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Patton: If I Ran a Super PAC

By Doug Patton

At one time or another, most people have fantasized about what they would do if they were rich. I'm talking what we used to call filthy rich. I know what I would do. I would start a Super PAC. I would fund it myself, write the ads, make the media buys, and drive liberals crazy. It would be so much fun.

I would start with Mitt Romney's taxes. The Obama campaign points out that Romney pays a lower percentage rate than does his running mate, Paul Ryan. The premise of the argument is faulty, of course, but conservatives don't seem to know how to stop the other side from defining the issue.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger first ran for governor of California, he tapped billionaire Warren Buffett to advise him on economic issues. Buffett proceeded to tell the media that he paid more than $14,000 in property taxes annually on his primary residence in Omaha, which was valued at $500,000, while paying less than $2,000 a year on his $2.4 million home in Laguna Beach, California. It was Buffet's belief that the California model, not Nebraska's, was the flawed one.

This attitude is at the heart of the current debate over Mitt Romney's tax bill. My fantasy Super PAC ad would ask several questions: Where is it written that government always has to grow? If a wealthy person pays a lower rate than someone making less, why is it logical to assume that the rich guy's taxes should be raised? Why not lower the taxes of the person with a more modest income? Of what benefit is it to Paul Ryan — or any of us — to raise Mitt Romney's taxes? You want to help me out? Lower my taxes!

My second Super PAC commercial would fill the vacuum left by Republicans who have abandoned Missouri GOP U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin. Admittedly, by expressing his opposition to abortion in cases of rape the way he did, Akin provided a giant political hole through which pro-abortion radicals could drive an armored personnel carrier. Democrats and the national media (but then, I'm being redundant, aren't I?) immediately began calling for Akin's head and linking him to Romney and Ryan. This hysteria on the left was soon followed by frightened GOP establishment types like Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove throwing Akin under the bus by threatening to cut off funding for his campaign unless he steps down as the Republican nominee challenging U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. To his credit, he has refused to do so.

Akin has apologized for the clumsy way in which he addressed the issue, but that, of course, is not enough. When liberals apologize for "misspeaking" (think Joe Biden every other week), everyone is supposed to accept it at face value. When the apology comes from a conservative, the candidate cannot do enough bowing and scraping to stop the harangue.

As is so often the case, the Republican Party and its candidates are going to be tarred and feathered from top to bottom with the Akin comment regardless of what they do — or what he does. That's why my Super PAC would immediately start running ads in Missouri contrasting the views of Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill with those of Todd Akin and other conservative Republicans.

My ads would tell Missouri voters the truth about Obama's radical views on abortion. They would learn that as a state senator in Illinois, he supported infanticide by opposing the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which called for saving the life of a baby born alive in the course of a botched abortion. Voters in the "Show Me" state would be told the truth about Obamacare, which, among other things, forces religious institutions to provide abortion services through their health plans — a loathsome provision for which Claire McCaskill provided the crucial 60th vote in the United States Senate.

As long as I'm fantasizing, I think I'll run my ads in every battleground state. Let's just see if these really are discussions the White House and their pet candidates want to have.

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© 2012  Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns are syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to email him with their pithy comments at dpatton@cagle.com.

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  1. sparkyvaComment by sparkyva
    August 23, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Unfortunately running Ads on TV is a form of support for Liberal commentators. As much as they hate our point of view, they love our money. We have to find a way out of this trap.

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    • JudyComment by Judy
      August 23, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

      There is no way out with the liberal MSM.

      Akin did himself in by stating that women who are raped can control their bodies to keep from getting pregnant. I am pro-life and conservative but that was really a stupid statement which will tar and feather other pro-life people. He needs to get out of the race. We need conservative justices to be appointed and if Romney/Ryan lose Missouri we may just get liberal justices and Obama again.

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    • BishopComment by Jamie Krasnoo
      August 23, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      Who said we need to use the Liberal MSM to get our point across? There are more than one way to get people to watch videos. Use YouTube and other media. If you don’t want to support the Liberal MSM it’s time for guerrilla tactics.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 23, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      Judy, accuracy is everything, that’s why progressives avoid it with the belief of taqiyya.

      Adkin didn’t say that women who were raped could control their bodies to avoid pregnancy. What he said was a repeat of an old but erroneous wives’ tale that a woman’s body automatically protects itself in the case of forced intercourse to prevent conception. New studies have shown that first time intercourse results in about a 5%. pregnancy rate. Being forced doesn’t seem to lessen those chances.

      The old tale is part of the justification of absolute anti-abortion believers that there need be no exemptions for rape, incest, or the life of a mother. They believe that such risks as so minimal as to not be relevant.

      Of course when it happens to them they often have a different opinion. Most people, including most conservatives do believe in such exemptions provided they’re true and can be verified. Remember Reagan’s statement trust but verify?

