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Andrea Mitchell Decries 'Anti-Castro Vitriol' of the GOP 'Pander Bears' in FL

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A disgusted Andrea Mitchell on Thursday decried the "anti-Castro vitriol" coming from Republican presidential candidates in Florida, sneering that they are "pander bears" to the Cuban community. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Teasing a discussion with Chuck Todd, Mitchell dismissed the GOP contenders: "And as Romney and Gingrich try to outdo each other with their anti-Castro vitriol, appealing to Florida voters, they think, Fidel weighed in today with his view of them." Todd lectured that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney "ought to be careful, because it doesn't sound believable."

Continuing to show her disdain, Mitchell made a historical comparison: "Well, remember, it was in Florida in '92 that the late Paul Tsongas accused Bill Clinton to be a pander bear, by pandering to the Medicare, Social Security contingent who didn't want any entitlement reform."

She then snapped, "I think we've now reached a new level of pander bears in Florida."

Mitchell has a history of spinning for the communist dictatorship and decrying its critics. On May 1, 2007, she reported from Cuba and insisted, "There have been no major problems, other than the continuing economic difficulties that of course this country faces because of the U.S. embargo, the economic embargo."

On December 16, 1999, during the Elian Gonzalez saga, Mitchell proclaimed of Castro: "Without doubt he [Castro] is taking personal control of the case of the six-year-old, even to the point of calling child psychiatrists to ask about the effect of all this on the child’s mind. His chief concern: Could the boy readjust to life here?...He seemed old-fashioned, courtly — even paternal."

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A transcript of the January 26 exchange:


1pm tease

ANDREA MITCHELL: And as Romney and Gingrich try to outdo each other with their anti-Castro vitriol, appealing to Florida voters, they think, Fidel weighed in today with his view of them.
   
1:07

MITCHELL: But certainly not soft when it comes to Castro. It was pretty remarkable in the debate the other night, with Brian Williams, where you had Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich each trying to outdo each other as to what they would do to Fidel Castro.

CHUCK TODD: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't heard a presidential candidate basically say, he'll be gone. Well, what are you going to do? You going to use the military? I mean, it's been interesting to hear the ramped up rhetoric to the point of where, they ought to be careful, because it doesn't sound believable.

MITCHELL: Well, remember, it was in Florida in '92 that the late Paul Tsongas accused Bill Clinton to be a pander bear, by pandering to the Medicare, Social Security contingent who didn't want any entitlement reform.

TODD: Didn't work.

MITCHELL: I think we've now reached a new level of pander bears in Florida.

TODD: Uh- one of the great Paul Tsongas quotes.

Comments

#1 Does this dumb

Does this dumb Obama slut not know that Castro is a hard core communist? His administration has killed thousands of Cuban citizens and she thinks the republicans are being too hard on him. I have a suggestion for her, maybe she can move to Cuba and leave her millions and her cronies here. Lets see how long she would last. Cubans for the most part have been treated like Castro's slaves, not unlike the people in almost all communist countries.

Shame on you Andrea. You call yourself a journalist? I call you a dumb Obama slut.

#2 Yes granny

She knows, she can't stand to see a fellow communist get criticized

"Fear Is The Mind Killer"

#3 Mitchell wins this week's Lillian Hellman Red Alibi Award

MITCHELL: I think we've now reached a new level of pander bears in Florida.

Really? I don't ever recall any significant Republican candidates swinging through Florida with a promise to normalize relations with Castro. I don't recall Obama doing it either, and if he did, why hasn't he done so since taking office?

As for Cuba's economic plight, why is it that the US gets blamed for embargoing Cuba?  Cuba can trade with the other 180-some odd countries in the world, so why is lack of trade with the US the reason for its ruin?  Could it be Castro himself to blame?

#4 ⇒ Let's all celebrate Castro

After all, Andrea, it's most likely he succeeded in killing JFK. I guess you forgot about the "Fair Play for Cuba" flyers Oswald was passing out in Florida the week before the assassination.

#5 Listen Andrea, you twit

You know nothing of the Cuban community here.

I had a lady who worked for me, whose parents moved here during the early 60's, when she was a toddler. She went back to Cuba a couple of years ago, to visit cousins and such. She could take only 44 lbs. of luggage, so she took all kinds of shampoos, lotions, OTC medicines, etc., and wore four changes of clothes. When she returned, she was tan from all of the walking she did, not from sitting on the beach. Cuba is an incredibly poor country, due to the Castros.

The day Fidel es muerte is going to be a GREAT day in South Florida. You & Brian are idiots. There won't be a flotilla, a la the Mariel Boat Lift....but there will be great joy and family reunions. As it should be.

#6 hey j. on Michell and her commie buddy

J. Thank you for being decent and not stooping to Bill Maher's level - - or, you would not have called Andrea Mitchell a "twit."

