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A Lousy Stomping

Man, are a lot of people worked up over this video of a MoveOn.org supporter getting taken down by supporters of Rand Paul after a Senate debate race:





No, that ain't pretty. But it isn't as bad as it seems.

What appears to have happened is that a whackjob moveon.org member (but I repeat myself) charged Paul -- a Senate candidate -- as some kind of a stunt, to present him with some BS mocking "award" of some kind. Rushing a political candidate is never a good idea -- just ask Robert Kennedy or George Wallace. Rand supporters tackled her and one of them moved in to help restrain her -- in a rather brutal-looking fashion.

But no, he didn't "head-stomp" her.

Watch the video carefully -- as I have. That was no stomp. He didn't drive down his foot with force -- he placed it carefully. It wasn't on her head or neck, but on her shoulder. And then he shoved down on her shoulder, pushing her face-down on the curb.

Then he took his foot off.

Personally, I don't think he did anything wrong. I might have done the same thing. Regardless, he's apologized stated that he overreacted and he's no longer part of Paul's campaign.

This shows that when it comes to thuggish behavior, the Republicans are seriously lame.

Remember Kenneth Gladney? He was at an anti-ObamaCare rally in St. Louis this year and had the temerity to challenge the positions of the SEIU, whose purple-clad thugs beat him down.

Remember Allee Bautsch? She and her boyfriend left a GOP fundraiser in New Orleans when they were attacked by a gang of thugs and put in the hospital.

Or remember this young journalist-wannabe who wanted to talk to Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) and ended up manhandled and in a headlock.

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. Republicans, work harder if you wanna equal the Democrats' armies of thugs for this kind of targeted political violence.


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And unlike leftist thugs, w... (Below threshold)
jim m:

And unlike leftist thugs, who put their victims in the hospital, the man in the video has already come forward, identified himself and apologized.

If it had been an SEIU croud she would have been beaten to a pulp.

I find the "outrage" of the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I find the "outrage" of the left to be highly "nuanced".

Stomped, Kicked, Neutralize... (Below threshold)
epador:

Stomped, Kicked, Neutralized. Whatever. I think he carefully used more force than necessary, and she used more stupidity than necessary. I'd call it a wash.

Though I can understand why some would deign to touch her with anything but the sole of their shoe.

Just showing the sole of your shoe, that should have been enough. (That's an insult to muslims, right?)

Wait until they get stomped... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Wait until they get stomped HARD next Tuesday.

Remember that chick Ashley ... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Remember that chick Ashley Todd who got attacked by Obama thugs in Pittsburgh right before the election?

They wrote an backwards "B" on her cheek or something.

Unfortunately, there was no video, like most of your examples.

I disagree. It was totally ... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

I disagree. It was totally uncalled for. The actions of the others up to that point may have been called for, depending on what exactly happened up to that point, but the guy that stepped on her was over the line. Of course, the left never misses an opportunity to lie, and so naturally they are claiming he stomped on her head. But what he did do, using his foot to drive her shoulder into the concrete with considerable force was inexcusable. She was already down and was not striking out at anyone or even trying to get away. She had gone completely limp, and nobody, and I mean nobody, has the right to abuse someone in that manner when they are not any kind of threat.

The wig aint helping honey... (Below threshold)
914:

The wig aint helping honey.

Galoob,There was v... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Galoob,

There was video in 2 of the 3 examples given you ass. Kenneth Gladney's beating was caught and so was the assault by the soon to be former dem congressman.

2 out of 3 would qualify as 'most'.

Galoob. Never miss... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Galoob.

Never misses an opportunity to reinforce why the Democrat party symbol is a Jackass.

Five men single out a woman... (Below threshold)
J Richards:

Five men single out a woman in a crowd as a recognized political activist, surround her, throw her to the sidewalk, and one holds her down while the other presses her head to the curb with his foot. The response?

"Personally, I don't think he did anything wrong. I might have done the same thing."

It totally astonishes me how many times I've seen similar comments on conservative discussion boards and blogs today.

This same young woman was thrown into a Chinese communist jail cell in 2008, for daring to unfurl a "Free Tibet" banner in Olympic Park.

