Quotes of the day

posted at 10:30 pm on January 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

“Tonight Mr. Obama proved—once again—that he hears the American music and can play it like a maestro. As well as Ronald Reagan. Both presidents had—have—have music in their souls. The other people in the room where I watched the speech were in tears by the end—the kind that stream down the face. I managed to hold those back. But I could not hold back my admiration at the performance, in particular of Mr. Obama’s deep humanity, as evinced by his profound, almost Lincolnesque humor. Oh dear, are tears streaming down my face, one way or the other?

“He proved himself capable, too, of drama, as when he (figuratively) pointed a finger at the Supremes, sitting in their courtly robes directly in front of him, hands demurely folded, and accused them (in my opinion, unjustly, to say nothing of injudiciously) of allowing ‘foreign enemies’ to influence our elections. I had been under the impression that it was called ‘free speech.’ But never mind. It was an electrifying moment. Thank you, Mr. President.

“An electrifying evening, all in all.”

***
“The central fact of the speech was the contradiction at its heart. It repeatedly asserted that Washington is the answer to everything. At the same time it painted a picture of Washington as a sick and broken place. It was a speech that argued against itself: You need us to heal you. Don’t trust us, we think of no one but ourselves.

“The people are good but need guidance—from Washington. The middle class is anxious, and its fears can be soothed—by Washington. Washington can ‘make sure consumers . . . have the information they need to make financial decisions.’ Washington must ‘make investments,’ ‘create’ jobs, increase ‘production’ and ‘efficiency.’…

“Why would anyone have faith in that thing to help anyone do anything?”

***
“Obama insists that Americans need to muster the courage to agree with him, to sign on to his agenda. Just as at Omaha Beach and Bull Run, Americans need to show their mettle. ‘Again, we are tested. And again, we must answer history’s call.’ That ‘call’ is the call of Obama.

“‘I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone.’ So come on, you slackers, fall into line…

“Other politicians are vain, cowardly and insubstantial. They need the courage to change. Meanwhile, Obama is great the way he is.”

***
“After a series of political humiliations, Obama called on Republicans to change their course. Facing a general revolt against Washington, he proudly took credit for posting the names of White House visitors online. Promising to change the tone in Washington, he managed to be petty, backward looking, defiant and self-justifying.

“Barack Obama has lost his promise. He has lost his momentum. He has lost his touch. He has lost his filibuster-proof Senate majority. He has lost his first year in office.

“Tonight, he lost his grip on reality.”

***
“The public thinks Obama doesn’t get it; Obama thinks the public doesn’t get it.”


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The Buckley essay is sarcastic. For his (slightly) more straightforward slam of the the SOTU, read his piece here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-25/the-audacity-of-oops/?cid=bsa:moreauthor1 It’s called “The Audacity of Oops.” Helpful Hint: Just imagine his Thurston Howell III accent as you are reading it. That always helps me…

cynccook on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

MB4 on January 28, 2010 at 11:49 PM

to feel otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.

Karl Marx on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

to feel otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.

Karl Marx on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Whatever you say, Uncle Joe.

MB4 on January 29, 2010 at 12:26 AM

to feel otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.

Karl Marx on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

And what would those be, sweetie? Not your regurgitations of crap like you’ve been posting.

AubieJon on January 29, 2010 at 12:27 AM

AZfederalist on January 28, 2010 at 11:47 PM

No way Jose! He would shhhh, very descretely get on the phone to the family physician in whispered tones. That one would get on the phone to thoughtfully confer with a collegue, who would then place a call to the family psychiatrist, who would then…(SLAP
SLAP!)!
Chill! I first brought up Christopher Buckley’s Brain Fart (and, he would hate, hate hate it referred to in such crude terms, but it was,) as an example of one who shouldn’t have been–but was–bedazzled by the brilliance of THE ONE.

We knew Barack’s schtick was a load of hog swill before the election. (C’mon: “We are the ones we have been waiting for????” GMAFB, Serially, THAT was the line that made sheeple in Berlin and around the world swoon?? Puleezee!)
…Sorry, the last paranthetical was totally editorial, and totally unforgivable!
Anyway, Christopher fell off the family turnip truck, but, yuk yuk, if y’all iz willin to let
em back on, ‘s’all good by me (scratches self in unmentionable places).
The one question I have is, can we please make him lose the effing hat and effing pipe?

