The phony gap between our two leading candidates continued to narrow this week, with the President beating Mitt by a 27.2-to-1 margin. (As opposed to last week, where the ratio was 27.5-to-1.)
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So what went down in Phonytown this week?
Charles Krauthammer's headline: "The
Buffett rule is another phony Obama free lunch". (Note: a lot of
folks have been misspelling this as the "Buffet Rule". Maybe this is a
freudian-slip revealing their
hopes that the free lunch will be a buffet.)
Anyway, Dr. K makes a point we've mentioned before, but is worth repeating:
OK. Let's do the math. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates this new tax would yield between $4 billion and $5 billion a year. If we collect the Buffett tax for the next 250 years -- a span longer than the life of this republic -- it would not cover the Obama deficit for 2011 alone.
As an approach to our mountain of debt, the Buffett rule is a farce. And yet Obama repeated the ridiculous claim again last week. "It will help us close our deficit." Does he really think we're that stupid?
Krauthammer may mean that last bit as a rhetorical question, but… yes, I'm pretty sure President Obama does think we're that stupid. (I sure seem to use Herman Cain's spot-on book image a lot here, but, here I go again.)
Maureen Dowd got her snark on in her
New York Times op-ed column: "Phony
Mommy Wars". She officially found a way to disapprove of
Ann Romney's reaction to Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen's
on-air remark that Mrs. Romney "never worked a day in her life."
But at a fund-raiser at a private home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday, the night before her 63rd birthday, Ann made it clear that she wasn't really aggrieved. She was feigning aggrievement to milk the moment.Ms. Dowd finding phoniness in a political campaign. How insightful!
"It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it," a gleeful Ann told the backyard full of Florida fat cats, sounding "like a political tactician," as Garrett Haake, the NBC reporter on the scene, put it.
It's important when you act the martyr not to overplay your hand. If you admit out loud to a bunch of people -- including Haake, who was on the sidewalk enterprisingly eavesdropping -- that you're just pretending to be offended, you risk looking phony, like your husband.
Gosh, I'm pretty sure an "enterprisingly eavesdropping" reporter could have found some partisan glee in Democratic ranks over what Rush said about Sandra Fluke a few weeks back. You remember: that was back before the "war on women" wasn't phony.
Impress me, Maureen, and open up your other eye.
Speaking of phony outrage, a Mr. Tommy Christopher examined
banner at a Romney campaign event that stated: "OBAMA ISN'T WORKING".
Gosh, Tommy wondered. What could that possibly mean? He rooted around
in his subconcious and…
The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.A belated add-on to Tommy's post revealed that this slogan has been part of the Romney campaign for nearly a year. From a campaign-site post dated July 24, 2011:
… is actually a nod toward this slogan from Margaret Thatcher's 1978 campaign:
Tommy, however, didn't back off his charge. Because, you see, the first thing he thinks of when he sees "isn't working" is "lazy black men."