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(The Raw Story)   Rick Santorum wants to make it illegal to use a teleprompter when campaigning. Smell the small government   (rawstory.com ) divider line
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2012-03-13 12:21:10 AM  

cman: Oh, and another thing.

WTF happened to this country?

When did someone like this with limited intelligence could be considered a Presidential runner?


When people decided that they would rather get red meat and promises of unicornns thrown at them, rather than serious discussions as to the issues.

"The solution to all of America's problems is to stop doing whatever is pissing you, voter, off at the moment."
 
2012-03-13 12:24:39 AM  

vartian: That's some good small government conservatism for 'ya right there.


I don't know what's funnier, the implicit jab at Obama or that partisan-crazed morons actually think he meant it literally.

i42.tinypic.com
 
2012-03-13 12:32:57 AM  

jjorsett: vartian: That's some good small government conservatism for 'ya right there.

I don't know what's funnier, the implicit jab at Obama or that partisan-crazed morons actually think he meant it literally.

[i42.tinypic.com image 316x266]


Heaven forbid that Republicans should mean anything they say.
 
2012-03-13 01:01:06 AM  

Kittypie070: soupafi 2012-03-12 07:34:10 PM

Are the republicans doing this on purpose????

Yes, they are.


And it works.

The derposphere will come out from their gun encrusted caves and vote for him.
 
2012-03-13 01:13:31 AM  
There was a scene in the Game Change movie on HBO where Palin tells one of her aides to load her speech into the teleprompter. Is that one of the things Breitdead says is a lie?
 
2012-03-13 01:19:26 AM  
OK, just to check before I use this latest example of cluelessness in a live argument.


Is there any chance that Santorum wasn't using those teleprompters the many, many times he was photographed with them?

Maybe they were there for other speakers?

(of course, the one at CPAC is damning anyway, because it means that all the other conservatives were using them.)
 
2012-03-13 03:18:49 AM  
http://www.eloquencellc.com/writer.html

One of Santorum's speechwriters.
 
2012-03-13 03:30:46 AM  

BMulligan: Loki-L: For some reason my spell-checker insists that Teleprompter should be capitalized. Is this some sort of brand name thing?

Yes and no - it was a trade name indicating a specific manufacturer until it was allowed to become generic due to poor trademark management, but if your spell check thinks it ought to be Teleprompter, it's wrong. The correct capitalization is TelePrompTer.


With the accent on the Ter.
 
2012-03-13 04:10:35 AM  
Our friends on the Right bristle when anyone suggests that the Republican Party has a problem with racism. Yet one of the most frequently heard criticisms of President Obama is that he uses a teleprompter, despite the fact that pretty much everyone at the national level of politics uses them for speeches, and certainly every President.

So I would like for one of our Republican friends to explain once and for all why it's bad that President Obama uses a teleprompter, otherwise I'll stick with my theory that you simply hate anyone who isn't a rich white straight Christian man.
 
2012-03-13 04:30:38 AM  
I notice he's only claiming that candidates should not use a teleprompter while campaigning. This is his out should he ever be elected to any office and start using a teleprompter himself.
 
2012-03-13 06:45:24 AM  
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2012-03-13 07:14:53 AM  

Any Pie Left: "Wah, I'm not as good at public speaking as others, it's not fair, wah". "Make them hobble themselves so I can compete, wah"

-Sounds pretty Republican to me.


It's how they view unions - "wah, the union guy is making decent money and I'm not! But joining a union so I can make more money? No, we must DESTROY UNIONS!"

Just more petty jealousy of your betters. The odd thing though is that they actually worship the really rich. But a neighbor who's doing better than you? That Will Not Stand.
 
2012-03-13 07:49:27 AM  

ghare: Any Pie Left: "Wah, I'm not as good at public speaking as others, it's not fair, wah". "Make them hobble themselves so I can compete, wah"

-Sounds pretty Republican to me.

It's how they view unions - "wah, the union guy is making decent money and I'm not! But joining a union so I can make more money? No, we must DESTROY UNIONS!"

Just more petty jealousy of your betters. The odd thing though is that they actually worship the really rich. But a neighbor who's doing better than you? That Will Not Stand.


They know the person next to them on a human level, they see them everyday. They don't know what billionaires do with their vaults of money, just that it makes jobs somehow.
 
2012-03-13 07:59:46 AM  
GOP: "Obama uses a teleprompter!!!11"

Translation: "We've got nothing. Nothing!"
 
2012-03-13 08:05:32 AM  

downstairs: I tried, only made it through about a minute of the first episode.


wow, a whole minute, eh?
 
2012-03-13 08:06:58 AM  

Kibbler: GOP: "Obama uses a teleprompter!!!11"

Translation: "We've got nothing. Nothing!"


They've had nothing since bush, and they know it. Thus the insanity.
 
2012-03-13 08:08:51 AM  

theknuckler_33: When in history have this many people been so completely unhinged / deranged?

Berlin, circa 1936?


In '36 Germany was a totalitarian one-party dictatorship without civil liberties, open public debate and a free press, with violent suppression of all opposition. What is these people's excuse?
 
2012-03-13 09:16:56 AM  

Dansker: theknuckler_33: When in history have this many people been so completely unhinged / deranged?

Berlin, circa 1936?

In '36 Germany was a totalitarian one-party dictatorship without civil liberties, open public debate and a free press, with violent suppression of all opposition. What is these people's excuse?


That's EXACTLY what Fartding0 plans to do in his second term!

/also, he's a gun-grabbing gun-grabber who's gonna grab your guns!
 
2012-03-13 09:19:23 AM  
I can not get the image out of my head that when Santorum is home with his family at night, it's a lot like the movie The People Under the Stairs.

"Kids misbehaving, one in the walls!"

i406.photobucket.com

"You go get him big Daddy!"
 
2012-03-13 09:20:16 AM  
Maybe W is panning on loaning him his debate jacket
 
2012-03-13 09:23:41 AM  

jjorsett: vartian: That's some good small government conservatism for 'ya right there.

I don't know what's funnier, the implicit jab at Obama or that partisan-crazed morons actually think he meant it literally.

[i42.tinypic.com image 316x266]


Oh, we know it was a Sarah Palin-esque whiny biatch comment about Obama. But I would like to see a reporter call him on his whiny biatchedness.

"Senator, you said that you would like to make it illegal for politicians to use teleprompters when campaigning for President, because you believe that if they use teleprompters when speaking, their words would not be their own, but the words of their speech writers."

"That's right. I think-"

"And what would the fine be if a politician were to break this new law?"

"Well, I don't-"

"Would it be a simple fine that they could mail in, or would they have to go to court over it?"

"Look, I-"

"Or would it be something more serious, like a policeman coming along and arresting them for such an illegal act? Taking them away in handcuffs?"

"Okay, let's-"

"Since you have used a teleprompter on a few occasions while campaigning recently, what fine or penalty do you think that YOU personally should pay?"

"Okay, stop. I'm just a stupid whiny little biatch and I made that comment in order to irritate rationally-thinking people. That's all. I'm just a petty little man and I have petty little thoughts, and a lot of them don't make any sense, but on a reptilian-brain level, you can see where I was going with that, right? I was just saying that Obama doesn't speak for himself. Or at least I'd sincerely like to believe that, and more importantly, I'd like my stupid supporters to believe that. Anybody with half a brain can see that Obama is a good speaker if he's in front of a teleprompter or not, but my constituents aren't those people. My constituents have about a quarter of a functioning brain at best. My constituents can only dream of a day where they could have half of a functioning brain. 'Ooh, look at me! I have a full half use of my brain today! I think I'll tie my shoes and think about what I'm going to do today at the same time! This is great! Look! I'm rubbing my belly and patting myself on the head! Oh, what a wonderful day this is! I think I'll stop voting Republican! Wheeee!' Those are my stupid constituents, and I am proud to be one of them!"

"...thank you for your time, Senator."
 
2012-03-13 09:25:32 AM  

Lord Jubjub: Lincoln wrote the entirety of the GA on the train to the battlefield. He read it aloud to the audience. Absolutely no different than the teleprompter.