Chewy the Lab on January 29, 2010 at 12:29 AM

MB4 on January 28, 2010 at 11:49 PM
to feel otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.

Karl Marx on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

MB4′s rogues’ gallery didn’t reach their lofty positions based on their superhuman knowledge of “policy”, though. Or their “sophistication”, for that matter.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 12:30 AM

to feel otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.

Karl Marx on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM
Whatever you say, Uncle Joe.

MB4 on January 29, 2010 at 12:26 AM

The Democrats agree with Karl Marx.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 12:32 AM

While cruising about the web, I came across this.

It meshes well with the current madness gripping Oobaka.

And I found it far more satisfying than Buckley’s inane ‘lovers missive’.

But then again Buckley is no Melville.

CPT. Charles on January 29, 2010 at 12:32 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Sorry I missed your post. I had to step away. My gag reflex was in spasm over the Buckley article. I think I’ll be ok now.

I read what Ace said about it. funny.

Geochelone on January 29, 2010 at 12:33 AM

to feel otherwise simply flies in the face of the facts.

Karl Marx on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM
And what would those be, sweetie? Not your regurgitations of crap like you’ve been posting.

AubieJon on January 29, 2010 at 12:27 AM

C’mon dear! Did you leave your copy of the manifesto in the bathroom? I don’t have all night. Facts! I could cut and paste pages from the Sears catalog on here and it would have more basis in fact than what you’ve copied and pasted.

AubieJon on January 29, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Oh, but just in case it’s not clear, Buckley’s still a MAJOR assh*ole. Remember this? http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-10/the-conservative-case-for-obama (“Sorry Dad, I’m Voting for Obama”) And of course, how could we ever forget this delightful episode: http://www.topix.com/forum/source/wtnh/TSF3BIJ413KETT5SB ?
(In which we learn how Christopher Buckley refuses to see or speak to the little boy he fathered with the mistress he was cheating on his wife with back in 2000.)
Yeah, there’s a guy with stellar judgment and great conservative values.

cynccook on January 29, 2010 at 12:43 AM

christopher buckley is such a vagina.

therightwinger on January 29, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Mr. Obama’s deep humanity, as evinced by his profound, almost Lincolnesque humor. Oh dear, are tears streaming down my face, one way or the other?

This entire past year and a half, at times such as last night’s speech, feels like this is a low budget, poorly acted, grade B movie. There is no connection to reality, no ability or desire to go beyond an ill-written script and a plot that either bores me to death or scares the living heck out of me. The acting is bad and the players cannot see beyond themselves and go off the deep end to be sure the lighting shows what they believe to be their best side.

The worst part is the desperation spin and denial from the media on all levels to try and make his speech, his delivery, his rhetoric, his promises, his lies, seem something they were not. Tears streaming down someone’s face over a boring, too long political speech that had more holes in it than swiss cheese, shows a disconnect from common sense and reality with too much invested in a fantasy rather than reality. I am very worried for my country. I truly hope we can weather the next three years.

Miss Molly on January 29, 2010 at 12:54 AM

does he know something the rest of us do not? or is the president of the United States insane?

Skandia Recluse on January 28, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Why yes Skandia, he is. His behavior is clearly characteristic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (which everyone clearly sees) coupled with grandiose delusions.

What’s more troubling than Barry’s preoccupation with himself and his deleterious agenda is the insanity that may still be coming. Some socialist and communist governments have unjustly branded politically motivated mental disorders on their citizens. Chiefly, individuals were diagnosed as insane if they held divergent views or beliefs than those political views of the government. Punishment for this brand of politically diagnosed insanity were often severe.

Barry already thinks the public doesn’t get it, which may translate into dissenting citizens are insane. This may be the new Liberal meme– shifting the label of conservatives as racists to the mentally disturbed.

anXdem on January 29, 2010 at 1:04 AM

I think the worst aspect of this Presidency is that the rest of the nation is being drug down to their level.

Speakup on January 29, 2010 at 1:04 AM

It repeatedly asserted that Washington is the answer to everything. At the same time it painted a picture of Washington as a sick and broken place. It was a speech that argued against itself

see, this is exactly what I was saying when people were furious at the government’s reaction to Katrina. And you liberals want more government?

