Election '12: The White House responded to the Republican Iowa results by claiming that no matter who won, the extremists were the victors. Does the administration really want to run for re-election on that theme?
While the media were busy trying to tell the public that Mitt Romney's win Tuesday was actually a loss, the administration teed up another narrative for the press to carry.
President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, with no regard to reality claimed that the "extremist Tea Party agenda won a clear victory."
"No matter who the Republicans nominate, we'll be running against someone who has embraced that agenda in order to win," Messina said in a statement.
But who are the real extremists here?
It is Obama, not a Republican president, who has decided that he doesn't need to stay within a president's constitutional bounds and can make law at whim.
It's the White House, not the Tea Party, that's adopted Saul Alinsky's far-left organizing manual "Rules for Radicals" as its campaign playbook.
It was Obama, not Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, who quoted during that campaign Alinsky's advice to rebuild in a socialist mold "the world as it should be."
It's the Obama administration, not a single one of the GOP presidential candidates, who has run up record levels of spending and who believes that even more spending is needed.
It is the party of Obama, not the party on the right or the founders who established rigid limits on the state, that believes it has the divine right to redistribute wealth as it sees fit to those it favors.
It was Obama and a Democratic Congress, not the Tea Party, that initiated through socialist health care legislation what they hope is the start of a fundamental transformation of the American system of government.
It's Barack Obama, not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who befriended convicted Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayres and listened to a clearly bigoted Rev. Jeremiah Wright Sunday after Sunday for 20 years.
It's Obama, not those who understand that Israel is an ally, who is closely tied to Rashid Khalidi, an anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian associate of Yasser Arafat.
It was Obama and the Democratic Congress, not the advocates of limited government, who used other people's money to bail out two failing automakers.
It's Obama, not the Tea Partyers, who wasted billions of taxpayer dollars trying to establish a green economy because he believes that's the regime that Americans should live under.
And it's Obama, not those who want to ensure that he's a one-term president, who is convinced that his world view is the one the entire country must be forced to follow.
The Republican candidates are extremists? Hardly. And certainly not in comparison to the fanaticism that drives today's Democratic Party.
Properly defined, extremism is the effort to destroy our founding principles. We shouldn't have to remind anyone that has been the leading goal of the political left for decades.