Time to Start Playing Offense

Recently, I wrote a piece in which I pleaded with Mitt Romney to toss away his copy of the Marquis of Queensbury rules and to stop playing defense in his battle with Obama and his gang of dirty tricksters. We saw what happened to John McCain when he tried to remain above the fray and prohibit his supporters from even mentioning Obama’s ties to Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, William Ayers, Valerie Jarrett and Van Jones, and we don’t need a repeat of his patty cake campaign.

I’m not suggesting that Mr. Romney play dirty, but that he constantly keep Harry Truman’s words in mind. In the 1948 presidential race, Truman pretty much ignored his GOP rival, Tom Dewey, and ran, as Obama will try to, against what he called a do-nothing Congress. When people urged Truman to keep giving the Republicans hell, he said he merely tells the truth, and they think it’s hell.

But it’s not just Romney who is reluctant to recognize that all’s fair in love and war, and this election is about as close to existential for America as anything since World War II. If Obama wins, it’s not just that the economy will be forever destroyed, but Israel will be left to the unmerciful mercy of Islam and our own Supreme Court will be skewed so far to the Left that FDR’s attempt to pack the Court will look amateurish.

It’s Republicans in general who insist on bringing a water pistol to a gun fight.

I realize that the Left has a great many more megaphones than we conservatives have, but we still have our blogs; a few people, such as Bret Baier, Steve Hayes, Charles Krauthammer, Bernie Goldberg, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume, at Fox. Plus, we pretty much control talk radio, which is why the other side is constantly trying to find ways to get the FCC to nullify the First Amendment when it comes to our freedom of speech.

But why do we stand by while the Left demonizes decent rich people like Frank Vandersloot, the Koch brothers and Mitt Romney? Why aren’t we ridiculing wealthy left-wing hypocrites like Rosie O’Donnell, George Clooney, Jeffrey Immelt, Oprah Winfrey, Jay Rockefeller, Barbara Boxer and Barack Obama? And let us not forget George Soros, the man who’s so easy to demonize because his face, his voice and his personal history, are exactly what I have in mind when I try to visualize Satan.

When those on the Left strong arm sponsors into deserting people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, why aren’t we doing the same to those companies sponsoring the likes of Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton and the rest of that creepy crew at MSNBC? For one thing, a lot of those lefties are college kids, the unemployed and folks on welfare. Who do you think sponsors are more likely to take seriously, millions of Republican adults with money to spend or the young, grungy hooligans who make up the Occupy Wall Street movement?

For that matter, when union thugs and Team Obama force a recall election on Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, why aren’t we doing the same to California’s Jerry Brown or North Carolina’s Bev Perdue? Governor Brown first told us we had a six billion dollar deficit, but, recently, while demanding a billion dollar tax hike, he has now decided the deficit is twice as large as he had first thought.

Governor Perdue recently said that, thanks to the 61% of North Carolinians who voted to ensure that marriage be limited to one man and one women, not only was she personally embarrassed, but that the entire country was so traumatized that we had begun to confuse North Carolina with Mississippi.

That’s a patent lie. Mississippi, after all, was wise enough to elect a Republican governor, Phil Bryant, whereas North Carolinians decided a few years earlier to elect its first female governor, a bonehead named Perdue, who made it one of her first orders of business to veto a law making it mandatory to show a photo I.D. when voting.

That leads me to wonder if perhaps it’s high time that we stopped using elections as a way in which to conduct social engineering. North Carolinians decided they would feel good about themselves if they elected their first female governor. At about the same time, Americans decided they would feel good about themselves if they elected their first black president.

All I can say is that not since Dr. Frankenstein pulled that unfortunate switch in his cellar have experiments gone this haywire.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

    Yep, lets go: 
    A good point is being raised by a growing number of people: Do we really know Mitt Romney has only one wife? His background, what we know of it anyway, would suggest different.

    Why can’t Mitt just put this all behind him and produce his long form marriage certificate? Or several marriage certificates.

    • ph16

      First of all, it’s a fake movement started by Bill Maher to counter the Obama “birther” movement and in any case, it was his grandfather who had more than one wife, not Mitt himself. Honestly, Wil, I’d thought you know this seeing as you and Maher are on the same team.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    cma: I would hope that, knowing what a short attention span the American voter possesses, Romney is holding off until after the convention.  He probably realizes the 10% of voters who will finally determine the winner in November–those who call themselves independents and moderates because they aren’t smart enough to call themselves Republicans–don’t pay the slightest bit of attention until there’s no escaping the fact that a presidential election is about to occur.

    Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  In relation to Romney, I think your suggestion that he get off the defensive and onto the offensive is quite astute.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why he fails to point out the obvious.  1.  Some community organizer questioning his credetials is like a sand lot player giving Jeeter tips how to hit.  2. By injecting capital and managerial advise, venture capitalists have saved and grown hundreds of companies unlike the blue chip stock investor.  His opening remark to every question should be … “I recognize that for a community organizer this is difficult to understand but in the real world this is how it works ……………………………. “

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Royalsfan67: I wish to commend you on your patience.  I have given up trying to drum any sense into Wil’s head.  He is, as you have described him, and I see no point in wasting time with him.  The tragic thing is that he is so representative of the typical Obama stooge, just another useless idiot.

    Burt

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

    Burt, DO you want to return to the economic policies of George W
    Bush?
    Do you think wars of choice, tax breaks for the hyper rich and lax
    federal regulation of high finance games run by big banks is a good thing, then
    vote for Romney.
     If you think those very policies are exactly what got us
    into the mess we have today, then vote against Romney and for the change of
    course we are trying to pilot in the face of mighty strong headwinds from the
    big corporate money and the Tea bagging racists who took over the House in
    2010.

    • Royalsfan67

       Wil do you ever post anything different? I see you pop up all over the web, spouting the same crap, calling Tea Party members names, and blaming everything on President George W. Bush. You never ever illustrate in any way, shape, or form how his policies actually caused any of this nation’s problems. You only state Bush did this and years later this happened. I can do the same thing. Bill Clinton married Hillary and 911 happened. See how ridiculous you sound?
      “Tea bagging racists”, could you be any more of an angry, rude, uninformed, troll who really should get a life, a job, and probably a real education.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        What class of Jesus Camp did you attend?  BTW, Jesus wasn’t there.

        • Royalsfan67

          You are really that dumb, I don’t even attend church. You are so ignorant of what a conservative is that you just have one close-minded uninformed, unintelligent, ignorant view. Read a book, meet some people who don’t agree with you. Learn what they are all about. Quit espousing motives and characteristics to people you know nothing about. Expand your horizons and educate yourself a little. Life will mean a little more to you then. Or you can just stay an uninformed little troll living in your little cocoon of amplified ignorance.

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          Wil wrote, in response to Royalsfan67:
          What class of Jesus Camp did you attend?  BTW, Jesus wasn’t there. Link to comment

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            Don’t think so, Roy.  I think, rather, that you need to realize that’s not me
            you’re seeing in the mirror.

          • ph16

            That’s probably a good thing. Who’d want to see you in the mirror.

          • ph16

            *?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

         “Bill Clinton married Hillary and 911 happened. See how ridiculous you sound?”
        I sound? Are you nuts!

        • Royalsfan67

           Ok, your ignorance is once again showing, that was not meant as a fact but an example of the type of ridiculous claims you make.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            Your examples are ridiculous. Aren’t you aware? Oh nevermind!

          • Royalsfan67

             You are starting to get it, finally. My example was meant to be ridiculous to match your examples. You are slow but you are getting there. Keep pluggin away kid, maybe someday you can move out of your mom’s basement and off those Obama bucks.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        Okay, Bush cut taxes on the rich and doubled military spending. (Off budget) Started 
        two wars.  And don’t forget collapsing the economy, forcing people onto
        unemployment and food stamps. That is why we have a deficit. We have a deficit
        because of tax cuts for the rich, huge military budget increases and the
        consequences of deregulating corporations. This is what President Obama has had
        to deal with since he entered office.

        • Royalsfan67

           Well lets see. The Bush tax cuts got us out of a recession he inherited from the Clinton Whitehouse. They were also tax cuts across the board, not just for the rich. They stimulated the economy and federal revenues went up. You have yet to show how any of his policies collapsed the economy. See I can state how this happened. The policy of both parties to allow home loans to people who could not afford to pay them, and to actually force some lenders to make these loans cause artificially inflated home prices to create a bubble. To Bush’s credit, he did try to rein in Freddie and Fannie and was called a racist by the likes of Frank and Dodd who claimed there was no problem with the loan policies. Deregulation had nothing to do with the crash, but rather, it was government regulations forcing institutions to make risky loans they would not otherwise have made that contributed.
          See, this is an example of stating facts instead of opinion and hyperbole.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            The Bush administration began by inheriting a budget surplus. After its
            budget-crushing $1.5 trillion-dollar tax cuts for the rich, it ended behind
            closed doors with Congress, demanding a trillion dollars in corporate welfare
            bailout money and threatening riots in the streets and the imposition of martial
            law WITHIN DAYS.