Mitchell: "There have been no major problems, other than the continuing economic difficulties that of course this country faces because of the U.S. embargo, the economic embargo."

3- 4 years ago, buried in a story about potential coming reforms in Cuba, I noticed this little bit (my bold):

Cuba produces so little of the food it needs despite a year-round growing climate is one of the nagging forces driving Castro to shake up the status quo in the countryside. Cuba imports more than 80% of the commodities distributed in the monthly ration basket

Cuba is a fertile tropical island. Through these many decades that Castro has ruled with his  socialist worker bees under his Communist iron fist, how in the world could he not direct a successful farming and ranching commune. Someone does the bees, someone the greens and tomatoes and potatoes, someone the grains, someone the sugar cane, someone fishes, someone, has the chicken coops, someone raises the goats and the cows,  someone runs the market and on and on  - what a disgrace. Who can't run a commune.

And, Andrea Mitchell blames the US for this little pathetic human rights criminal's failures - what a disgrace.

(;~> gary

#7 Excellent point, Gary.

And, when Obama has his way, with the regulations on kids needing driver's licenses to operate their family farm machinery, and the caps on what kind of fuel they can use, and what they can plant, our farm belt will more closely resemble Cuber, then it will the states of the growing region of the U.S.

To re-elect Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

#8 Andrea is just unhappy

that no one took her seriously when she reported on her visit with Castro in 1999. She discovered that he was a decent sort of fellow who cares deeply for his fellow man. Shame on those who do not agree.

#9 Andrea Mitchell circa 2003

I remember seeing a report she presented on M.S.S.R. (MSLSD) dedicated to Fidel Castro. She was in joyous delight, saying that Fidel was getting soft in his old age and starting to admire poetry and art. Here is the kicker.....Mitchell said that He had nothing to worry about because "ALL OF HIS POLITICAL RIVALS WERE EITHER DEAD OR IN PRISON". I fell off my couch in desbelief when I heard that statement. Hey Andrea, did it ever occur to you that Fidel's political rivals were either DEAD OR IN PRISON BY FIDEL's WISHES????

"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets". - Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver (1976).

#10 There is no vitriol that is over the top when it comes to that..

...murderous, stinking, commie SOB.

If I had been POTUS when he took over Cuba, his worthless red ass would have been dead within a month.

-Dave

Vote for the American in November

#11 If you have any doubts

That the members of the MSM, Hollywood celebs, teachers and college professors are communists now for the most part, just criticize a communist dictator. It doesn't matter if they are dead or alive, whether it's that pig Hugo Chavez or the bloody murdering Stalin, you will Incur the wrath of people who support the American democrat party. And that's the dirty little secret, they ARE COMMUNISTS. they call themselves liberals, progressives, Obama supporters, its all a scam, just like everything the left does, they have to lie cheat and intimidate to push their agenda, it's the communist way.

"Fear Is The Mind Killer"

#12 Huh?

"There have been no major problems..."

Then, please, Andrea, explain all those inner-tube armadas where hundreds of people have, year after year, risked their lives just to get the hell out?

This may come as a surprise to you, Anderea, but no one is willing to risk their life to in order to ENTER Cuba. However, over the last 80 years or so, tens of thousands of them have risked their lives, with many thousands dying in the process, just to get out! Shouldn't that tell you something? The only difference between Cuba and the former East Germany is that, as Cuba is an island, Castro didn't need to erect any walls in which to entrap the population. The living condition in Cuba is about the same as it was in East Germany: dismal, to the point of people desperately trying to escape, even if they die in the attempt.

By the way, Anderea, guess where most of those people try to escape to? You got it: America! So, Anderea, take your Castro peddling ignorant ass and go live in Cuba, if you think it's so great.

You know, I keep hearing people like Anderea telling us that we should stop thinking that America is so great, that our feelings of America exceptionalism is misplaced, but I have to wonder: How many countries in the world are there where so many people are willing to risk their lives just on the slim chance that they can get here? I don't think anyone could name any other country on Earth were people, by the TENS of MILLIONS, all over the world, are willing to die trying to reach, and have been doing so since the 1400's!

In 1400 and 92, Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue, and everyone's been trying to come here ever since. How's that for American exceptionalism!

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

#13 That "embargo" statement intrigues me.

Her "embargo" statement intrigues me. Is America the only country in the entire world that's capable of buying products made in Cuba?

Hay, Anderea, you're right that our government forbids America from importing anything from Cuba, but what's preventing the 150 some odd other countries in the world from importing Cuban made products? Has it occurred to you that it's because of Casto that they can't produce enough to satisfy their own needs, let alone export anything? Hay, that's not our fault! You act as if we're blockading Cuba or something!

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

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