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Woman Makes Controversial Statement at Romney Rally; Film at 11


The Morning Jolt for today includes a wee bit more sarcasm than usual…

Meet the Joe the Plumber of 2012, Or at Least This Current News Cycle

Boy, Friday’s jobs report really looked ominous, and really louses up the president’s message on an economic recovery for the coming weeks, and could make a difficult news cycle from the president’s reelection camp- OH MY GOODNESS! A WOMAN AT A MITT ROMNEY RALLY SAID SOMETHING CONTROVERSIAL! BATTLE STATIONS! BATTLE STATIONS! RED ALERT!  DEFCON…  EITHER ONE OR FIVE, WHICHEVER DEFCON LEVEL IS THE BAD ONE!

Looks like this woman is the latest Bright Shiny Object to distract us, after the Buffett Rule, and the dog-crate-on-the-roof story, and so on.

Even Reince Priebus is referring to these stories as ‘shiny objects’:  “I don’t think so, Candy. I think that people once they see what this is all about, and once they see what this whole strategy of Barack Obama is all about. It’s all about dividing and conquering. Let’s face it. Listen, this is and we all know what this is. This is a shiny object that Barack Obama wants the country to look at which as you know if you added up every dollar of revenue that this little rule would put into place, if you took every dollar over a year, it would add up to paying for 11 hours of the federal government.”

Thank you, Buzzfeed, for ensuring that the next two days of MSM commentary will be about how terrible it is that this woman said this, and how every Republican must self-flagellate for a full news cycle in penance for sharing a partisan affiliation with this woman:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn’t comment on a supporter’s assertion that President Barack Obama should be tried for treason at a town hall event here.

A woman in the audience expressed dismay that Obama was “operating outside the Constitution,” then said Obama should be tried for treason for violating separation of powers.

“I do believe he should be tried for treason,” she said to applause from the audience.

Romney replied that “I happen to believe that the Constitution was not just brilliant, but that it was inspired, and so was the Declaration of Independence,” avoiding the woman’s comment.

He then allowed her to clarify what specifically she thought Obama had violated, and the woman proceeded to spout references to Executive Orders, including one that she said involved the Secret Service restricting the rights of citizens to protest.

Romney, who is protected by a detail of Secret Service agents, said “I will be happy to look at what he has done about the Secret Service with respect to protests.”

I mean, it’s not like we’ve seen the head of the AFL-CIO shouting, “let’s take these son of a bitches out” at an Obama rally moments before the president appeared. No, no, hyperbolic rhetoric is purely a Republican phenomenon.

Come on, Obama campaign. Give us the full outrage. Go whole hog, let it out.

“Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason,” said Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith in a statement. “Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?” The statement was prompted by remarks by Ohio state auditor Dave Yost, one of the local politicians warming up the crowd for Romney before his event Monday. Yost said Obama claiming credit for the Bin Laden raid was like “giving Ronald McDonald credit for the Big Mac you ate for lunch.” Yost continued on to say “the guy at the griddle deserved credit.”

Yost went on to mock the president for taking a trip to New York City with his wife, Michelle, saying Obama was “lecturing” the middle class while spending lavishly. “Anyone get three vacations in 2009 at the depths of the recession?” he asked. “Anyone fly to New York just to have a date night with your spouse? I didn’t think so. Mr. President, That’s not middle class, and you stop lecturing us about our lives.”

Thank you! If you’re going to climb to the top of that dudgeon, please bring an oxygen tank.

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