MSNBC: ‘Chicago = racism’

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It’s been a rough week for the left. Romney’s poll numbers are growing, there are no skeletons in his closet, and his running mate is destroying their rhetoric on Medicare (not to mention he has women across the country swooning over him).

“They’re freaked,” Glenn said on radio this morning.

Even Michael Moore has come out and said that Americans better get used to saying “President Romney.”

Hopefully no one has told the MSNBC lineup about Moore’s comment, because after their state of mind last night, they might completely lose it. Their “analysis” of last night’s events at the RNC can only be described as completely separated from reality.

Here’s Chris Matthews:

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“Is this constant barrage of assault – saying the guy is basically playing an old game of demagoguery politics where you take the money from the worker bees and give it to the poor people to buy votes. That’s basically what they’re charging him with. All big style, big city machine from 50 years ago.”

…so they’re accusing Mitt Romney of saying President Obama is redistributing the wealth. And somehow that’s shocking?

“You have the President on record saying rich people they don’t pay their fair share,” Glenn said. “I don’t want you to hurt you. If we redistribute the wealth it’s a good thing.”

But it get’s worse.

“He keeps saying Chicago, by the way. Have you noticed? It sends that message that this guys helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us.”

Really, Chris?

“Is that really what we think of when we hear Chicago?” Glenn asked. “That’s not what I think of.”

Gangster politics is what most sane people think of when they hear the word Chicago in a political sense, Glenn noted.

If Chris Matthews is going to accuse Romney of conspiratorial code language, he could at least get it right.

“Here’s the smear,” Glenn started. “This is a corrupt, union, mob boss administration. Corrupt. Dead people voting, political machine, out of Chicago.”

So now conservatives can’t say the word Chicago without being accused of racism? Seriously? Mentioning the city that the president is from is too “extreme” for Chris Matthews?

“Really? Because there’s more white people than black people in Chicago…” Stu pointed out.

If anything, it says something about the man making the accusation, to be able to turn the use of a city into a racial overtone.

“If they could get ride of the crazy progressive politics, Chicago would be great,” Glenn said. “It really is one of the greatest cities in America. It’s completely corrupt, but it’s a great city.”

But now you can’t talk about it… unless you’re a progressive.

“This is the good news. The good news is not a sane person on the planet that’s watching them and saying ‘yep, they’re right on that one,'” Glenn joked.

Earlier in the radio show, Glenn pointed out that MSNBC and their ridiculous smears are becoming a comedy show. This one just one of MANY examples from their coverage last night on the RNC of them “seeing racism” within completely unrelated remarked.

“They think everything is about them,” Glenn described.

That’s why they have the ability to take every comment from the mouth of someone who disagrees with their political ideology and turn it into a personal attack is nothing short of narcissism.

Sorry MSNBC, but it’s not all about you.

“The country’s bigger than you, the presidency is bigger than you, the mood shot is bigger than you,” Glenn said.

“It’s like we have no history outside of the last four years. Their narcissism is crazy out-of-control.”

Just for laughs, here is another examples of MSNBC’s post-RNC “analysis”

Ed Shultz sees birtherism…:

It was great to see Clint Eastwood…BUT…

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The big surprise speaker last night at the RNC was Clint Eastwood. The huge Hollywood icon took to the stage to a standing ovation, but then things took an unexpected turn. Eastwood brought out an empty chair and ‘interviewed’ Barack Obama. Was he able to pull it off? Glenn, Pat, and Stu break down his remarks in the clip above.

Watch his speech below:

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Look how far we’ve come: Glenn’s unexpected, emotional response to another ‘barrier’ broken

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Glenn didn’t see this one coming. Last night his son climbed into bed as he watched Mitt Romney deliver his acceptance speech to the delegates at the RNC he suddenly teared up – the gravity of the moment hit Glenn. America is such an amazing country and here is yet another example why – Glenn explains in today’s radio show!

Did Romney’s speech seal the deal?

