I see that some of you are upset that Mitt Romney didn't rebuke a woman who, in an aside while she asked Romney a question, stated that President Obama "should be tried for treason." Here's a clip of the exchange:
For those of you who took this with equanimity, thank you. For those who decided that this was an opportunity to get their shrieking harpy on, listen up:
It's not Mitt Romney's job to defend Barack Obama from every aside that is muttered in his presence or shouted from a crowd.
Look, that whole "the people must be corrected" is a Lefty thing, not Romney's. If you want to harp on the woman for what she said then go ahead. But try to keep at least a little perspective about it, because it's not exactly like she was whipping up a frenzied mob here. She made an over the top comment to someone else, not even as part of the question to Romney. BFD.
And again, just for those of you who are all pissy over this non-story, you know, this is why you are regarded as the Girlfriend from Hell of the political world. Some nobody says the wrong thing and the next thing you know, you go nuclear and the proverbial pots and pans are flying.
I'm sorry, I just can't be with you when you are like this, and you're like this more and more these days. People are starting to laugh at you. Just sayin'.
On a much less tongue-in-cheek note, here's your shoddy reporting of the day from one Philip Rucker, writing at the Washington Post online:
Mitt Romney stood on a factory floor here Monday as a woman asked him what he would do as president to “restore our Constitution in this country.” She asserted that President Obama was operating outside the construction of the nation’s founding document and that “he should be tried for treason.”
Judging by the applause, many in the crowd of about 500 people at a town hall meeting seemed to agree.
That allows the reality-challenged Joseph Cannon to write this:
At a Romney event, a woman demanded that Obama be tried for treason. The audience exploded in applause.
That's utterly false. You can watch the clip above with your own lying eyes, it's right at the beginning. The applause came when the woman said that Obama was "operating outside the structure of our constitution," an argument that is within the bounds of reason given all of the czars, a couple of very questionable recess appointments, and Obamacare itself. Her comment about treason was not greeted with a single cheer, let alone an "explosion of applause."
The charge of treason is inappropriate here and worthy of criticism, but so are falsehoods in the service of demonizing one's political opponents. It's no surprise that Obama's supporters are stooping to the latter as it is a tactic that has been fully embraced by the President himself.
There are many ways we can be uncivil to one another, but one of the most corrosive is to twist and misrepresent what someone says and stands for. When that happens, we are pulled from the arena of competing ideas where everyone is entitled to their opinion into the muck of hand-to-hand personal combat. That's okay to some extent when it's the minions of one side or the other slugging it out, but it is unworthy of anyone who wishes to be called President of the United States.