They’ll Make A Weapon Out Of Anything

The left is always on attack, always prepared to turn any slight mistake into a weapon and use it against us. It’s exhausting to always have to defend against this stuff, but it’s what we have to do if we want to win.

In this week’s discussion we talked about recent examples of minor goofs, or simple questions that get turned into weapons by the left, and most importantly, how we are learning to prepare for, and respond to, the attacks that come our way.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Ezra Klein’s Tostada Moment – http://twitchy.com/2015/04/13/voxs-ezra-klein-last-person-on-twitter-to-catch-tostada-auto-correct-in-rubio-tweet/

Rand Paul Punches Back – http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/14/that-time-debbie-wasserman-shultz-sounded-just-like-mitt-romney-when-abortion-came-up/

Get to Cuba Before America Ruins It – http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/13/travel/cuba-travel-us-sanctions/index.html

Gwyneth Paltrow and SNAP – http://spectator.org/blog/62394/gwyneth-paltrow-takes-snap-challenge-fails-miserably

TSA REALLY Conspired to Grope People – http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/04/13/cbs4-investigation-tsa-screeners-at-dia-manipulated-system-to-grope-mens-genitals/

The Amazing TSA Checklist – http://benswann.com/leaked-tsa-behavior-screening-checklist-is-a-joke/

Please Remove Your Shoes TSA Documentary – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1600841/

FRN’s ‘Ready for Hillary?’ video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wwd7zZCn-I

Hillary’s “Dead Broke” interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0owSPWLe9lc

When a Facbook Status becomes a Story – A New Low for Journalism – http://freebeacon.com/blog/a-new-low-for-journalism/

Hillary’s ‘Spontaneous’ Van Trip – http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/turns-out-that-spontaneous-hillary-van-trip-is-not-even-original/article/2562986

Students on Lockdown for Hillary Visit – http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/296880-hillary-visits-college-see-everyday-iowans-students-locked-classrooms/?source=FBshare

‘Everyday Iowan’ Can’t Get Close to Hillary – http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/296973-everyday-iowan-close-got-hillary-clinton-today/

SNL Hillary Announcement Skit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXdNYXMQoy8/

Hillary Logos:

Andrew Malcolm – deleted emails – https://twitter.com/AHMalcolm/status/588020143730589696

Rick Wolff – Hillvetica – https://twitter.com/RickWolff/status/587944485751021568

CSteven – DOH – https://twitter.com/CSteven/status/587817556313968640

Sam7ToHillary – Preparation H – https://twitter.com/Sam7ToHillary/status/587808920292483072

Politibunny – Ha Ha Ha – https://twitter.com/PolitiBunny/status/587734785327439873

Ashe Schow – MEH – https://twitter.com/redsoutrage/status/587671330364923904

Greg Pollowitz – HO – https://twitter.com/GPollowitz/status/587365398846267393

Carl Todd Hand – replicator – https://twitter.com/CarlToddHand/status/586924626023858176

Michelle van der Broek – queen – https://twitter.com/mbroek_vd/status/587347518234746881

Media chase – https://vine.co/v/euQd1Dbvp1d

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Journalism is Dead – it’s all Media Activism now

Journalism is dead – it’s all media activism now. In fact, we should stop calling them journalists and call them Media Activists – or if there’s a better term we’d love to hear it.

The media has gotten SO stupid that it’s tough to tell sincere from satire. So we start out with a game – Salon.com tweets – real or satire. The real ones are so much worse than you think.

Then we move on to discuss the 7 stages of liberal legal action, and how we can use that framework to make sure we are fighting the battle based on the step we’re currently IN not the one we wish we were still in.

