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NPR Asks: 'Did the Wheels Just Fall Off the GOP Campaign?' ...
NewsBusters.org ^ | September 22, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 09/22/2012 6:14:18 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Friday's All Things Considered, NPR anchor Robert Siegel wasn't mincing words about wanting the 2012 presidential race to be over after the secret Romney tape surfaced: " What do you make of that shift, E.J.? Is it just a terrible week with several more weeks to go in the campaign or did the wheels just fall off the Republican campaign?"

Dionne temporized a little before saying the speech was "really harmful" to Romney's chances. But he was almost polite compared to "conservative" David Brooks, who dug a grave for Romney, saying he's not a "plausible alternative' to Obama and carries higher unfavorables in polls than losers like Al Gore and John McCain:

E. J. DIONNE: First, that 47 percent speech was really harmful, and there were a lot of conservatives who wrote very powerfully. David, for one, Mike Gerson for another in the Washington Post, Henry Olsen at the American Enterprise Institute; all these people said there is something just terribly wrong about saying that half of Americans are effectively takers and not makers, that they rely on other people...

ROBERT SIEGEL: Think of themselves as victims.

E.J. DIONNE: Yes. And it was just an awful statement. And so, that hurt him, but he's had a whole series of other troubles. And that the swing states have been moving Obama's way for quite a while. These polls simply confirm that. And I think some of it is something that came out at the two conventions, which is in the end, the Republican Party really has moved quite far to the right of where most Americans are, and as more information has gotten out, more Americans realize that. And I think that's a real problem for Mitt Romney.

ROBERT SIEGEL: David, what do you think about that? Is it really an issue of substance or is it terrible messaging and terrible appearances?

DAVID BROOKS: I think it's mostly Romney, frankly. I think the country would like to vote against President Obama if they had a plausible alternative. But Romney is the only candidate in modern political history where his unfavorables are higher than his favorables. John McCain, Al Gore, people who lost, had double-digit advantage in favorable. So people just don't like Romney. And the core problem is he's insincere. It's an insincere campaign. He's a non-ideological person in an ideological age and he's pretending to be something he's not.

Then NPR shifted to how the Democrats are allegedly surging in Senate races. Brooks was even pulling for Heidi Heitkamp's campaign: " I'm looking at North Dakota, which is a surprising Democratic possibility."

Brooks was a little less rough on Romney in his stint on the PBS NewsHour, as they discussed Romney's compassion in his personal life. But he had to repeat the mantra of the Mitt the Fake Ideologue, working in that Romney is a "cartoon" and even looks "stupid" in his impersonation:

BROOKS: He's faking it. I think he's a non-ideological guy running in an ideological age who is pretending to be way more ideological than he really is. And so he talks like he has this cartoon image of how I'm supposed to be talking. And, as a result, it is stupid a lot -- half the time -- not half the time, some of the time. It's an impersonation. And, so, if I were -- knowing it's too late to change who he is running as, but just be the more boring manager you are. He is a competent manager. We thought he was.


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The entire title is: NPR Asks: 'Did the Wheels Just Fall Off the GOP Campaign?' David Brooks Says Yes, Mitt's Worse Than Gore, McCain
1 posted on 09/22/2012 6:14:25 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hmmmmmm, the recent polls do not seem to bear that out. Romney has caught Obama in the latest poll. The trend for the last few weeks has been im Mitts favor. These are just idiots on NPR and don’t deal in facts.


2 posted on 09/22/2012 6:17:04 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Kaslin

An MSM circle jerk crowing that a doctored tape is more significant than a failed economic and foreign policy.


3 posted on 09/22/2012 6:17:47 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Kaslin

“conservative” David Brooks.

Surely you jest.


4 posted on 09/22/2012 6:19:03 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

More crap from NPR.


5 posted on 09/22/2012 6:19:35 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Kaslin

David Brooks — the ideal “conservative” for all Liberal talk occasions.


6 posted on 09/22/2012 6:20:17 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Kaslin
The entire title is actually:

NPR Asks: 'Did the Wheels Just Fall Off the GOP Campaign?' David Brooks Says Yes, Mitt's Worse Than Gore, McCain, and NPR attempts to create a narrative disparaging Republicans with taxpayer money. And that money is paid to them even when NPR is so left of center they think Karl Marx was a right wing nut.

7 posted on 09/22/2012 6:20:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (RAGE MONKEY RULEZ!!!)
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To: Kaslin

NPR huh? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....the place for casual politics and serious Wayne Newton CD’s...give me a break.