John the Libertarian on January 29, 2010 at 1:06 AM

“The other people in the room where I watched the speech were in tears by the end—the kind that stream down the face.”

I’m sure Buckley’s father is rolling over in his grave…

lovingmyUSA on January 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Oh dear, are tears streaming down my face, one way or the other?

So both Chrissy and Buckley leak when they see TOTUS !

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

This entire past year and a half, at times such as last night’s speech, feels like this is a low budget, poorly acted, grade B movie. There is no connection to reality, no ability or desire to go beyond an ill-written script and a plot that either bores me to death or scares the living heck out of me. The acting is bad and the players cannot see beyond themselves and go off the deep end to be sure the lighting shows what they believe to be their best side.

The worst part is the desperation spin and denial from the media on all levels to try and make his speech, his delivery, his rhetoric, his promises, his lies, seem something they were not. Tears streaming down someone’s face over a boring, too long political speech that had more holes in it than swiss cheese, shows a disconnect from common sense and reality with too much invested in a fantasy rather than reality. I am very worried for my country. I truly hope we can weather the next three years.

Miss Molly on January 29, 2010 at 12:54 AM

This brings to mind the Obama butt-kissers last night on ABC. Absolutely disgusting how gleeful they were. The editor-in-chief of Newsweek was the stupidest. He believed that Obama would add a “million jobs” by the end of the year. What a moron. I’d like to have what he’s smoking.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

I’m sure Buckley’s father is rolling over in his grave…

lovingmyUSA on January 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Exactly. Even when William F. Buckley was against Bush (like with the Iraq War), he was classy about it. I think he’d slap his son cross-eyed if he knew he was being taken in by such b.s. No wonder Christopher Buckley is a novelist. He’s about as vapid and shallow as an actor or screenwriter.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Miss Molly on January 29, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Very well said—-I just told a friend the same thing today about the bad movie scenario. I liken the current situation more to the tv series Dallas where JR always does everyone dirty and continued to get away w/it.

arnold ziffel on January 29, 2010 at 1:26 AM

Class warfare vs class. Class wins every time asnd Obama doesn’t have it. But he’s not the only one.

Connie on January 29, 2010 at 1:36 AM

WAY OT: Jay Leno Opens up to Oprah

Ugly on January 29, 2010 at 1:38 AM

In less than two weeks,
we have gained a seat in Massachusetts.
Then Boxer AND Bayh warned of a Republican resurgence.

Then came the polling data.
Boxer polling within the margin of error.
BAYH polling within the margin of error against the top two Republican potential matchups (Pence announced he would not run though).
FEINGOLD would face a challenge from Pumpkinhead if he threw his hat in.

NOW we have Murray in Washington facing a race if Rossi makes a run.

If President Bush turned out to be poison for Republican majorities, President Obama seems to be the antidote.

Much can change of course, but we are already looking at picking up at least 6 more Senate seats.
With California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington, Illinois and New York all potentially in play…

This is going to be a fun year.

theoneandonlyfinn on January 29, 2010 at 1:57 AM

Obama has been so conditioned to giving the finger to those who oppose, he has become a prisoner of the bird

To paraphrase the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam –

The Moving Finger flicks; and, having flick’d,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a diss

I have to say, this State of the Union speech was bizarre. Instead of reporting on the State, he reported on the state of his ideas, explained his feelings about his ideas, and declared he would not stop fighting for his ideas. Those who opposed his ideas, were given the bird of paradise

Better he had reported on the state of the State, using data, and skipped the triva like forgiving student loans, which have little to do with the state of the State. He should have declared his intentions to fight for the people and his mea culpa should have been a promise to listen getter to the people, instead of his inner idea generator

Wierd, egocentric. with little true love for the nation of America. All his sweet nothings about this nation all the more phoney because of his intent to dismantle the system of America and replace it with his beloved ideas

entagor on January 29, 2010 at 2:48 AM

JEM on January 28, 2010 at 11:07 PM

IMO, the real quote of the day!

Tennman on January 29, 2010 at 2:59 AM

I wonder how Buckley hides his vagina.

Man up, dude. Streaming tears you held back? Are you ‘effing kidding me?

TheBlueSite on January 29, 2010 at 3:08 AM

Real Quotes of the day:

The Credibility Gap

Today at 4:17pm

While I don’t wish to speak too harshly about President Obama’s state of the union address, we live in challenging times that call for candor. I call them as I see them, and I hope my frank assessment will be taken as an honest effort to move this conversation forward.

