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Time's Mark Halperin: Ryan Protesters In Iowa Were Democrats 'On Duty'
NewsBusters.org ^ | August 13, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 08/13/2012 5:44:09 PM PDT by Kaslin

Presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was heckled Monday by protesters at a campaign event in Iowa.

Time senior political analyst Mark Halperin told MSNBC's Chris Matthews these were Democrats "on duty" (video follows with transcript and commentary, photo courtesy Des Moines Register):

Mark Halperin: Ryan Protesters In Iowa Were Democrats 'On Duty'

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Anyway, Paul Ryan was met by a loud group of protesters today who joined his supporters at the same state fair event in Iowa. They booed and yelled throughout his ten minutes, but he handled it pretty well. Let's watch.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PAUL RYAN: My guess is - [Interrupted by protesters] - my guess is the reason President Obama isn't making it here from Council Bluffs because he only knows left turns.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MATTHEWS: Well, there you have it, Howard. Let's talk in human terms. How is he handling his first couple of days out there as the new kid on the block?

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: Well, Mark and I have both seen him in action. At least I've seen him here. I haven't seen him in his district. I mean, he's a born pol. He's excellent at it. He's well liked. He's solid on his feet. He's good on the campaign trail.

A scene like that in Iowa doesn't help the Democrats at all. People in Iowa like their politics, you know, polite, and they like it decorous, and they don't like to see something like that. The Democrats are going to have to at the grassroots be careful not to overplay their hand. If they're going to view the Romney/Ryan ticket as somehow extreme, they've got to restrain themselves in their critique of it.

MATTHEWS: I wonder if they were in charge of those people at the state fair today.

FINEMAN: Yes. Good question. Good question.

MATTHEWS: You never know, Mark. Mark, you think they had them, were they on, were they on, were those people on duty or were they just regular ticked off people that hang out at the state fair that happen to be liberals?

MARK HALPERIN, TIME/MSNBC SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: I think they were as on duty as someone who shows up in a giant chicken costume outside an event.

[Laughter]

You think Fineman, Halperin, and Matthews would be laughing if "on duty" Republicans showed up to protest President Obama?

Yes, that was a rhetorical question.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 2012electionbias; astroturf; democratsonduty; reportingforduty

1 posted on 08/13/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Donks on duty, but never on a job


2 posted on 08/13/2012 5:46:14 PM PDT by reefdiver (Shoeless John Roberts, American Backstabber)
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To: reefdiver

Let them be the freaks they are. It’s a giant turn-off to decent people and hurts Obama’s brand.


3 posted on 08/13/2012 5:49:37 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Kaslin

This strikes me as a rather amazing exchange. Matthews and co. basically admitting that the protesters were “astroturfed” and not sincere Americans sincerely po-ed about the Romney/Ryan campaign? Do you think they are trying to discourage us from coming out to heckle/protest Obama at his appearances?

I hope these dummy dems know if they keep this up we’ll be out in droves to picket their guys. We won’t be rushing the stage or punching them....well, at least not rushing the stage.

That sh*t better not happen again, not to any of the candidates, big O and dumb Joe included.


4 posted on 08/13/2012 5:52:24 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Kaslin

It’s time for the left to occupy Ryan.


5 posted on 08/13/2012 5:52:32 PM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: Kaslin

SEIU punks will be at every RR event. This tactic will backfire much like the Paul Wellstone Memorial-Rally. Exposing the ugly underside of the parasitic left.


6 posted on 08/13/2012 5:53:19 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: txrefugee

These donks are freaked out because they see their election chances fleeting away.


7 posted on 08/13/2012 5:56:59 PM PDT by Rodm
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To: Kaslin

Fight fire with fire when OBUMMER/LIE-DEN come to your area


8 posted on 08/13/2012 5:57:59 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: Kaslin

You think Fineman, Halperin, and Matthews would be laughing if “on duty” Republicans showed up to protest President Obama?
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Obma’s appearances are staged so that no one is allowed to be there to protest. He doesn’t go to open forums.

If he does anywhere near Md. let me know I would like to go there, and tell him a few things.

This only shows the fear of the Democrats, they cannot allow Ryan and Romney to speak,because they make sense.


9 posted on 08/13/2012 5:59:19 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

They should be sure to bring in their pals who are busy vandalizing faciities, blocking entrances and cursing at priests outside of Chick-fil-A.


