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Here’s how the liberal media already is attacking Mike Pence

Here’s how the liberal media already is attacking Mike Pence

Framing the “stupid and crazy” narrative early and often.

It took less than 24 hours for liberals in media to begin attacking Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Just days ago, many of these folks never would have bothered writing anything about Pence but now that he’s on the ticket with Trump, they’re in a rush to define him.

Here are some choice examples.

Think Progress invented a new term for the Governor:

Mike Pence, Cigarette Truther

Over his political career Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) has consistently carried the tobacco industry’s water, denying the dangers of cigarettes, opposing government regulation, and slashing smoking cessation efforts. In return, they rewarded him with more than $100,000 in campaign donations.

In 2000, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), then running for an open U.S. House seat, came out against a proposed settlement between government and the tobacco industry, calling it “big government.” In a shocking editorial, he wrote: “Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.” Pence acknowledged that smoking is not “good for you,” but claimed that two-thirds of smokers do not die from smoking related illness and “9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.” He warned of a slippery-slope in which government would soon seek to discourage fatty foods, caffeine, and SUVs.

Esquire says Pence is a soldier in the War on Women:

Mike Pence Was a Pioneer in the Assault on Planned Parenthood

I was there in Indianapolis last year when Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, practically with a bag over his head, and then stood by and watched helplessly as his state’s entire tourist economy headed for the storm drains one week before the city hosted the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, and one year before it was scheduled to host the same event for women’s basketball. I’ve never seen a politician so obviously whipsawed by his own actions. Jesus, even the NCAA found Pence’s actions morally obtuse.

The Huffington Post plays the Palin card:

Mike Pence: Sarah Palin Without The Charisma

It is too amazing to be true. Donald Trump charged Arthur Culvahouse, the same DC lawyer who vetted Sarah Palin, with vetting his VP choices.

And Trump has ended up picking Sarah Palin, without the charisma.

One source who used to work as a senior staff member in the House of Representatives told me, “Pence, smart? I used to eat salads at the Rayburn cafeteria that had more brains than Mike Pence.”

That certainly fits Mike Pence.

The Sacramento Bee wants you to know he’s worse than Trump:

Think the GOP can’t do worse than Trump? Meet Mike Pence

As I write this, signs are pointing to the politically logical, but civilly frightful: Donald Trump picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

Nothing is certain, of course. The presumptive Republican nominee is predictably unpredictable.

But if Trump makes the announcement everyone expects, it will be my nightmare, and it should be yours, too.

A year ago, I left Indiana, in large part to get away from the first-term governor and his policies that too often seem to punish anyone who isn’t white, straight, male, middle class and Christian. In fact, cities in California and across the country are dotted with young ex-pats who are proud to call themselves Hoosiers – not “Indianans” – but want nothing to do with a man hell-bent on running his state like a church.

The Nation plays the Akin card:

Mike Pence Is a Smooth-Talking Todd Akin

It looks like Donald Trump blinked.

After a 13-month battle with the Republican establishment in which he won most every skirmish, Trump appears to be acting responsibly, as his campaign confirmed the news that he’d chosen mild-mannered Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential nominee. It was hard to believe that was Trump’s first choice. There had been lots of reporting that he wanted Newt Gingrich (why not, God, why not?) and, despite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s legal baggage (plus Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s mortal grudge against Christie for sending his father to jail), it seemed like Trump found in Christie a kindred soul/bully as well. But he was by most accounts scheduled to introduce the white-haired establishment favorite, Mike Pence, at an event in Trump Tower on Friday.

The New York Times says he’s on the wrong side of history:

Mike Pence: A Conservative Proudly Out of Sync With His Times

Long after government regulators had confirmed the lethal consequences of cigarette smoking, Mike Pence mocked their warnings as “hysteria” in 1998.

“Time for a quick reality check,” he wrote. “Smoking doesn’t kill.”

Long after most members of Congress had abandoned the quaint practice of delivering one-minute morning speeches, Mr. Pence eagerly held court in an empty chamber, musing about sports and Scripture.

And long after Republicans’ war on big government was fading, Mr. Pence defiantly opposed his own party over the creation of signature programs like No Child Left Behind and a Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Bear in mind that this is only a partial list.

It hasn’t been two full days since Pence was chosen and the onslaught has already started.

Hang on tight because it’s only going to get worse.

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He warned of a slippery-slope in which government would soon seek to discourage fatty foods, caffeine, and SUVs.

…aand he got it right. Didn’t he?

Pence is bright, careful, and Presidential. He scares the hell out of the lefties because …competence. It will be interesting to see the schlub the Hildabeest selects

Maybe, if Trump had chosen Barack Hussein O as his VP, they wouldn’t attack.


I was amused that for someone like me, all the “bad” things they point out about Pence, some I wasn’t aware of and MAKES ME MORE COMFORTABLE WITH TRUMP’S CHOICE!

That’s right. The left has created a positive ad for conservatives by all the things they say are troublesome about Pence.

Thanks liberals for informing me about what a GOOD choice Pence might be.

Pretty weak stuff. They’ve been doing the oppo research for anyone Trump could possibly settle on … and all they can announce is that Pence isn’t a liberal Democrat. Not exactly a game-changer.