Last night, the president spoke of the “credibility gap” between the public’s expectations of their leaders and what those leaders actually deliver. “Credibility gap” is a good way to describe the chasm between rhetoric and reality in the president’s address. The contradictions seemed endless.

He called for Democrats and Republicans to “work through our differences,” but last year he dismissed any notion of bipartisanship when he smugly told Republicans, “I won.”

He talked like a Washington “outsider,” but he runs Washington! He’s had everything any president could ask for – an overwhelming majority in Congress and a fawning press corps that feels tingles every time he speaks. There was nothing preventing him from pursuing “common sense” solutions all along. He didn’t pursue them because they weren’t his priorities, and he spent his speech blaming Republicans for the problems caused by his own policies.

He dared us to “let him know” if we have a better health care plan, but he refused to allow Republicans in on the negotiations or consider any ideas for real free market and patient-centered reforms. We’ve been “letting him know” our ideas for months from the town halls to the tea parties, but he isn’t interested in listening. Instead he keeps making the nonsensical claim that his massive trillion-dollar health care bill won’t increase the deficit.

Americans are suffering from job losses and lower wages, yet the president practically demanded applause when he mentioned tax cuts, as if allowing people to keep more of their own hard-earned money is an act of noblesse oblige. He claims that he cut taxes, but I must have missed that. I see his policies as paving the way for massive tax increases and inflation, which is the “hidden tax” that most hurts the poor and the elderly living on fixed incomes.

He condemned lobbyists, but his White House is filled with former lobbyists, and this has been a banner year for K Street with his stimulus bill, aka the Lobbyist’s Full Employment Act. He talked about a “deficit of trust” and the need to “do our work in the open,” but he chased away the C-SPAN cameras and cut deals with insurance industry lobbyists behind closed doors.

He spoke of doing what’s best for the next generation and not leaving our children with a “mountain of debt,” but under his watch this year, government spending is up by 22%, and his budget will triple our national debt.

He spoke of a spending freeze, but doesn’t he realize that each new program he’s proposing comes with a new price tag? A spending freeze is a nice idea, but it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. We need a comprehensive examination of the role of government spending. The president’s deficit commission is little more than a bipartisan tax hike committee, lending political cover to raise taxes without seriously addressing the problem of spending.

He condemned bailouts, but he voted for them and then expanded and extended them. He praised the House’s financial reform bill, but where was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in that bill? He still hasn’t told us when we’ll be getting out of the auto and the mortgage industries. He praised small businesses, but he’s spent the past year as a friend to big corporations and their lobbyists, who always find a way to make government regulations work in their favor at the expense of their mom & pop competitors.

He praised the effectiveness of his stimulus bill, but then he called for another one – this time cleverly renamed a “jobs bill.” The first stimulus was sold to us as a jobs bill that would keep unemployment under 8%. We now have double digit unemployment with no end in sight. Why should we trust this new “jobs bill”?

He talked about “making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development,” but apparently it’s still too tough for his Interior Secretary to move ahead with Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. If they’re dragging their feet on leases, how long will it take them to build “safe, clean nuclear power plants”? Meanwhile, he continued to emphasize “green jobs,” which require massive government subsidies for inefficient technologies that can’t survive on their own in the real world of the free market.

He spoke of supporting young girls in Afghanistan who want to go to school and young women in Iran who courageously protest in the streets, but where were his words of encouragement to the young girls of Afghanistan in his West Point speech? And where was his support for the young women of Iran when they were being gunned down in the streets of Tehran?

Despite speaking for over an hour, the president only spent 10% of his speech on foreign policy, and he left us with many unanswered questions. Does he still think trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York is a good idea? Does he still think closing Gitmo is a good idea? Does he still believe in Mirandizing terrorists after the Christmas bomber fiasco? Does he believe we’re in a war against terrorists, or does he think this is just a global crime spree? Does he understand that the first priority of our government is to keep our country safe?

In his address last night, the president once again revealed that there’s a fundamental disconnect between what the American people expect from their government, and what he wants to deliver. He’s still proposing failed top-down big government solutions to our problems. Instead of smaller, smarter government, he’s taken a government that was already too big and supersized it.

