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Campaign war rooms amp up, call each other liars

CNN’s David Frum is watching every press conference in the ongoing character assassination campaign:

And it was that “win the hour” mentality that got the Romney campaign into much more serious trouble when the Obama campaign launched a big push on Romney’s business record the next day.

Thursday morning, the Obama campaign released a tough ad attacking the record of downsizing and outsourcing at Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital.

The Romney campaign reacted with outrage. That same day, it announced a multimillion-dollar purchase of airtime for an ad that bluntly accused President Obama of lying.

In support of the ad, Romney’s team argued that he had left Bain Capital in February 1999; the incidents alluded to by the Obama campaign all occurred after that date and had nothing to do with Romney.

Wham. The first attack on Romney had been a jab, dropping Romney’s guard against the haymaker: On Friday, the Obama team counter-charged that it was Romney who was lying in his ads or who had committed a felony, lying on 140 official forms that he signed as CEO and sole shareholder of Bain between 1999 and 2002.

[...] Romney’s core problem is this: He heads a party that must win two-thirds of the white working-class vote in presidential elections to compensate for its weakness in almost every demographic category. The white working class is the most pessimistic and alienated group in the electorate, and it especially fears and dislikes the kind of financial methods that gained Romney his fortune.

Romney has a strong potential defense: Bain was in the business of making companies more efficient and profitable. Downsizing and outsourcing were necessary — and often indispensable — means to that end… However, it’s not an argument that appeals much to the voters Romney most intensely needs to win. Hence his unleashing of the war room — but in the end, there’s only so much a war room can do. And this time, by trying to do too much, the Romney war room may have blasted its own side with lethal friendly fire.

It’s hard to find voters that identify with either candidate at this point in what has been an overwhelmingly negative game of “hate-monger your opponent”.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is conducting aggressive maneuvers against Iran with not a peep from either candidate (even Bush would have been politically smart enough to rub something like this in Kerry’s face by now).

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This political ad is just eight words long

Translation: The gauntlet is thrown down.

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Gary Johnson hits $1M Vegas jackpot

An unnamed donor had it announced on his behalf that a million dollars will be donated to a yet unnamed SuperPAC the Freedom and Liberty PAC. Strangely, the windfall news broke at a Wayne Allyn Root poolside dinner:

Judge Jim Gray, at the Gary Johnson fundraiser held at former VP Nominee and current LNC member Wayne Allyn Root’s home, before a crowd of about 80 donors gathered around the outdoor pool on an unusually cool and humid Las Vegas evening, announced that a generous Libertarian supporter had recently donated $1,000,000 to a super pac supporting the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign to “keep us going.”

[...] Prior to Judge Gray’s announcement the Root family hosted a perfectly executed dinner party in their spacious Henderson NV home. BBQ Ribs, alcohol, fine desserts and all the extras flowed abundantly. LNC member Brett Pojunis introduced the first speaker who related a story of fishing in Alaska with a friend who was so (either fatigued, or inspired by) hearing stories about Gary Johnson that he eventually donated $2,500.00. Wayne was next, mentioning that he had never been fishing, but in what may have been his most adamant and passionate endorsement of the Johnson/Gray campaign urged everyone present to “give till it hurts” and to support the campaign because “while the Democrats are driving over the cliff at 180 mph, the Republicans are driving at that same cliff at 120 mph” and “we’re heading over the cliff either way” and “we can’t let that happen.” Wayne urged everyone present to support Gary Johnson.

[...] Brett then thanked everyone for coming. Wayne reminded everyone that this is Las Vegas, and there were “really people with baseball bats” and again asked everyone present to support the campaign. He also introduced a professional photographer who was present to take photos of anyone who wanted one with the Governor, Judge or anyone else.

In this reporter’s experience the event was perfectly executed, very well attended and an apparent unqualified success. The crowd seemed energized and was reluctant to leave. Several small buses were used to transport attendees from Freedom Fest to Wayne’s home and back. The bus ride back was, at least for the bus this reporter was on, highly energized with expressions of gratitude to the Roots, the million dollar donor and for the very real possibility that Gary Johnson and Judge Gray could actually be in the debates.

I doubt it’s mere coincidence to announce this kind of thing with scant details of where the money is going — at Root’s home (who’s basically endorsed Romney on multiple online comments) — so it’s probably best that Johnson’s business and political experience has prepared him to swim with party sharks.

And that baseball bats joke? Yeesh, we’re not the mafia, guys. We’re the ones who fight to end rackets of power-drunk republicans and democrats. But apparently politics is politics so Libertarian Party lordship rings are smartly being kissed in the process.