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Romney’s speech last night wasn’t the most electric, entertaining, or engaging political speech ever given. It may not have been the most quotable or memorable speech of all time – but it did demonstrate that Mitt Romney has a fundamental understanding of the things that make America great and the solutions that can restore America’s greatness after four years of fundamental transformation and decades of progressivism.

There were three key lines in Mitt Romney’s speech that Glenn wanted listeners to hear.

First, there was the section where he talked about his parents and how they were partners:

Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

Then there was a section where he talked about how he left Michigan to try and make a name for himself outside of his father’s shadow. And while those were tough times trying to raise a family while working long hours everyday, Mitt Romney said he and his wife would give anything to have days like that with family again:

I grew up in Detroit in love with cars and wanted to be a car guy, like my dad. But by the time I was out of school, I realized that I had to go out on my own, that if I stayed around Michigan in the same business, I’d never really know if I was getting a break because of my dad. I wanted to go someplace new and prove myself.

Those weren’t the easiest of days – too many long hours and weekends working, five young sons who seemed to have this need to re-enact a different world war every night. But if you ask Ann and I what we’d give, to break up just one more fight between the boys, or wake up in the morning and discover a pile of kids asleep in our room. Well, every mom and dad knows the answer to that.

And finally there was this comment, the first part of which sounded like a joke but in the speech he ended on a much more casual and earnest tone:

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.

Glenn explained that in the speech, Romney is showing a stark contrast between himself and President Obama. While Obama has promised to heal the Earth, among other impossibly huge promises, Romney just wants to help your family.

“People are going to promise you all kinds of things.  We have been living in a world – and this is not just about Barack Obama I’m using him as an example. This is the way that the entire world is.  Greek columns and smoke and lights and loud music and fireworks.  They’re going to promise you everything and they’re going to tell you that all of these lights and fireworks happen.  Wait until you see the fireworks and lights,” Glenn explained.

“‘I’m telling you it’s not about the fireworks.  I’m telling you that only in the end will you see that the marching bands and the fireworks were there.  Even though you might say I didn’t see.  Where was it? It’s when the kids came running in and jumped on the bed.  It happens every single day in small but powerfully significant ways.”

Glenn said that Romney was telling the American people that he understands a good partnership and the importance of family. And while Obama may promise to heal the world, Romney knows that what really matters are the small moments that happen between individuals everyday. Romney’s promise is to just make life a little easier for families, and he wants to help because he knows how important those relationships are. The real solutions to restoring America are found at home, not in the big, empty promises of big government.

“They tell you they tell you that these problems are so big you’ll never understand them.  You need experts.  No you don’t.  The problems are huge because we’ve refused to look at the real solution.  The solution is small.  It is simple.  It’s live within your means.  It’s pay your bills.  It’s be honest.  Be good to each other.  Do what you’re supposed to do,” Glenn said.

“It’s the small things that make a difference.  It’s the good things that made us great.”

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WATCH: A President has a responsibility to honor the fallen and wounded soldiers

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A few years ago, Glenn got to visit the White House to meet with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. While he went in and came out disagreeing with him on several issues, the President told him a story that day that has stuck with him ever since. He remembered President Bush talking about soldiers who had fallen in war, and because he could remember their names Glenn could tell that he felt responsible for ever lost and wounded warrior.

Today, that memory stands out even more when contrasted with the current Commander-In-Chief, President Barack Obama. Today, Glenn read a story of how several letters were sent to parents of fallen SEALs. But rather than sending personalized notes, Obama sent form letters signed with an electronic pen. He didn’t even have to touch the letters.

To show that not everyone has forgotten their sacrifice and that “We the People” still honor those who have laid down their lives for the country, Glenn led TheBlaze staff in a moment of silence.

Which fast food icon defies Obama’s “You didn’t build that” message?

What’s Ann Coulter think of the RNC so far?

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This morning on radio, Glenn was joined by one of the smart women in the media, the one and only Ann Coulter.