    TX-rifraph in reply to tom swift. | July 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Well, YOU think it is weak because you apply logic to examine the facts and the arguments. If you would just check the narratives of the left, you would easily see that Pence is evil by definition. You do not need facts, logic, thought, or any of that hard stuff! Thinking like a leftist is so much easier. And, you could also tell yourself that you are a tolerant and inclusive person as you personally attack somebody who is not a member of your dehumanized group.

    OK — me now — you are absolutely correct TS. Very weak. Watch them change to assigned motives and intentions for Pence.

      OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to TX-rifraph. | July 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      What? Trump is about logic and facts? You obviously haven’t been applying the same standard to yourself as would apply to liberals.

      BTW, just yesterday I heard part of speech by Trump about law and order. He threw out a comment about Detroit and then added that crime was ‘terrible, terrible in NYC’. Actually the number of murders is lower than any time since 1963. No murder is acceptable, NYC crime is hardly ‘terrible, terrible’

      I have heard Trump contradict himself in the same sentence. Logic? You have got to be kidding.

He received $100k in campaign donations? Bwahahaha! Is that supposed to make me think he’s tainted? Hitlery has received a 1000 times that much from terrorist countries alone.

This reminds me of the Austin Powers scene when Dr. Evil first comes out of cryogenic freeze and demands a ransom of “one million dollars!”

casualobserver | July 16, 2016 at 11:03 am

Think Progress? HuffPo? That would be like expecting anything critical of Trump from Breitbart. “Media” with one-sided ideology and editorial decisions is hardly expected to be fair or balanced in its output. The NYT may be masquerading as being fair by producing some negative (and damning at times) pieces on Hillary. But now that Bernie is on board, I expect they will come out if full support of her until Nov. So that puts them in ranks of Think Progress. Paid assassins.

The dems have a candidate who broke the law and they are ok with her continuing to run. How pathetic is that!

Yawn. I’m more interested in how conservative media attacks him.

Wow, we are off to a GREAT start!
This Pence fellow must be just the guy we need, judging by those articles.
Ok,I guess we can put this to bed.
Now, who are the Democrats gonna run?
Do you suppose Hillary cut a deal with Bernie?
I suspect as much. I don’t think she would have offered him VP, but something.
And, I can hardly wait to see what Fitton comes out of court with on Monday.

Eh…all I that I see are effectively recommendations.

Expecting anything positive from the MSM is like asking your enemy which flank you should attack them on first.

The more that they hit on Pence, the better I’ll feel about him as the VP. After all, the more they hit on Trump, the better he does.

Strange, but accurate trend this election cycle.

Oh, an just to add about that ‘tobacco thing’:

And that’s just ONE link

I’m never certain these days…is Coulter a “liberal media” person or not?

    Valerie in reply to Ragspierre. | July 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Ann Coulter’s stock in trade is verbal molotov cocktails. She is every entertaining but does not contribute much to the public debate.

Common Sense | July 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Is that the best the progressive media can do?
Really who other than the progressive zombies even pays
any attention to the “media”

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is a great solid choice for Trump!
He brings experience where it is needed.

Hillary is spending 14 to 1 for TV spots right now and the race is basically a tie. She is going to crash and burn!

Trump/Pence 2016

Former conservative and free-trade advocate Pence sells out to the Collectivist T-rump.

Oh, well. It has been done by millions before who called themselves “conservatives”.

Pathetic betrayal of principles.

    The blarney that propounds Trump U has been around since man’s beginning.

      J. J., as usual following in her masters footprints.
      Good doggie.????

        Are you seriously attempting to claim that Jennifer is some sort of Rags puppet? You know, and everyone here knows, that’s not true. Jennifer is a long-time LI commenter (unlike you) who has a mind of her own and does not dance to any drummer’s beat.

        She is not the trained dog in this scenario, but I am beginning to strongly suspect you are. Your constant, shallow and baseless attacks on anyone who distrusts Trump are beginning to make you look like a paid troll. I’m not saying you are, but it’s very odd that you keep repeating the same tired lines (have you been to any TrumpBot meetings lately? They have moved on from “ooh, scary Lyin’ Ted. Just an FYI.).

Whoaaaah rat thar, pardner…!!!

IF true, that makes Der Donald 30% “bought and paid for by special interests”!

And MAYBE it’s the tenderest parts that make up that 30%, so that ALLLLLLLL the good stuff is “bought and paid for by special interests”! So we get the hoof, horn, tail, offal and hide?

What the hell happened to “self-funded”…???

    rabidfox in reply to Ragspierre. | July 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Sixty megadonors gave 30% – that’s about an average of 0.5% per mega donor. Whooo whoo! Trump is bought and paid for. Jerks.

      Ragspierre in reply to rabidfox. | July 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Welp, not according to my ciphering, ace. Your decimals are wondering all over the north forty.

      But so-the-fluck-wut? HE’S STILL “bought and paid for by special interests”.

      And WHERE’S that “self-funding”? Hmmm….????

        murkyv in reply to Ragspierre. | July 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm

        You know damn well he has NEVER said he was going to self-fund the general Election.