Real private sector jobs are created when taxes are low, investment is high, and people are free to go about their business without the heavy hand of government. The president thinks innovation comes from government subsidies. Common sense conservatives know innovation comes from unleashing the creative energy of American entrepreneurs.

Everything seems to be “unexpected” to this administration: unexpected job losses; unexpected housing numbers; unexpected political losses in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey. True leaders lead best when confronted with the unexpected. But instead of leading us, the president lectured us. He lectured Wall Street; he lectured Main Street; he lectured Congress; he even lectured our Supreme Court Justices.

He criticized politicians who “wage a perpetual campaign,” but he gave a campaign speech instead of a state of the union address. The campaign is over, and President Obama now has something that candidate Obama never had: an actual track record in office. We now can see the failed policies behind the flowery words. If Americans feel as cynical as the president suggests, perhaps it’s because the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.

Real leadership requires results. Real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the American people whose voices are still not being heard in Washington.

- Sarah Palin

http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/sarah-palin-drops-the-hammer-president-obama-you-have-a-credibility-gap/

gary4205 on January 29, 2010 at 3:24 AM

I thought the fist quote was from Matthews. I didn’t read the article. Does Buckley describe a tingle going up his leg?

urbancenturion on January 29, 2010 at 3:40 AM

“Other politicians are vain, cowardly and insubstantial. They need the courage to change. Meanwhile, Obama is great the way he is.”

Yes liberal idiots….
…we have heard now for years how great Obama is from you “smart ones”.

….and we have heard over…and …over….and…over from liberals about how dam# smart he is to:

(via Instapundit)

The White House says President Barack Obama was accurate when he took on a Supreme Court ruling in the State of the Union address, even though Justice Sam Alito mouthed, “Not true.”

Alito’s protest came when the president said: “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) … And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”

….as usual….Obama does not know what he is talking about….

(via Huffington Post
Adam Winkler)

But the Court did not overturn “a century of law.” The provision upended by the Court was only seven years old. It was a novel innovation of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law adopted during the Bush Administration.

There is “a century of law” restricting direct corporate contributions to candidates. Last week’s decision didn’t address that law. While the logic of the opinion — which says corporate speech is entitled to the same protection as individual speech — calls into question the corporate contribution ban, it doesn’t overturn it. And the Court has traditionally treated direct contributions differently from so-called “independent expenditures” — ads that discuss candidates but financed by private parties without the candidate’s help.


….and all the whining from liberals about “Foreign Contributions tainting our elections” is hilarious coming from the same people who want to let illegals vote and took in millions from overseas for Obama’s campaign.
….the Supreme court addressed this also:


Comment from Riehl World:


What stops that is 2 U.S.C. Section 441e. That was SPECIFICALLY not set aside by the SCOTUS decision. That is the section of the law that specifically prohibits foreign contributions, not the part that was struck down. The part that was struck down, 2 U.S.C. Section 441a, is not about foreigners.

I suggest DavidW that you would be better served asking the POTUS about his campaign’s blatant disregard for that Section of the US Code when they disabled the software necessary to eliminate foreign donations to his campaign. But that would be inconvenient for you, wouldn’t it?

Posted by: TedW | Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 03:07 PM


…Of course Mr. 57 states never fails to show us just how much he doesn’t know while his liberal sheep go on about how dam# intelligent he is:

(via Gateway pundit)
Obama:

Former Constitutional Lawyer Makes Up Constitutional Quotes During SOTU Address

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 8:43 PM
Jim Hoft
http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/01/former-constitutional-lawyer-makes-up-constitutional-quotes-during-sotu-address/


In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama said:


We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal….


Um, wrong founding document, Mr. President. It is in our Declaration of Independence that we read:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.</blockquote

>

And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court moments later in the same speech.


….intellectual my a$$!!!

What a joke!!

Baxter Greene on January 29, 2010 at 3:42 AM

I wonder what will happen when the big O irritates…just the right local Hawaiian (sp?) bureaucrat. Will his birth certificate accidentally “leak” to the public? hmmmmm…..

of course, they’re probably all leg tingles over there…

urbancenturion on January 29, 2010 at 3:56 AM

There is a Perceptron missing in Buckley’s neural architecture.

