Ryan Taylor Jabs At SAB During Concession Speech


One interesting moment during last night’s long, long vote counting nightmare was North Dakota gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s concession speech.

As he took the podium to concede the race to Jack Dalrymple, he regaled the crowd with a rambling recitation of Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” perhaps one of the most pretentious and self-aggrandizing things I’ve ever seen in politics (a endeavor with more than its fair share of egos and weirdos).

The poem contains this line:

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

After he was done, Taylor said something like, “We’ve all heard the truth twisted by knaves. And bloggers.”

It was a pretty clear shot at this blogger (it earned me cheers at the Minot NDGOP victory party where I was watching results) since there really aren’t any other serious political blogs in the state, and I do have to admit it’s kind of funny.

It’s hard to say what “truth” Taylor thinks I’ve twisted. Perhaps it’s the ridiculous new lopsided ethical standard he and other Democrats are touting, which brands political contributions business and industry interests as bribes while political contributions from unions and environmental activists are just fine.

Regardless, thanks for the shout-out Mr. Taylor. I’m glad that we’re calling you Mr. Taylor, instead of Governor Taylor or even state Senator Taylor. Your bad ideas don’t belong in our government.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Mike Quinn

    Taylor put it eloquently. You have been clearly proven a lying distorting scum, and you owe every decent American an apology. You and your cronies are the lowest type of vermin, and seeing your gang of rats so publically humiliated last night brought joy to my heart. Find an honest way to make a living, and fight for justice. You will feel better about yourself and have something honorable to do so your family does not have to be ashamed of you.

    • DakotaStrong

      Drama Queen.

    • Tim Heise

      Rob, by the way, you do not owe me an apology, for I am not decent. I am member of a gang of rats.

    • Radniecki

      Hey Mike, I assume when you say “fight for justice” you’re talking “social justice.” If you want to see social justice in action, just look to Cuba, N. Korea, China, the middle eastern theocracies, and if you’re old enough think back to the days of the old Soviet Union. Those societies treat everybody the same.

      • Mike Quinn

        As usual you right wing dingers never mention Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, and all the successful countries that embrace sharing. Doing so would muddy the water. How do you dingers account for China? Millions have been lifted out of poverty there. Last night the United States rejected you lies about trickle down and the necessity of greed. All I can say is thankya Jeeesus you greedy rats are on the run.

        • Spartacus

          The only thing last night proved is that the majority of people in this country are blithering idiots.

          • $8194357

            Who want gay marraige and an ounce to pay taxes on..

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You mean the silent majority, who didn’t show up at the poles because their candidate wasn’t wackadoodle enough for them? Yep, you are right.

        • $8194357

          Who’s running leftard?
          These colors don’t run..

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Yellow? You’re runnin.

          • $8194357

            Hey #2…(crap?)
            Mike quinn took your #1 position away from you..
            where you been? Gibbs in town?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            But for you, you have no political connections. You aren’t in touch with reality enough to garner interest from political figures. That should tell you something.

          • $8194357

            Tells me I am where I wanna be shark bait…

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            On the far fringe, just barely hanging onto reality?

          • $8194357

            Only in a leftards decieved mind.

            Ya know it ALL

            But you know NOTHING.

            1 John 1

            New International Version (NIV)

            The Incarnation of the Word of Life

            1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
            2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
            3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
            4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.

            Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

            5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
            6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
            7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.

            8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
            9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
            10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

          • $8194357

            Thoughts on being “politicaly connected”.

            1 John 2: 15-20

            On Not Loving the World

            15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them.
            16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
            17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

            Warnings Against Denying the Son

            18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
            19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

            20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[

          • $8194357

            All else is vanity lost child of deception.

            Psalm 127

            A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

            1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
            the builders labor in vain.
            Unless the Lord watches over the city,
            the guards stand watch in vain.

            2 In vain you rise early
            and stay up late,
            toiling for food to eat—
            for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

    • Roy_Bean

      I’m still waiting for you explanation of how you were wronged by West River Telephone, but in the mean time it appears that the voters of the state reject your complaints and chose your rival. Now that the election is over maybe you can work on your story, if you have a story.

    • sbark

      Oh you mean like Dem’cat national leadership that outright called Romney a felon, and stated he killed a cancer victim
      as dem’cat leadership goes………so goes ave joe dem’cats
      The makeup of a 3rd world country

      • $8194357

        Lenin’s vangaurd and thier useful idiot apoligists
        still strong with the smell of kool aid..

    • noblindersonme

      Thank you Mike for your eloquent reply to the ****** idiot who can’t even phantom why he is held in such contempt by decent folks. He can’t understand “what truths he thinks Taylor accuses him of twisting” My Gawd that says it all! I could list a dozen such sins of intellectual thuggery!! But of what concern is that to Port – the king of lies! To list Port’s lies would be comparable to splashing water on a duck, he just sheds it off and flies away .

      ( how about the time not long ago when the smart ass, frat boy, port, suggested a nickname/ label for Taylor and he came up with “All Hat and no Cattle”!!!