I guess she must be one of those un-American, freedom-hating leftists we keep hearing about.

Five men single out a wo... (Below threshold)

Five men single out a woman in a crowd as a recognized political activist, surround her, throw her to the sidewalk, and one holds her down while the other presses her head to the curb with his foot.

Where did that happen? The story I'm talking about is how a Senate candidate showed up for an event, a woman charges out of the crowd rushing the candidate, and his volunteers stop her and restrain her for the police. One of them goes a little far, but he's not a trained professional, doesn't actually injure her, apologizes, and is separated from the campaign anyway. Where did your incident occur?

Oh, and J Richards? Google up "Squeaky Fromme" and then say this was an overreaction.

J.

"Where did that happen? ... (Below threshold)
J Richards:

"Where did that happen? The story I'm talking about is how a Senate candidate showed up for an event, a woman charges out of the crowd rushing the candidate, and his volunteers stop her and restrain her for the police."

Ms. Valle reported that the Rand Paul supporters involved knew she was a MoveOn worker. She said they'd seen her at earlier campaign events, and recognized her several minutes before Rand Paul showed up.

Mr. Profitt's comments on that aren't out yet, so far as I've read, so that's only her side of the story. I'll be more sympathetic toward him if it turns out he was clueless about her identity.

My apologies, Mr. Richards.... (Below threshold)

My apologies, Mr. Richards. I was unaware that "a member of Moveon.org" was a guarantee of sanity and reason and nonviolence.

Are we talking about the same group? The group started over 10 years ago to get us to "move on" after the Clinton impeachment, that fought and re-fought the 2000 election for years, that got a heavily discounted ad to call General Petraeus "General Betray-Us" the day he testified before Congress, that ran ads comparing President Bush to Hitler, that claimed in 2004 that they "bought and paid for" the Democratic party, that ran a 2008 ad showing a woman holding her infant and saying "John McCain, you can't have him for your war in Iraq," and all other forms of craziness?

Maybe she was associated with a different moveon.org than I've been watching for years.

Here's a hint: under NO circumstances does one rush a major political figure, especially if you're known to not exactly be a fan of that politician. Apparently you didn't take my advice and Google up Squeaky Fromme. She's this tiny redheaded waif who dressed up as a nun and almost assassinated President Gerald Ford -- and only failed at shooting him because she was incompetent in how to properly operate a .45 pistol. (She pulled the gun and pulled the trigger, but there was no round in the chamber -- she'd ejected it at home, and didn't realize she needed to chamber another round.)

You wanna take a chance that that MoveOn nutjob is harmless, or are you gonna respond to her aggressive moves (charging out of a crowd and rushing a candidate you know she doesn't like) by stopping her and then later sort out the facts?

Note that she wasn't injured in the incident that she caused -- unlike another woman attending, a Paul supporter, who had her surgical-boot-clad foot stomped on and sent to the hospital by one of this nutjob's allies. Funny how that incident isn't getting the attention...

J.

Listen to the video. Immedi... (Below threshold)

Listen to the video. Immediately the guy put his foot on her shoulder, he is told to stop by another person in the crowd. They edit it to speak over his correction, by you can hear him say, "No no no no c'mon!" The guy ordering him to stop is the guy with his left arm out.

The first video at Hot Air is better.
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/26/stupid-paul-supporter-stomps-protester-at-debate/

If I was Rand Paul, I'd pull the guy in and thank him. I'd also be touting how proud I was of the guy for restraining the "stomp"-er.


Squeeky Fromme is right. She's lucky she isn't seriously hurt.

galoob,what does Ashley To... (Below threshold)
John:

galoob,what does Ashley Todd have to do with this, oh and do you remember the census worked that killed himself... jez how about talking about his subject. Jay is right on the point about rushing a politician, in a country that the president is dividing as fast as he can in to good guys and enemies it would not be surprising that an over zelous Moveon activist would go too far.