Ann Coulter, who was a Romney supporter during the primaries, and like most women in America today, had nothing but great things to say about his new running mate this morning

“Ryan was unbelievably great,” she said. “Apparently you can criticize the current president without looking mean.”

Ryan’s speech last night was unlike any candidate had been able to deliver in that forum. He was able to rally the crowd behind Mitt Romney, criticize the president’s leadership (or lack thereof), and provide and message of clear change – all while managing to look young, determined and optimistic.

“That was a flawless presentation,” Glenn said of Paul Ryan’s speech. “That was just a flawless speech. And he didn’t seem nervous. At one point he just took a deep breath and stood there for a second and just exhaled and I thought, that’s confidence, not arrogance. That’s just confidence. He’s comfortable in that space.”

Ann agreed – she also had positive things to say about Ann Romney’s speech and has high expectations for Mitt’s speech this evening.

“I am laying bets with my friends that they are going to turn to me and say, “Wow, that was a really good speech.” I’ve noticed that has been happening throughout this campaign, that the first time someone sees Romney give a full speech like after Iowa, after New Hampshire – the first time they actually listen to him give a speech, they always say, “Wow, I wish he always gave speeches like that.” Well, he does always give speeches like that,” she said.

As for what Mitt Romney needs to say tonight, Ann believes he’s going to need to give a speech that isn’t just appealing to the base. It needs to be something that is going to inspire people because it’s inspiring, not just inspiring to Republicans.

Contrasting it to Chris Christie’s speech, which Coulter was not a fan of. She didn’t think he used his humor enough or was critical enough of Obama.

“I don’t think he even mentioned Obama,” Ann said.

Which he didn’t, but that’s why Glenn said he believed people outside of the political world liked the speech.

“I think the American public is so tired of having this debate. What I think Romney has to do tonight is just stand up and convince the American people he has a plan, he’s an adult, he’ll do it, and it will work,” Glenn responded. “That’s it.”

Now that Ann agreed with. And that’s what she believed Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan did such a good job of last night. They were able to explain to the American people what a Romney/Ryan presidency will do to help the American people get back to work and help put the country back on a path of success and leadership.

However, Romney’s strength is not bragging about himself, Ann explained.

“It’s a virtue in a human being but perhaps a deficiency in a candidate: Romney absolutely will not brag about himself. And he’s got a lot to brag about,” She said. “He really does have a Midas Touch, as you say from the Olympics to all of these companies and he just, he’s calm and as you say, adult like and he will take charge and I think he is just what the country needs right now. But we’re the ones who have to say it about him. So your plan for him I think is very good.”

Glenn shifted the conversation back to Huckabee’s speech, which Ann had mentioned, she thought, was good. There is a widely-known relationship between Romney and Huckabee that most wouldn’t describe as very friendly since critical comments Huckabee has made about Romney’s Mormon faith.

During his speech last night Huckabee danced around the topic of Mitt Romney’s faith and used the example of Catholicism to make his point that they’re men of faith, which Glenn described as opening a door to show people what’s inside, but not taking a step in. He went as far as he seemed to be willing to go.

“That was part of the reason I thought it was very strong, and he was winsome, as he usually is last night,” she explained. And on the Catholic thing, I think to use an MSNBC expression, I think that was a dog whistle, i.e., it’s an example that, you know, he’s an evangelical but we’re all Christians…”

Stu shifted the conversation back to the campaign, where he feel like there are finally two strong leaders on the ticket.

“We finally have two guys on the ticket with no weak points that are able to articulate these points,” he said.

“It does feel like a first,” Glenn added.

“I could not agree more,” Coulter responded. “For one thing to have two articulate Republicans. We have two attractive, articulate Republicans with, forget skeletons. They don’t even have closets. And they have, as you say, exactly the skills this country needs right now.”

Ann’s new book called Mugged comes out on September 25th.