      That coming from a pudgy phony keyboard cartoon cowboy who probably doesn’t know canola from shinola!! Taylor -the full time catttle rancher – east of Minot should not be subjected to such insults , and those are called insults PORT! not twisted truths!!! I am a farmer also and I have been trying to tell port to “grow up’ for years here on SAB! he don’t care ! He ‘s got his little cardboard fifedom here and that is all that matters to him! If HE FELT SO SELF ASSURED OF HIS VIEWS , let him get off his ass and and face farmers and ranchers and real folks and make those truths to Taylor and me , far from the safety of cyberspace ! C’mon tel us all you didn’t accuse Taylor of being a phony cowboy , you questioned his even being a real farmer when he first announced because you hardly ever heard of him before! I have met Taylor in person many times , he spoke ( and wowed us group of dirt farmers with his charm) at when he spoke at a coop meeting last year! Taylor is a real man , a real cowboy , a fine human being . Port can only find disgust with so good a person by making fun of one who quotes ‘poetry!”

      • noblindersonme

        Not wait for the thin skinned reply ! how dare you be so rude , mean , blah blah.
        It is called standing up to a bully. btw I have God on my side , he knows the truth. btw port the ‘atheist’ , does not have that to balance his life . his faith is this blog!

  • john

    Ryan Taylor lost because he is too nice a guy and too “squeaky clean” for the corrupt and unethical world of ND politics.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Or maybe Taylor’s accusations about corruption just don’t hold any water.

      • John

        I continue to follow your blog Rob mostly to watch your “facts” get blown out of the water. You’re a sensationalist that has a hard time dealing with the truth. After reading you blog about politico and Goldmark and seeing how you completely twisted the truth in that one to suit your needs, I realized you and many on your site are a big part of the problems in politics today. Mainstrem media says it quite clearly, year in and year out: ND is the most corrupt state in America. Yeah, yeah, you even have a rationalization for that.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I don’t think recognizing that you liberals are being complete hypocrites about political contributions is a “rationalization.”

          But whatever. You have ever right to feel jubilant today. I was wrong in a big way about the Senate race.

          • john

            I’m anything but jubilant Rob. What I saw last night was a country deeply divided and if Obama, Bonher and Reid don’t find some common ground and quickly, we are a country in real trouble.
            Berg didn’t lose because of negative ads, he lost because he didn’t bring home the bacon. If Hoeven and Cramer don’t bring home the bacon, I suspect they too will be one term officials. While ND may think they are independent, this state depends on those entitlements you claim to be so opposed to. Hell, your home town still has it’s hand out for FEMA money. Farm entitlements are a big reason Berg lost. He didn’t get it done.
            The Landmark, politico blog I’m referring to had nothing to do with campaign finance. It had to do with Berg being linked to Landmark. If anyone took the time to read the politico story, they would have found out Berg was up to his neck in Landmark. He leid through his teeth and you tried to deflect those lies by misreporting what the politico story said.

            I could care less how any candidate gets their contributions any more. As long as there are no limits on corporations or PACS, however you can fund fighting the outright lies against these outsiders is fair game. Hell, I saved all the poltitical mailings I got in the last two weeks. Six out of 42 originated in ND. The rest were all outside interests, with about a 1/3 of them from that lunatic Rove and his Crossroads SuperPAC. I’m not gloating and I get no pleasure from seeing you wrong on the senate race. The Landmark, politico blog had nothing to do with campaign finance. It had to do with Berg being linked to Landmark. If anyone took the time to read the politico story, they would have found out Berg was up to his neck in Landmark. He lied through his teeth and you tried to deflect those lies by misreporting what the politico story said.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Landmark…do you mean Goldmark?

            And I think I was pretty clear about Berg’s involvement in Goldmark. He started the original iteration of the company with some partners, but had no managerial control over the company during the time period upon which Heitkamp’s allegations were based.

            But his campaign really botched that explanation.

            Heitkamp’s attacks on Goldmark were pretty shameful.

          • john

            The politico story just gave heidtkamp more ammo, like the real estate license, them uncovering Berg was listed as a VP until a month before the campaign started, Come on Rob, Berg was quoted as stating he NEVER had any involvement with the company. Berg’s bold faced lies were shameful.
            So you think I am a liberal because I didn’t vote for the spend thrift you supported? OK, maybe I am moving that way. After seeing some of the comments and blogs dripping with hatred that have been posted on this site over the last 6 months, maybe I don’t want to be a part of the party of hatred and bigotry. God knows there has been a ton of that in the last six months. However, I will never support endless government handouts for farm, corporate or people. I am more in line with the old school Republican philosophies, like helping those who can’t help themselves. I don’t support unlimited welfare, and beleive that we need to provide those folks with the training to allow them to become self sufficient. Not endless. Your support of Romney, while you say it was more of an opposition to Obama, was ludicrous. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still votiung for evil. Might as well just write in Lucifer if that’s all you are doing.

    • Mike Peterson

      he simply chose the wrong race.

  • AV

    Congratulations Rob, you’ve been stubbornly twisting the truth for years. A better man would have given up by now!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s just something people say when they don’t have a counter argument.

      Socialism, my friend, will never work whether I point that out or not.

      • $8194357

        Only till they run out of other peoples money..

        • Old&InTheWay

          Or, till people finally get tired of the B.S/distortions, bloviating and/or prevarications…Just one of many that come to mind is equating the proposal to raise long term capital gains to the Bolshevik revolution…. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t that last done during the Reagan administration?

          • $8194357

            I don’t know the answer and not ashamed to say so.
            Hand picked elitists run the show for both parties.
            Same folks or their kids…For decades in DC…Go figure

      • AV

        It was a back-handed complement, SAB’s been around for more than nine years, so you’re persistent. And maybe even politicians have started to notice.

        What you call socialism, voters seem to think is pragmatism, i.e.:
        + America cannot afford Bush’s tax-cuts; and

        + Medicare & Social Security are too good to let them be destroyed.