Fox's Carl Cameron caught up to Rep. Paul Ryan after his speech in Florida this Saturday morning for some more fawning and another softball interview as we've come to expect from Uncle Rupert's GOP-TV and asked him about whether his lack of foreign policy experience is going to be an issue in the upcoming election. It doesn't seem to me that Ryan gave this a whole lot of thought before answering.
Speaking to Fox News’ Carl Cameron Saturday morning, Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan made the case for why he believes his foreign policy credentials are stronger than President Obama’s, emphasizing that he has been a voting member of Congress longer than the president. Ryan cited his votes in favor of the Iraq War as evidence that he has had more foreign policy experience than Obama.
“I’ve been in Congress for a number of years,” he told Cameron. “That’s more experience than Barack Obama had when he came into office.”
“I voted to send people to war,” he added.
As a congressman, Ryan voted for the 2002 Iraq Resolution which authorized President George W. Bush to use military force in Iraq. He also voted in favor of the Iraq War troop “surge” in 2007.
So voting to send other people's kids off to die in an invasion of a country that was never a threat to us is now foreign policy experience. Who knew?
As always, everything is upside down in Fox-land. From America's News Headquarters Saturday morning, while awaiting Paul Ryan's campaign appearance in Florida, host Doug McKelway and GOP consultant Ron Bonjean were discussing Paul Ryan's plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Apparently Ryan is brilliant because he doesn't want to go after current beneficiaries.
I guess these guys don't think any of those seniors have an iota of concern for their children or grandchildren. They all know full well going after the social safety nets is the third rail of American politics, but they did their best here to carry water for Mittens and Ryan and pretend that this is just going swimmingly well for them so far.
McKelway brought his fellow Fox host, Carl Cameron back on the air with them and Cameron claimed that the George W. Bush tour to privatize Social Security worked out well for him and got them even with Democrats in the polls on the issue.
I'm not sure what alternative universe Cameron is living in, but that's not the way I remember that going down. The more Bush talked, the more unpopular his plan became until Republicans were forced to scrap the idea all together. And in 2006, it was one of the reasons that Democrats won control of the House of Representatives.
I mentioned Ryan wanting to privatize Medicare and Social Security to my Republican father last week and the first words out of his mouth were, "That didn't work out so well for Bush." I guess these guys don't think any of their viewers can remember back to seven years or eight years ago. Not surprising I guess, but usually they're trying to pretend Bush didn't exist. Now they're doing their best to revise history instead.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday lashed out at the notion that he was a "Robin Hood in reverse," calling the president's attack "Obamaloney."
Speaking to supporters in Connecticut on Monday night, President Barack Obama said that Romney would increase taxes on middle class Americans so that he could give the top 2 percent of earners a tax cut.
"It’s like Robin Hood in reverse," Obama charged. "It’s Romney Hood.”
During an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, the GOP candidate fired back.
"We've been watching the president say a lot of things about me and about my policies, and they're just not right," Romney told Fox News' Carl Cameron.
"And if I were to coin a term it would be 'Obamaloney.' He's serving up a dish which is simply in contradiction of the truth, and it relates to everything from how I'm going to help the middle class to tax policy. He's just simply saying things that are not accurate."
An independent analysis released last week by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center determined that Romney's plan to slash tax rates by 20 percent would actually mean that 95 percent of Americans would pay an average of $500 more per year, while millionaires would see a $87,000 cut in their taxes.
Even though the filing deadlines are long past and after we've got stories like this one where Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only two GOP presidential candidates that are going to appear on the Virginia ballot, we've still got Fox's Eric Bolling asking if it's too late for Sarah Palin to jump in the race.
Filling in on this Monday's O'Reilly Factor, Bolling told Fox reporter Carl Cameron that there's still "a lot of talk lately on the Internet" about Sarah Palin and a "grass roots effort to get her somehow some buzz in Iowa." I'm not sure what Bolling meant by "some buzz" but as Cameron explained, it's long past time for anyone who didn't declare yet to jump into the race at this late date.
Maybe we can get them to nominate her at a brokered convention this year. Palin 2012!!
Well, it looks like Sharron Angle’s favorite refuge Fox News can’t manage to do a report on her without exposing just how extreme this woman really is. The network aired a special Sunday night, Fox News Reporting: The Fight to Control Congress and one of the featured races was the Nevada Senate race with Sharron Angle facing off against Harry Reid.
During the segment, Fox's Carl Cameron lays out for their viewers just what Angle's positions are that she's been criticized for.
Cameron: What precisely she’s advocated; phasing out Social Security and Medicare, withdrawing from the United Nations, abolishing the EPA and much of the tax code and banning all abortions. But it’s not just the positions that Angle has taken, it’s how she’s defended them. She suggested that entitlement programs “spoiled our citizenry”, that it may be part of God’s plan that rape victims get pregnant and to some she even seems to sanction armed insurrection, a “Second Amendment remedy” is what she called it, if Harry Reid isn’t beaten at the ballot box.
In what world is talk of "armed insurrection" brought up as though it's just business as usual and not something to put a few exclamation points behind? Good grief. Never mind, I already know the answer to that, in ClusterFox's world where the rhetoric that was formerly reserved for the gas bags on right wing radio is being mainstreamed as normal.
And then later in the segment we get treated to Sharron Angle defending why she's been running from most of the press in Nevada.
Cameron: There was a tremendous amount of discussion about Sharron Angle’s taking the defensive posture.
Angle: We needed to have the press be our friend.
Cameron: Wait a minute! Hold on a second… to be your friend?
Angle: Well truly…
Cameron: It sounds lame…
Angle: Well, no, no, we wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported and when I get on a show and I say send me money to SharronAngle.com, so that your listeners will know that if they want to support me they need to go to SharronAngle.com.
So she explains why about the only place she'll come on is right wing media outlets like Fox but Cameron pretends to be shocked... and she's begging for money on the air again. Wonderful.
One last note on this. Does anyone else think that the interview she and Cameron did could have just as easily been a parody segment on either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? Carl Cameron even has some of the same facial expressions when he's talking to her that we see out of Jason Jones and Stephen Colbert.
Fox is making their own parodies and they don't even realize it.
According to Fox's veteran propagandist reporter Carl Cameron, the rally Sunday with President Obama for Senate candidate Martha Coakley was ill-attended, with plenty of empty seats. That bit of "news" would no doubt surprise the several thousand who could not get in to the full to capacity event. Or the 500 who had to sit in the overflow room.
The line, running around several blocks all the way down Huntington Ave.