Distractions? No, Not By a Long Shot

When explaining why Democrats lost so decisively in the 2014 midterms, Nancy Pelosi blamed the distractions of Ebola and ISIS for taking voters away from the real issues of the day. Of course, if those events had done anything but make Democrats look like poor choices for the country’s leadership, it might have been a different story. But instead, they exposed how dangerous it is to leave leftist ideologues in charge of national security. While I doubt either of the two events had much effect on the election results, I can’t agree that they were “distractions.”

Over at Talking Points Memo, a writer named Caitlin MacNeal is still blowing the “distraction” horn on Republicans. According to her, conservatives ignored the “news of the day” all year in favor of their own “pet scandals.” But once again, I have to take issue with classifying these noteworthy events and scandals as distractions. And if conservative commentators and lawmakers gave them more than their fair share of coverage, it’s only because the mainstream media refused to cover them at all.

The List, Please

MacNeal throws Benghazi, Jonathan Gruber, the Veterans Administration scandal, and the border crisis into the same boat – issues that conservatives use to distract voters from the important news. Of course, what is “important news” is entirely decided by institutions like the New York Times, NBC, and other left wing media outlets, so it’s not quite so cut and dry. I might question whether the death of a robber was really worth two solid months of wall-to-wall coverage, but hey, that’s just me.

I would love to know what important news was being overlooked while conservatives expressed their concerns about the “distractions” MacNeal listed. It’s essential that we wring our hands over a few terrorists getting rough treatment from the CIA, but it’s out of bounds to question whether American lives could have been saved in Libya two years ago? We can’t go a day without getting an update on the Bill Cosby accusations, but it’s inappropriate to show some outrage over Gruber? The border crisis…the border crisis? That’s national security, you insipid joke of a columnist!

No, these aren’t distractions. Distractions are Oscar Pistorius, the shameless ratings spectacle that surrounded the search for Malaysian Airlines MH370, Donald Sterling, Ray Rice, and the morsel-by-morsel celebrity gossip that came from the Sony hack. And that’s not to say that those shouldn’t have been considered news. But if you’re going to decide which is important between Sterling’s mild racism and the stunning admission that Obamacare was pushed through on lies and intentional confusion, well, the answer is obvious.

Obvious to us vindictive, scheming conservatives, anyway.

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  1. The only “Distractions” are the LOSER L I B S in D.C. – –
    but we’ll deal with them & the Rino’s in 2016 !!!
    E L I M I N A T I O N S !

  2. Distractions? The Birth Certificate, hiring Hillary, hiring Holder, Ohomocare, Sharpton, Bergdahl, two trades, aiding the enemy, Benghazi, Seal Team 6, the last spending bill, executive actions, executive orders, illegal amnesty, Fast and Furious Pelosi’s brain?, the “Frankenstein” Report. Distractions? Race Riots? Distractions, Release of more terrorist, IRS. They may be distractions to the left but have awaken the Right. They are not distractions, they are treason.

    • You said it BROTHER .

    • sandraleesmith46

      One of theose “distractions”, over which we were, understandably upset, is believed to have masterminded the attack on the Pakistani school than killed 132 children, plus teachers and other staff, less than a year after being traded for a deserter.

  3. Obama is a major distraction.

  4. Here is the distraction a racist government that refuse to work with a Black President.

    Former Klansman and congressional candidate David Duke discusses his bid for the seat opened by Rep. Bob Livingston during NBC’s ”Meet the Press” March 28, 1999 in Washington, DC. (photo by Richard Ellis)

    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke issued a warning to Republicans who have criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for speaking to a white nationalist group in 2002, saying they “better be looking over their shoulders.”

    In an interview with Fusion, Duke said he has ties to politicians on both sides of the aisle, and he is ready to release names if criticism of Scalise continues:

    Overall, Duke was rather flabbergasted by the new focus on Scalise. He said he has hosted both Democratic and Republican legislators at everything from conferences to his children’s birthday parties. He said he has met with Democratic legislators at least 50 times in his political life.

    And he delivered a warning to both Republicans and Democrats: Treat Scalise fairly, and don’t try to make political hay out of the situation. Or he said he would be inclined to release a list of names of all the politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — with whom he has ties.

    “If Scalise is going to be crucified — if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods, then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders,” Duke said.

    Scalise has struggled to distance himself from Duke since a Louisiana blogger revealed earlier this week that the GOP leader had associated with the former KKK Grand Wizard and had spoken to a group Duke founded, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, in 2002.

    “I didn’t know who all of these groups were, and I detest any kind of hate group,” Scalise said on Monday.

    Peter Wehner, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said the news about Scalise’s 2002 speech is “acidic for the Republican Party.” But GOP leaders — including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — are standing by Scalise amid the controversy.

    Read more at Fusion. Also on HuffPost:

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