Geochelone on January 28, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Indeed

Perceptron on January 29, 2010 at 4:09 AM

I thought the fist quote was from Matthews. I didn’t read the article. Does Buckley describe a tingle going up his leg?

urbancenturion on January 29, 2010 at 3:40 AM

No tingle, but he is moved to tears by the sheer beauty and power of Obambi’s words…I don’t think anyone noticed the koolaide stain around his mouth…

lovingmyUSA on January 29, 2010 at 4:32 AM

“…to say nothing of injudiciously) of allowing ‘foreign enemies’ to influence our elections. I had been under the impression …”

Funny, I had been under the impression that the influence of foreign-enemy money is precisely how Barack Obama became ‘Mr. President.’ Isn’t it a little gauche to rail against foreign-enemy campaign donations now??

RD on January 29, 2010 at 5:36 AM

OT:Nelson: No plans to hang up in 2012

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 AM

Christopher Buckley:

…of allowing ‘foreign enemies’ to influence our elections.

Christopher Buckley misquoted Obama. Obama said “foreign entities”, not “enemies”.
(Or was this the tip off that his whole column was being sarcastic?)

albill on January 29, 2010 at 6:27 AM

I have been unfamiliar with Michael Gerson, but he is The Bomb. Like an artist, he sees things.

And who knew Bill Buckley had seven kids? Should have named his son/daughter Sybil instead.

Jaibones on January 29, 2010 at 6:36 AM

I am beginning to wonder if the man is delusional. He blames everyone and everything else.

Terrye on January 29, 2010 at 6:44 AM

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 AM

pathetic

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 6:55 AM

pathetic

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 6:55 AM

What’s worse, you can’t watch TV for an hour w/o seeing his ridiculous ads at least twice. I did enjoy reading this, however.

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:00 AM

I thought the fist quote was from Matthews. I didn’t read the article. Does Buckley describe a tingle going up his leg?

urbancenturion on January 29, 2010 at 3:40 AM

I think that Buckley is suffering from a “man crush”. I think that whenever he sees or hears Obama, he gets tight pockets.
It’s sickening. This is William F. Buckley’s kid, right? At least, allegedly his kid.

RWLA on January 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 AM

We’ll just have to make sure Nelson’s number continue to go down. He thinks the public’s memory will be short.

yoda on January 29, 2010 at 7:14 AM

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:00 AM

got a browser error, what’s the gist of it?

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:00 AM

i would be using the mute button often…
ugh

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Promising to change the tone in Washington, he managed to be petty, backward looking, defiant and self-justifying.

Not the kind of response the filthy lying coward was looking for. He hit the reset button and acted as if this past year never happened but Americans are far smarter than the street thug in the White House.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:25 AM

From Doctor Zero on the speech,

“It was a long, rambling exit interview from a deluded employee, who thinks he was called into the office to get a raise instead of a pink slip. It was the hurt and confusion of an academic who doesn’t understand how his B+ term paper could have become such a disaster when implemented in the real world, and insists it will still work, if everyone pays closer attention to the extensive footnotes.”

doctormom on January 29, 2010 at 7:26 AM

William F. Buckley is currently doing about 10,000 RPM’s in his grave right now!

flytier on January 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM

WASHINGTON — Politicians typically love to see their names stamped on a piece of legislation. But not like this.

In a swipe at Nebraska’s Medicaid exemption that critics call the “Cornhusker kickback,” a couple of Republican state lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a bill entitled the Ben Nelson Act to Ensure Political Integrity.

The bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor for any public servant to trade votes for special budgetary exemptions or fiscal benefits for his or her district.

Larry Sabato, political scientist at the University of Virginia, laughed when told of the Tennessee proposal.

“We don’t have enough prison space in the country to house all the congressmen and state legislators who would have to be incarcerated,” Sabato said. “Obviously it’s ridiculous. You don’t criminalize politics. That’s why we have elections.”

The fact that state-level politicians in Tennessee are trying to score points with their constituents off a senator from Nebraska shows the enormous amount of national attention that the Medicaid deal has received, Sabato said.

“It’s a silly idea,” he said, “but they’re trying to capitalize on Nelson’s problems, and that’s a commentary on how controversial Nelson’s actions were.”

The Tennessee bill was prompted by reports of various special deals involved in the U.S. Senate’s health care bill, particularly the Nebraska Medicaid exemption, said one of the sponsors, Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, a Republican and former Tennessee House minority leader.

