The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 January 2012

Al Sharpton Uses Radio Show To Partially DEFEND Mitt Romney


Ulterior Motives Behind Sharpton's Romney Defense

At first glance, it might seem shocking: is the Reverend Al Sharpton really defending Mitt Romney against political attacks?

As a close Obama advisor, why on earth would he help the Republican former Massachusetts governor? Is this a case of political Sharp-shifting?

And yet, here he is, making clear to radio listeners that Romney's supposed "I like to fire people" gaffe was actually taken out of context.

Take a look:

AL SHARPTON (4:29): Willard (Romney) said yesterday a statement that was taken out of context. He (Romney) was talking about insurance companies and he says that people should have the right to fire them. He says I like firing people that don’t give me the service I want and right away Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich and a few of the others Rick Perry I think took on the statement and said he said he liked firing people.

Now, two things about that. One, it was taken out, now I do think that it’s weird at best to say I like firing people. Even if it’s I like firing insurance people. I have terminated people that have worked for National Action Network or me personally. I don’t like it. I don’t like getting a different waiter at a restaurant. I don’t like depriving people of an income or depriving me of service. But the second thing about it is it’s not the Democrats or the progressives or the left wing. It’s the Republicans that made this issue.

Yes, it wasn't a complete defense of Romney (who Sharpton always refers to as "Willard" on-air), but still highly unusual, to say the least.

So what gives? For answers, look to a Rush Limbaugh monologue from Monday where Democratic operative Donna Brazile's candid admission was noted:

BRAZILE: Mitt Romney won tonight because no one touched him -- and for Democrats, you know what? It was good news for us.

KARL: Why is that?

BRAZILE: Because we believe that the weakest candidate is the candidate that the Republicans are not attackin', and that's Mitt Romney.

KARL: Oh, come on.

STEPHANOPOULOS: No, you don't believe that, Donna.

RUSH: That's Stephanopoulos. What Stephanopoulos is saying is, "Shut up, Donna! What the hell are you doing, Donna? Did you not take your meds?" That, "Come on, Donna, what are you doing? You know you don't believe that" means, "Donna, shut up." You know, she's feeling her oats there. So Palin has come out said it and Donna Brazile saying it. "Oh, yeah, the one guy not being attacked..." She practically gleeful here, and I'll tell you why she's gleeful. She's gleeful because what she sees is Romney getting the nomination, so she thinks it's okay to blow the lid off this cover now. "Mitt Romney won tonight, because no one touched him -- and for Democrats that's good news for us."

Stephanopoulos says, "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Why is that?" "Well, because we believe the weakest candidate is the candidate the Republicans are not attacking, and that's Romney," and Stephanopoulos says, "Oh, you don't believe that!" I guarantee she had a talking to. They had a talking to with her with her after this, because that's a major faux pas. The line that's supposed to come out of the Democrat Party is they're scared of Romney. The line is, "Oh, no, they don't want to face Romney. Romney is the toughest guy." That's the line, and they know, folks -- the Democrats know that our experts are stupid enough to believe that the Democrats will be honest and tell us who they really don't want to face. I'll tell you who they don't want to face when we come back.

Isn't it simple? These guys are all working from the same playbook. In a weak moment, Donna let the cat out of the bag. Sharpton isn't looking out for Romney, he's helping Obama manipulate GOP primary contests to the benefit of the White House.

That Republicans (like RINO Newt) are behind the savage attacks on Romney only helps to deflect attention away from this obvious Obamist scheme.


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