      It’s been shown that many women going for abortions who claim rape aren’t telling the truth, particularly when they’re underage and that revealing their sexual partner could lead to rape charges where the sex was consensual, even if illegal. Also, many abortion doctors will say a woman has a life threatening medical condition when either they know better or actually don’t know due to sloppy medical practices.

      But it seems the leftist pro-abortion at any time for any reason MSM is controlling the discourse. Unless Adkin or other conservatives can confront the people and the MSM about the truth, particularly the beliefs of Obama, they’ll lose the argument.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 23, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

      As a Christian, conservative Independent, I am pro-life and anti-abortion. That being said, I am disgusted that in EVERY campaign this argument has to be debated again. Roe v. Wade was the Supreme Court’s way of approving abortion and it has been LAW since the early 1960′s. The only way to stop the slaughter of the unborn is Congressional legislation, and that will not happen until the pro-life politicians are voted in. However, this is a very controversial issue, a “hot-button” issue, and it is being used in every national election to stoke the flames of division. It is an issue where Democrats can appeal to that certain special interest group and Republicans can commit political suicide.

      Forget abortion and concentrate on the issues that need to be addressed: unemployment, the economy, spending, debt, and the things that can still be decided. Forget the smoke and mirrors about Romney’s income, who should be forced to pay for contraception, or the non-existent religious test applied to the candidates. Democrats are masters at getting Republicans to go on the defense and be sidetracked.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 27, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

      bna42, excellent comment! As you imply, the Democrats are masters at avoiding their failures and calls for expanded government by raising issues that digress from the primary issues facing us today.

      As you can see I’m pro life but not an absolutist. I realize there’re legitimate cases for abortion but that they’re rarer than many believe or propagandize about. But as you point out, that’s for another time when we have the votes to overturn Roe v. Wade. Also, it might take a constitutional amendment to stop the unnecessary taking of innocent life.

      Let me mention that while the economy and employment are very extremely important, the most critical issue is whether or not we want a democratic REPUBLIC under the rule of CONSTITUTIONAL LAW and a FREE MARKET economic system or a FASCIST/SOCIALIST welfare nanny one-party state with an authoritarian president using EOs, alphabet agencies, and executive fiat to bypass Congress and the CONSTITUTION which he swore to uphold in order to expand the federal government into every aspect of our lives.

      So, either vote Fabian socialist Mr. Obama out, impeach him, or prepare to dust off the Declaration of Independence.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 23, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    If I ran a Super Pac, I wouldn’t back a pack of super rats, whose cheese headed ideology of manipulation of outcome over effort and success is destroying our once successful American dream.

    As far as Akin is concerned he, He like Ryan need make no apology for seeking to save the lives of innocent babies in the womb. You can parse legitimate rape and incest by pandering liberal fathers and date rapists of the immediate gratification all you want, but most reside in the mental mindset of immediate gratification shared with the socialist liberals who reside within the Democrat Party along with their illegitimate economic rape artists of our government wealth, and violators of our American morality.

    Innocent babies cannot choose who their fathers are and many a blessed soul conceived under such unsavory circumstances grew up to the benefit of mankind in ways no mortal could imagine they might beforehand. Who are we mere mortals to play God,,,,but of course Liberal Democrats believe they are more than mere mortals but Gods unto themselves. Society ALWAYS pays the price for such people. Even in the hayday of backroom coathanger abortions we only lost 900-1200 women in botched abortions/yr in their failed retreats from a womans designed purpose to sustain the tree of Life,,, like the millions of men who have died in battle to accomplish their designed duty to sustain the tree of liberty. Place those 9-12 hundred on the scales of justice against 1 million aborted souls each year and I’ll choose life over death every time.,,,,, and give back the 50 million lost souls since Roe v Wade who no longer walk the panet tp sustain our Soccial Security in our old age. But excuse me, I am not a secular Liberal, I believe there IS a God and it’s definitely not me.

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    • freethinkerComment by freethinker
      August 23, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      What? Less rhetoric, more sense please!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 23, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

      Less sensual Liberalism and more logical rhetoric! Please,,,,Like Life trumps unrestricted destructive Liberal Liberty because without Life there can be no Liberty. Keep the babies and abort the Liberal Democrats. Let life begin anew, starting in November!

      For those who cannot see, no explanation is possible, For those who can, no explanation is necessary. See, support, protect and defend innocent life and believe in your higher reward. Fullfill the purpose and destiny for which you were created by a creator whose purpose is to create, not destroy and whose image you bear. Be not deceived.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 27, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

      freethinker, I take it you believe the sensical position is to support abortion on demand for any reason at any time. Would that also include the disabled, the elderly, the chronically or mentally ill for “postpartum”? How about Prof Singer’s view of postpartum abortion of toddlers if they’re inconvenient? Is those your positions?

