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Politico’s Simon Says: “Ron Paul’s Victory in Iowa Caucuses May Help Romney”
December 23, 2011
The Twilight Zone coverage of Ron Paul’s likely win in the January 3rd Iowa Caucuses continues with an MSNBC segment bizarrely titled, “Ron Paul’s Victory in Iowa Caucuses May Help Romney,” which aired December 22.
It is here that Politico writer Roger Simon tries to seduce viewers into supporting Gingrich or Romney by reminding them that the corporate media has already decided to ignore Iowa if Ron Paul wins– even as the shows ticker admits Ron Paul leads handily in the latest poll with 28% to Gingrich’s 25% and Romney’s 18%.
You know Ron Paul almost won the [Iowa] Ames Straw Poll, which we all made too much of. But it does- the media’s not going to be blown away. They’re watching a Mitt Romney-Newt Gingrich run-off from here to New Hampshire, South Carolina, to Florida and whatever’s next. If Ron Paul wins Iowa, we just take it out.
So, Simon says Ron Paul doesn’t exist, even if he wins in an actual vote, because the media says so, declaring the authority to scrub the results on demand from the collective memory.
Last week, fellow Politico writer Dylan Byers declared Ron Paul the “Enemy of Iowa,” while Fox News’ Chris Wallace made similar comments, openly stating that the Iowa caucus simply won’t count in the eyes of media, as the GOP establishment doesn’t believe Paul could win.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad further tried to discredit the voice of his own state by advocating that people overlook a Ron Paul win in the caucuses. Instead, he urged that people look at who comes in second or third, claiming “If Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states.”
Iowa GOP operative Becky Beach was quoted in a Politico article asking ‘Will Ron Paul Kill the caucuses?‘ that a Ron Paul win “would make the caucuses mostly irrelevant if not entirely irrelevant.”
Whether Ron Paul is your candidate or not, it is certainly clear that the very media commentators the TV-watching masses regard as an authority have no interest in the vox populi or the democratic process. Instead, they are not-so-subtly pre-selecting who is allowed to be recognized within the system and declaring their coup against outsiders like Ron Paul: If we ignore him, he may go away. This has already been practiced throughout the debates and campaigns leading up to both 2008 and 2012. The Ron Paul blackout reached such absurd proportions that comedian-pundit Jon Stewart skewered the GOP for considering the candidate a ’13th floor in an elevator.’ However it is outrageous indeed once actual votes have been cast.
ROGER SIMON: “Iowa has voted for exotic candidates before. Pat Robertson– his invisible army of Christian conservatives. We all rushed to New Hampshire after Robertson won Iowa, and Robertson was wiped out. There was no invisible army.”
ANCHOR: “Huckabee same thing, by the way. Wins Iowa, no where in New Hampshire.”
ROGER SIMON: “Sure… You know Ron Paul almost won the [Iowa] Ames Straw Poll, which we all made too much of. But it does- the media’s not going to be blown away. They’re watching a Mitt Romney-Newt Gingrich run-off from here to New Hampshire, South Carolina, to Florida and whatever’s next. If Ron Paul wins Iowa, we just take it out.“
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