A just 9% peak polling and a stagnant economy wearing down small donors, Gary Johnson’s campaign desperately needed the financial support. More than that, Johnson’s team couldn’t hurt themselves by scouting out some Vegas-experienced publicists (even the ones with sharpened teeth). It’s no doubt he’ll have a lot to smile about this week.

Update: The name of the SuperPAC has been confirmed as the Freedom and Liberty PAC, a Johnson-specific PAC which had one other donation of $100K on June 28th.

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Sign of the times: Ohio man gives Barry the bird


[photo credit: Chronicle Telegram]

The Libertarian Party of Ohio is was hilariously treading out there by posting this on their facebook wall (see update). With the context and the great framing, I am certain this man’s symbolic discontent will ultimately haunt us over and over.

Taken by Bruce Bishop at the Chronicle Telegram during president Barack Obama’s July 5th visit to Amherst, the newspaper for some reason decided not to post it in their own website’s photo gallery of the visit. The photo — which was apparently only posted to facebook and now technically now belongs to them as well — had the following caption:

What do you think of this picture Bruce snapped yesterday? Clearly not everyone was happy with the president coming through Lorain County.

This Elyria man said that “I’m not against Republicans or Democrats, I don’t like any of them.” When the President’s motorcade made the short jaunt through Elyria he raised both arms over his head and gave the presidential bus the finger.

This is one time where I’d ask Barry to autograph something.

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Marty Readling for the heads up, Hammer of Truth brings you news that the LPO decided to pull the photo.

According to the page’s account holder, it was removed after “a string of vulgar comments” was posted in the comments.

They added, “It was a very popular image to share all well as opened people up to a bunch of comments. I didn’t do it for publicity per se. It was a provoking image to stimulate thought and discussion. Unfortunately it allowed a forum for nasty comments. Sometimes it’s best to just move on.”

Why they couldn’t just remove those comments is beyond me, but I’ve included the original photo they posted below to show that there was a major difference between the unedited version we posted on Hammer of Truth and what the LPO put out there.

A word of advice to the LPO: when it comes to getting egg on your face, you can’t delete shit on the internet — especially this clumsily — without having said shit end up all over you in the process. What started as a somewhat cool, hip move on the LPO’s part now leaves us wondering what kind of vulgarity necessitated the entire facebook photo’s removal.

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Gov. Gary Johnson opposes Supreme Court ruling on health care

{reprinted from the Gary Johnson campaign blog}

GOV. GARY JOHNSON CALLS SCOTUS HEALTH CARE RULING AN “INCREDIBLE BLOW TO BEDROCK PRINCIPLES”

June 28 2012, Santa Fe, NM – Libertarian presidential nominee and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s health care ruling:

“It has been clear for a while that we need a new President and a new Congress. Now it appears we need a new Supreme Court.

“Whether the Court chooses to call the individual mandate a tax or anything else, allowing it to stand is a truly disturbing decision. The idea that government can require an individual to buy something simply because that individual exists and breathes in America is an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty. It must be repealed, and Congress needs to get about doing so today.

“There is one thing we know about health care. Government cannot create a system that will reduce costs while increasing access. Only competition and the price transparency that competition will bring can accomplish the imperatives of affordability and availability. Whether it is the President’s plan or the Republican prescription drug benefit, the idea that anyone in Washington can somehow manage one of the most essential and substantial parts of both our quality of life and the economy is, and always has been, fundamentally wrong.

“We can never know how many Americans are out of work today because of the uncertainty the monstrous health care law has caused. The Court has done nothing to remove that burden.

“Nothing about today’s decision changes the basic reality that it is impossible to eliminate deficit spending and remove the smothering consequences of federal debt without dramatically reducing the costs of Medicare and Medicaid. And neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have given the slightest hint of willingness to do so.”

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Gary Johnson anti-bipartisan ad has subliminal message

Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson’s campaign have now twice — and we expect more — inserted subliminal statements into a lightning strike b-roll of DC’s Washington monument. Previously, the words “1776 KICKS 1984′s ASS” were blipped by, but now this time Johnson’s message is that he’s taking no duff from the other major parties on the “wasted vote” syndrome invoked every four years against third party contenders.

In the video, Johnson tells voters, “For those of you worried I’ll take votes away from the Democrat and to those of you worried I’ll take votes away from he Republican, I say good.”

