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Depending on who you read and listen to, Mrs. Mitt either WOWED with a Republican Convention speech jam-packed full of LURV last night, or woodenly channeled Leona Helmsley with a hint of Sarah Palin to insist that LOOK INTO MY EYES DEEP INTO MY EYES YOU MUST LOVE THE MITTENS YOU MUST TRUST THE MITTENS THE MITTENS HAS BEEN GOOD FOR ME AND I’M A WOMAN SO THE MITTENS WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU MITTENS VOTE FOR MY WORSE HALF DAMN YOUR EYES.
The hint of Palin may just be down to residual trauma from ‘08, or the fact that the speech was penned by Lindsay Hayes,* who wrote Palin’s infamous hockey mom/pitbull debut, and is currently performing the same service for Mitt himself and Paul Ryan. In case the message failed to move the assembly, the organizers had thoughtfully prepared a stack of artfully scrawled posters those folks who managed to stay awake could waggle at appropriate moments.
Mrs. Mitt’s message of DEEP LURV—especially for that sector of you people known as teh wimmin—was somewhat undercut by Chris Christie’s insistence immediately after that, SCREW THAT HIPPIE LURV CRAP GIVE US SOME RESPECT DAMMIT HARD TRUTHS TIGHTEN BELTS WARRGARBLE ME 2016!!!!!
Leaving aside the outbreak of civil war with the Paulmas and various other factions in the GOP (which we’ll no doubt return to in the fulness of time), other messages that were undercut included inclusivity. Memeorandum is a-drip with crotchety bewailing at the moment, the chorus led by The Daily Caller:
One of the left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.
If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, you might believe those assertions, since missing from the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s festivities.
Bad MSNBC. *rollnewspapersmacknose* Bad.
It is indeed a shame that some of the media were too distracted to cover this diversity (so carefully nurtured by placing any delegates who looked at all dusky in plain view in the front row, while the Paulmas and their ilk were consigned to the nosebleed seats, if they hadn’t already self-deported). Well, they aren’t covering it in the terms the Caller and its followers would prefer, anyway. What some of them did cover were a couple of incidents that the RW blogs are, unsurprisingly, not covering themselves.
One was a strikeout. It seems that Puerto Rico National Committeewoman Zori Fonalledas tried to make her delegation’s nomination during the furor over the massive GOP establishment powergrab that was taking place, and some sources reported that she herself had been booed, which doesn’t appear to be the case.
However, another incident does stand up to scrutiny:
An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.
In a written statement, CNN addressed the matter but divulged few details: “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”
TPM’s calls to RNC and convention officials were not immediately returned.
The “allegedly” up there is just journospeak, as there’s no dispute that the assault and abuse actually happened. Also note that the identity of the two perps is still a mystery at time of writing, and we have no idea whether or not they were delegates.
According to the WaPo’s Erik Wemple:
Following the incident in which attendees at Tampa’s Republican National Convention threw nuts at an African American camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals,” the Republican National Committee issued a statement:
“Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
Wemple, like a number of other media scribblers, is bemused that more details of the story aren’t coming out and that CNN itself isn’t making it much of a news story. He continues:
Just as easy a question: How is this not a news story? If the act wasn’t racist, it was at least anti-media. If it wasn’t racist or anti-media, it was just plain barbaric. Weird, anomalous and outrageous — those traits alone generally qualify an incident as news.
That it took place inside the convention venue on keynote night — when presumably people would be on good behavior — amps up the interest factor. And the bare-bones reality is that at an event where everything runs on script, a moment featuring harmless projectiles and deep-seated hatred — you gotta report that out.
The world needs to know who these nut-hurlers are. Just a couple of folks kicking around the convention? Subversives trying to mar the Republican Party’s party? Delegates? Officeholders? Do these individuals serve the public in any way? If so, their constituents may want to know a bit about what went down.