8 posted on 09/22/2012 6:20:45 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: Parley Baer

There will be more “Preaching to the Choir” on down the stretch.....nauseating as it is.


9 posted on 09/22/2012 6:21:43 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: AU72

They are killing our ambassadors, the administration is lying about the event and trying to cover up the lack of protection provided to the embassy, and yet Romney had a “bad week”?


10 posted on 09/22/2012 6:22:58 PM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: Kaslin

The lame stream commie medias hysterics are so transparent, it’s laughable.


11 posted on 09/22/2012 6:23:00 PM PDT by nicmarlo (I'll Take the Mormon Over the MORON)
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To: Kaslin
Ten bucks says that,although he's never spoken of it publicly,Brooks gets a “thrill” that's far more “pleasurable” than anything Chrissy's ever experienced.
12 posted on 09/22/2012 6:23:36 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Kaslin

Laugh it up NPR. It may not be long before your gravy train of a congressional budget gift stops rolling in every year.


13 posted on 09/22/2012 6:24:51 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Kaslin

“At NPR, we don’t report the news. We MOLD the news.”


14 posted on 09/22/2012 6:25:01 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Ten bucks says that,although he's never spoken of it publicly,Brooks gets a “thrill” that's far more “pleasurable” than anything Chrissy's ever experienced.

He nearly had an orgasm over Barry's pant crease.

15 posted on 09/22/2012 6:29:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Kaslin
Robert Siegel: Isn't socialism cool and aren't you just bursting out of your skin with excitement that our president might even out Marx Marx?

E. J. Dionne: Obama is just dreamy! Everything about him is sooo wonderful. Just thinking about him makes me lisp even more.

David Brooks: Obama's policies are super but it's his pant crease that still gets me all tingly. No doubt about it, it's not the cut of a man's jib that's important but the creases in his pants.

16 posted on 09/22/2012 6:29:21 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: Kaslin

The wheels fell of the GOP’s campaign sometime around Florida, when the GOP’s last chance, Newt, got taken out by Romney’s and Santorum’s lying ads.

The Romney campaign, on the other hand, may or may not be dead yet.


17 posted on 09/22/2012 6:29:26 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Kaslin

Who are these people fooling besides themselves?

The Eastwood empty chair and the 47% thing HELPED Romney, which is why the left went nuts. Just like how Romney zinging Obama about the Libya massacre really hurt, you know it because the press pans it as a gaffe


18 posted on 09/22/2012 6:30:37 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

If anything, it seems that Obama’s the guy who’s wheels are coming off. The Middle East disaster maybe be one of the final climatic events that brings him down.


19 posted on 09/22/2012 6:30:47 PM PDT by Strk321
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To: Kaslin

The progressives have lost and are trying the old trick of convincing the “too stupid to think for themselves” crowd that the Food Stamp President has already won so they might as well vote for the winner. However, Romney isn’t Mc Cain. They played the tape and Romney came right back with the redistribution tape for Zero. Romney won’t cave in so they are resorting to any trick to try turn the tide.


20 posted on 09/22/2012 6:31:47 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (You can never blame a progressive for a failure .... it's always the fault of someone else.)
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To: Lazamataz

There is zero reason why taxpayers should fund NPR or PBS or Planned Parenthood or any other leftwing group- Even Soros’ Open Society is getting federal grants


21 posted on 09/22/2012 6:32:08 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

If the wheels fell off, then they can’t throw anybody under the bus!


22 posted on 09/22/2012 6:34:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Kaslin

No, NPR, the wheels fall off all day every day. The campaign made of nothing but wheels, and as soon as a wheel falls, another falling wheel takes its place and then falls.

Meanwhile, Obama, who can’t seem to keep his employees alive, has 110% approval of everyone, even space aliens.


23 posted on 09/22/2012 6:36:34 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: GeronL

And there’s no hint that Romney finds this kind of funding the least bit objectionable.


24 posted on 09/22/2012 6:36:41 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Baynative

I doubt even Romney will do away with NPR’s gravy train. Too many people in high places that just love NPR.


25 posted on 09/22/2012 6:37:59 PM PDT by doc1019 (Turn Medina into a glass parking lot and all this crap will stop.)
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To: Huskrrrr
Well...yes, actually, I do jest.

But please, don't call me Shirley!

26 posted on 09/22/2012 6:38:48 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: Kaslin

NPravada.

Who listens to this sh!t?


27 posted on 09/22/2012 6:39:18 PM PDT by Gasshog
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To: jjotto

true


28 posted on 09/22/2012 6:45:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

They may just convince a bunch of Dems that Obama can win without their vote.


