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Reuters: Obsessed with Revenge

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:22 am

Via Twitchy:

If Reuters says Romney is talking revenge because Romney is criticizing Obama for advocating revenge, then Reuters is talking revenge, because Reuters is reporting that Romney is criticizing Obama for advocating revenge.

Lost in all this, of course: the fact that Obama was the guy advocating revenge.

Honestly? I am so ready for the election to be over. Stuff like this makes you dumber just to think about it for five seconds.


  1. And, I’m often told, I can’t afford to be any dumber.

    Comment by Patterico (8b3905) — 11/4/2012 @ 11:22 am

  2. Flipping through the Sunday shows this morning, the talking heads seemed focused on (and determined to continually bring up with guests), Chris Christie’s love for Obama. Would this influence independent voters? Did this sink Mitt’s ship? What should Republicans make of this amazing display of bipartisanship? Ad nauseum.

    You’re so right: Stuff like this makes you dumber just to think about it for five seconds.

    Comment by Dana (292dcf) — 11/4/2012 @ 11:28 am

  3. Mystery solved. Biden’s been thinking about this stuff nonstop for fifty years.

    Comment by Andrew (f350dd) — 11/4/2012 @ 11:37 am

  4. huh, what?

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:08 pm


    Jarrett told them, “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

    IT SHALL NOT STAND. Our hearts have turned to the God of Our Fathers. He hears our humble petitions to save LIBERTY, and He responds.


    ROMNEY & RYAN WIN BIG…in two days!

    Comment by BABY GLOCK (a613f3) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:08 pm

  6. nothing like ALL CAPS to make people pay attention to you message… 8)

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:09 pm

  7. Yeah, payback and revenge and sly hints of retribution from the usual suspects (Bill Maher)was supposed to be a thing. When called on it, they say we are both now talking about revenge.

    Yeah, keep plucking that anti-joke chicken. It fools everybody.

    Comment by SarahW (b0e533) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:12 pm

  8. Hey folks, if you are on Twitter, there is a #BlockReuters thing going. Block them (but not for spam, that’d be wrong). Tweet that you did, and why, using the #BlockReuters hashtag.

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (2c3220) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:13 pm

  9. This did make me laugh, though.

    Comment by SarahW (b0e533) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:15 pm

  10. I lose i.q. points every time I’m forced to read about Biden’s gaffe’s and other stupidities that come out his mouth.

    Whatever happened to Vice President’s that sit quietly in the corner like the warm bucket of spit that they truly are?

    I swear Obama selected Biden so he’d have a stupid white man around to make him look smart and to laugh about.

    Comment by Jcw46 (f23062) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:29 pm

  11. Speaking of dog trainers, I’m on pins and needles wondering who the LA Slimes is endorsing!

    Comment by Patricia (e1d89d) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:56 pm

  12. I think this fits

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/4/2012 @ 12:58 pm

  13. The way that OfA, the Dems and the media (birm) have treated the “revenge” remark tells you everything you need to know about the traction this meme is getting among voters.

    Comment by Esau's Message (72b8e3) — 11/4/2012 @ 1:10 pm

  14. I had to laugh the other day when the NYT endorsed Obama’s reelection.

    I was like, “Wait, this was ever in doubt?”

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (2c3220) — 11/4/2012 @ 1:16 pm

  15. Jcw46, if Obama truly thought that Biden was the wise elder hand in the Senate, it only reinforces the fact that Obama had no clue about his own limited time as Senator.

    Comment by SPQR (291af7) — 11/4/2012 @ 1:26 pm

  16. I’m shocked that Patterico is talking about revenge.

    What? How dare you say that I’m taliking about revenge!

    Comment by Amphipolis (e01538) — 11/4/2012 @ 1:47 pm

  17. Obama made his revenge comment during a stop in Springfield, Ohio, on Friday, telling supporters not to boo when they heard Romney’s name.

    “Don’t boo, vote. Voting’s the best revenge,” he said.

    That boy’s so uppity.

    Comment by sleeeepy (b5f718) — 11/4/2012 @ 1:57 pm

  18. For those paying attention to Nate Silver, Colby Cosh puts paid to him.

    Comment by SPQR (291af7) — 11/4/2012 @ 1:59 pm

  19. Not that I want Jug Ears to get re-elected, but can you imagine what an ongoing embarrassment he is going to be as a former President?

