't seem as lame as sending official campaign surrogates to your opponent's events. I'm waiting for that shoe to drop.

Sure do like all the great stuff you post, Max. Indian schools not being able to use Indian symbols was a classic example of the old scariest line: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

MAX Redline said...

I just scrounge...I noticed that a couple of newspapers today have picked up on the two tribes expressing their displeasure.

And a reader passed this along:

"Mayor asks if strip clubs are protected by freedom of speech, why isn’t a mascot?"

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:30 am

The Daily Astorian | 1 comment

WARRENTON — Mayor Dick Hellberg started the Warrenton City Commission meeting Tuesday night by likening the issue with the Warrenton-Hammond School District’s mascot – a Native American that must be changed within the next five years– to the freedom of speech amendment that protects strip clubs and adult stores.

Hellberg was not too pleased about the announcement made by the Oregon Board of Education, giving the school district a time limit to replace its mascot with something more politically correct.

Gotta admit - he's got a point....

James Nicholas said...

This is an issue where there is no complainant, just a government willing to step in and dictate what they think is best. They have already decided who the victim is, and how the victim feels about the issue. No need to ask them. The arrogant, presumptious twits.

T. D. said...

Max, if it's scrounging, you're a superb scrounger!

JN, exactly right. The comment by Brenda Frank, a member of the Klamath Tribes and chairwoman of the state Board of Education that made the rule, puts it in a nutshell:

“With all due respect ... their responsibility [the tribes objecting to the rule] is only to their membership and not to the community as a whole,” Frank told The Oregonian. “The Oregon State Board of Education speaks for all students in the state of Oregon.”*

Speaking for the whole means you can steamroll over the parts irrespective of what they want or what's good for them.

*Max's link: