“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” – Mitt Romney, at a campaign stop in his home state of Michigan
Yeah, Romney said it. It got a good chuckle, and I hope he says it again.
Unlike fellow blogger Libby Spencer, my family was at the Romney rally in Commerce, Michigan, and heard the comment first hand, along with the reaction of the crowd. Unfortunately, as a member of the group that pays the majority of federal taxes, I could not attend. Being the entrepreunerial capitalist that I am, I decided to work in order to help support a government that can’t live within its means, and give back to a government that somehow has built my business without my knowing. But that is another post – in fact, several. I digress …
The supposed outrage in the liberal blogosphere about Romney’s joke is downright comical, yet still pathetic. The left is always good for a chuckle, especially when they feign outrage over a comment that has been retold as a million different jokes on every late night talk show for the last four years. But this time, it’s different. This was done by Romney, and since the Democrats must rely on their Hail Mary strategy to go after anything and everything (even if they have to make it up), this is front page liberal news.
Forget the baseless tax cheat allegations by Harry Reid. Never mind the implied charges by Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter that Romney contributed to the death of a cancer patient, and for his days at Bain, he may be a possible felon. And just put aside that charge of Romney being an animal abuser on par with Michael Vick for putting his dog on the car roof (my personal fav). Nope. These little manufactured allegations are nothing for us to be upset about. We must now turn our attention and disgust to the fact that Romney dared to make a joke about his own birth certificate, at the supposed expense of President Obama.
It still amazes me that I have not seen a Super Pac commercial or read a blog post from the left touting the great accomplishments of President Obama’s first term. The focus is always on Romney – it has to be. The hardcore reality that the Democrats face is that they have nothing to brag about – nothing. The three and a half years of this administration has left the Democrat strategists and spinmeisters with a really bad hand to play, and they will need to earn their pay during this election. They must blame Bush. They must churn out rumors, lies and innuendo about Romney, and they must find a way to deal with the Ryan factor, not to mention what to do about crazy Uncle Joe.
Now I do admit I understand the reasons for the left to put honesty and integrity aside, and pull out all of the stops. Imagine for a moment that you’re a member of the Obama re-election campaign. Just this week alone, you would have had to endure the following stories:
- Newsweek cover story “Hit the road, Barack – Why we need a new President” (By the way, this is a great little primer for those who aren’t in the political know – share this one with someone on the fence)
- Huffington Post - “U.S. Annual Income Fell More During Recovery Than Recession”
- HotAir – “$300 million taxpayer investment in Solyndra sold for … $90.3 million”
- Huffington Post – “Obama Rep Stephanie Cutter: ‘People, ‘Entertainment Tonight’ Are As Important As Political Media”
- USA Today – “Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers”
- The Washington Examiner – “Investigators: Obama’s DHS cooking the books on immigration enforcement”
- HotAir – “Anderson Cooper grills Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Why are you lying about Romney’s position on abortion?”
That’s one weeks worth. One. The only good news for the Obama Campaign? It’s five o’clock somewhere.
If I were on Team Obama, I too would have been spinning Romney’s comment into a some horrifically insulting remark that is not only an imaginary slap in the face to the President, but also a sign of racist (use term when all else fails), xenophobic, rich, white Republican that possesses the typical traits of a serial killer, or at the very least, a puppy abuser. Hey, why not go for broke? I’m on Team Obama, and I have nothing else to work with other than that Chairman Mao-inspired campaign slogan ‘Forward!’.
This supposed “incident” should be a defining moment in the Romney campaign, especially with the Republican National Convention starting on Monday. I would like to see Romney simply address the criticism by saying ‘Yeah, I said it. What about it? I might say it again. Insulted? Tough.’ I want him to start drawing the line in the sand. Put the Obama campaign on the permanent defensive. Point to and make them answer for the financial dire straits that this country is headed. Force them to explain their lies about the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan. I want him to get militant, and let people know that the downward spiral of a liberal, statist administration ends in November.