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Sarah Hoyt

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October 3, 2012 - 11:27 am

I will start with the standard disclaimer that Mitt wasn’t my horse in the primary race.  Not that I was invested very much in any of them. However, Mitt is all we have now.

And my decision to vote for him is simple: he doesn’t hate America.  If you think that Obama doesn’t, you haven’t been awake the last four years.

I think if we stay awake and vigilant and pour TEA into his boots, Mitt still won’t fix everything financially, but he might put us in the road to solvency and he might very well end up being one of our great presidents.

He already is one of our great campaigners.

What?  Gaffes?  Too quiet?  What?

Are all of you completely stupid or do you relish echoing the leftist media?

Yeah, I’ve been reading you around the net, and I keep scratching my head and wondering what world you’re living in.

Let me put it to you in the absolutely clearest way I can: Mitt Romney is running the best campaign anyone could run under the circumstances.

The circumstances are as follows: the media will not report anything he does unless they think it can be used against him.  They’re not in fact reporters, they are, pace Professor Reynolds “Democratic Operatives With Bylines.”

Hence, though Romney and Ryan are crisscrossing the nation, meeting with real citizens, you never hear about it.  The media breathlessly cover Obama’s appearances and no it’s not because he’s president.  They did the same thing in 08.  But Romney and Ryan move in a cone of silence.  The only time that cone of silence is broken is when the media thinks Romney has made a gaffe.  And the fact that most of those are made up tells you he’s an excellent campaigner.

If you haven’t figured out yet that the same media that would publicize a recording taped at a private function because they thought it hurt Mitt, MUST have ringers in every Romney/Ryan crowd taking recordings and MUST have reporters sifting through those to find something “incriminating” then you aren’t thinking.

The fact that with all that they’ve assembled a weak brew of “43%” (which they had to take out of context to make it seem damning) “Libya statement” (which is only a gaffe if you believe that the opposition can never criticize the administration, which must be a new standard for conservatives only) “Windows of airplane don’t open” (an obvious joke and told as such) and “he had them shout Romney/Ryan when they were shouting Ryan” (a captioned video taken from a lefty blogger’s site and disproven by other recordings of the occasion [see Ace of Spades.] the crowd was in fact screaming Romney and Romney – graciously – tried to get them to shout Romney/Ryan.) shows you what a magnificent campaigner Romney is.

He knows given half a chance, the media will demonize him, make him sound like a madman or otherwise make him politically toxic.  And he has given them ALMOST nothing.  Certainly not enough to give him or Ryan the Palin treatment.

So all of you out there suggesting he get angry or he go on the attack – trust the man.  He might seem like he’s silent, but you know, he’s been visiting CO and the number of signs on lawns and the number of bumperstickers is growing.  I never even saw one of McCain in my neighborhood in 08.  (We’d have put one up the last week, but the campaign was out of signs.)  Now the number of Romney signs is probably a little higher than the one of Obama signs.  (Neither are very high, mind.)

And meanwhile the media has nothing to spin, to demonize Romney enough that it will wake up the Dems and get them to the polls.  The fact that they’re targeting women (and telling them to vote like their ladyparts depend on it!  Do we have a ringer in the Obama campaign?  Professor Reynolds, what have you wrought?) with the same old abortion pap means that whatever the – extremely flawed and low-response – polls say, Obama is still trying to secure a base that should have been secure.  Which means the race is very, very close or Mitt is ahead.  (Shameful that in a country with a seeming free press, we should have to read tea leaves.)

And the fact they’re resorting to accusations that Romney has never hugged his garbage-man (Have you hugged your garbage collector today?) means they’re reaching and they’re desperate for anything that will allow them to control the narrative.

Don’t let them control the narrative.

Your job is not to jog the man’s elbow.  Remember that after the debate, when the media will do their best to spin it as Romney saying crazy stuff, while Obama is a rock of sanity NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.

There is no way Romney could behave, there is nothing he could say that would convince the media to declare him the winner, and if you accept the media narrative, you’ll only be conceding defeat.  Roger L. Simon’s article about the media coup d’etat was right.  But he didn’t tell it all.  Before the regime is solidified, there is something ordinary citizens can do.  There is civil disobedience.  I will write more about this in another article today – for now, for NOW I just want you to remember this: Mitt is an amazing campaigner and you will NOT jog his elbow.

 

Because the media is what it is, you’re not getting a true picture of his efforts.  All you’re getting is what the media wants you to see.  Which means you’re trying to back-seat-drive a campaign on insufficient and flawed information.

 

The only time I almost had a fatal crash was when I was driving in a snow storm, at night, with both of my kids – 7 and 3 – in the backseat, and they kept shouting what I should do “go faster,” “go slower”  “watch for that car.”  In those conditions, I needed my whole concentration and their – mostly irrelevant – questions, comments and suggestions made me lose that, so that I almost slid off the mountain road.

When I got the car under control, I stopped and told them, “Not one more peep from you.  Don’t make me come back there.”

I’m now telling all of you “Don’t make me come back there.” (Peep all you want to, but take the war to the other side instead of your own.)

The circular firing squad I’ve been reading at conservative sites “he’s not trying” and “he’s not attacking” and “Reagan was better” (arguably true, but Reagan was an actor and knew how hot to work the camera even in hostile hands) and “I’m going to take my vote and go home” is EXACTLY what the left wants.

If you want to solidify the Media Coup D’Etat, carry on.

If not, shut up and trust the man driving the campaign.

 

 

Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. Hoyt.com or check out her writing and life blog at According to Hoyt.com.
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