Wednesday Chronicle

The Straw Man of the Left

Oct. 24, 2012

The Foundation

“If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?” –John Adams

Editorial Exegesis

This is NOT Mitt Romney

“There were hits and misses and mishaps in the three presidential debates, but what is most important is that voters now know Mitt Romney. … The media for many long months allowed the Obama campaign to define Mitt Romney. They obsessed last summer over his tax returns, let an Obama aide suggest Romney might be a felon, and paid scant attention when an Obama super PAC outrageously said Romney caused the wife of a laid-off steel plant worker to die of cancer. Now that Americans have seen the Democratic and Republican nominees for president side by side on three occasions … they can better decide who Mitt Romney is. What they saw was not a monster or extremist but someone ready and able to lead as soon as the voters give him the job. Of all the things Romney said in the debates, what may end up going into the voting booths in the minds of Americans are the phrases, ‘I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again … I’ve done it my entire life.’ He was referring to ‘leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done’ because he did it with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature as governor of Massachusetts. And he was referring to doing ‘what it takes to balance budgets,’ as he did in running and helping start up and fixing businesses – more than 150 of them. A presidential debate is not a boxing match, with three judges deciding the winner based on punches landed. … After seeing him for so long, side by side with the president and unfiltered by the media, voters now know the truth: Mitt Romney can bring competence back to the Oval Office.” –Investor’s Business Daily

Editor’s Note: View the full transcript of Monday night’s foreign policy debate.


“[T]he mantle of … leadership for promoting the principles of peace has fallen to America. We didn’t ask for it, but it’s an honor that we have it. But for us to be able to promote those principles of peace requires us to be strong, and that begins with a strong economy here at home, and unfortunately, the economy is not stronger. … [W]e have to stand by our principles. And if we’re strong in each of those things, American influence will grow. But unfortunately, in nowhere in the world is America’s influence greater today than it was four years ago.” –Mitt Romney

“[F]rom the very beginning, the president, in his campaign some four years ago, said he’d meet with all the world’s worst actors in his first year. … And then the president began what I’ve called an apology tour of going to – to various nations in the Middle East and – and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness. … Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.” –Mitt Romney

“This nation is the hope of the earth. We’ve been blessed by having a nation that’s free and prosperous thanks to the contributions of the Greatest Generation. They’ve held a torch for the world to see, the torch of freedom and hope and opportunity. Now it’s our turn to take that torch. I’m convinced we’ll do it.” –Mitt Romney

“[S]peaking as the son of a Marine Corps officer and the brother of a Navy officer, I think Obama’s ‘horses and bayonets’ wisecrack wasn’t his biggest miscalculation. All that did was lose him the military vote in the Norfolk area and thus, most likely, the state of Virginia. Rather, it was the weird way he kept conflating the war-fighting purpose of the military with ‘taking care’ of the veterans after they come home. Military personnel deeply resent the implication, so earnestly peddled by the bed-wetting civilians at the New York Times, among others, that returning vets are just a PTSD psycho hair-trigger away from going postal. They’re soldiers, Mr. President, not crybabies.” –columnist Michael Walsh

“DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems to reside in a different reality than the rest of us. After the debate [Monday] night she said: ‘What I was surprised about … during the entire section of the debate on the Middle East, Mitt Romney didn’t bring up Israel once and I think it just shows he isn’t committed to Israel as he says he is and has really only used the issue as a political opportunity.’ The only problem for Wasserman Schultz is that a mere glance at the transcript of last night’s debate shows that Romney mentioned Israel eleven times. … Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s attempt to spin the president’s abysmal record on Israel is unbecoming, and let us hope that Florida’s Jewish community will take note of Mitt Romney’s actual statements in the debate in their state.” –National Review’s Nathaniel Botwinick


“Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.” –President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


From Barack Obama’s debate performance Monday night: “[T]he 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years. But, Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.” –Barack Obama (“So he’s Reagan, Eisenhower and Coolidge all rolled into one? Sounds way too good to be true, but one can only hope.” –WSJ columnist James Taranto)

Juvenile: “First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It’s something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. … [Gov. Romney] mentioned … that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of ‘Battleship’ where we’re counting ships.” –BO

Yes he did: “Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing. This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign, and every fact-checker and every reporter who’s looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true.” –BO

Class warfare: “[W]e’ve got to make sure that we reduce our deficit. Unfortunately, Governor Romney’s plan doesn’t do it. We’ve got to do it in a responsible way, by cutting out spending we don’t need but also asking the wealthiest to pay a little bit more.” –BO

Back to the same old line: “What we can’t do is go back to the same policies that got us into such difficulty in the first place. And that’s why we have to move forward and not go back.” –BO

And again: “You know, over the last four years, we’ve made real progress digging our way out of policies that gave us two prolonged wars, record deficits and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And Governor Romney wants to take us back to those policies.” –BO

Don’t worry about him: “Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens [in the election].” –Barack Obama


Sycophantic praise: “We always try to look for the phrase or expression that will live forever out of these. Tonight has to be ‘horses and bayonets.’ … It was specifically about the military, the governor’s assertion we have fewer ships as a Navy since, at any time since 1916. A very sharp comeback from the president.” –NBC’s Brian Williams

Protesting too much: “Dear conservatives – NO ONE GIVES A SH-T ABOUT FAST & FURIOUS. Manufactured issue, was a mistake and was resolved.” –leftist Fox News contributor Sally Kohn

‘Non Compos Mentis’: “I think [Republicans] hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al-Qa'ida. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred – hatred for Obama. … This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.” –MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who hit his head hard on the center of something

Bizarre explanation: “I think Obama is in it because he feels a higher calling. Not that he likes doing it but he really feels like he can do something better for the country. … [I]’m not quite sure why [Romney] wants to be president other than the fact that it seems like the next thing he should be doing with his life.” –MSNBC’s Alex Wagner

Conspiracy theories: “Keep in mind: The whole upper tier of Ohio state government is in the hands of the GOP now. In very close voting they have the power to influence what votes are counted and how. … Remember Ohio, Bush v. Kerry in 2004 and Florida, Bush v. Gore in 2000.” –former CBS anchor Dan “Fake But Accurate” Rather

Newspulper Headlines:

‘Help!’: “Obama’s Stump Speech Boils Down to One Word” –The New York Times

Longest Books Ever Written: “The Shortfalls of ‘Obamacare’” –New England Journal of Medicine website

We Blame Global Warming: “Pelosi Continues to Make Rain for House Democrats” –

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Why the Chill on Climate Change?” –The Washington Post

Look Out Below!: “Obama’s Plan: Push Republicans off the Fiscal Cliff” –Washington Post website

We Blame George W. Bush: “Who’s Really to Blame for the Death of Newsweek?” –

Bottom Story of the Day: “Newsweek Set to End Print Publication, Switch to All-Digital Version in 2013” –New York Post

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Village Idiots

Blame voters: “This shouldn’t be a race. The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don’t understand why the economy is not totally hunky-dory again.” –Bill Clinton, once again not really helping Obama

Belly laugh and class warfare: “[Y]our president, he didn’t point fingers. He didn’t place blame. Instead, he got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. See, and that’s why he cut taxes for small businesses and for working families because he believes that in America, teachers and firefighters should not pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires.” –Michelle Obama

From the one-trick pony: “Where is global warming in this #debate? Climate change is an urgent foreign policy issue.” –Al Gore tweeting his frustrations

Tired old lines: “We have a very specific agenda about how we’d like to move forward. On the other hand what you hear from Mitt Romney are a bunch of chapter heads with no chapters and a plan to spend $7 trillion more in tax cuts and more money for the Pentagon than they’re even asking for. So if there’s anyone whose running without a real plan here, it’s Gov. Romney, and to the extent he has one it’s going back to the same policies from the last administration.” –Obama adviser David Axelrod

Some things never change: “On Nov. 7 we’re going to party hard.” –Michelle Obama

From the Glitterati: “Villagers, I don’t endorse politicians. Not my thing. However, Obama is the light & the future. Keep going towards the light. Put America first.” –actor Russell Crowe

Sometimes they get it right: “I’m not sure that I would’ve been President Obama’s nominee if I weren’t a woman.” –Justice Elena Kagan