“They deserve to lose your vote. Take as many votes as possible away from the people in both parties keeping us in a state of perpetual war, increasing unsustainable debt, record joblessness, and a bipartisan economic death wish ruining America for 330,000,000 of us.” That’s some pretty powerful rhetoric.

Added to the end of the latest one, “Obamney is the new Bradgelina.” I of course deduct points for getting it wrong, but it’s a great pop culture shot across the bow of The Obamney: Failboat 2012.

More, please!

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Rand Paul’s Romney endorsement

It’s, how shall we say…

It’s going over like a hot turd in the punch bowl.

Here’s a compilation of shit people on the internet are saying, with the Ron Paul campaign issuing one, two, three separate blog posts on our rootin’ tootin’ internet tubes trying their best to tell everyone the punch is still fine. There’s more smatterings of Rand Paul in other releases.

Their blog’s main page tell the story well enough as a visual:

Of course with clockwork predictability, an angry internet mob has formed and are now dropping additional turds in the punchbowl as they switch parties to the official Gary Johnson individual served libertarian weed and snacks party (The GOP could be stomping on Obama’s nuts over the war on freedom, but everyone high in the ranks of party life is too much of a professionalism pussy to acknowledge these wars are over when We the people say they are, but I digress). You fuckers still over at that popped collar debauchery lovin’ GOP party can quote me on that.

The punch is of course the GOP party, and the turd is… well let’s say replacing the turds isn’t what’s going to get this country out of it’s corporate überhomeland mode super wartime fun games xbox financial meltdown any time soon. The technocrats already have their starbucks residential compounds built in plain sight. It’s called La Jolla.

Okay, enough of my shit, on with the turd fiesta a bunch of other people plopped. see more…

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Politicians Say the Darnedest Things

Politicians and bureaucrats are known for sticking their foot in their mouth and for simply making outlandish remarks. Rarely do so many instances happen in such a short period of time.

Early last week, it was revealed that the Bureau of Labor Statistics states a green job is either: a business that produces goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or a job in which a worker’s duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. This broad definition includes bus driver, bicycle-shop clerk and other unexpected lines of employment such as thrift store employee. Rep. Darrell Issa said the Labor Department “has jeopardized the integrity of employment data in some cases for clearly political reasons.” As if the Labor Department would manipulate employment data for any other reason!

President Obama caused a little bit of controversy during an LGBT event when he said Ellen DeGenerese “accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in push-ups – but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down.” After an extended pause, Obama continued, “That’s what I heard. I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in push-ups as well.”

A day later, Obama actually told the truth, yet wrapped it in a lie. “We’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months. The private sector is doing fine,” said Obama. “Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility of the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.”

The truth of that statement being, “Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.” However it was wrapped in a lie that the private sector is doing fine and the implication that more government spending can fix the weaknesses caused by state and local government. Huffington Post reports, “Since Obama took office, about 607,000 fewer people work in the public sector. State and local governments, unlike the federal government, generally have to balance their budgets, and with fewer revenues, spending cuts have forced layoffs.”

Yet, the most unusual thing said recently came not from a congressman, but from thousands of libertarian-leaning voters who claim Senator Rand Paul “betrayed” them by endorsing Romney. I would disagree.

I never expected much from Rand Paul mainly because Rand Paul is a Republican and has done everything in his power to distance himself from libertarians. Additionally to claim that Rand Paul betrayed a person or group implies that he owed allegiance to that person or group. Rand Paul is first and foremost a Republican, and that party is where his allegiance lies; not with a group of voters who hoped he would act like his father. Arvin Vohra writes, Rand Paul’s “choice was to swal­low a dis­gust­ing pill and live to fight another day, or end his polit­i­cal career in the Repub­li­can Party.” It is for that reason that I could never join or affiliate myself with the GOP (or the Democratic Party either, for that matter). I would encourage more people to leave the two major parties, as both parties support theft, war and destruction of rights.

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Gary Johnson ad: “Be Libertarian with me” one election

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson released a very well done web ad this week which has a distinctly Anonymous influence in its delivery and content, minus the usual voice synthesis. In the ad, he implores everyone with a pair of eyes smart enough to see the craptastic view of America as it is today to switch from the two major parties, but for just one election. And if it doesn’t work out, phooey on all of it you can have your tyranny back.

Here’s a transcript of the megaphone driven audio:

My name is Gary Johnson. Today I reach out to you: members of all political parties.

I reach out to everyone with a vote and an axe to grind.

From the Tea Party to the Constitution Party, Green and Libertarian Parties: I call out to all of you. Including the disaffected and disillusioned among the Republicans and Democrats.