    Comment by C. S. P. Schofield (fdfc57) — 11/4/2012 @ 2:43 pm

  20. C.S.P.Schofield, you mean when he even more brazenly prostitutes himself to Wall Street for cash ?

    Comment by SPQR (291af7) — 11/4/2012 @ 2:49 pm

  21. Why do slurpy and imdw always want to call Obama uppity?

    Comment by JD (8e5a8c) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:07 pm

  22. Reuters, they’re not even American.

    Comment by AZ Bob (1c9631) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:08 pm

  23. SPQR,

    Oh, hell, I wouldn’t mind that so much. What makes me cringe is the thought of that gormless idiot going from college campus to college campus, making fatuous speeches for large fees.


    Comment by C. S. P. Schofield (fdfc57) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:08 pm

  24. JD, to pretend to themselves that we are the racists.

    Comment by SPQR (291af7) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:08 pm

  25. SPQR,
    Silver has not done more than others who’ve followed the polls and the stats. There are other quants out there and they come to similar conclusions.
    The argument is between numbers and “instinct” and Silver is no more than the poster boy math geeks.

    From your link: “It is worth pointing out that a couple of statisticians have given us a potential presidential equivalent of the Marcels—a super-simple model that nailed the electoral vote the last two times (and that actually is fully specified).”

    12-11-04: Obama 291, Romney 234, Toss-Up 13

    Comment by sleeeepy (b5f718) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:09 pm

  26. C.S.P. who would pay to hear him read off a telepropter?

    Comment by SPQR (291af7) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:09 pm

  27. “Why do slurpy and imdw always want to call Obama uppity?”

    Just quoting Limbaugh and Beck and Hannity and Gingrich

    Comment by sleeeepy (b5f718) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:12 pm

  28. Those of you in Jersey or NYC, how are FEMA’s and the Red Cross’s non-performance playing with the citizens? Apparently Queens and the Rockaways unhappy. Fema out of water. People turning into zombies. Bloomberg being vilified. Obama working phones between stump speeches. Big government at work. Army to help with election on Tuesday. Good thing media covers for jug ears skinny arse.

    Comment by calypso louis farrakhan (c3e31b) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:14 pm

  29. SPQR – slurpy is agitated. Making up stuff a d attributing it to others. Terrified that Teh Won will lose Tuesday.

    Comment by JD (8e5a8c) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:20 pm

  30. Sleepy, you do realize that your link doesn’t link to Limbaugh or Beck or Hannity or Gingrich, right?

    That that video is just to a bunch of talking heads talking about the same “code word” crap we’ve been enduring for the last five years?

    Is that the sort of non-evidence that you find influential?

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (2c3220) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:21 pm

  31. white people dont owe black people SHIT! you’re welcome

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:22 pm

  32. I ain’t gonna play Sun City/ cuz its a hellhole

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:23 pm

  33. Slurpy read that Reuters lied and immediately wanted to talk about Teh One being uppity. And we are racists.

    Comment by JD (8e5a8c) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:24 pm

  34. Pious, “non-evidence” ? You mean outright lies.

    Comment by SPQR (291af7) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:25 pm

  35. Tweet, tweet.

    did you hear that? that was a dog whistle.

    that I’m the only one who heard it doesn’t mean anything. In fact it means that you’re so out of touch because of your privileged position in life that you couldn’t see the dog, let alone hear the whistle.

    /off tingles (whiter than white) Matthews

    Comment by Jcw46 (f23062) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:25 pm

  36. Calypso–one gets a different view of the situation on the ground in New York, especially Queens and and Staten Island, when one goes to the websites of the New York Post and the New York Daily News. They are reporting and photographing the truth that you won’t see from the NYT or the national/political media. The contrast with how they covered Katrina and Sandy is appaling.

    Comment by elissa (4703f9) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:27 pm

  37. SarahW! You are recovered?

    Comment by happyfeet (63da24) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:27 pm

  38. There’s a huge Romney rally in Bucks County Pa. right now. Romney about to take the stage. It’s on C-SPAN

    Comment by elissa (4703f9) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:29 pm

  39. vengeance is mine sayeth obama but he can suck it

    Comment by happyfeet (63da24) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:29 pm

  40. Next pet that I hafta follow with a bag Im naming it ‘happyfeet’
    cuz Id pick up his shit anywhere
    luv U!

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:32 pm

  41. 7. Obama was a Bush clone in too many ways. He had a bankers-first economic policy. He bought into GOP ideas about deficits and debt, thereby taking the issue off the table for Democrats. He compromised so much on health care that it blurred the differences between the two parties.


    Comment by JD (8e5a8c) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:38 pm

  42. elissa @ 37,

    Tuned into C-SPAN…so why does the left always get the cool music? The right is consistently stuck with C&W. (No offense to any C&W fans…)

    Comment by Dana (292dcf) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:40 pm

  43. Dana – Eric Church. Kip Moore. Zac Brown.

    Comment by JD (8e5a8c) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:43 pm

  44. Oh Lord.
    Only a couple days after telling his reporters to get “revenge,” Obama told supporters today, “..we’re not Democrats or Republicans, we’re Americans first !”