It may end up that charges are being pressed, in which case the silence might make sense. It may be that the assailee herself doesn’t want to make a big deal of it. Maybe we’ll find out in time.
Meanwhile, you can be damn sure that if anything similar were to happen at the Democratic Convention, the thug-calling, witchhunting, and countertop perusal from rightwingers would be a sight to behold and would run for days and days and days. At the moment? *crickets*
More: While we’re on the subject of optics, from the department of Too Stupid To Be True (not The Onion), via The Raw Story:
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign on Wednesday partied with wealthy donors on a 150-foot yacht that flies the flag of the Cayman Islands, according to an ABC News report.
Members of the Romney Victory Council, who have each raised more than $1 million for the candidate, mingled with Romney’s brother, Scott, and other relatives in Tampa aboard the luxury yacht ...
Wait for it ... Wait for it ...
Ladies and gentlemen—The ARISTOCRATS!
(The yacht’s owned by Gary Morse, CEO and developer of The Villages.)
For the sake of completeness, this is from the Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince’s Journal-isms:
Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts and called an animal by two attendees at the Republican National Convention, told Journal-isms on Thursday that “I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all.”
Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. “This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she said by telephone from Tampa.
Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, “This is what we feed animals.” She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.
But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South,” she said. “You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don’t think I should do.”
Carroll noted of the Republican convention, “There are not that many black women there.”
She said she wanted to thank CNN, which “has been behind me 100 percent.” Although she was stationed on the floor next to Fox News, the perpetrators “didn’t know what I was doing. I happened to be standing there,” near one of the delegations.
“I can’t change these people’s hearts and minds,” Carroll added. “No, it doesn’t feel good. But I know who I am. I’m a proud black woman. A lot of black people are upset. This should be a wake-up call to black people. . . . People were living in euphoria for a while. People think we’re gone further than we have.”
Carroll said she had received many requests for interviews and was in meetings most of Wednesday. “I was hoping this story would go away,” she said. “I’m not interested in talking to any other media about this.”
And this is from Witches’ Brew:
CNN Studio Technician Patricia Carroll was attacked and disrespected at the RNC Convention. Most of the major media outlets did not pick up the story, but we reported it on the Brew’s facebook page! Now she’s sharing her side with Witches’ Brew! Trish described the incident during a telephone conversation from Tampa. She said she was on the convention floor Tuesday around 3pm when she felt something pelt her on her head. She said she couldn’t believe it when she looked up and saw two men throwing peanuts at her. And then Trish said it got worse when they yelled, “this is what we feed the animals!” Trish and her co-workers were stunned. She notified security who promptly removed the men from the building. Trish hails from Alabama – the DEEP south – so she’s seen a lot and has also traveled extensively around the world. She said she was not shocked this happened but doesn’t want to make it about one political party adding, “it’s not exclusive to Republicans, it could have happened anywhere, in Washington, D.C. or even at the Democratic National Convention.”
Trish said everyone including the RNC has been very supportive, but regretfully added, “we live in a world where bigotry and racism exits. Bottom line: it’s not exclusive to the RNC. It’s a world issue.” She then went on to say that living in D.C. sometimes can mimic a bubble because African-Americans are doing so well but when you head other places people are not use to seeing progression so they react, “it’s just what’s happening in the world and I’m a part of it.” Trish recalled numerous incidents in her hometown as well as during her travels to Argentina and Brazil and said it comes down to understanding, “people need to think and be more open-minded.” Trish reminded me that having more black leaders won’t change things, “We haven’t come that far. Black people have been in bondage longer then they have been free. Stuff like this will continue to be a part of the black experience.” This incident didn’t stop her stride though, she continues to work the convention and looks forward to putting this incident behind her. We wish Trish the best of luck and appreciate her showing us love. Remember, you read it here first!
* Late addition/correction: Matthew Scully, who wrote Palin’s 2008 VP nomination acceptance speech, and fellow GOP veteran hack John McConnell wrote this speech, with input from Hayes.