Must see TV: Andrea Mitchell once again proving that she is thoroughly outclassed by John Sununu

I watched this clip of Mitchell vs. Sununu in a post debate interview on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and was laughing out loud at the way Sununu figuratively (a good word for Biden to add to his 500 word vocabulary) beat her over the head with every one of her Democrat talking point based questions.   It was poetry!

But Andrea was undeterred: she tried everything:

1) trying to knock him off message by questioning his use of the word “lazy” for the preezy (dog whistle anyone?)

2) quotes from liberal analysts (the Tax Policy Center) on Romney’s tax plans, debunked by Heritage etc.

3) comparisons to Reagan (not for good reasons)

4) tries to pull tax deduction specifics from him when Sununu demonstrates that it would be stupid

5) tries to trip him up on when Romney came out with his deduction plans for the rich

6) throws up paying for the “Bush tax cuts” that Romney will continue and Sununu reminds her that Øbama continued and supported these tax cuts in 2010  (for everyone) and this year (with the class warfare cutoffs) and what he said when doing so, i.e. you don’t raise taxes in a recession.  Sununu also aptly points out that we are no better off now than then, which the preezy seems not to notice.

Be sure to watch her face on the split screens when Sununu answers. they are PRICELESS!  There are also hand slaps on the desk to accompany her frustration with her failure.

The only reasons I can think of that would get Mitchell to keep inviting Sununu on her show are:

1) she continues to think she will be able to “get” him eventually;

2) it raises her ratings from near zero;

3) the repeated figurative blows to the head delivered by Sununu have knocked any sense of self preservation out of her head.

Watch it and enjoy, it is seven minutes of glorious frosting on the exquisite debate cake Romney served up on Wednesday.

Andrea Mitchell blows the dog whistle

I came across this clip in another site, and was struck by the tone/purpose of Andrea Mitchell in her questions/statements about Romney’s secretly recorded speech to donors to John Sununu, Romney’s senior adviser to the campaign.

I don’t have a problem with what Romney said in the now “infamous” secret tape (except for Mother Jones’ editing), but he has to nip the Democrats attempts to redefine, or really, misrepresent what he said.  That’s what he managed to do with his taxes, albeit a bit more slowly than I would have liked: in a well played, albeit a bit delayed move,  he left the likes of Howard Dean sputtering that Romney is “unqualified” because he overpaid his taxes last year!  Of course, Dean sees the Walker victory as a win for the Democrats too….

While it is fun and educational to watch Sununu tear up Mitchell yet again (and without notes, I might add), some of the things she said further reinforces her role as a mouthpiece for the Øbama campaign:


Take special note at about 2:29, where Mitchell tries to insert race into the discussion, commenting that “the people getting these benefits are largely white people, including the majority of people that are on food stamps, and unearned income tax credits.  The suggestion, certainly, in what Gov. Romney said….”, then Sununu cuts her off, realizing that she was going to continue with this screed, noting that ” ‘freeloader’ is David Brook’s word”.

But really: “white people”??  Where did Romney mention anything about race?  Where did he use the word “freeloaders”, for that matter?  Not in the tape or transcript Mother Jones released (see below), unless they “edited” that out.  But why would they?  Clearly, Mitchell was trying to create her own Romney “suggestion” out of liberal whole cloth, that he believes all blacks are “freeloaders”.  Clearly, when you live under a rock like Mitchell apparently does, it is easy to find racism there.  It is even easier to parrot the day’s Democrat talking points.  Dog whistles anyone?

Here is the relevant part of the speech, up to the point where, allegedly, “the recording stops”:

Romney: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…

[Recording stops.]

Maybe it is just me, but it appears that Mitchell is deliberately inserting race into Romney’s statements, where he clearly made no mention of race, and is doing the double duty of trying to incite racial divisions and turn lower income whites against Romney?   At about 5:50, she continues to drag in all the groups that fall into the “no income tax” bracket, including the elderly, recipients of credits for child care and the working poor (a group I think I must be in!), education credits, AMT deductions etc.  Sununu notes that they all lean towards the Democrats, who promise continued and unending benefits, which is what Romney was saying.

Kudos to Sununu, who, once again, did an outstanding job of defending Romney’s statements against a proven media hack for the Øbama administration.

Thumbs down to Mitchell, who can’t even pretend to be a real journalist.


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