Speaking Of Leftists Stalking People, Campaigns…
The Left is notorious for accusing the Right of things the Left is actually doing. If you’ve been paying attention to the cyberstalking / harassment of conservatives by convicted bomber, Brett Kimberlin, and his cohorts, you’ll see that they even go to great lengths to elicit responses from the conservatives they stalk and harass so they can accuse conservatives of stalking / harassment – they’ll even take it as far as bringing the police and the courts into it.
It doesn’t happen exclusively online, either. Recently, Mitt Romney told the press his campaign had sent people to a Team Obama event in Massachussetts were they rattled David Axelrod who was busy pushing the Obama campaign’s crazy strategy of asserting that Mitt Romney’s jobs record when he was governor wasn’t very good. It is a crazy strategy because they’re suggesting Romney’s record of leaving Massachussetts with a 4.7% unemployment rate was a bad thing. Really. The administration that has presided over 40 straight months of unemployment above 8% is attacking a 4.7% unemployment rate in Massachussetts. Chew on that one.
Anyway, Romney’s admission led one lefty hack, Tommy Christopher, to proclaim that Romney had lost his mind. What Christopher and the rest of the moonbats on the left don’t tell you is that the left has already been doing this to Romney. Nice Deb wrote a post on May 25th highlighting how the organized left, including the Obama campaign, have been stalking Romney events. It’s not just Romney, either. Read the whole article.
It’s all part of the same pattern: Leftists do stuff to provoke a response from the Right and then the left cries foul.
David Brock, the admitted liar who started Media Matters, set up a SuperPAC with the specific mission of basically stalking Republicans and “reporting” on what they say:
Our organization researches candidates’ records to ensure their rhetoric matches their voting records. We monitor public appearances to prevent the cynical pandering that results in a candidate taking different positions depending on the audience they are in front of.
Emphasis mine. They don’t just “monitor” public appearances, they literally have a team of “trackers” who go to these events.
But none of American Bridge’s rivals has assembled the same kind of model — one that uses the unlimited stream of money that can flow to super PACs to build a research operation that runs independently of the candidates they support.
The group has deployed 17 trackers, armed with high-definition cameras, to Senate and presidential battleground states to capture candidates’ every utterance and interaction with voters. Those trackers have compiled 1,300 hours of video, along with time-coded reports, to help researchers quickly locate potentially incriminating material to post on Twitter and YouTube or feed to other Democratic operatives for attack ads.
Now, the RNC has done similar things – sending RNC operatives to events, etc – but as the article above explains, Brock and his gang supposedly run “independently” of campaigns, unlike the RNC. It’s a privately funded group of “trackers.” They don’t have the constraints that come with being official representatives of campaigns.
It’s also massively hypocritical for Brock, in particular. If you recall, this is the paranoid freak whose organization is constantly pushing a gun-control agenda while he has armed bodyguards accompany him in DC, a city with heavy gun-control laws.
David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.
Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.
The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled.
“He had more security than a Third World dictator,” one employee said, explaining that Brock’s bodyguards would rarely leave his side, even accompanying him to his home in an affluent Washington neighborhood each night where they “stood post” to protect him. “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.
Given the Left’s propensity for accusing others of things the Left is actually doing, is it too much of a stretch to think that maybe the guy running this “tracking” operation on Republicans might be up to something more than just “monitoring” them? Why would Brock think “right wing” assassins would want to take him out? What are HIS people doing that would cause that kind of response?
There’s a bunch of videos where Brock’s “trackers” are filming Republicans and in some cases confronting them. But when reporters from the Washington Times tried to get a statement from Brock, he ran away. Hypocrite much?
Again we see that the left can dish it, but they freak out – literally – when the tables are turned on them. They don’t like it when their own tactics are used against them. And they are paranoid to the point of thinking “assassins” might be trying to take them out on rooftops. Again, it’s all part of the same pattern. Leftists do things to provoke responses so that they can then turn around and get all outraged when the same thing is done to them.
But I think there’s another layer to this. They really think conservatives will get violent if provoked enough, which is why they take extreme measures to protect themselves from this violence they’re convinced will happen. There’s a problem, though. It’s the radical left who has the history of escalating into violence, not the right. So the only way for the left to provoke the response they want is to escalate what they’re doing. See the “black bloc” stuff from Occupy, for example. Check out the intimidation tactics being used in the Scott Walker recall campaign.
As the November election approaches, expect their desperation to manifest itself in more of this behavior: ambush videos, intimidation, and louder, more aggressive protests. The best way to combat this is to expose it.
Stay vigilant and call it out when you see them doing it. It’s the only way.