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July 03, 2012 10:58 AM The Betrayal Begins

By Ed Kilgore

Yes, patriots, it’s started again. The shadowy forces that have brought America to its knees, in chains of Big Government, ready for the yoke of Secular-Sharia law, its men emasculated by feminists and the Nanny State, its God-dictated Constitution in tatters, are on the brink of stealing another election, just as it appeared you were taking your country back from the Kenyan Muslim Athiest who has befouled the White House for far too long.

And as in 2008, the America-hating elites are operating through a Manchurian candidate, or rather two of them: Barack Hussein Obama, to be sure, but also his opponent.

The plot was revealed when the Trojan Horse of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, stabbed the brave conservatives of the Court in the back, but was forced to reveal the obvious truth that the unconstitutional ObamaCare law was a monstrous tax on God-fearing American job-creators for the benefit of the looters who feed at the public trough yet pay no taxes themselves. Just as battle-cries erupted from the throats of a million warriors for freedom, however, their purported champion, Mitt Romney, showed his cowardly hand and bent his knee to the enemy. National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar lays out the horrifying truth:

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an unfavorable health care ruling at the court would be good for Republicans politically, even as it was a serious policy setback for conservatives. But that’s not shaping up to be the case. Mitt Romney, after giving a brief statement decrying the decision, has been virtually silent on criticizing the health care law. He’s been on vacation and his campaign has been giving off clear signals that it doesn’t want to make health care a major part of the election….
For an issue that’s supposedly potent against Democrats, Romney’s campaign is declaring a cease fire. This, even as the law polls unfavorably and it proved to be a motivating force for Republicans and disaffected independents in the 2010 midterms.
It’s becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit. He’s avoided criticizing the administration’s handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He’s been silent in responding to Obama’s immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper. He appears more likely to tap a safe, bland running mate like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who won’t do him any harm but won’t benefit him much either.

Sound familiar, patriots? Yes, the RINOs are in charge once again, determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com speaks for the real America in throwing down a challenge to the sell-out Romney:

The Tea Party has been ready to rally to Romney’s side over the Obamacare decision, overlooking his past in order to use him as the vehicle for repealing Obamacare and toppling Obama. But if Romney won’t fight for conservative principles, the Tea Party is going to start looking elsewhere—fast. No one wants to live through the frustration of October 2008 all over again. No one wants to watch another conservative capitulate to Obama.
This ain’t Etch-A-Sketch, Mitt. Go hard or go home.

No, patriots, you cannot wait until the late stages of the campaign to protest the refusal of another Republican nominee to fight for you, as you did in 2008 when John McCain muzzled Sarah Palin and refused to expose the alien Marxist background of The One. On this eve of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the document that established this Republic as a divine mission for the protection of property rights and of the unborn from the moment of conception, begin to prepare to march on Tampa and take back the Republican Party! Ignore the mockery of the media conspirators who tell you this cannot be done! Overwhelm the ranks of the New Black Panther Party militants and ACORN community activists who will bar your path! Victory is yours for the taking!

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • stormskies on July 03, 2012 11:16 AM:

    It must really be something to live in a completely delusional reality that is victimized by anything that does not support those delusions.

  • Sterling on July 03, 2012 11:17 AM:

    It really is a slow news day

  • Ron Byers on July 03, 2012 11:18 AM:

    I know you think your post is parody Ed, but are you sure you aren't truly parroting what conservatives believe in their hearts?

  • Ron Byers on July 03, 2012 11:21 AM:

    Andy Griffith died. That makes it a sad news day for me. RIP Sheriff Andy

  • Josef K on July 03, 2012 11:22 AM:

    National Journalís Josh Kraushaar lays out the horrifying truth:

    That Barney was really Oral Roberts reincarnated?

    Oh, just another anti-RINO rant.

    Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com speaks for the real America

    Joel Pollak is now homeless and without health insurance?

    Oh, just another anti-RINO rant, doubtless written within some air conditioned office on K Street whilst he sips a latte.

    Has Ann Coulter or Michele Malkin pipped up yet? The circus isn't complete until you see all the acts perform.

  • MURPHRO2 on July 03, 2012 11:33 AM:

    Dear Ed,

    Instead of sarcasm and eye-rolling why not give a more full-throated blasting of this right wing whining? "The cry-baby classes are in full whine over their health care defeat and in a desperate effort to shift blame away from their own contorted ideas have decided to pin the tail on Mitt Romney today. Let the circle firing squad begin."

    Why not take the reigns and lead the charge? Effective naming and descriptions will find their way into the MSM. The GOP are cowards, let no chance to point this out go unmentioned.

  • CharlieM on July 03, 2012 11:37 AM:

    I must admit that, after 3+ years of it, I've become somewhat fond of Kenyan-Muslim-Atheism.

    More Manchurian please. With an extra helping of Western- Social-Democritism (is that a word?).

  • kd bart on July 03, 2012 11:44 AM:

    Conservatism never fails. People fail Conservatism.

  • T2 on July 03, 2012 11:53 AM:

    Romney might have been a decent candidate for the GOP 20 years ago. Liar, yes he is. Bat-sh*t Crazy, not so much. In today's GOP/TP he is just lost.

  • ckelly on July 03, 2012 11:59 AM:

    Glenn Beck / Sarah Palin 2012 !!1!! USA! USA! USA!

  • Mimikatz on July 03, 2012 12:05 PM:

    Fox reportedly got rid of Glen Beck because they feared he would provoke something terrible that would blow back on them. At what point does this happen to the GOP itself? When do they really turn on each other? Go hard or go home indeed. Where does that lead?

    My fantasy is that God gets so truly fed up with these clowns that a hurricane devastates the Republican convention so that Romney can't actually be nominated and then all hell breaks loose.

  • dp on July 03, 2012 12:12 PM:

    And remember, you can take all the guns you want with you to Tampa!

  • jjm on July 03, 2012 12:21 PM:

    ThinkProgress speculates that the 'leak' in the court re Roberts' changing his mind, was Thomas, who is very friendly with that CBS reporter Crawford.

    Well, judging from his book, and from the fact of his total silence from the bench, I would say that Thomas has a severe personality disorder. He appears to be quite paranoid. I believe he is projecting things about Roberts' thinking that he could not really know -- except the way the psychotic always 'knows' they are 'right'...

    As your post here shows, this paranoid stance has crept throughout the party, and it is and will be its undoing.

  • Robert Waldmann on July 03, 2012 12:28 PM:

    Kraushaar is not reality based. On health care, see your post above. A debate about health care is bad for Republicans, because their case against Obamacare is based on the claim that it creates death panels (35% of respondents in a poll believe it sets up death panels). Also it's Romneycare. Romney can't attack Obamacare without attacking himself.

    The Fast and Furious scandal is shaping up to be a serious threat to Obama in the same way impeachment was a serious threat to Clinton. Notably, Eban in the lefty rag "Fortune" claims that the basic accusation of gun walking applies to only 6 guns bought and resold by the person who presents himself as a whistle blower. I only know what google tells me, but I have detected no criticism of her claims of fact (except from the Breitbrats). The argument is that Main Justice and the White House admitted that guns had walked. This does not mean they admitted that more than 6 guns walked.

    I think the pseudoscandal is collapsing just as House Republicans cited Holder for contempt. This is shaping up to be a threat, but not, I think, to Obama.

    Romney does not have a clear winning strategy. His position is the economy is in bad shape so vote for me. This sure doesn't follow. But that doesn't mean that he isn't making the strongest case for electing him. Any more detailed debate will make it clear to anyone who pays attention that the Republicans must be kept from power.

  • TNB on July 03, 2012 12:36 PM:

    Amen! All true patriots need to get their tickets to Tampa now and be ready to lock and load when you get there. Why should the folks who admire our forefathers for throwing tea into the sea for this God fearing country stand by and let some anti-Jesus religious nut who wears Prayer Panties steal control of America? No, hell no! I would rather vote for the Kenyan, at least his wife and kids pray to Jesus. Anyway, my company kicked me off my insurance because they say I'm too fat and I smoke too much so we need health insurance.

    Show up in Tampa and be ready to fight for the values and beliefs that made this country strong. We cannot let that sect from Utah impose their doctrine on Jesus loving Americans.

    Tea Party Joe

  • James E. Powell on July 03, 2012 12:45 PM:

    Romney does not have a clear winning strategy.

    I think his strategy is crystal clear: stay close and hope something bad happens that we can blame on Obama. I don't think there is any other path for him than that.

  • Kuji on July 03, 2012 2:38 PM:

    T2 on July 03, 2012 11:53 AM:

    "Romney might have been a decent candidate for the GOP 20 years ago..."

    Romney was thoroughly rejected by voters 20 years ago, and was rejected a few of more times since then. He obviously does not connect well with voters but has the resources to leverage enough support to be a player for some reason. So he wasn't a good candidate then, and he sure isn't a good candidate now. Obama can campaign, he won every office that he sought and makes it look effortless with a cool demeanor. The only reason Romney is the candidate-elect is because A) the economy sucks B) no one in the GOP that was a series candidate ran

  • Another Steve on July 03, 2012 3:39 PM:

    Copy and paste this post into an email (without a link) and forward it to every person you know! Okay, wait, don't do that. Just forward to everyone you know who sends you crazy uncle emails or says crazy s**t on your Facebook page.

  • Marc Levine on July 03, 2012 3:53 PM:

    Feels like I'm at a soccer game and the announcer just shouted, "GOOAAAL!!!"
    To mix my metaphors, you hit that one right out of the park.
    If all the liberal talking heads and Dems in general started sounding like this, would the sheer paradigm dissonance bring anyone to their senses? Or would the Repugs just nominate Joel Pollak for president?

  • Werewolf on July 03, 2012 4:38 PM:

    Thank you, Ed, for that proof of Poe's Law.

  • Sean Scallon on July 03, 2012 7:22 PM:

    "Yes, the RINOs are in charge once again, determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."

    Of course, don't you see the symbiotic relationship? RINO's screw up and conservatives claim its their fault. Thus conservatives never have to bear the brunt of GOP failure, because THEY never lose. THEIR candidate(s) never win the nomination! RINOs (or the establishment Republicans) are useful because they take all the blame for Presidential defeats (Dole, McCain, Bush I and presumably Romney) That THEIR candidates can't even win the highest position their party offers is nothing they have to ponder or share responsibility for.

    No, patriots, you cannot wait until the late stages of the campaign to protest the refusal of another Republican nominee to fight for you, as you did in 2008 when John McCain muzzled Sarah Palin and refused to expose the alien Marxist background of The One.

    I hear Ron Paul is still available.

    The sad thing the Tea Partiers had their chance to upset the apple cart and they blew it running off to joke campaigns like Cain or Gingrich or Santorum. No one should feel the least bit sorry for them. If they don't know themselves what they stand for (other than oppose-Obama), how can they find one candidate to support?

  • Doug on July 03, 2012 10:27 PM:

    Just let the Teabaggers start raising a stink BEFORE the convention! Just to ensure that Romney doesn't wuss out on them, of course. And Romney, being Romney, WON'T wuss out and will nominate someone acceptable to the TBs.
    I believe the saying is "Good times, good times..."

  • smartalek on July 04, 2012 2:43 AM:

    "the Kenyan Muslim Athiest"

    I can't tell you how impressed I am that you even get their typos right.
    I always take it as a personal affront, and a personal challenge, when they refer to anyone other than myself as "Athiest."
    Clearly, there can, by definition, only be ONE of any superlative in any class or category.
    And when it comes to athy-ism, I bow to nobody (especially not no Kenyan usurpers!) -- I, and I ALONE, am THE ATHI-EST of all!!
    (or at least I would be if I weren't a hard-core agnostic)