Mitt Romney has wound up a successful tour of England, Israel and Poland, but you won’t be able to tell that from the headlines. The media wing of the Obama campaign has done everything possible to distract from the the strong messages Romney delivered in Jerusalem and Warsaw. Today they tried to make a “gaffe” out of the fact that a Romney aide, Rick Gorka, lost his temper and told reporters to “kiss my ass.” Actually, Gorka should be commended for standing up to media bullies. The incident took place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. As Romney was walking to his car, reporters shouted hostile questions:
A CNN reporter shouted: “Governor Romney, are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?”
“Governor Romney, do you have a statement for the Palestinians?” a New York Times reporter asked.
“What about your gaffes?” chimed in a Washington Post writer.
“Governor Romney, do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?” asked the Times journalist.
These aren’t reporters, they are hecklers. After repeatedly asking the reporters to show some respect in light of the solemn venue–the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier–Gorka finally told them to kiss his ass. You can see it here; the reporters’ conduct is disgraceful:
Gorka should be commended for standing up to the Obama campaign’s bullies.
Then we have Cokie Roberts. As you have probably heard, Roberts used taxpayer-supported NPR to impute a racial context to Romney’s inspiring speech about freedom, and free enterprise, in Poland:
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: So today is Poland. Why is he stopping in Poland. What does he hope to accomplish with that?
COKIE ROBERTS: Well, I think part of it was a desire to portray President Obama as something of a wimp, and say he’s abandoned Eastern Europe. But look, you remember well the Reagan Democrats. Those ethnic white voters who had been Democrats for many years; turned out for Ronald Reagan, and have been fairly predictable Republicans since then. Now it’s a smaller percentage of the population — of the voting population — than it used to be, but white voters are still much more Republican than any other group in the electorate. They went for McCain in 2008 by 55%. And I think that getting those ethnic voters excited is really what Romney has in mind here. It’s more for the folks at home — the descendents of the people that he will be speaking to — in Poland.
Sure. Because non-whites couldn’t possibly be interested in freedom or economic growth. Remind me: who is supposed to be the racist here? For liberals, everything seems to be about race, and they seem genuinely unable to comprehend that conservatives don’t care about skin color.
As for the official Obama campaign, its latest effort at distraction involves suggesting, not for the first time, that Romney is a “felon.” Obama’s ad relates to Romney’s tax returns–there’s a highly relevant topic!–and Obama cleverly finds a way to get the words “felon” and “Romney” into the video:
This is what happens when a president’s record is so terrible that he can’t talk about it. The Democrats in Obama’s campaign and in the news media should be ashamed of themselves; but, as we all know, they proved themselves shameless long ago.