            In between, the Bush administration started an unprovoked
            war, doubled the national debt, spied on the American people, let New Orleans
            drown and turned the United States into a nation of torturers. We will be
            SEVERAL DECADES correcting the mess Bush and the Republicans created. IF IT’S
            EVEN POSSIBLE TO CORRECT IT.

        • Royalsfan67

           You had another post where you stated Bush put everyone  on food stamps. You do realize food stamp enrollment has increased from 32 million since Obama took office to 57 million today. You probably didn’t notice as it is a strong probability that you have been on the fed dole the whole time

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            DISMISSED –
            everything you post is inaccurate, uninformed drivel…you’ve been reduced to a
            blabbering glob of jiggling gelatin. a doddering senile old fart, unable to
            address the ongoing issues.  You’ve been totally
            demolished. Bah bye!

    • cmacrider

      Wil:  Assuming you are competent at reading English, possibly you should examine Romney’s policies and you will discover they are his own specific policies and quite unlike George Bush’s.  Of course, that would entail some time off from memorizing Axelrod’s speaking points that are integral to your trained seal act.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        Romney’s policies are cut taxes on the wealthy, no regulations and go to war with Iran! Not unfamiliar?

  • BurtPrelutsky

    John: I don’t think Romney should dive into the gutter.  I think his amiable personality works well in the long run, just as Reagan’s did.  I just don’t think he needs to answer every silly question the MSM asks him.  Like Democrats, he should learn to listen to their questions and then say whatever he wishes.

    GlenFS:  I have no doubt that conservatives are very angry about what the Left is doing to America.  The fact that the MSM is in the pocket of Obama and his cronies isn’t all that bad because the mainstream is no longer so mainstream.  Fewer and fewer people are watching ABC, NBC and CBS or reading the NY Times.  The Right is more than holding its own on the Internet and we control talk radio.  The fact that Obama’s poll numbers are pathetic must be causing David Axelrod many a sleepless night.  When an incumbent is polling below 50%, he can start packing his bags.

    Burt

  • JohnInMA

    Romney may be better served staying above the fray and letting the pugilists within the parties and the PACs fight the the dirty fight.  Already, so I read, a number of pollsters attribute the decline in Obama’s personal popularity in part to his increased negative rhetoric in his increasing number of reelection speeches.  Except for the dedicated partisans on the left, many people don’t like that behavior in general.  Even at lower levels, we have the example of the donkey in FL – Alan Grayson – who was marched out in the last election.  Polls show even some of his more ardent supporters were turned off by his sophomoric verbal attacks (unsophisticated and juvenile may be better terms).

    Some of Romney’s surrogates are better suited for the gutter brawls, too.  Most recently John Sununu has been doing a good job of fighting the fight, for example.

  • GlenFS

    Burt,

    It seems to me that among conservatives there’s plenty of anger at what’s being done to our country, but somehow a dearth of visible outrage.  And for some reason the left seems to be better at spreading their twisted outrage to the middle. 

    We get painted with the “self-righteous, hypocritical bigot brush” by the media whenever we dare to express our outrage.  We don’t own the rules of political correctness, we simply must settle for being correct.  Occupiers are heroes, Tea Partiers are racist baggers without a cheering section.  This seems to squelch our calls for impeachment, demands for resignation and other routine actions effectively used by the left.

    Ron Kean is correct that conservatives do not readily join the mob, even when it would be morally appropriate to display outrage.  Even if we were celebrated, it goes against our silent majority grain.  This doesn’t always serve us well as you point out.

    So the question is, how do we whip ourselves into the demanding asses we need to be and bring the clueless middle along?  That the Tea Party movement even exists is a high indicator of just how riled up we already are.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Ron: We are in agreement, except that Election Day is really only five months off, not six.

    Burt

  • RonKean

    It’s the left’s MO to organize under a banner.  We on the right take pride in independence rather than group mindset.

    Romney’s doing fine with his tit for tat comebacks.  He’s the proverbial tortoise who seemed to be above the fray in the primaries watching his rivals burn out one by one.  He reminds me of Mohammed Ali later in his boxing career going after the points one at a time rather than dancing for a knock out.

    We on the right are impatient and scared and well we should be.  A loss this time will see everything go.  If Romney is to be our leader he’ll prove it in the next 6 (yes only 6) months.