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Fabrizio: Election Deceptions

By Lisa Fabrizio

As often happens in our quadrennial game of presidential pursuit, certain assumptions become accepted by the political cognoscenti by virtue of their very existence. These notions leap into the realm of established public opinion, although they are often posited by the left and should therefore be subject to the strictest scrutiny; but sadly this is not generally the case.

Conservatives frequently complain that our presidential candidates are chosen by the media for us but give little thought to how this is actually possible. It is, and has been for decades, the modus operandi of the media to work hard to predispose the attitudes of voters toward their candidate by planting the seeds of doubt about the chances of his opponents. It is also their wont to make sure that, once entrenched in the minds of an otherwise disinterested and uniformed electorate, their propaganda takes hold as if it were fact: the dreaded “everybody knows it” syndrome. Once established, it is easy for even the most ardent citizen to lose interest, roll over and play dead.

But sometimes a leftist can unintentionally provide an insight which helps prove that, at least in election years, truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. One of the most entertaining is this missive from sometime documentarian Michael Moore, who warns Barack Obama that, “There are enough pissed off people that will go somewhere else” if he doesn’t stop taking money from Wall Street. He cautions that the intrepid supporters who manned the phone banks and went door to door for Obama in 2008 might not be back unless he cleans up his act.

But where might they go? This brings me to the first cracked nugget of 2012 political wisdom: that, should Ron Paul decide to run as an Independent, it will be a disaster for the GOP, as he will siphon many votes away from whoever the Republican candidate might be. This is undoubtedly true, yet no one seems to admit to the possibility that a Paul candidacy might also hurt Barack Obama. So maybe Mr. Moore was on the right track, seeing that most of those hope-and-changlings from ‘08 were college kids and other such dreamers with stars in their eyes.

The point is, that there are such voters in both parties, who are sometimes kindly referred to as libertarians. But although this is a broad term with a big tent--encompassing views from Constitutionalism to Socialism to anarchy-- the folks on the left I’m talking about are mostly either young college dopes or old hippie dopers. And a guy like Ron Paul can draw them all in like a crotchety pied piper.

This wouldn’t be the first time that the magnetism of a renegade candidate attracted those who would normally be on opposite sides of a campaign. Back in 1964, another crusty,
charismatic crusader emerged on the presidential horizon. His name was Barry Goldwater; a man regarded by some as the father of modern conservatism, yet who had the support of many young people who were future leftists, including most notably, Hillary Clinton, who said of him: “I liked Senator Goldwater because he was a rugged individualist who swam against the political tide.” Sound like anyone currently running for president? So an Independent effort by Paul will not only attract some on the far right, but will also appeal to Moore’s fellow purveyors of anti-war pixie dust.

The other conventional wisdom being bandied about, is that the Bain flap and other attacks on Mitt Romney will be much worse “once he goes against Obama;” that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. I fail to see how much worse it can get when right now he’s got four guys stabbing him in the back while the media is already giving him the shiv in the front. No, this shibboleth is another invention of the left to further plant in the mind of American voters the inevitability of a second Obama term, and to encourage his fellow Republicans to do their work for them, in the name of toughening him up. This ruse has the added benefit of creating sound bytes to be used against them when all the present candidates coalesce behind the eventual nominee.

Now, I’m not the biggest Romney fan in the world, but I was present at CPAC in 2008 when he announced he was dropping out of the race. I remember the applause when Laura Ingraham introduced him as “the conservatives’ conservative” and the palpable shock and dismay in the room when his speech ended and the crowd realized he was gone. And while it’s true that, when compared to John McCain, that reaction is more understandable, nevertheless, many conservatives were crushed when he quit; ultimately delivering Barack Obama on a silver platter to the nation. This grudging longing for Romney is sure to return when conservatives realize that it may be inevitable that he is their only bulwark against four more years of Obama.

Hard truths, but there it is. Again, he is not my favorite candidate, but make no mistake about it: no matter what they say, it is Romney that the left fears most, and their mouthpieces in the press are doing all they can to take him out now. A Google search on “Bain” and “Washington Post” should tell you all you need to know about the media’s desire to end the Romney candidacy.

So, don’t buy into the scare tactics about Ron Paul hurting only the GOP or the canard that the media is in any way holding its fire on Romney, and that when he gets the nomination--if indeed he does--they will ramp up the attacks even more. No, once the nomination is secured they will be too busy playing defense; and their guy is going to need plenty of it.