Short Cuts

“So the big issue for Democrats: binders full of women. They’ve clung to a number of distractions so far, but this is probably the least coherent. When I heard Romney [in the town hall debate] use the phrase ‘binders full of women,’ I immediately made fun of it because it was so inartful. But the Democrats contention now is that its actually offensive somehow. How… they can’t really explain. They seem to act like Romney wants to physically put women in binders… but even they know that doesn’t really make any sense. So it’s somehow offensive Romney was looking at resumes of women… because its pandering? So the party who treats women like vaginas that vote and need nothing more than some free birth control thrown at them are offending by pandering?” –humorist Frank J. Fleming

“After [Monday] night, I suspected Obama’s solution to the Benghazi attack would be to send in more teachers. That seems to be his solution to everything.” –radio talk-show Rush Limbaugh

“The Wall Street Journal reports that more and more Americans are moving overseas to look for career and business opportunity. Thousands are fleeing abroad. Now people in other countries will know what it’s like to lose their American jobs to a foreigner.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“The FEC reports that Obama’s campaign took out a $15 million loan from bailout recipient Bank of America. Wow… BoA just can’t stop making bad investments, can they?” –Fred Thompson

“So far for Halloween, sales of Obama masks are 30 percent higher than the sales of Mitt Romney masks. That makes sense. I mean, what’s scarier than four more years of this economy?” –comedian Jay Leno

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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Greg in Ohio said:

Best part:
"Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations.
And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.
Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Joe Tessari in Berwyn, PA said:

While all politicians are prone to bend the truth to fit their respective agendas, what we saw from the President particularly in the last two debates and the Vice President, was well beyond that norm. They repeatedly and deliberately made blatantly false statements in front of a TV audience of 60-70 million, then watched in silence as the campaign staffers retracted or clarified those falsehoods in a forum that was relatively obscure compared to the size of the debate audience. How anyone can trust these men with our national security is incomprehensible. If (God help us) they are re-elected, they should immediately be impeached.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Todd Kreigh in Skiatook, OK said:

If this election were about performance, or competence, or best-equipped to be President, Romney would win in a landslide that would make Reagan's 1980 victory look weak by comparison.

Problem is, for 47% of the voters, this election (and all subsequent elections) are going to be about who can offer them the most goodies. Obama wins hands-down on that on - at least until the republic collapses as a result.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

RedLeg in TN replied:

Correct it is like MAJ Stu stated: Taxation is not about how much we pay (even though that is important) it is also about how our taxes are spent. Since the POTUS has not had a real budget in 3 years, spending for votes has been good for the Dems. Those Amricans that receive the "vote for me" tax money, they loose sight that voting is the act of selecting the most qualified to do the job.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Dr Alister McFarquhar in Cambridge UK said:

Romney seems to have a better grasp of quantitative issues
Obama seems a bit innumerate and lost off message
He is more a prisoner of his advisers tho good on rhetoric
I dont see him supporting restructure of US economy
Any recovery will be inflated by another bubble and
I fear will not last much beyond the Election
Romney is a risk but offers some hope of economic renewal

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Helen in Westland Michigan said:

Mitt SHOULD win in a landslide, based just on his qualifications. As well he is likeable, honest, generous and a real patriot.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Mr Keith O. White in Casper said:

I feel anyone that votes for Obama must be in favor of distroying our country. That is Obama's goal and is his second term he will do what he pleases and the people will not try to stop him. We will probably be a socialist or Marxist country with no way to reverse it. VOTE SMART ON NOVEMBER 6,2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

RedLeg in TN replied:

Early elections are going on now. Voters need to vote smart now. LOL

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Bill in Leawood,KS replied:

Voters? Smart? I agree with LOL.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Longhorn in West Texas said:

Mr President with your encouraging words and wisdom, I feel so much more secure when you pointed out our Navy which has been weakened to era of WWI. You so eloquently pointed out that,"planes land on aircraft carriers and we have submarines under the water." Ooooooh that is breathtaking information and I know the American people and the U.S. Navy feel so much secure also. Is this a warm-up act you made with the Russians when you said, "after the election I will have more flexibility." Mr President when things become too flexible, they often break. thanks to you CINC, we are broken and we need to be permanently repaired.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Mr. Lloyd in Colton, Ca. replied:

"after the election I will have more flexibility". It matters not whether he is wins or loses. He will do as much damage in the last 2 months as he possibly can if he is not re-elected. I shudder to think what that will be and how the congress will handle it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

jksisco in irvine, ca said:

I find both Obama's and Biden's behavior during the debates; rudeness, interuptions, condescension, dirisiveness, to be highly offensive, and not a standard for which Sitting Presidents and Vice-Presidents should aspire to. If Romney had behaved in that manner, the national press would have been going crazy to report how unbecoming it was. What makes it even more baffling is comments by folks like Russell Crowe that Obama is the "light", as if his debate behavior is somehow unimportant, and Obama's failure to put forth any real plan for the next four years is somehow also OK. The Left is comprised of blatant Liars and braying Jackasses, taking us down the road to a two-tier society, the all-knowing Elites and the great unwashed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Has Aussie, Russell Crowe, become a US citizen or will he be voting anyway.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

He did and he was called bold, decisive, all the other adjectives. It is politics on both sides as usual.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

John B Zavitz in Canton said:

My sense of this issue is, after 61 years of exercising my voting rights, the free and honest press needs to inform, engage and distribute the Obama canard for what it is, has done and will continue to do for this blessed country. What was that old song that said, "Now I tell it from the highest hills, even tell it to the (sic) daffy-dills...)? This country is too good to give it away through ignorance and deceit. We're told that research indicates we've more intelligence than those of the 18th century. So how come they have been proven to know better?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Bill in Leawood,KS said:

The President's gag writers write good one-liners. They should look for a job on SNL. That way they would not be burdened by those pesky facts and would be free to make things up out of whole cloth.

One liners may count as debate points but are not the basis of policy.

It is time for Joe Biden to pay up on his bet of his vice-presidency that his boss would get a status of forces agreement.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Fred L. Merritt Jr. in Memphis TN said:

The eighties are calling the President because the policies of the new millineum are not working.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN said:

Sorry, Sally Kohn, Fast & Furious was an issue tailor-made by the AG Holder Justice Department and the Obama administration. Even though he lied about it being an extension of a Bush-era program which it was not. There are 4 issues:
1) The wrongful death of a border patrol agent as a direct result of a disastrous policy.
2) The lame judgement of letting automatic weapons "gun-walk" across the border into the hands of Mexican drug-lords with no way of tracking them.
3) The tacit acknowledgement that our border is so porous that Mexican drug-lords or their proxies can waltz across at will with their automatic weapons.
4) The Nixonian delaying, denying crab-walking, stone-walling, obfuscation, and yes, covering up, including lying under oath before Congress, from the self-asserted "Most Transparent Adminstration in History®"
Other than that, the Obama administration, with the willful neglect of the Press such as your agency, has nothing to concern itself with over this travesty.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Denver Bandit in Denver, CO replied:

Major, I highly concur, but would add to your #4): The Bengazi episode just confirms what you state in #4; everything is decided through a political filter. When the first (only?) consideration is politcal fall-out, we don't have a leader for the good of the country; we have a "leader" that is indispenable to the cause.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM

CWO4 Carl V. Wade, USNR Ret. in Port Saint Lucie, FL said:

It occurred to me that, a 'binder full of women' is exactly where Justice Elena Kagan's name came from.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Kathy in West Texas said:

I think, for once, Chris Matthews got it right and Alex Wagner is the one who belongs under the 'non compos mentis' category.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Kathy Morey in Mesa, AZ said:

I was so excited to see Mitt Romney sit studiously by, focusing on Mr Obama, looking him straight in the eye and saying " criticizing me is not a strategy" or words to that effect. He did not take the bait, he simply stated what he intends to do, and re-iterated his vast qualifications to be able to do it! I find it fascinating that so many were happy to swallow the Hope and Change drivel four years ago are now asking Romney to pinpoint every penny. To so wholeheartedly support someone with absolutely no experience what so ever then brow beat a man who has as he has proven, done before is ludicrous.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM