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Remember—the Left is gearing up for 2016, too

Remember—the Left is gearing up for 2016, too


Yesterday was Andrew Breitbart’s birthday.

It’s amazing to me to see how that man’s legacy has lived on, even as the conservative movement has changed so much over the past few years. I listen to the stories and wild career paths of activists and bloggers who were inspired by him, and I can’t help but wonder where we would all be had Andrew not made the conscious decision to be brave in the face of what sometimes seems like insurmountable bias and recriminations from the media and the institutional left.

I wrote yesterday about Scott Walker’s ridiculous interview with Martha Raddatz, and while I was writing, I slid down the 2008/2012 rabbit hole remembering the disparate treatment of the conservative candidates who dared to challenge Barack Obama and paid for it with chunks of their reputations.

Obviously, we’re in for more of the same as the race to 2016 heats up, and it’s important to remember that the same sort of bias we saw in previous cycles has already begun. Walker’s Radditz-ing was just the start. Progressives are freaking out over his breakout performance—wasn’t he supposed to be the boring midwestern governor that would never break out of the middle of the pack? But strong candidates like Walker, and creative firebrands like Rand Paul, are already causing trouble for an increasingly desperate Democrat narrative.

I refuse to accept the tactics of a desperate and destructive party. We need to start paying attention right now to how they’re treating conservative candidates, because while 2016 is still a long way off, strategists are going to use this time to start planting the seeds for future media campaigns smearing not just candidates, but the Republican party at large.

I think we all know that simply pointing out “media bias” won’t be enough. We have the tools and the knowledge and the deep bench it takes to win a national election; it’s time to put them to use. When Andrew Breitbart exposed the corruption and coordination behind the Occupy movement, he didn’t stop at just pointing out the movement’s dangerous connections; he went on to relentlessly explain why what was happening was wrong, and harmful, and destructive.

We need to do the same thing. We can’t count on our already-strong conservative message not getting lost in translation as it fights its way through the media spin cycle; to do so would be akin to our own version of media malpractice.

Need a little rah-rah? Here’s some inspiration:

We miss you, Andrew.


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Not A Member of Any Organized Political | February 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Methinks the Democrats are still in the thick of a very nasty Democrat Civil War.

They’ve been pretending and lying about the GOP having one.
However, it’s really Democrats who are at each other’s throats – placing blame for Obama’s massive and eternal failures inflicted on the Dem Party.

>>”We need to start paying attention right now to how they’re treating conservative candidates,”

Rather, the conservative candidates themselves need to start paying attention. If they consent to the abuse once again, there’s not much we can do. That is, aside from seething in frustration like we do every election cycle. But for anything to change, it must change with them. In 2012 every single one of them (with the sporadic exception of Newt Gingrich) played doormat and beaten wife. Romney of course was the champion masochist — the self-abasing champ of chumps. I see the GOP has already agreed to MSM dominated debates — not even a protest from them. So, once again, the deck will be stacked. But that’s not a problem (it’s even an opportunity) if we have candidates who know how to smack these miserable jackals to the ground.

And as for the lessons of Breitbart, sorry — they were COMPLETELY lost on the political class. Maybe some bloggers learned from and were inspired by Andrew’s pioneering spirit and lionhearted bravery. But as for our “leaders,” forget it.

The unionists have declared war on America with the beginnings of a strike over the weekend. Only a small number of refineries hit, unfortunately mine was one. I’m not in the union, but I get screwed by their decision to strike.

The president of the USW is an advocate of single payer, ObamaCare and other Leftist ideas. See the link. My favorite Breitbart moment is…

Unions have declared war on me and my family and I’m looking to fight back. My Facebook page “Why I”m Not A Democrat” is a small way I’m doing it. If you have seen the demands that the USW used to justify the strike, they are absurd. Actually, they are arguing for less money via their complaint about “fatigue”. That’s overtime shifts and how we make a decent living providing for our family. Typical jobs at refineries range from $30-40/hour. Add overtime shifts and it’s a nice annual income. I question the timing, just after the GOP took over Congress and Obama needs a catalyst for the last two years of his Presidency in order to keep transforming, I mean, destroying America. Better fill your gas tanks now. Prices are going up.

One thing I think conservative politicians need to start doing *immediately* is to respond back to liberal media types who either cut them off (as in Walker v. Raddatz) or interpose their own *personal* spins on the topic being discussed.

I firmly believe that Candy Crowley’s INCORRECT interjection about Benghazi marked a turning point — not just in that debate, but in Romney’s run for the presidency. Mitt was so taken aback by Crowley’s audacity that he couldn’t respond and just spun out. He never recovered.

Imagine what would have happened if he’d called her out on her claim. I blame it partially on his briefers, but who would have expected that she and Øbama would have double-teamed him? Now we ought to be wiser, but I doubt that we are.

I think Walker should have stopped, looked Raddatz in the eye, and simply said, “You are rude to keep interrupting me. I won’t tolerate it. The next time you cut me off, I’m walking off the stage.”

Let’s face it. True conservatives are being attacked not simply by the Democrats, but by the mainstream media as well. We are outnumbered and outgunned.

If we keep playing nice with the MSM for fear that they’ll say something bad about us, we’re nuts. They’ll say bad things about us — true or not — no matter what we do.

It’s time to give them a dose of their own medicine and fight back!

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to tiger66. | February 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I agree but the tone has to be carefully considered. While being assertive we cannot fall into matching their rude approach. Nor does it work to whine or try to paint ourselves as a victim. Their own aggression needs to be turned against them.

    A wonderful example of this happened in January 1988 when Vice President George H.W. Bush insisted that if CBS wanted to profile him as a 1988 presidential candidate they had to do it live. No tapes and no editing. If memory serves, Bush shrewdly turned the tables on Dan Rather by noting that Rather would not wish his entire news career to be judged by an incident a few months earlier in which Rather committed the cardinal sin of broadcasting- staking off in a huff to leave six minutes of a blank TV screen. Rather snarfed up the bait and displayed his full personal animosity towards VP Bush and to the Reagan administration.

    Eight years earlier Reagan took a similar tactic when a journalist attempted to silence him. Reagan noted that it was his show not theirs as his campaign had paid for the debate.

Nah. The democrats know they took a bath in 2014. What did that bath look like? GoZell Green eating fruit loops in her bathtub. It doesn’t matter what they do now. They’ve lost the ability to convince a great many voters that “socialism is what they’re looking for.”

That’s why the media declares Jeb will run. (And, bless Dianne Finestein for her sense of humor. She gave a speech at the Alfalfa Club that started off: “Shows ya that the Bush family believes that no child should be left behind.”

In 1992, the elder Bush was not liked by Ross Perot. So Perot threw a monkey wrench into the political system. How? He went on TV. On Larry King Live’s show on CNN. And, he said “if people would put him on the ballot,” he’d run. 50 states had petitions going. And, Perot ended up on the ballot. Blindsided by the MSM and the Bush’s.

In 1992 Clinton did not win a marjority of the vote! It was called a “plurality.” And, this could happen again. (Without Hillary on the ticket. With the fights the dems will have behind the stage won’t show up on camera. But Hillary and Biden will cancel each other out.)

I like your attitude, professor. The key is to put the press on the defensive. The way to do that, as Breitbart demonstrated is to refuse to abide by their narrative and argue on yours. It takes some practice, but its not too difficult. The biggest hurdle is the personal courage it takes.

Good luck.

Karen Sacandy | February 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm

I couldn’t believe I didn’t see a mention of Andy’s birthday on Breitbart.

He is still sorely missed.