Posted on | September 24, 2012 | 25 Comments
By the time you read this, I should be within a couple hours of Lima, Ohio, where Paul Ryan is due for a 2:30 p.m. rally. Right now — as I’m writing this — it’s about 2 a.m. and I’m awaiting my ride while laughing at the latest ridiculousness from Neal Rauhauser:
McCain has never filed for a peace order. McCain has never shown a police report. McCain has only misrepresented his change of address and sudden need for a much higher income as a threat from another victim of the fringe right’s obsession, rather than the inevitable outcome of his indecent behavior. He is defrauding the Tea Party masses with his act, a common tactic for the people he associates with, such as Ali Akbar.
You see? It is absolutely true that I’ve never filed for a peace order, I’m neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in anyone’s lawsuit, and there is no police report — why would there be?
This whole sue-me, sue-you game may be fun for civilians, but I’m a professional journalist and it would be impossible for me to report on a story while simultaneously suing (or pressing criminal charges against) the subject of the story. One of the reasons my location remains undisclosed is to prevent any sort of incident that might involve me in such legal hassles and interfere with my continuing coverage of The Kimberlin Files.
My “indecent behavior … defrauding the Tea Party masses”! These heinous slurs are outright lies fabricated from whole cloth, a classic example of the “accuse the accusers” tactic that Rauhauser and his client Brett Kimberlin have been using for months.
You know the Miranda warning? Well, whenever you’re targeted by the Kimberlin-Rauhauser Axis, everything you say can and will be used against you in their next vicious smear. They accuse, accuse, accuse, expecting their targets to deny, deny, deny — or to explain, explain, explain — so that they can then twist the target’s denials and explanations as “evidence” for their next accusation.
Screw that. I’ve been very careful not to play that game (also not to sue anybody or to file any criminal complaint), leaving them with nothing else to do except recycle old smears. And my “much higher income”? Yeah, armagnac and decolletage!
What I am paid to do is cover the news. These distractions from Rauhauser aren’t going to stop me from earning my pay, and so I’m off to Ohio to cover the Romney-Ryan bus tour, thanks to those who’ve contributed generously to the Shoe Leather Fund: Charles in Georgia, Jackie in Salisbury, William in Dallas, Mike in El Segundo, Jeff in Chesapeake, Jack in Oklahoma, Geoffrey in Washington State, Sean in Connecticut, Richard in Hollywood, Diana in San Francisco, and Jeff in Walla Walla.
Do any of you guys feel “defrauded” by my “indecent behavior”? I think not. And here’s my latest American Spectator column:
The Romney-Ryan campaign kicks off a three-day bus tour through the key swing state of Ohio today. Folks arriving early at the Republican rallies who pay attention to the warm-up music played before the events may hear an old blues-rock tune that has become a staple in the rotation, the first verse of which proclaims, “I was born lonely, down by the riverside. Learned to spin fortune wheels and throw dice.”
“Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” was the title track of Bob Seger’s 1969 debut album. It was incorporated into Mitt Romney’s campaign-rally music back in February when the candidate was fighting a GOP primary battle against rival Rick Santorum in Michigan, home state of both Romney and Seger. No one has ever confused the Republican presidential nominee with the rock singer, but Seger’s lyrics might offer some valuable inspiration to Romney as he rambles across the Buckeye State this week, trying to beat the increasingly long odds in his campaign to defeat Barack Obama.
To listen to some people, in fact, you might get the idea that the campaign is already over. Last week’s Romney “gaffe” — the secret video that was, in fact, recorded in May — was supposedly the fatal blow to the GOP challenger. The liberal media said so, as did certain Republican commentators who were vehemently denounced by Rush Limbaugh. “The glitterati, the intelligentsia, the stars inside the Beltway think Romney lost the election yesterday — they really do,” Limbaugh told his nationwide radio audience Wednesday. “I never met a bunch of quitters like these in my life. I never met a bigger bunch of defeatists! We haven’t even had the debates. It’s not even October yet.”
Indeed not, but the time is getting short. Election Day is six weeks from Tuesday, early voting has already begun in half the states and, after a month of non-stop negativity from the media, Romney needs to recapture the excitement generated by his Aug. 11 announcement of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. . . .
Read the whole thing. Me? Babe, I gotta ramble . . .