The difference is that Lincoln was not black NOR a secret muslim.

meow!
 
2012-03-13 09:38:34 AM  

The GOP, being conservatives, prefer old school speechifying...

www.cartoonstock.com



You betcha!
 
2012-03-13 09:43:44 AM  

Smoking GNU: Kibbler: GOP: "Obama uses a teleprompter!!!11"

Translation: "We've got nothing. Nothing!"

They've had nothing since bush, and they know it. Thus the insanity.


I care not for the insanity of candidates, the concern I have is of the electorate which is motivated by it to support them.
 
2012-03-13 09:48:24 AM  

Lando Lincoln:
Oh, we know it was a Sarah Palin-esque whiny biatch comment about Obama. But I would like to see a reporter call him on his whiny biatchedness.


And there's the rub. The media has abdicated its roe as the critical voice of the people. It is complicit in the message of desperation.
 
2012-03-13 10:06:26 AM  

cman: Oh, and another thing.

WTF happened to this country?

When did someone like this with limited intelligence could be considered a Presidential runner?


He's smarter than his party's last Vice Presidential nominee.
 
2012-03-13 10:34:06 AM  
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Who's my cutest li'l dimwit? That's right. You are.
 
2012-03-13 11:06:02 AM  
amazed at the mileage I'm getting with this image

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2012-03-13 11:08:56 AM  

Geotpf: cman: Oh, and another thing.

WTF happened to this country?

When did someone like this with limited intelligence could be considered a Presidential runner?

He's smarter than his party's last Vice Presidential nominee.



When his voting base decided they needed a President "like them."
 
2012-03-13 11:21:18 AM  

Terrible Old Man: I don't have a problem with this. I'd actually like my politicians knowing what the hell they are talking about for once and you should too.

Not that they'll stand beside a single thing they're saying mind you...


Knowing what they are talking about is important, certainly. But I'm a teacher; I talk for a living, and I know how helpful cues can be. I use PowerPoint slides to organize my lectures, but I understand that political candidates can't always do that. The TelePrompTer takes the place of slides, reminding the speaker of the organization and structure of the speech. I do not have a problem with using those, any more than I have a problem with someone reading from a script. Ad libbing is a useful skill, but it's not always appropriate.
 
2012-03-13 04:12:04 PM  
Ultimately, it's about an attempt to deny an opponent an advantage.

The problem being, that EVEN if they managed to figure out how to deny the use of tech in elections, and only specific tech, the GOP would then be stuck with it as well.

And do you really want to hear Eric Cantor trying to ad lib a speech? Do you really want to see Newt Gingrich trying to control his contempt for his fellow humans without words directly in front of him? Do you really want to see Mitch McConnel try to rein in his turtley dickishness when on the campaign trail?

It's a nice idea--he's only a better speaker because he has better speech writers and practices more--but then again, if you support free speech, and you support a free market, wouldn't you then support hiring the best speech writers? It rests on the idea that anyone can just spew words on a screen, and is essentially an attempt to muzzle a guy who keeps making great speeches, while downplaying their own somewhat muddled message, by making the false assertion that they'd be equal, if only there wasn't that teleprompter.

It isn't the tech. It's the ideas contained in those speeches, and power of actual oratory--something that not a lot of GOP candidates seemed to have studied as part of their classical education. Yes, it is unfair that a black man actually watched and listened to the clergy of his youth, and learned the lessons that come from watching powerful speakers, while folks like Santorum just sort of glossed those things over, played with their papers, and looked at their watches.

It's not all equal. As a tactic, it's understandable that you'd want to follow the Rove playbook by trying to paint an opponent's strength as a weakness, but in practice, it's harder than it looks, and Rick just isn't all that gifted...
 
2012-03-13 05:12:58 PM  
*clears throat*

Excuse me, JLEM.

Do NOT.

Make fun.

Of the CHILD.

**SMACK!!**
 
2012-03-13 05:26:24 PM  

Kittypie070: *clears throat*

Excuse me, JLEM.

Do NOT.

Make fun.

Of the CHILD.

**SMACK!!**


But the Guf is FULL.
 
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