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Obama’s “Revenge” Line Freaks Out Conservatives

IT’S EASY to tell whose supporters are the most desperate or nervous, because Republicans have started looking for gaffes where none exist. On Saturday, Romney supporters went after President Obama for a line he used talking to supporters saying that “voting’s the “best revenge” against Mitt Romney and Republicans doing things they didn’t like or want to happen. Fundraising appeals from the right hit my inbox over the horror.

This from Jennifer Rubin, one of Romney’s chief boosters.

That’s the best he can do? “Voting is the best revenge”? And against whom should voters seek “revenge” – other Americans? A candidate who has the support of about half the electorate? It is mind-boggling, really, that this sort of snide, negative motivation is what President Obama has saved up for his final appeal.

Now, Ms. Rubin isn’t dumb, so she obviously thinks her readers are, because it’s very obvious Obama isn’t talking about revenge in the manner she’s professing. Obama’s audience is obviously expressing disapproval of Mitt Romney, so he said don’t boo, vote, “it’s the best revenge.”

Even after the pool report clearly explained Obama was referring to Romney’s behavior, including “scare tactics” in Ohio, to quote Jen Psaki, part of the campaign team, Byron York remained aghast.

“And the message [Obama] was sending is if you don’t like the policies, if you don’t like the plan that Gov. Romney is putting forward, if you think that’s a bad deal for the middle class, then you can go to the voting booth and cast your ballot. It’s nothing more complicated than that.” – Jen Psaki

But John Hinderaker actually called it “Obama’s November Blunder,” complete with this description:

Obama’s blunder isn’t likely to tip the scales with many voters, but in the closing days of the campaign it serves as a useful reminder of Obama’s dark side.

Mitt Romney even made an ad off of it.

It gives you an idea of just how tight this race is coming down to be, even if it’s Obama’s advantage, because Republicans can’t afford to let anything slide, even when it makes them look silly.

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10 Responses to Obama’s “Revenge” Line Freaks Out Conservatives

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter November 4, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    As they say in Phila. F–K em if they can’t take a joke!

  2. DaGoat November 4, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Yes the right is going overboard with false indignation, but the phrase was poorly worded and didn’t make much sense in the context of the speech. If Obama had it to do over again he probably wouldn’t use those words. Is what Obama said a big deal – no and in the big picture this is just more silliness,

  3. TPAZ November 4, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Unforced error.

  4. guyski November 4, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    So what. Let’s be honest here. Fair game for all. Every little thing is amplified by the media and the partisans.

  5. LiberalJoe November 4, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Let them freak out, hell let them grow a third and forth eye in the forehead. in fact shove the quote down their throat or up their @#$, either one is fine with me.

    Amazing, according to Repubs, and often times bought into by the MSM, Dems are not allowed to talk tough or fight-tough #$%^.

    The remark by the Pres was spot on. In fact I think he should keep repeating it to let the right and Repubs know that they can shove it, and motivate the Dem base, because that is what the base has always wanted-Pres Obama to fight.The Repubs in state after state, have done everything they could to suppress the vote. Voting IS the best revenge! Too many people have died to preserve the right to vote and to expand the vote.

    The Pres is saying don’t let the forces of anti-democracy win. Democracy is our heritage, and the vote is sacred.

    • jjamele November 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      What the base wants is assurance that Obama isn’t going to worship at the altar of Austerity and Bipartisanship in his second term. We can’t get that, so I guess tough words concerning “revenge” will have to do. WTF-ever, man.

  6. james richardson November 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Well, love of 53% of the country

  7. jjamele November 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Bah, if Romney called on his audience to exact “revenge” on Tuesday, he’d be getting blasted on MSNBC and liberal sites, and it would be conservatives demanding that we “lighten up.” It was a stupid choice of words, and politics being what they are today, I’m not going to blame anyone for trying to use it against Obama.

  8. sheriji November 5, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    As if taking one line out of context has any influence on the electorate.

    Oh, yeah, that’s right, it does.
    Which is really, really sad.

    We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

  9. unclebia November 6, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    It’s the best form of revenge! Against who? For what? I don’t know about you, but I don’t vote for revenge, I vote for what I believe will result in a BETTER America. I think his assertion says more about HIM than it does about American voters. I think it says he’s an angry man, and his frustration that anyone would oppose him elicits an exclamation of disgust, it was evident in his first debate and was still evident last night in his closing message to the people of America. What do you vote for?

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