10 posted on 08/13/2012 6:03:43 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Kaslin

In the political war between the Patriots and the parasites, those bugs will lose.


11 posted on 08/13/2012 6:08:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Kaslin
A scene like that in Iowa doesn't help the Democrats at all. People in Iowa like their politics, you know, polite, and they like it decorous, and they don't like to see something like that. The Democrats are going to have to at the grassroots be careful not to overplay their hand. If they're going to view the Romney/Ryan ticket as somehow extreme, they've got to restrain themselves in their critique of it.

A Code Pink protester was afforded a pass to the GOP convention in 2008 and the woman heckled John McCain DURING his acceptance speech at the convention and the media didn't think it was much of a matter.

What blowback on Democrapweasels? I never hear of it. Even when "taxer" trufers persist in lying about taxes unpaid for 10 years or "insurer" trufers lie about a candidate killing a woman by taking away her insurance...

12 posted on 08/13/2012 6:10:37 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: reefdiver

"REPORTING FOR DOODIE."

13 posted on 08/13/2012 6:18:56 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: Kaslin

I have no doubt they`re just astroturfers. There was an organized group of 30-35 of those fools with their union-printed anti-Ryan signs. They were about as “spontaneous” as that kiss between Al and Tipper Gore in 2000. They were chanting some rehearsed lines at us as we filed out from the rally in Norfolk on Saturday, so we responded with chants of “8.3! 8.3! 8.3!”


14 posted on 08/13/2012 6:24:47 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: txrefugee
It’s a giant turn-off to decent people and hurts Obama’s brand.

It won't turn off people inclined to vote for Obama; like, for instance, Chrissie Matthews.

15 posted on 08/13/2012 6:59:30 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Kaslin


16 posted on 08/13/2012 7:03:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: a fool in paradise

ROFL!!! Now THAT is damn funny!!!

“Reporting for Doodie”

LOLOL!!


17 posted on 08/13/2012 7:07:52 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Venturer
This only shows the fear of the Democrats, they cannot allow Ryan and Romney to speak,because they make sense.

They have to handicap R&R at the debates as well. Apparently only flaming liberals will be serving as "moderators".

I watched the video and thought Ryan handled it quite well. He said, "We're used to this in Wisconsin." I hope he has good security.

Here's a link to the video on YouTube for anyone who missed it:
[Click the pic to go to the video.]

18 posted on 08/13/2012 7:34:10 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Kaslin
Amazing exchange, as Matthews and Fineman both praised Ryan, and Chrissy said he "handled it pretty well". Contrast this to the BuzzFeed Obama drone Zeke Miller, who said Ryan was "rattled" in a ridiculous report earlier.
19 posted on 08/13/2012 7:36:40 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Kaslin

The two pathetic hags could barely clamber onto the stage. Far from being “rattled,” Ryan was instead laughing at them.


20 posted on 08/13/2012 8:00:18 PM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: ScottinVA

Good for you! So long as Ryan doesn’t get injured, their actions hurt Obama, in the same way the shrinking Union thugs and the OWES scoopers. But, things are getting rough enough now that Ryan deserves some muscle lining the front of his platforms loaded for bear.


21 posted on 08/13/2012 8:09:59 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Kaslin

In other words, they were paid for with taxpayer money.


22 posted on 08/13/2012 8:18:22 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: arasina

I’m from Wisconsin and would say that we should welcome protestors like this.

The upper Midwest and probably over to Pennsylvania are filled with hard working family types who for some reason inexplicably have been voting “D” for decades.

But these people do not like seeing protestors like this. One of the reasons Scott Walker and his legislative allies were able to prevail was because we’d have these extremist protestors showing up at every event.

At first the media would present the protestors as some sort of freedom fighters and representative of the extremism of Walker. But Walker never responded to them. He just kept on working. Calm, cool and collected like Ryan today.

Ultimately a number of former D voters started to question why they were voting D because they had nothing in common with these radical protestor nuts.

These type of protests will backfire if they keep them up.


23 posted on 08/13/2012 8:29:38 PM PDT by SteveAustin
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To: montag813

BuzzFeed is a branch of Politico. Both are rags for that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Any report by either of them should be taken with a grain of salt


24 posted on 08/14/2012 3:37:47 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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