Today, there’s a handful of people in Washington ruining America for three hundred and thirty million of us. They’ve kept our nation in a state of perpetual war; and increasing, unsustainable debt. This small group has presided over the elimination of our Bill of Rights, and the systematic dismantling of our freedoms guaranteed us under our constitution.

It is them we should be fighting, not each other. We the people will never agree on the small things, but let’s agree on the big things.

Our leaders have blown it. if we don’t get control of this ship together, and fix it together, we all go down with it together. see more…

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Jack Hunter (Ron Paul spokesman) calls out “media incompetence”

When I write, I usually start from this basis of incompetence and work with my massive (enthusiasm) I have from there, so I love this guy for telling it like it is from the campaign podium:

A lot of people seemed to like my statement from Monday’s video about media incompetence: That the mainstream media understands how to cover a conventional campaign, a horserace if you will, but does not understand how to cover a movement.

This is painfully true. Seriously, what other campaign that is supposedly “over” according to the MSM, is still fighting to win delegates, state-by-state and will have a massive presence—and voice, and message, and influence—at the national convention? Ron Paul is speaking at Minnesota’s GOP convention Friday. He will be at others. Is Rick Santorum speaking at any upcoming Republican state conventions? Is team Newt Gingrich fighting for delegates in caucus states? Has the Tim Pawlenty Revolution continued to take the nation by storm?

And has Santorum, Gingrich, Pawlenty or any other Republican candidate—including Mitt Romney—inspired their supporters from all over the country to travel thousands of miles to work feverishly in support of similar-minded candidates?

No. Hell no.

The supporters I met yesterday—20, 21 years old maybe? 18-19 perhaps?—were all part of a movement that is just getting started. They realize this too. It’s in their gut. It’s in all our guts. This remains true no matter how stupid or incompetent the MSM might be in understanding it.

The money bomb being referenced in this call for donations is the “Stand For Liberty” Moneybomb which has raised more than a quarter million as of 3:20PM EDT.

If Hunter wants a dose of telling it like it is right back at him, I’ll say the “mainstream media” or MSM isn’t as much incompetent as it is cynical about real change. To the cynical intellectuals in their ivory towers, the end game has always been: if Ron Paul can’t be bought off, he can’t be president.

UPDATE: I’ll add that I’ve read and appreciate their delegate strategy announcement.

1) Having recently WON Maine, we believe we can win several more states.
2) We will win party leadership positions at both the state and national levels.
3) We will continue to grow our already substantial total of delegates.

We will head to Tampa with a solid group of delegates. Several hundred will be bound to Dr. Paul, and several hundred more, although bound to Governor Romney or other candidates, will be Ron Paul supporters.

Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination. Governor Romney is now within 200 delegates of securing the party’s nod. However, our delegates can still make a major impact at the National Convention and beyond.

Best case scenario: Ron Paul endorsing Gary Johnson in a rousing speech, then flips the bird at Romney while explaining how his foreign policy ideas would make the stockholders of Fascist American Professionals, LLC proud to continue investing in the military and police state at the expense of tea party loathing taxes and more lost liberty.

UPDATE II: 24 hours later and the tally stands at $626K for the Ron Paul moneybomb/fundraiser. At least we’re getting a glimpse of one of the relatively few candidates who can wind down a campaign with grace, and not mired in debt.

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Ron Paul pivots campaign, continues delegate hunt

In a surprise move today, Ron Paul’s presidential campaign has announced they will no longer be spending money campaigning in upcoming primary states, but will remain on the ballot. Instead the campaign is concentrating efforts on adding to their delegate tally and adamantly deny they are suspending anything.

Ron Paul’s campaign remains tight lipped about the strategy shift, only saying that more details would be released in the coming days. Many states have sent majorities for Ron Paul after his supporters showed incredible organizational prowess to show up en masse for local conventions and party meetings.

A current count of delegates from Wikipedia’s 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries page shows Ron Paul with 126 delegates, trailing Mitt Romney’s 788 delegates. A difference of 662.

Prior to the 2012 presidential campaign, Paul and his libertarian strategy people had been working diligently to erect twin organizations Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty, which have paid off well as campus campaign rallies have dwarfed even Obama.

It appears that Mitt Romney will ultimately secure the Republican nomination after the confederacy of media dunces successfully conspired against Paul’s message of ending the Federal Reserve and reversing America’s aggressively interventionist foreign policy. Yet as the presidential front comes to a bitter end for Paul’s acolytes, we’re in for a new kind of ride as the campaign has other tricks up its sleeves with an under-documented ability to influence upcoming local and national elections.

