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Politico: Hecklers Brawl: 2012’s Nastiest Day

From the Politico:

Heckler’s [sic] brawl: 2012’s nastiest day

By: Reid J. Epstein and Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush
May 31, 2012

BOSTON — Welcome to the schoolyard slap-fight that is the 2012 campaign to lead the most powerful nation on Earth.

Barack Obama’s top strategist David Axelrod giddily trespassed on Mitt Romney’s backyard here on Thursday to hammer the newly anointed GOP nominee for his shortcomings as governor of Massachusetts governor — and faced heckling from Romney supporters.

Then Romney, a continent away — but occupying a similar head-space — got good and even, personally visiting Solyndra, the defunct California solar panel manufacturer that has become a conservative poster child for misguided federal spending

Why does the Politico call this a brawl and the nastiest day of the campaign? Because, for once, some demonstrators showed up at an Obama event. Something which is a near everyday occurrence for Romney. Because Romney pointed out an Obama failure by doing a photo-op at Solyndra?

“Most of the events I go to, or many of the events I go to, there are large groups of, if you will, Obama supporters there heckling me,” Romney said during a campaign stop at Solyndra’s Fremont, Calif., headquarters.

“And at some point you say, ‘You know what, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.’ If they’re going to be heckling us, why we’re not going to sit back and play by very different rules. If the president is going to have his people coming to my rallies, and heckling, why, we’ll show them that, you know, we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does.”

How immature of Mr. Romney! Of course, the Politico is really furious that Republicans would resort to such ‘dirty tricks.’ The Democrats are supposed to have the exclusive rights to those.

The twin scrums capped off the nastiest 24 hours of the campaign so far, a record almost surely to be exceeded in a season of bile and tit-for-tat.

Axelrod’s appearance in Boston, blocks away from Romney’s national headquarters in the shadow of the Old North Church — was a thumbed nose aimed at critics who say the Obama team has gone too negative in its attacks on Bain Capital. It was intended to provoke Romney, up to a point.

But the optics were awful for the Obama campaign. Instead of a clean hit on their opponent, local coverage focused on the ambush, and Axelrod’s futile attempts to restore order.

Axelrod was flanked by about 50 local Democratic officials. He announced that he was coming town late Wednesday, and the advance notice gave the opposition plenty of time to rally the troops. Romney wasn’t going to make the same mistake: He kept his Solyndra trip secret until the last moment.

Both camps said the other side started it

And Politico pretends that we will never know who stated this tradition of heckling candidates.

Who elected David Axelrod to anything, anyway? Why is he out campaigning?

Aren’t the ‘astroturfers’ supposed to stay hidden in the background? — Isn’t that the whole point of astroturfing? To hide who is really pulling the strings? Doesn’t Mr. Axelrod have some top secret ‘kill list’ meeting to attend? Or some Republican’s divorce records to un-seal?

And speaking of professional propagandists, in case you have any doubts about the political biases at the Politico, back on May 25th the unbiased Glenn Thrush tweeted about the defenders of evil Bain Capital:

That is from an ‘objective’ journalist.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 1st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Politico: Hecklers Brawl: 2012’s Nastiest Day”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’d just like to meet the girl holding the sign, there.

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