Ryan lied? Fact checking the fact checkers

It didn’t take long after the Ryan speech for the Obama team to start firing off emails claiming Ryan is the worst liar this planet has ever seen. But do the fact checkers need to be fact checked? Well, the team over at TheBlaze did what the mainstream media refuses to do and actually look at the facts, not the Obama talking points!

Watch the speech below:

Now, what were some of the attacks on Ryan’s speech? And, more importantly, what were some of the responses?

Get the full list of 12 BOGUS charges here!

Charge #3: Ryan is wrong about the stimulus, which actually “created or saved 3.3 million jobs.”

Explanation: From Ryan’s speech: “What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus?  More debt.  That money wasn’t just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.”

In response, ThinkProgress cites a study by the CBO saying that the stimulus “created or saved” 3.3 million jobs.

So is it true? Not unless you think the highest possible estimate is always the right one. The CBOestimated that the stimulus could have saved up to 3.3 million jobs. In other words, “creating or saving” 3.3 million jobs is the absolute upper limit on what the stimulus could have done. The lowest estimate is 500,000 jobs created or saved. Both numbers are probably inaccurate, but to accept the 3.3 million jobs number requires an extreme degree of optimism.

Charge #4: Paul Ryan supported the stimulus in 2002!

Explanation: ThinkProgress links to a video from the Chris Hayes show showing Paul Ryan speaking on behalf of a 2002 stimulus bill that President Bush signed into law. This is supposed to prove that Ryan is a hypocrite when it comes to stimulus spending.

So is it true? To begin with, it’s irrelevant. Ryan was speaking against the Obama stimulus specifically in his speech. He didn’t rail against the concept of stimulus spending, period. Moreover, there is a lot of daylight between supporting a $42 billion stimulus measure – most of which is in tax relief – and supporting an $831 billion bill that is loaded with giveaways for favored groups/industries. It’s true that Ryan supports the idea of stimulus in principle, but when it comes to stimuli as big as the one Obama wrote? Not a chance.

Charge #5: Ryan’s attacks on Obamacare also hit Romneycare.

Explanation: Ryan said in his speech, “Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.” ThinkProgress asks, “What about Massachusetts? The two laws are very similar.”

So is it true?  Yes, what about Massachusetts? And more to the point, what about what Ryan actually said? Romneycare isn’t 2,000 pages. It doesn’t include any new taxes. It doesn’t include the infamous Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Romney vetoed large chunks of regulation that were originally in the bill. Yes, it has a mandate, but that mandate is a lot less expansive. In other words, Romneycare comes to less than two thousand pages, with very few rules, one mandate, no taxes, some fees and some fines. What about Massachusetts? ThinkProgress probably doesn’t want an answer to that question.

Get the full list of 12 BOGUS charges here!

Is the mainstream media done?

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Is the mainstream media done? They are certainly burying themselves with the coverage of the Republican National Convention! First, there was the Yahoo News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian who was caught insulting Mitt Romney and his wife on a hot mic. He was subsequently fired, but not long after he got canned PBS’s Gwen Ifill was showing her support for Chalian. Keep in mind that Ifill has been a Presidential Debate Moderator for the past two elections. Glenn even took issue with parts of the Fox News coverage, which is typically the sole bastion of sanity in the cable news world. Of course, all of this pales in comparison to MSNBC’s continuing embarrassment that they call news.

“I’m telling you, I’m telling you, guys, start looking at which network facilities we want because we’re going to buy one of them,” Glenn told Pat and Stu on the radio show.

Of course, it’s hard to criticize the networks not wanting to cover some of the awful speakers. McCain showed America why he lost by double digits to Obama, Portman and Pawlenty made Romney look electric, and two Florida political bigwigs did their best to top Stu and Pat’s epic ‘serving others’ speech fail at Restoring Love.

Check out the clip at the top of the page for more of Glenn’s analysis of the second night of the RNC and the horrible coverage on the mainstream cable news networks.

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