I have mountains of respect for Ann Althouse. She’s smart and uses her wit to amuse and not abuse; that’s a talent and a half. I normally agree with her on a number of issues, this is not one of them, from her Instapundit post:
October 3, 2012
AM I THE ONLY ONE OF THE INSTAPUNDIT BLOGGERS AND GUEST-BLOGGERS who loathes the Daily Caller’s exploitation of the 2007 video of Barack Obama stirring up the black churchfolk? I don’t think this is helping Mitt Romney with the swing voters at all. Like last week’s playing and replaying of the Obamaphone lady’s ravings, it repels me from Republicans. I’m a swing voter — I voted for Obama in 2008 and Bush in 2004 — and I am genuinely undecided this year. Those of you who are pleased with these seemingly exciting new weapons to use in the fight to defeat Obama are losing perspective. You are not thinking about how you look to the people you need to convince. Here’s a clue: You look ugly.
Posted by Ann Althouse at 12:31 pm
Before I decided to put up a full blog post, I tweeted this:
Dear Ann Althouse, No but hiding from the daily caller video is even more ugly. pjmedia.com/instapundit/15…
— Lady Liberty 1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) October 3, 2012
I stand by that tweet, but after thinking about it for a bit longer, I got a bit annoyed. Exploitation? Since when is exposing what the media hasn’t covered exploitation? I find this post disappointing.
I’m sorry but, WE look ugly?
Have you seen that video? Read the transcript of those remarks? THEY are ugly. Barack Obama looks ugly. So does the media who didn’t report it at the time. So do the Obama mouthpieces trying to spin it away. The truth is often ugly. Exposing this video for what it is and who is HE is for that matter, is also ugly — but necessary. It is a detail that comprises a bigger picture. That is not to say that I think this should be front and center — Benghazi should be as well as our Freedom Speech in Obama’s America.
Backing up a bit:
“You are not thinking about how you look to the people you need to convince.”
That’s how we lost in 2008. This election is all or nothing. Two paths. Freedom or Occupy. If people haven’t figured that out by now, God help them. Edit: In other words, you can keep the political correctness gag.
Backing up even further:
“I’m a swing voter — I voted for Obama in 2008 and Bush in 2004 — and I am genuinely undecided this year.”
With all due respect, if you are genuinely still undecided this year, then this won’t make any difference. Clearly the Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the stimulus, Obamacare, Occupy and Benghazi haven’t made a difference and neither has the maintained high unemployment, rising food stamp enrollment, rising cost of food and gas that has remained over $3– all of which would have had Democrats rattling their sabers for impeachment by now had these been events that came to pass under a Republican President.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say most people have made up their mind already. Obama’s self-fulfilled his own prophecy.
Update: Glenn Reynolds weighs in. I get what you’re saying, but no.
Update 2: Althouse replies. Missing the point again.
Update 3: Ed Driscoll gets it. Kisses.
Update 4: Althouse has the comment posted on her site. Comment section having a field day. Bill Whittle has one up that includes a mention of the tactics that went on in Wisconsin (and are still going on) that reads:
“I am genuinely undecided this year…”
Really, Ann? I enjoy disagreeing with people I respect, but how you can make a statement like that and retain my respect is something I am going to have to struggle with.
I’m sorry if trumpeting video evidence of the kind of character you voted for in 2008 makes us look “ugly.” Undoubtedly this is because of your moral superiority regarding the race issue, as you referenced with the Obama phone lady.
Conservatives pushed the Obama phone video to show how DEPENDENT Obama’s people are, not how BLACK they are. And the New Orleans video is direct contravention of the “Reverend Who?” speech that suckered you and the other suckers.
Yes, there’s something ugly here all right. And I suspect is it in the mind of someone who is utterly unable to get past race in this country, and see to this man and his supporters for what they are.
After all of the thug tactics in Wisconsin, repeated nationally, and you remain “undecided.” I see. Got it.
Also this one hits some of the notes I did:
Matthew Sablan said…
Frankly, if we can’t convince people to vote in a direction based on recent foreign policy events and the economy, I seriously doubt a speech from years ago will sway people. I doubt anyone is saying: “Well, I thought that 8+% unemployment and F&F thing were OK, but that speech was a bit mean. Totes Romney at the voting booth.”
The video’s a distraction, however fun it is to point out the factual inaccuracies and hypocrisy (like the utter abandonment of red states impacted by natural disasters under Obama.)