29 posted on 09/22/2012 6:47:25 PM PDT by des
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To: Kaslin

Hey NPR - check back on Nov 7


30 posted on 09/22/2012 6:48:40 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
“At NPR, we don’t report the news. We MOLD the news.”

Exactly......just as most of the polls from likeminded hacks are wired with a view to creating public opinion, not reflecting it.

31 posted on 09/22/2012 6:49:15 PM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: Kaslin
Michelle Malkin just outed Eddie Haskell Brooks.
32 posted on 09/22/2012 6:49:23 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Kaslin

NPR has created a fantasy bus with their distorted version of the 47% illegal recording with its mystery gap. No wonder the wheels come off. In The fantasy world of gay riders like David Brooks on the Unicorn Farm, life becomes one crash off the cliff.


33 posted on 09/22/2012 6:51:08 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Kaslin
BROOKS: . . .But Romney is the only candidate in modern political history where his unfavorables are higher than his favorables. . .

From Nate Silver's Five Thrity Eight New York Times blog (2-16-2011)

SILVER: . . .a New York Times poll in October 1992, just weeks before the election, found 33 percent of voters with a favorable view of him (Bill Clinton) but 39 percent unfavorable. Mr. Clinton won despite being a candidate whom voters were slow to develop a liking for. . .

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/what-early-presidential-polls-tell-us/

34 posted on 09/22/2012 6:58:19 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin
The Obama Campaign has been riding on the rims for over three years now, so technically, we can't say the wheels came off their jalopy any time recently.

So why do the 'Rats worry so much about the GOP wheels? The GOP got a brand new vehicle!

35 posted on 09/22/2012 7:01:18 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Kaslin

This calls for a posting of the BS meter.


36 posted on 09/22/2012 7:12:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: stormhill

OK, I was waiting for that one. :0)


37 posted on 09/22/2012 7:15:39 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

That’s right NPR. The wheels are off and the trax are on and we’re “fixin” to bulldoze your azzes off the face of the Earth.


38 posted on 09/22/2012 7:19:55 PM PDT by ImNotLying (Politicians and diapers should be changed often and for the same reason!)
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To: jjotto
And there’s no hint that Romney finds this kind of funding the least bit objectionable.

We had tons of hints about hope and change, and they weren't worth crap.

What you think Romney may or may not do doesn't mean any more than that to me.
I prefer to see what he does.

"It's easy to make promises you can't keep."
Hussein Obama, 2011

39 posted on 09/22/2012 7:20:20 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/09/21/malkin-eddie-haskell-brooks/

Better link.

That was so right-on.


40 posted on 09/22/2012 7:23:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kaslin

NPR = The “Reasonable” Isvestia.

Fodder for the comrades.


41 posted on 09/22/2012 7:28:54 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: Kaslin

From Gallup Poll data.

42 posted on 09/22/2012 7:30:54 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Kaslin

Richard Nixon was run out of office because his administration supposedly lied and covered-up an attempt to sneak a peek at a Democrat paper. The Obama Administration has lied and covered-up to evade their responsibility for the gross incompetence which resulted in the death of four Americans including a United States Ambassador who represented all of us. Which is worse? Ask your Democrat friends. Obama should resign immediately.


43 posted on 09/22/2012 7:51:48 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

I’m glad these commies are overconfident. They’re going to be in a severe state of depression on Nov. 6th.


44 posted on 09/22/2012 8:04:22 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Kaslin

Since they’re in a dead heat, we could just as easily ask why the wheels fell of the Obama campaign. Of course we all know the myriad of reasons for that. Who needs to ask?


45 posted on 09/22/2012 8:23:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: Kaslin

Oooh the secret tape. Its so terrible. We are doomed I tell you. What a crock. If every pollster wasn’t over sampling Dems by 11% Mitt would be winning in a landslide.


46 posted on 09/22/2012 8:25:48 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin
Here it is:


47 posted on 09/22/2012 8:30:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Huskrrrr

David Brooks knows he’s fake conservative. How is it he constantly vote for Democrats and hope they win if he’s really a Conservative


48 posted on 09/22/2012 8:36:04 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Kaslin

Romney’s not a very plausible alternative, until you think about the only other potential winner in the race, who is a godless, anti-American marxist.


49 posted on 09/22/2012 8:46:12 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: jjotto

It would be very unlikely Romney would veto the stopping of that funding if the Congress sent it to him. It would be very unlikely Obama would NOT veto it. It’s doubtful Romney will lead on conservative “pet issues,” but if we can get the Congress to lead on them, he’ll almost certainly follow, unlike Obama.


50 posted on 09/22/2012 8:50:01 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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