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Seven Stages of Liberal Legal Activism: – http://baseballcrank.com/archives2/2007/05/politics_eliot.php

Basics of Media Bias – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/basics-of-media-bias/

Story About First Business to ‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’ Was Fabricated Out of Nothing – http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/04/01/story-about-1st-business-to-publicly-vow-to-reject-gay-weddings-was-fabricated-out-of-nothing/

Trust Me I’m Lying – http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Me-Lying-Confessions-Manipulator/dp/1591846285

Libertarians for Compulsion! – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/libertarians-for-compulsion/

Your Rights Don’t Require My Participation – http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/your-rights-dont-require-my-participation-2/

Columbia Rolling Stone Report – http://www.cjr.org/investigation/rolling_stone_investigation.php

Rolling Stone Can’t Even Apologize Right – http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-06/rolling-stone-can-t-even-apologize-right

Rolling Stone Betrayed Women – https://storify.com/somethingfishie/rolling-stone-betrayed-women

The New Republic’s insane take on Rolling Stone – http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121462/rolling-stone-retracts-uva-rape-story-after-cjr-report

If You Understand Economics You’re a Bad Person – http://thepunditpress.com/2015/03/29/liberal-professor-if-you-understand-economics-you-are-likely-to-be-a-bad-person/

MO Food Stamps to Ban Steak and Seafood – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/03/missouri-republicans-are-trying-to-ban-food-stamp-recipients-from-buying-steak-and-seafood/

KS Proposed Welfare Restrictions – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/04/06/kansas-wants-to-ban-welfare-recipients-from-seeing-movies-going-swimming-on-governments-dime/?tid=sm_tw

The White Ghetto – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367903/white-ghetto-kevin-d-williamson

FRN Resource List – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/introducing-the-frn-resource-list/

Brady Campaign Video Fail – http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/04/brady-campaign-runs-a-perverted-joke-video-to-appeal-for-more-gun-control-in-low-crime-states-video/

Ted Cruz Statement on Rand Paul Announcing Candidacy – https://www.facebook.com/tedcruzpage/posts/10153199140317464

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Divided We Fall – don’t let it happen – recognize and defeat their tactics

DEFUND OBAMACARE

The effort to defund Obamacare is a winnable strategy, and the other side knows it. We have facts on our side. We have polls on our side. ALL we have to do is stick together and win the messaging war. Sure, that is the worst bit of it, because the GOP has really never done that in the history of ever, but hey, it could happen.

That’s what I’m thinking when I see THIS story, and watch the first 45 seconds of the video. I see it as the first successful step in the left’s tactical broadside. How so? This is a Republican Strategist. How is this a lefty tactic to defeat the Defund Obamacare campaign?

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Did you notice that immigration has become a big topic again? Did you notice that the left is sending their shock troops to Congressional Townhall meetings during the recess? Do you think that’s just kind of odd?

Yeah, this was supposed to be Obamacare Townhall Summer part 2. It was supposed to be all about us pressuring our Congressmen to support the Defund Obamacare movement. It was possibly victorious. We on the right had figured out that the cronyism and corporatism and Big Government Big Corporation exemptions were making the anti-Obamacare coalition pretty damned big. FAR bigger than just the Tea Party folks. We figured out that Union workers agreed with us, blue collar and white collar employees all over the nation were getting notes from their employers that the rates were going up or the coverage was going away.

Or that the BIG company was exempt, but the smaller company they work for wasn’t, or that they personally weren’t exempt. This seemed bad. We were going to be able to get them on our side.

We were going to be able to get a lot of the GOP folks on our side too, the opposition to the plan amounts to “well, it won’t work so let’s not even try” – and we can counter that at a Townhall by challenging our Rep to stand up and fight for us. I was pretty optimistic.

But the left saw it too. They activated THEIR side. They activated their standard, consistently winning strategy. Do I know for sure that it was discussed on Journolist? No. They all pretty much think alike, they don’t actually HAVE to write it down.

IMMIGRATION! That tears the GOP apart! It’s an easy topic to cover because it’s all about feelings and we can get people all kinds of worked up. It’s easy to find Republicans willing to come on camera and bash other Republicans. The Tea Party folks will get their knickers in a twist and fight each other over this. It totally kills any kind of expanded coalition that the GOP could have built.

So…instead of the GOP, and the Libertarians, and the Union workers, and the unemployed, and all of the middle class coming together to STOP Big Government Obamacare, we’re gonna just fight about immigration some more.

