In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’ve probably heard about the “secret” video” that was taken at a “private fundraiser” in May for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and posted Monday on the left-wing website — Mother Jones.
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 the 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.
In an e-mail shared with Obama supporters – and posted on My Bama Says — chief propagandist for Obama’s oxymoron “Truth Team” – Stephanie Cutter — was quick to make sure that Obama’s entitlement dependents knew that Romney told “a room full of big-money donors that Americans who don’t support him think they’re ‘victims’ who don’t “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
So rarely over the course of this campaign have we gotten to hear Mitt Romney say what he believes in such a revealing, unfiltered manner.
Of course, while it’s rather commonplace to hear Obama saying what he really thinks when he isn’t aware he’s being recorded — like when he got caught assuring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he’d have “more flexibility” on the whole missile defense thing after his reelection and to pass a message to ask Vladimir Putin to give him “space” until after November — it has been “rare” that Romney has been heard saying what he really feels.
It’s about time he finally started an honest dialogue among the American people regarding the the unsustainable level of government dependency.
“That Mr. Romney considers us enemy number one and apparently has bad feelings about Russia is a minus,” The Washington Post quoted Putin saying of Romney’s video comments. “But, considering that he expresses himself bluntly, openly and clearly, means that he is an open and sincere man, which is a plus.”
It was also refreshing to hear Romney stand by his comments, rather than to deny them the way Obama did with his unscripted, “you didn’t build that” moment.
Of course, liberals are staying pretty quiet about another newly resurfaced 1998 tape of Obama saying the government should have the power to “pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution” because he “actually” believes “in redistribution.”
And — while liberals are feverishly condemning Romney for having the audacity to say that Obama’s supporters “believe that they are entitled” and that they will vote for him “no matter what” — they seem to have forgotten all about Peggy Joseph.
It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment. Because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s going to help me.
While other Obama fans admit they have no idea what his policies are, they also confess that they only support him to get free healthcare.
Then there’s Angel Adams. While she considers her 15 children – fathered by three “baby daddies” — to be “gifts from God,” she also believes, just as Romney said, that the responsibility to feed, clothe and house them belongs to someone else.
Somebody needs to pay for all my children (inaudible) for all our suffering. Somebody needs to be held accountable and they need to pay.
And who could forget this telling exchange, between a reporter and an Obama supporter who showed up in Detroit as one of thousands expecting to get some free cash from Obama.
Reporter: Why are you here?
Obama supporter: To get some money.
Reporter: What kind of money?
Obama supporter: Obama money.
Reporter: Where’s it coming from?
Obama supporter: Obama.
Reporter: And where did Obama get it?
Obama supporter: I don’t know, his stash. I don’t know. I don’t know where he got it from but he givin’ it to us, to help us. That’s why we love him. That’s why we voted for him.
Obama! Obama! Obama! Heh!
Insert the lyrics to “The Good Ship Lollipop” here.
So why haven’t we heard about any “secret recordings” being slipped out from any of Obama’s big-ticket fundraisers?
As exposed by Zeke Miller of Buzz Feed, Obama’s handlers demand that attendees of Obama’s “private” soirees leave their cell phones “in plastic bags by the door.”
An Obama aide called the move it “standard operating procedure,” but veterans of a range of other campaigns said they’d never heard of the practice, which is common in secure White House spaces where there are concerns of espionage, but unknown in contexts in which only political secrets are discussed.
As for the Romney tape, Mother Jones described it as a “secret video.”
To protect the confidential source who provided the video, we have blurred some of the image, and we will not identify the date or location of the event, which occurred after Romney had clinched the Republican presidential nomination.
[UPDATE: We can now report that this fundraiser was held at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder on May 17 and we’ve removed the blurring from the video.
As it turns out, the video was published by David Corn at Mother Jones. Corn also outs his “research assistant” as James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.
Describing himself on his Twitter bio as an opposition researcher “currently looking for work,” Carter evidently spends his copious, unemployed free-time trolling in internet for mud to throw at Republicans.
“I’ve been searching for clips on Republicans for a long time, almost every day,” New York Magazine quoted Carter saying Monday. “I just do it for fun.”
Any time that you can find a clip that strengthens the narrative already established, that’s what becomes a big deal.
Carter never did explain whose “already established” narrative he was searching “almost every day” to strengthen.
I’ve been trying to get paid for this but it hasn’t worked out yet. This might help.
The problem in this case, when it comes to “secret” recordings, Florida has very clear consent laws.
According to Florida statute 934.03 (d):
It is lawful under ss. 934.03-934.09 for a person to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication when all of the parties to the communication have given prior consent to such interception.
Evidently, Carter — as well as the individual who illegally obtained the “secret” video — never heard the old idiom that “crime doesn’t pay.”