    He left out the part about how he wants another four years so he can continue to fundamentally transform us.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (65d289) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:47 pm

  45. pd movie review// Underworld Awakenings/revenge edition
    Kate beckinsdale kicks ass for mmm18 minutes[cuz there trying to kill her] then, they capture her into a frozen thing/tube ..her daughter? rescues her but its a lil confusing..but Kate Beckinsdale kicks major ASS escaping sinister Koch bros medical Lab …black cop figures out stuff[plot] She might have a Daughter? oh/ do tell! they find her in a basement/
    Beckinsdale goes to Vampire Coven/ to hide Daughter from evil koch cancer bros which is over run by big teethy things, she kicks their ASSES!
    then.. they take her ..daughter back to lab to extract super shit from her
    Kate Beckinsdale then goes to lab and shes mad/ cuz they got her daughter’s just great…she kicks butt..i mean/ she Kicks butt!
    then they go on a rooftop looking towards the future so expect another movie..I highly recomend this movie

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:48 pm

  46. Whoops…I meant to write “supporters,” not “reporters.”

    Then again, most reporters are his supporters.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (65d289) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:49 pm

  47. If u dont like Hank Williams[sr] You can kiss my ass

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:50 pm

  48. ==Obama told supporters today, “..we’re not Democrats or Republicans, we’re Americans first !”==

    ES–I has a hard time buying the president’s sincerity on that one, too. Too much history proves he believes otherwise.

    Comment by elissa (4703f9) — 11/4/2012 @ 3:58 pm

  49. on the msnbc they’re doing all they can to set out some handy rationales for post-election rioting

    but isn’t it a given that all the best riots will be in blue cities in blue states?

    but hey maybe they’ll surprise us and burn this mofo down

    Comment by happyfeet (63da24) — 11/4/2012 @ 4:02 pm

  50. Bye Bye Birdie
    You gotta be sincere

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 4:02 pm

  51. SBPDL . com?

    Comment by pdbuttons (631b6d) — 11/4/2012 @ 4:05 pm

  52. ‘projection it’s whats for dinner’

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/4/2012 @ 4:15 pm

  53. Nothing like left leaning nit wits to riot and boost the union work load that we pay for. How about a regulation for that?

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 11/4/2012 @ 4:35 pm

  54. Just quoting Limbaugh and Beck and Hannity and Gingrich

    Fookin’ liar. None of the people you listed have ever done so. The only person on your clip who called 0bama “uppity” was David Gergen.

    Comment by Milhouse (15b6fd) — 11/4/2012 @ 5:25 pm

  55. Chris Matthews is confused and mistaken about where the theme of “revenge” came from, but that doesn’t stop him from opining that it’s Mitt’s fault.

    Chris Matthews criticized Mitt Romney for running with it. He said it was “of a piece” with the “dirty talk” and the “ethnic stuff” that he believes the Romney campaign has been stoking for some time.

    After Wagner played a clip of Mitt Romney rehashing a line that president Obama said on the campaign trail — that “voting is the best revenge” — Matthews admitted that he was unaware how the “revenge” theme had come from. Wagner explained that Obama had first said the line, and Romney had made it a part of his stump speech. Matthews digested this fact and determined that Mitt Romney was focusing on the theme of revenge because his audiences were thirsty for vengeance.

    This episode suggests that Chrissie likely doesn’t bother to know the facts about a lot of the other stuff he rants about, either. It’s easier to “imagine” what happened so that it fits his worldview, than to know what happened.

    Comment by elissa (d432ab) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:28 pm

  56. 19. …can you imagine what an ongoing embarrassment he is going to be as a former President?

    Comment by C. S. P. Schofield — 11/4/2012 @ 2:43 pm

    I couldn’t imagine a worse President than Carter. Not until I saw it with my own eyes.

    Using Carter as a template, then multiply by a factor of ten, and Obama will be the biggest anti-American Jooooo-hatin’ Hamas shill the world has ever seen.

    He’ll exceed Carter in those respects, and probably the leadership of Hamas as well. People like Ismail Haneya and Khaled Mashal will be like, “Dude, tone it down.”

    Comment by Steve57 (320590) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:36 pm

  57. Plus zero redeeming qualities. At least Carter has Habitat For Humanity.

    Obama will probably call Carter nightly to remind him he “didn’t build that.”

    Comment by Steve57 (320590) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:38 pm

  58. elissa, on another thread someone commented that Letterman had a graphic showing that the majority of people voting for Romney just want to see Chrissie Matthews cry like a baby.

    I’m not voting for Romney primarily for that purpose, but it’s going to be a nice little side benefit.

    Like I said, it’s going to be fun watching the cast of characters on MSNBC choke on it when NBC calls PA for Romney.

    Comment by Steve57 (320590) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:43 pm

  59. I’m looking forward to watching MSNBC if Romney wins.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:51 pm

  60. He was quite nearly about to go ‘Scanners’ during the last debate.

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:52 pm

  61. Chrissie Matthews should be ecstatic with CNN poll having it all tied up with only a +11 dem sample because you know his strong Sandy leadership will motivate liberal voters. Saw one excuse if he loses is GOP frightened minorities with efforts to prove actual id. Yeah, right. Dummkopfs.

    Comment by calypso louis farrakhan (2c59b3) — 11/4/2012 @ 6:55 pm

  62. They went Tufnel again, ‘spinal tap reference’ well they have to compete with the delusional Air America
    TV sots

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/4/2012 @ 7:04 pm

  63. And in yet another classic contribution to the “well duh file”, here’s one more example of the shallowness and cluelessness that is being passed off as breaking and crack journalism these days. From Meghashyam Mali @The Hill:

    Gov. Christie defends praise for Obama, but will vote for Romney.
    “The fact of the matter is what New Jerseyans expect from their governor is to work for them, not to work for any particular political party,” said Christie, in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, as reported by Reuters.
    “I’m a Republican and I have endorsed Mitt Romney, I support him and I intend to vote for him on Tuesday,” added Christie.

    Comment by elissa (d432ab) — 11/4/2012 @ 7:24 pm

  64. How long on Tuesday before the breathless baseless accusations of nefarious voting irregularities?

    Comment by JD (8e5a8c) — 11/4/2012 @ 7:37 pm

  65. I do enjoy when our military gets revenge on Reuters by dropping bombs on their correspondents. We need more uplifting videos like that one.

    It seems to me that the Republicans have the power to put discredited “news” outlets like Reuters out of business by refusing to issue them press credentials. None of the news outlets that provided moderators for the presidential debates should even exist, and the Republicans are to blame for keeping them intact.

    Comment by j curtis (e2eb16) — 11/4/2012 @ 7:51 pm

  66. Saw my first Colin Powell endorsing choom tv ad tonight here in S. Florida. I wonder what the target voter is? Blacks already are in the O pocket. I see plenty of ads from Republican Jews who don’t trust Obama. Also Allen West is quite vilified by the punk Irish daddy’s boy dem. Also heard the dem lawyers are already out in force. Shades of 2000?

    Comment by Calypso Louis Farrakhan (e799d8) — 11/4/2012 @ 7:57 pm

  67. Well they are not totally without their uses;

    And they were good initial source both on the blown
    GID plot, and the initial story out of Benghazi

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/4/2012 @ 8:00 pm

  68. __________________________________________

    I’m looking forward to watching MSNBC if Romney wins.

    In my case, I’m so disgusted by modern-day liberalism — and by this nation having to go through the crud caused by it and its political adherents, and a gullible electorate (certainly in 2008) — that I don’t even want to look at characters like Chris Matthews or, beyond MSNBC, Bill Maher, etc. And that’s assuming Romney at least has a clear, strong win on Tuesday.

    It’s outrageous and a sign of the ongoing socio-economic corruption of this society (or call it Californication and Greece-ization) that the current Rasmussen Poll shows an unacceptably tight race.

    Comment by Mark (66bba6) — 11/4/2012 @ 8:18 pm

  69. This is OT, but I hope you don’t mind my sharing. As many of you may remember our Junior Senator Mark Kirk suffered a massive stroke last January. It was touch and go for a while and he had three brain surgeries. But as soon as the doctors knew he would survive they were very open about his prognosis– which they said would involve a permanent level of left side paralysis and probably some speech slurring. They were always pretty optimistic about a full mental recovery which they assured us would allow him to get back to the senate following rehab. Fortunately, the best rehabilitation facility in the USA is in Chicago, and Mark is a fighter.

    Today he climbed 37 flights of stairs as a participant in the Skyrise Climb of the Willis (Sears) Tower. He briefly (and clearly) spoke when he reached the top and casually mentioned that there were only 45 steps to climb to enter the Capitol building. Everybody is now hoping he’ll return to Washington in January with the new Congress. This is really good news for team R.

    There was also a guy with a true bionic leg on the climb who got a lot of well desrved attention.

    Comment by elissa (d432ab) — 11/4/2012 @ 8:47 pm

  70. that’s quite an inspirational story, elissa

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/4/2012 @ 8:53 pm

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