        As always with the #NeverTrumpers…


          Ragspierre in reply to murkyv. | July 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm

          I know no such thing, T-rump sucker.

          But IF not, why not? I mean, if political money BUYS people, than he’s for sale.

          Right, #logicdontmatter?

          So what of Lying Ted Cruz?
          I’ve yet to get an answer to my question yesterday, where the hell is he?
          Lying Ted who ;
          1. Supported tripling the importation of illegal aliens.
          2. Voted for T.P.A, then with his vote against T.P.P. in effect lied.
          3. Voted for Mitch the Bitch & Liar Extraordinaire for majority leader.
          Of course he’s a lawyer, which is what lawyers of his stripe do. They lie, which is why lawyers of that stripe will continue to support him. Lying Ted Cruz.

          Trump had nothing to do with any of this.
          Trump, 2016.

          Secondwind, or to use your little word-play games with people’s screen names, Breakingwind, you have no idea what you are talking about. Do you get your talking points straight from Trump or perhaps from Alex Jones?

          1. Cruz did not and does not support any illegal immigration; he did support, as part of a comprehensive immigration reform plan, adding more HB-1 visas which are granted only to degree-holding foreign nationals who are tied directly to an employer in the States. This means that these LEGAL immigrants are easily traceable and can be (and are) monitored. There is zero wrong with this proposal, even on its own, but it was not intended to be the only immigration reform Cruz planned.

          2. Cruz very clearly and lucidly explained his reasons for changing his vote re: trade agreement, and it had to do with limiting Obama’s rampant misuse of executive power. Read and learn.

          3. If Cruz voted for McConnell, he did so because he was running uncontested. If you need help with the definition of “uncontested,” here’s a link.

          Oh, and good plan! Come to a site called “Legal Insurrection,” a site owned and run by a lawyer (with many lawyers on the writing staff), and bash lawyers. Genius. By the way, “of his stripe” is not a viable qualifier as you attempt to use it. By all accounts Cruz is an outstanding and thoughtful lawyer whose record of skillfully winning Constitutional cases before the Supreme Court is admired, even by his “enemies.” Smooth move.

          But keep it up; I love these insane lists of easily disprovable lies. What’s next? Your list of historical events in which Cruz’s relatives were conspirators and/or actors? Did Cruz’s great (times whatever) grandfather have a hand in the Crucifixion? Is there a stone tablet somewhere depicting a swarthy-looking stranger standing next to a Roman guard? That must be Cruz’s relative!

          Cruz has always been and still is the real deal. He’s not a grasping, power-hungry, soulless, deal-making narcissist with delusions of “ruling” America and “managing” Americans. And you TrumpBots know that or you wouldn’t try so hard to discredit him with blatant lies and misrepresentations.

          Keep lying about Cruz, though, because it’s so easy to demonstrate who the actual liars are.

          Fuzzy ;
          “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.”

          You didn’t answer my question either. Where’s Canadian Cruz?
          A 70 year old man is fighting in the battle every day. 25 years younger as usual can’t bother to show up. And this is your champion?
          He couldn’t beat Trump when the table was tilted towards Lying Teds advantage.

          I’ve already lost, secondwind. My guy didn’t win, yours did.

          I thought I did answer your question by explaining to you exactly what Cruz’s stances are on the points you enumerated. I even included numbers in my response so you could follow along.

          What do you mean “where is Ted Cruz?” That seems like an insane question. Are you suggesting he should be running for president after dropping out? That he should be . . . doing what? He’s a senator from Texas. One of one hundred U. S. senators. What is it you imagine he should be doing? Where should he be doing this miraculous thing or list of things? Do you imagine that a single senator can do anything more than Ted Cruz has done? Do you have any idea at all how the Senate works and what its role is in the three branches of government? Should Cruz be flying around in a superhero suit solving all of America’s problems? Oh, no, wait, you think your Cheeto-oompa-loompa godlet will do that . . . orange cape and comb-over flapping in the wind as he swoops down and builds mighty walls with his bare hands.

          Ragspierre in reply to murkyv. | July 17, 2016 at 4:26 am

          But IF not, why not? I mean, if political money BUYS people, than he’s for sale.

          Right, #logicdontmatter?

          So, we see doublesucks (secondwind) doing the divert, deflect, distort dance.

          Poor, irrational lil’ crazed cultist…

          Ragspierre in reply to murkyv. | July 17, 2016 at 5:16 am

          “My specialty is original thought. Something I see very little of from #never T-rumpers. Which is why those of us that are capable of original thinking consistently hand “principled conservative”, #never T-rumpers their asses.”

          Yeah. Sure.

          Canadian Cruz.

          Lying Ted.

          Lawyers are liars.

          Where’s your champion?, cuz if he’s not in the MSM headlines, doublesucks thinks he’s left the planet.

          Yada, yada, and more “original thinking” yada…

          Whadda poor, crazed, lying little sack of inferiority complexes…

          Sad, really…

          buckeyeminuteman in reply to murkyv. | July 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

          You really need to stop using the C U Next Tuesday word around here. I don’t care if you’re talking about Clinton; it’s just foul.