Because of his tenacity and obvious support strength, Ron Paul has also undoubtedly earned a speaking spot at the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Florida at the end of August. Probably some stuff about holding Romney’s feet to the fire as the GOP faithful get a good dose of reality about how little tolerance the people have left for big bad government from either party. But I get ahead of myself.

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign may be doing the lowered expectations dance because Romney has clenched the nomination (somewhat) fair and square — but don’t be surprised if the whole “revolution” thing uses this as an opportunity to shift their focus to more winnable fronts. Now comes the re-trenching in order to grow their organization into a libertarian movement to actually be reckoned with at the presidential representation level… but probably not until 2016.

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Newt Gingrich officially suspends campaign, not citizenship

Newt Gingrich finally caved in and held his long-awaited press conference to announce that he was exiting the race — leaving only Ron Paul and Mitt Romney to slug it out in a fierce delegate fight for the eventual GOP nomination.

In an oddly worded statement, Gingrich said “today, I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship.” Like I said, odd.

He has still not openly endorsed Mitt Romney in what has been the slowest dance for a never-going-to-happen shot at vice presidential pick. His campaign manager hinted that it would be forthcoming so it’s probably a matter of teasing. With third wife Callista at his side smiling, Gingrich told reporters the “truly wild ride” was over.

In part of his exit speech, Gingrich laid out his plans for the future — promising yet again he would eventually be getting back around to that lunar colony idea — but apparently not until his grandkids are old enough to rule over them:

“I’m cheerfully going to take back up the issue of space,” he added, referring to his much-mocked proposal to build a lunar colony by the end of his second term — which he explained that his wife repeatedly told him was not his best moment during the campaign. “This is not a trivial area.”

He insisted that while he is “not totally certain” he will get to the moon colony, he believes that his grandchildren Maggie and Robert, on stage with him today, would.

He failed to mention how he plans to fund or build a lunar colony with a looming campaign debt of $4.3 million.

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South Park promoting Ron Paul?

Word has it the Ron Paul campaign will get a nice sized shot of publicity in the arm from South Park’s long-time libertarian creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (check out HoT’s almost creepy love for them). Here’s an early sneak peak of Ron Paul in cartoon form that was floating around with the rumor (which looks legit):

We’ve also heard Rick Santorum makes an appearance in the episode called “Faith Hilling“. I’m guessing that has something to do with faith healing as a story told by the troupe of fourth graders, in the most tongue in butthole cheek manner possible. see more…

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Ron Paul won’t accept Secret Service, calls it “welfare”

Ron Paul was on Jay Leno Tuesday night where he explained that while he would gladly accept the nickname “bulldog” as his secret service designation, he does not need the Secret Service providing security on the campaign trail because of the cost, which he estimates at $50K per day per candidate. Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have all accepted the protection, and Barack Obama also enjoys his own contingent of praetorian guards. It’s clear from Paul’s statements he will be making an issue of the raw cost of the security state in as many ways as possible in his quixotic campaign.

Paul also revealed he’s not all that concerned with his last place standing in the GOP delegate race, saying that a brokered convention could swing his way on a second ballot because “the second go-around, they can go with their conscience,” he said, “then, I believe, we’ll get a lot of the votes.” We’ll see.

Ron Paul fans may remember a few months ago when Saturday Night Live was spoofing all the GOP presidential hopefuls, they showed a fake Paul in a parking garage being abducted into a van, but moments later emerging victorious dusting off his hands after gunshots are seen and heard fired.

We’re pretty sure it would look something like that if anyone messed with Paul.

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Boston Tea Party drops Tiffany Briscoe, nominates “none of the above” for presidential endorsement

The Boston Tea Party might be a small party, but that doesn’t mean they’re standing idly by for a candidate who “misrepresented” her qualifications. Party chair Darryl Perry originally announced Tiffany Briscoe’s long shot presidential campaign back in December, and since then Briscoe has been at the center of a storm of scrutiny over her resume.

In the resume, she claimed to be “part of the Board of Trustees of the Howard Community College.” Inquiring minds soon discovered this was an honorary title and that Briscoe was not formally part of the Board of Trustees in any meaningful way.

Briscoe soon retracted the claim, saying, “This is like a honorary title, if you want. I receive no pay, I get no voting rights, nor do I attend most meetings. But I do receive a newsletter, have a parking space, and get occasional e-mails on this address provided by HCC. It’s no big thing, as you can see. And I will proceed to the removal of this from my website since it is causing so much ‘controversy’”. see more…

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