Ms. Valle reported... (Below threshold)
Ms. Valle reported that the Rand Paul supporters involved knew she was a MoveOn worker. She said they'd seen her at earlier campaign events, and recognized her several minutes before Rand Paul showed up.
So they were on the ball in identifying potential threats to their candidate. It probably helped in their effort to neutralize the real threat when she did finally charge the candidate. The extra push on the shoulder is an overreaction, but I didn't see anyone put a foot on her head.


Ms. Valle reported that ... (Below threshold)

Ms. Valle reported that the Rand Paul supporters involved knew she was a MoveOn worker. She said they'd seen her at earlier campaign events, and recognized her several minutes before Rand Paul showed up.

So, Mr. Richards, how does her blonde wig fit into this story?

J.

This was no "stomp". Callin... (Below threshold)

This was no "stomp". Calling it a stomp is clearly not supported by the video and is about as accurate as calling Bob Etheridge's move a "headlock" or claiming that "every single policy holder individually received at least 85% of their premiums' worth of health care" under Obamacare.

I'm not sure I understand w... (Below threshold)
John:

I'm not sure I understand why people knowing she was an activitist and had been seen at Paul rallies before, changes the story at all. Could she have been stalking her victim, maybe she was seen at several events just for the purpose of getting a subdued response to charging a senate candidate. Either way in a crowd of people in an enviornment that is becoming more and more hostile charging a senate candidate is likely to and probably should get this sort of response. Just because she's been at other rallies doesn't mean her charging Paul wasn't an attempt to harm him. To me it would be foolish not to assume the worst given the potential outcome. Let's suppose someone with a Tea Party shirt charged Barney Frank what do you suppose the reaction would be?

Clearly the guy stepped ove... (Below threshold)
Jack:

Clearly the guy stepped over the boundaries. That's why he was fired. But just to prove he's an asshole, if there was any doubt, he's now asking for an apology -- from the woman who's head he stomped.

The Rand Paul campaign volunteer who stepped on the head of a liberal activist after she had been wrestled to the ground outside a debate said Wednesday that the incident has been blown out of proportion and that the activist owes him an apology.

"She's a professional at what she does," Tim Profitt, who was fired Tuesday from Paul's Senate campaign, said in an interview with local television station WKYT. "When all the facts come out people will see that she's the one who initiated the whole thing."

I believe she could have started it. Nonetheless the head stomping was over the top and excessive.

But now the ass wants an apology?

Clearly the guy st... (Below threshold)
Clearly the guy stepped over the boundaries. That's why he was fired. But just to prove he's an asshole, if there was any doubt, he's now asking for an apology -- from the woman who's head he stomped.
There was no head stomping -- Look at the video.
I believe she could have started it. Nonetheless the head stomping was over the top and excessive.
There was no head stomping -- Look at the video (plus you are being redundant and repetitive)
But now the ass wants an apology?
For the trouble he and the rest are getting for stopping someone from charging Ron Paul, they all should get an apology from the attacker. ... and you should apologize for only parroting the words of others without looking at the video,
"He didn't drive down his f... (Below threshold)
M Styborski:

"He didn't drive down his foot with force -- he placed it carefully."

I guess we see what we want to see. Is she an idiot for rushing a candidate? Yes. But the fact is that whatever threat she posed was already neutralized by the other guys. Stomping on a defenseless woman... Some guys just can't let go of the "good ol' days", huh?

As for Allee Bautsch, The cops are no closer to finding the "roving band of Democratic terrorists" that allegedly attacked the two inebriated victims. Even Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has steered clear of that manufactured fiasco.

And Ashley Todd? What does that attention-seeking self-carving idiot have to do with anything?

"He didn't drive d... (Below threshold)
"He didn't drive down his foot with force -- he placed it carefully."

Well he did place it down carefully, and then he did drive it down with force, unnecessarily. Still far short of what I would call kicking or stomping.

And another Lee Ward IP bit... (Below threshold)
Bob Bathgate:

And another Lee Ward IP bites the big one... take the hint and just go away, Lee.

J.

Jay, you should have said "... (Below threshold)
Mark Anderson:

Jay, you should have said "he placed it lovingly on her face". That is if you want be to as accurate as, of course, you always are.




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