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  3. justme7Comment by justme7
    August 23, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Mr Patton,
    This Missourian understands the term and wishes at least one of us could become instantly, “filthy rich”! (I didn’t buy a lottery ticket tho and frankly with your command of “words” better you than me :)
    I am absolutely appalled at the “GOP”, yet shouldn’t be that surprised. IMO, they were waiting with baited breath for Akin to say or do something the lib/left would pounce on so they could follow their lead! Not sure if it’s from total ignorance on their part or if the “what” even mattered but they saw an “o” healthcare moment and jumped on it!
    Todd Akin is not a go along to get along with the lib/dems nor the stuck in the mud GOP. At any rate the Republican Party and their talking heads of know it alls, have failed We The People and this time it’s not just Missouri but the entire nation! If Todd did “step down” the GOP will fill his earned position with one of their RINO’s like Jim Talent, not the runner up!

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  4. lowlifeComment by lowlife
    August 23, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    There shouldn’t be any need for a super-pac to do these things, only to raise more money and do more. If the Republican leadership were something other than the present gang of self-serving fools, whose main concern seems to be preserving their own personal power and avoiding bad press, the RNC and the state and local party organizations shoud be constantly attacking and denouncing the Democrats and their policies and calling them to account for their continual lying. Instead, they attack their own over false and stupid accusations from the leftist press (although Akin should have had enough sense to keep his mouth shut until he could find a way to state his position without sounding like an idiot).

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      August 23, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      You are a hapless fool with no understanding of how politics works.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 23, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      I have a dream, that one day men who defend innocent life will become heroes not goats to be herded out the door in silence,

      I have a dream, that the Liberal death camps and abortion mills will forever close, and the life building mills and factories will again re-open.

      I have a dream that the Conservative lamb will lay down with the Liberal lion and no longer be eaten alive.

      I have a dream that truth will overcome the power of money in elections, that courage will overcome fear, and that life will again trump Liberty to make the wrong choices, because without Life there can be no Liberty.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 23, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

      inluminatuo, its a great dream. As Dr.King knew it will take our trusting and obeying the Lord.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 24, 2012 @ 10:33 am

      “In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred”.- MLK

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 27, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

      inluminatuo, another great point. Thank you.

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  5. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    August 23, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Enough about Todd Akin. As you pointed out the media and the Democlowns want to make a big deal out of Akin’s gaffe. Well, of course they do. All of the time they can focus the campaign on Akin and the non-issue of abortion, the less time is spent talking about the true issue…Obozo’s horrible handling of the economy.

    Let’s get this campaign back on target. Every time the media or a Democlown says Akin, our response should be, “That’s not what we need to talk about. We have gone a record 42 months with unemployment above eight percent. Real unemployment, U-6, is at 15 percent. Let’s talk about that abysmal record.”

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    • freethinkerComment by freethinker
      August 23, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

      1000% correct!

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  6. mercyComment by mercy
    August 23, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Exactly what I was thinking if Todd Akin refuses to get out of the race and the party refuses to back him time for a super pac to take over. The man is not the sharpest tack in the box but he is in the right box, pun intended. Get over it Republicans it’s time to stand up for principal tho flawed, no one is perfect. My girls played at the Veterans Home this weekend – take a listen… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i74GXtl64w&feature=plcp

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    • freethinkerComment by freethinker
      August 23, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

      Its time to abolish super-pacs

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  7. freethinkerComment by freethinker
    August 23, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    I think that I would not want someone as stupid as Todd Aikin to be my Senator. He just gave the left more ammo to make this election about emotion, and NOT the issues that need to be addressed. Since obama cannot use his term to show any meaningful progress on the problems of this country, why should we give him more ammo to blow his smoke screen at the voters.

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    • lowlifeComment by lowlife
      August 23, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      If he stays in, he must be supported. The alternative is the return of Claire McCaskill to the Senate and one more vote toward maintaining Democrat control.

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    • freethinkerComment by freethinker
      August 23, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      lowlife, by not withdrawing, he has pretty much given the race up anyway. Original post stands. I am not a democrat, I can and will recognize stupidity when ever it rears its ugly head, and I will not stand behind some one just because. Wrong is wrong

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 27, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

      freethinker, good position. And here above I was implying you were a progressive Democrat. I take it as a Republican you’re not pro unrestricted abortion as I implied above but take a more limited approach to the issue.

      Nevertheless, I agree we must address the most pressing “or oppressing” issues if we want to regain control of a runaway government.

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  8. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 23, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I just think it’s time for someone to push the “reset” button.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 23, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      More like the “Delete” button for Obama and the Liberals in November.

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      August 27, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

      The “reset button” should be to reset the role of a government to be constrained by the Constitution. In that regards Mr. Obama must go one way or another. Impeachment is still a valid but difficult option.

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