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Malkin: The Squirrel Party

By Michelle Malkin

Democrats need to change their party mascot from the donkey to the squirrel. They divert the media's and the electorate's short attention spans with fleeting, fuzzy objects -- like the main canine character in the animated Pixar movie "Up," who was easily distracted from his main thoughts and serious duties by every last little moving trifle.

Embassy attacks? Quick, find a squirrel! Warnings ignored? Squirrel! American troops killed by long-plotting jihadis exploiting security weaknesses? Squirrel! First Amendment sabotage by White House officials in the name of political correctness? Squirrel! Chronic joblessness, high gas prices, exploding dependency? Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!

As Election Day draws nearer, the Obama campaign and its surrogates in the Fourth Estate have infested the political arena with an army of tactical and rhetorical rodentia. One week, it's GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney's high school hijinks. The next, it's a heinous smear about Romney killing a steelworker's cancer-stricken wife.

Or, it's a hit job on multiple sclerosis survivor Ann Romney's therapeutic horse. Then, it's faux rage over Romney's firm statement condemning the feckless White House response to the murders of our U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi.

This week, it's a "secret Romney video" shot undercover at a closed-door dinner with Florida donors in May. Unemployed Democratic operative James Carter IV (grandson of former president and malaise engineer Jimmy Carter) brokered the film to progressive Mother Jones magazine.

Now, the same media lapdogs who had conniption fits when the late Andrew Breitbart and conservative investigative journalist James O'Keefe used undercover video are tripping over themselves to publish glowing profiles of Carter the Fourth and his impressive "furtive efforts" to secure the Romney tapes.

Carter the Fourth found the cameraman on Twitter, invoked his family name and convinced the mole to leak the tape to Mother Jones' David Corn. To quote Joe Biden with all due sarcasm: BFD.

But back to the bigger Big, Fluffy Distraction at hand: Let's reflect for a moment on the Beltway hoo-hah over one small snippet from Romney's nearly hour-long talk. Here's the quote that has liberal finger-waggers and Republican wet-finger-in-the-wind windbags in meltdown mode:

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney explained to an audience member who asked how the candidate was going to change the "we'll take care of you" mentality of Obama voters. "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. ... And they will vote for this president no matter what."

Romney explained that this portion of voters was comprised of "people who pay no income tax. ... I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

He's talking, of course, about the Peggy the Moochers and Henrietta Hugheses of the world: savior-based Obama supporters for whom the cult of personality trumps all else. He's talking about the Sandra Flukes and Julias of the world: Nanny State grievance-mongers who have been spoon-fed identity politics and victim Olympics from preschool through grad school and beyond. And he's talking about the encrusted entitlement clientele who range from the Section 8 housing mob in Atlanta who caused a near-riot to the irresponsible, debt-ridden homeowners who mortgaged themselves into oblivion and want their bailout now, now, now.

Media wonks sliced and diced the words like hibachi chefs on bath salts. Beltway conservative scribes David Brooks and Bill Kristol denounced Romney as insensitive and out of touch. But Romney told hard political truths, which he's proclaimed openly on the campaign trail before. "If you're looking for free stuff you don't have to pay for, vote for the other guy," he told a heckler in March. "That's what he's all about, OK? That's not, that's not what I'm about."

Gasp! He said he's against freeloaders. Oh, the inhumanity.

In another section of the video that libs don't want to talk about, Romney received his biggest applause when he defended his success and mentioned what Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio's Cuban immigrant parents taught him. "When he grew up here poor, they looked at people who had a lot of wealth. His parents never once said, 'We need some of what they have. They should give us some.' Instead, they said, 'If we work hard and go to school, someday we might be able to have that.'"

Let the parsers and panicky pundits chase their tails and hurl their nuts. This election is about America's makers versus America's takers. Romney should never, ever apologize for making that clear.


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010).


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  1. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    September 19, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Once again, Michelle (sigh) hits it out of the park. Good article.

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    September 19, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Right on, Ms Malkin.

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  3. middlegroundComment by middleground
    September 19, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    The attacks occur on 9/11/12 and the Obama Administration and its media slaves think the average American is too stupid to not realize this attack was organized by the terrorist organization that planned and carried out 9/11/2001.

    I’m surprised anyone still watches the MSM and listens to its reporters. Just get the simple facts and reason it out on your own. You will realize we are on a path to nowhere being led by the Pied Piper Obama, his MSM and organized labor. Just like the Pied Piper the road is strewn with entitlement candy and the hopeful are being led to oblivion.

    Many must now realize there is more wisdom in the Mother Goose tales, Aesop’s Fables and other fairy tales than is being taught in some of our schools. The one I like is Chicken Little and the lazy barnyard animals who believe in the re-distribution politics of this administration. Think reality! Do you really think the Wall Street couldn’t have occurred without the Clinton Administration removing all the laws, controls and regulations on investment housed between 1996 and 2000 or that the Subprime bubble could have occurred without an outlet for the junk being created and insurred by companies like AIG.

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  4. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    September 19, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Taking from the rich and giving to the poor is not Robin-hood Obama…it’s Marxist Obama.

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  5. David in MAComment by David in MA
    September 19, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    The “The Squirrel Party”?
    How about the Inept Socialist Condom Party?

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  6. lxusrComment by lxusr
    September 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    It is a shame that Michelle must include so many quotes and examples of failed policies and warped views by the loony left , in her written masterpieces ! The idiocy and illogical thought processes reflected by those leftist realms is a insult to quality and character that is inherent in any aspect of Michelle Malkin ! God Bless The U.S. and God Bless Michelle and Her Family !

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  7. phunyfarmComment by phunyfarm
    September 19, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Thanks! I needed that!

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  8. cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
    September 19, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I’m one of those 47% who don’t pay any income tax. My social security check (my only income) puts me far enough down on the economic ladder that according to the tax laws I don’t make enough to pay any taxes. I wish I did. This is most likely to be my last election. Do you think I’m going to waste it by voting for that half-breed in the White House? Romney should realize we are not all free-loaders.

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    • RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
      September 20, 2012 @ 1:47 am

      Don’t be fooled by the lamestream media’s intentional conflation of two of Romney’s points, one, that about 47% of the population doesn’t pay income tax (many for the same reason you don’t) and, two, that those who think they are entitled and want the government to take care of them probably won’t vote for him anyway.

      Team Obama and his henchmen in the lamestream media have combined those two things to make it sound like Romney thinks 47% of Americans are freeloaders, but that is not what he said and is certainly not what he meant. He was just honestly assessing the elements of the voting public who he did not think would vote for him, no matter what, and he was probably right. Those who do want a handout and bigger government will probably vote for Obama, despite his abysmal record in office.

      But you can vote for Romney with a clear conscience, knowing that you are voting for the right guy, especially compared to Obama.

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      September 20, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      @ cdrcody: I reiterate RME KRNL with his own word: “Team Obama and his henchmen in the lamestream media have combined those two things to make it sound like Romney thinks 47% of Americans are freeloaders, but . . . that is not what he said and is certainly not what he meant.”

      Go with that, vote for Romney, and be proud of your service.

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