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The Best Revenge: Ohio-Bound

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 . . .


25 Responses to “The Best Revenge: Ohio-Bound”

  1. Bob Belvedere
    September 24th, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Good! Glad to see some sucker, er, patriot decided to drive you.

  2. richard mcenroe
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I weigh abut 260. Do I count as a Tea Party mass?

  3. JeffS
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Well, that linkage to and subsequent discussion of the magnificence (or lack thereof) focusing on Alison Pill’s breasts strikes me as being pretty transparent. There’s certainly no doubt about what we were looking at.

    So, “defrauding the masses”? I don’t think so. Even for one of those guys (or gals, to be fair) who are drawn to masses of mammalian magnificence. To whom I say, YMMV.

  4. richard mcenroe
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    Whenever you hear Stacy or any of the commenters here commenting on standards of female beauty, just remember: at least some of them would crawl across broken glass on their bellies for a shot at Meaghan McCain after a few beers.

  5. JeffS
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Beer goggles are acceptable in nearly all of walks of life; ask any college student.

    The morning-after regrets are a different matter, of course.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I am not sure about that Richard, but I have noted that Meghan would do okay trolling for drinks 30 minutes to closing anything short of a gay bar (although she might do okay in a Sapphic joint). As Meghan has been reported to have said (on more than one occasion): “Damn those states that don’t let you stack your drinks!”

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    You’re not in the KIA are you?

  8. Joe_Detweiler
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Did you use that “come-hither” look to get a ride? Shame!

  9. richard mcenroe
    September 24th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Deborah and I had to rent a Chrysler Town and Country while he car was in the shop. Thing had more leg room than my apartment. And it was big enough to give us a fighting chance against a bull elk deer.

  10. Wombat_socho
    September 24th, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I miss the Ford Aerostars. Now THOSE were war wagons!

  11. Dianna Deeley
    September 24th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    I don’t feel defrauded. I’m paying for content, not because I feel sorry for anyone.

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 24th, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Just don’t hit that Texas deer destroying Obama lawn signs: He should get a pardon from Governor Perry!

  13. Dianna Deeley
    September 24th, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    The deer was smirking at the camera! I like him!

  14. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 24th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    OT but good news never the less:
    Looks like Scott Brown teed this one up nicely…Warren Practicing Law without a license? The Democratic Underground is starting to panic And added hypocrisy of Warren representing Travelers Insurance and taking in hundreds of thousands in fees over Massachusetts asbestos victims (most of them union trade workers).

  15. richard mcenroe
    September 24th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Try a Ford Transporter and give the armadillo a fighting chance.

  16. Adjoran
    September 24th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Maybe if the little cretin did some honest work instead web trolling for his prison husband, he could pay some back child support so some could consider him a man and not just a worthless weasel.

  17. Wombat_socho
    September 24th, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    Feh. No way I would have gotten two teenagers, an adult boxer, and associated luggage in one of those wee things.

  18. Charles
    September 24th, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Old Neal is slipping with “Tea Party masses”. That’s supposed to be Tea Party astroturfers.

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  20. gjoubert
    September 24th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    Speaking of Ohio, the cold case murder of Julia Scyphers needs to be solved. I wonder what they’re doing on that.

  21. Bob Belvedere
    September 25th, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    More like that ‘come-Speedo’ look.

  22. SDN
    September 25th, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    There’s an image I could have gone the rest of my life without….. Stacey McCain out on the roadside flashing “leg” like some ’30s movie starlet….

  23. SDN
    September 25th, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Dan Collins couldn’t be reached for comment…. 😉

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