Lisa Fabrizio is a columnist who hails from Connecticut. You may write her at

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  1. JDZComment by JDZ
    January 19, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    The process of “image making” that was refined by the entertainment industry and adopted and used proficiently by the Democrats in the past, and particularly well in the 2008 Obama campaign, can be used to either “build up” or “tear down” a political candidate. This is where the media can be a big player and can affect a peron’s public image.

    The voters in this country have to fight the “easy way out” which is to just listen to media pundits and form their opinion. Step back and do your own “due diligence” by looking at what Obama has done and doing to the country, and then do some research on each of the Republican candidates, and then pick the best candidate that has both the proven experience to deal with our problems and the strength of character to beat Obama in the national election.

    You can basically do this on your own and can ignore most of the onslaught of political ads coming our way between now and election time.

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  2. MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
    January 19, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    When will the presidential candidates and all the other politicians finally realize that “we the people” want and demand that they tell us the truth . And to dump all these attack ads, using the truth will get them votes MUCH faster.

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  3. middlegroundComment by middleground
    January 19, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    As is typical of politicians in general, reality and truth are secondary. Who in their right mind would invest in any business venture with a 31% tax on capital gains plus a state tax? For example, Canada and many other countries exempted capital gains from taxation and our tax rate has for long been the almost the highest in the world.

    A venture capitalist is one who invests in ventures and takes the risk of losing it all. I’m a geologist who tried to peddle an oil prospect in this silly anti-development environment we’ve created in this country. Even though this prospect had 4 of the five requirements for success, all I had to say was it was largely on federal land to turn off any interest. Even though our nation has been spending a trillion dollars a year to import oil and natural gas, any prospect not entirely on private land is a gamble in this country, not only because of exploration costs vs. returns, but from the federal government’s efforts to restrict development through endless restrictions. My partner, an active independent oilman, now tells me every acre released by the current administration for exploration has absolutely zero potential of success and he’s been in the business for 40 years. Ever since President Carter threw out our nations existing energy policy of exploration and conservation developed under President Ford, we have been increasingly dependent on imports and the reaction and manner in which this administration blamed BP and tried to extort 20 billion from the company is typical. “If you can’t stop development, you just regulate or fine it to death to discourage investment” has seemingly become the standard operation of Democratic administrations.

    From what I read in the Oil and Gas Journal our current government and its environmental supporters seem to turn a blind eye when a Chinese company or a company planning to ship coal, oil or natural gas to China wants to buy America resources and this is similarly true with resources in the Middle East like the copper deposit in Afghanistan we found and got ready for the Chinese to take over. Governor Perry may not be as glib as some and isn’t as smooth as he should be in referring to the actions of the current administration as treason, but the actions of Obama’s Interior Department in shutting down Gulf exploration and exploitation to save “the environment” immediately lost 200,000 industry jobs and had a huge financial impact on his state and you can again see this same policy in action with the Keystone stall – delay, delay and promote still further delay for just one more critical study. Reagan’s quip that the “government has become the problem” becomes truer with each passing day.

    The media seems so easily duped. For example, two decades ago the target was mining companies buying valuable federal land with proven resources for only a dollar or two an acre under the old 1872 mining law. Never mentioned in any article or TV story was the fact that this was merely a means of moving the land into private hands where it could be taxed as valuable real estate. Every homeowner would know about real estate taxes, so it was never mentioned. Never let the truth stand in the way of a good news story about how evil corporations have become under those evil Republicans who care nothing about the environment or wildlife.   

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  4. sglovComment by sglov
    January 19, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    Romney seems to think the smears should be a one way street.  Every time I hear anyone say something about Romney, the media tears them up, but no one seems to get upset when Romney’s crew gets down and dirty with smear campaigns against other candidates.

    Romney is reaping what he and his cohorts have sown with the advertisements and robo calls and he deserves everything he is getting.   

    The government has not protected employees pension or retirement funds.  They allow a company to come in and buy the company, take the retirement funds which are sometimes the only assets of the company, then close the company down.  They also allow like the Bain that sent jobs from Florida to Wisconsin.  The employees aren’t told that unless they go to Wisconsin they will loose their retirement funds they have worked years for.

    The retirement funds should be protected as they should belong to the employees who have created those funds.  I don’t hear anyone bringing this up?

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