Obama Mouthpiece Jay Carney: All Complaints Of Uncivil Discourse Is “Kabuki Theater”

Via Ace, we get this awesome exchange between Jake Tapper and Jay Carney. Listen at the end when he calls this “kabuki theater”

As Ace points out, Carney wants a double standard where any Democrat can say anything, and not be called out for their “uncivil” discourse, but, if a Republican says something, well, the GOP politician will be held responsible.

Transcript below the fold

TAPPER: And lastly, Jay, in January, President Obama said after the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of the of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” Did he mean that?

CARNEY: Of course he did.

TAPPER: How does the comments — how do the comments by the Teamster’s president fit in with that?

CARNEY: Well, first of all, those weren’t comments by the president. Secondly, as I think has been recorded –

TAPPER: They were comments by a union leader at an event that President Obama spoke at.

CARNEY: I understand that there is a ritual in Washington that, you know, somebody says something and you link the associations and then everybody who has an association with him or her is somehow — has to avow or disavow it. The president wasn’t there — I mean, he wasn’t on the stage. He didn’t speak for another 20 minutes. He didn’t hear it. I really don’t have any comment beyond that, Jake.

TAPPER: OK, well, some of us covered the campaign and recall a time when somebody made some harsh comments about then-Senator Obama while — during the introduction of a McCain rally. And the Obama campaign was offended and expected an apology, and Senator McCain came out and did so.

CARNEY: The — Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself. He speaks for the labor movement — AFL-CIO. The president speaks for himself. I speak for the president. You know, what the president was glad to do yesterday was have the opportunity to present his views on the importance of working Americans and on the importance of taking measures to help working Americans, to create jobs and grow the economy.

TAPPER: So the precedent — so the precedent you’re setting right now for the 2012 election is that Republican candidates are the ones that we need to pay attention to, and those who introduce them at rallies, their surrogates — we don’t have to pay attention to anything that they say.

CARNEY: Jake, I really — I think I’ve said what I can say about that.

TAPPER: Is that the standard now?

CARNEY: You can report it as you –

TAPPER: I’d rather — I’d rather not have to do this Washington kabuki every time something happens. But if that’s — if that’s the standard — if that’s the standard, then –

CARNEY: The standard is we should focus on the actions we can take to grow the economy and create jobs instead of focusing on kabuki theater.

So, remember, per the White House mouthpiece, any calls of uncivil rhetoric and such are now kabuki theater.

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6 Responses to “Obama Mouthpiece Jay Carney: All Complaints Of Uncivil Discourse Is “Kabuki Theater””

  1. captainfish says:

    Because everyone knows Repubs are evil and speak evil.

    Every word Repubs say are evil and are spoken in evil intent.

    Even if the words are “cute”, “cuddly”, “puppies”, or “dandelion”…. those are evil words spoken in evil spiteful intent.

    Democrats can speak “Murder, “Death”, “Kill” and “bullseye” with only the most innocent of thoughts and purist of energies.

    To expect any differently…. you must live in muder-death-kill-puppy-land.

  2. And just think, we’re still over a year away from the general election!

  3. Trish says:

    We will have to buck up for sure Teach; this election cycle will be “murder-death-kill-puppy-land” and much much more. Anything we say OR do, will be under a microscope, and by we I mean ANY R candidate running for any office in the coming year. It will be an unbelievably unfair fight, because Ds will be allowed to ACTUALLY murder-death-kill-puppies, while we will only be able to sputter and harrumph, and every policy we want to enforce, will be twisted to infer we want to murder-death-kill-puppies.
    I say we shouldn’t back down. I say, this IS war. And if the goons in the unions want to be bullies, they will get what’s coming to them.

  4. captainfish says:

    I’m starting to like this MDKPL.

    And Trish, I whole-heartedly agree. It is far past time that we play their game of apologizing when they feel offended for using THEIR words or using their own terminology.

    It is far past time to remain a statesman. When the Dems call you or the party out for something completely MDKPL, like letting school children starve due to a reduction in the rate of growth in the Dept of Ag, then it is time we shout and stand firm.

    It’s time to bring some MDKPL to their doorsteps!!

    Sometimes, I laugh at the asians and their parliamentary shenanigans and fist-fights. But then…. I think that sure used to solve alot of problems back in our day too.

    40 paces – turn and fire.

  5. Trish says:

    Here here Captain! I say, as soon as we can get rid of NMP, MDKPL can become a thriving nation of hard working patriotic and believe it or not, charitable Americans!!!!

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