When MSNBC's Martin Bashir invited Rick Tyler on his program Friday to discuss Mitt Romney being a "bully," he must have expected the former Newt Gingrich campaign adviser would play right along with the profile depicted in the Washington Post's hit piece about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Quite the contrary, Tyler didn't take the bait and instead turned the tables on his host saying, "I would consider things like Barack Obama bullying the Supreme Court, bullying the EPA, bullying hundreds of property owners and business owners, bullying donors to the Romney campaign. That’s what bullying is" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MARTIN BASHIR, HOST: Would you say that your candidate was in effect bullied as he approached that primary?
RICK TYLER, FORMER NEWT GINGRICH CAMPAIGN ADVISER: No, look, I don’t think what Mitt Romney did at Cranbrook has really any relevance to what happened today.
BASHIR: I’m not talking about Cranbrook, Mr. Tyler, I’m talking about what happened to your candidate before the primary in Florida where you yourself have just said you could not believe the ferocity of the attacks. What I’m saying to you is did that feel as though your candidate was being bullied during that primary?
TYLER: No, I wouldn’t consider it bullying. I would consider things like Barack Obama bullying the Supreme Court, bullying the EPA, bullying hundreds of property owners and business owners, bullying donors to the Romney campaign. That’s what bullying is when they have an effect on private citizens not people running against them but people who disagree with them politically. That’s bullying!
BASHIR: Okay, Mr. Tyler, you’re obviously still very loyal to Mr. Romney.
Bashir was clearly rattled by Tyler's answer for he obviously forgot his guest used to work for Gingrich and against Romney.
Maybe someone ought to teach him that you should never ask your opponent a question you don't already know the answer to for he or she just might make a fool out of you.
Of course, with Bashir at the helm, that's not very difficult.
Still, one can now see how some of the Obama-loving media are going to use the Post's hit piece against Romney with the goal clearly to connect his alleged bullying as a high school student to how he campaigns.
They must think they can then somehow engender sympathy for the current White House resident despite him being the incumbent who enjoys enthusiastic support from the press and the entertainment industry.
Anything to get him reelected regardless of how idiotic I suppose.