People…don’t fall for this. Focus. OBAMACARE. DON’T FUND IT.

Go to your Townhalls, write and call your congressman, pressure them to defund it. IGNORE IMMIGRATION FOR NOW. Don’t pick a fight with your anti-Obamacare allies on that issue, until the Obamacare issue is handled.

Pay attention to what the left is doing. When you see the subject change like it did – from Obamacare to Immigration – and when you see Republican Strategists go on the liberal shows and call other Republicans names, realize that this is the LEFT fighting a battle.  Don’t fight on their side.

They Hate Us. Now What?

What is it with GQ lately? First there was the Marco Rubio interview, and the ensuing kerfuffle. Here’s the relevant quote:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is? 

Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

Then came the inevitable media response:

How old is the Earth? Scientists say 4.5 billion years. But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) isn’t a scientist, so he’s not sure….

…he’s a politician, and a member of a party that long has pandered to biblical fundamentalists, including “young Earth creationists” who insist that the Earth is between 5,700 and 10,000 years old. Dissing Charles Darwin is second nature to Republican politicians who should (and maybe do) know better.

Yup, Rubio is either stupid or he’s a science hating Bible thumping fundamentalist. Or both. Whatever.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, GQ (there they go again) has recently placed Mitt Romney at the very top of their list of the Least Influential People of 2012. Talk about kicking a man while he’s down.

Tony Lee has an excellent post over at Breitbart detailing the Rubio kerfuffle and other recent media tactics aimed at discrediting Republicans (War on Women, etc).  Lee does a good job of detailing the problem, but stops just short of the most important question: So what?

It’s one thing to recognize media bias. Despite claims to the contrary, media bias is a fact. You can’t have a majority of TV executives and employees donating to Obama and the Democrats in 2008 and expect their bias not to creep into their reporting. But what do you do about it?

The first thing the GOP needs to realize about the mainstream media: THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. I don’t care how nice they are to you at any given time. I don’t care how positively they seem to receive you and your message. I don’t care what they offer you. When it suits them, the media will turn on you. They will try to bury you. The sooner Republicans understand and accept this fact, the better.

Second, STAY ON MESSAGE. This is an area where Democrats excel. Don’t let the person interviewing you pull you down a rabbit hole. How old is the Earth? Do you want to ban contraceptives? How’s your family? Seen any good movies lately? Stay on target. If a particular question doesn’t pertain to the topic at hand, skip it. If it is otherwise irrelevant, call them out for asking something so blatantly ignorant.

Third, DO NOT FEAR THEM. A big part of the GOP’s media problem is the fear of any kind of backlash from a “wrong” answer. Republicans want the media to like them. I got news for you: It ain’t gonna happen. No matter what you do, no matter what you say, they will hate you. Be strong, be solid, be conservative. In short, be everything they don’t want you to be. That message will carry beyond anything the media can throw at you.

(Don’t believe me? Take a look at some recent moderate presidential candidates: George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain. Know what they have in common? They were all moderates, and they all lost. The media hated Ronald Reagan. He won in two landslides.)

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Finally, LEARN TO CIRCLE THE WAGONS, NOT THE FIRING SQUADS. For better or worse, Democrats are known for their willingness to defend their own as long as possible. David Wu and Anthony Weiner both eventually resigned in the wake of scandals. Key word: Eventually. They denied everything as long as they could, until their respective scandals grew too big to ignore. More importantly, the Democrat leadership covered for them as long as they could, too. While I am NOT advocating turning a blind eye to any and all wrongdoing, I do believe Republicans are a little too quick to eat their own.

The same concept can be applied to conservatives in the media; Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Breitbart, Malkin, etc. These people are very vocal. As a result, they are heavily attacked. All too often, the knee jerk response from Republicans is to distance themselves from these “extremists.” Knock it off. The Old Media hates your guts; you need friends wherever you can find them. The New Media is on your side, if you’ll allow them to be.

The time for being submissive and defensive is over. The GOP must learn how to deal with a media that wants to defeat them. The list above is just a start.