Before committing to vote for the health care bill, Nelson raised concerns about its Medicaid expansion and the potential impact on Nebraska’s state budget. He said he pressed to let states opt out. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada exempted Nebraska from the additional costs.

Democrat Nelson then cast the 60th vote to prevent a filibuster by Senate Republicans.

“Sen. Nelson, even though he realized this could ruin the finances of states, he went ahead and voted for it as long as he protected his state,” Dunn said. “So he voted for what he knew was bad policy, just because he got favoritism.”

Nelson said Thursday that the lawmakers behind the Tennessee proposal are among those who don’t understand the purpose of the exemption.

“They obviously don’t have all the facts,” Nelson said.

He repeatedly has said that Nebraska’s exemption was never meant to be a special deal for his home state. Instead, he said, it was a placeholder that ultimately would grant all states relief from the additional costs of the Medicaid expansion.

Earlier this month, he officially asked that the exemption be removed and that all states be treated equally.

Nelson said his actions on the health care bill “blew the whistle” on an unfunded federal mandate that will affect Tennessee and every other state.

“Maybe they need to pass a whistle-blower’s protection act,” Nelson said of the Tennessee lawmakers. “We have one in Nebraska.”

Dunn said he’s not sure he buys Nelson’s explanation that he was looking out for all states. “(But) I’m glad that his conscience bothered him enough that he rescinded his action.”

Oh, and it’s not unusual in his part of Tennessee to name something after a U.S. senator from another state. Dunn said a nearby Tennessee Valley Authority project — Norris Dam — was named for a “senator from someplace out west.”

That would be TVA author Sen. George Norris — Nelson’s hometown hero from McCook, Neb., who served in Congress from 1913 to 1943.

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OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

I am beginning to wonder if the man is delusional. He blames everyone and everything else.

Terrye on January 29, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Back in December of 2008 I called it. Obama has a narcissitic personality disorder. I was attacked back then for speaking the truth but I don’t think many would disagree now.

Narcissistic personality disorder-

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with one’s self.

Symptoms
A person with narcissistic personality disorder:

-Reacts to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation

-Takes advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals

-Has feelings of self-importance

-Exaggerates achievements and talents

-Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love

-Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment

-Requires constant attention and admiration

-Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy

-Has obsessive self-interest

-Pursues mainly selfish goals

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

It was the hurt and confusion of an academic who doesn’t understand how his B+ term paper could have become such a disaster when implemented in the real world, and insists it will still work, if everyone pays closer attention to the extensive footnotes.”

doctormom on January 29, 2010 at 7:26 AM

I couldn’t watch it. The man is disgusting enough but when he decides to lecture the world for over an hour on just how brilliant he is….. I’ve got better things to do.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:34 AM

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

I doubt anyone would attack you now. You are dead-on highhopes!

yoda on January 29, 2010 at 7:35 AM

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:34 AM

No sense in letting that jackass drive up your blood pressure.

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:37 AM

yoda on January 29, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Have you read this?

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:40 AM

He repeatedly has said that Nebraska’s exemption was never meant to be a special deal for his home state. Instead, he said, it was a placeholder that ultimately would grant all states relief from the additional costs of the Medicaid expansion.

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Yeah, right.

Of course we should thank Nelson and Landrieu for fueling the outrage that elected Scott Brown.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:42 AM

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:40 AM

Nelson: You have to play it

I dislike this man more and more each day. You know Nelson thinks he is going to be re-elected. I talked to one of the State Senators the other day and they are discussing that recall to be added to 2010 ballot. I will see him again in February and will ask how the process is going.

yoda on January 29, 2010 at 7:50 AM

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Yep. Our state GOP sent out emails encouraging us to support Scott in any way we could, since our own senator refused to listen to us.

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:51 AM

You know Nelson thinks he is going to be re-elected.

yoda on January 29, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Don’t know what alternate universe he is living in, but if he can’t feel the anger and outrage emanating from NE he is delusional.

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:58 AM

OT but this was in the local paper. Is it just me or does Jason say unemployment is up three different ways in the same sentence? Odd.

The area saw a decrease in labor force levels, less employment and higher unemployment, said Jason Palmer, an analyst for the state Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Don’t know what alternate universe he is living in, but if he can’t feel the anger and outrage emanating from NE he is delusional.

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:58 AM

That alternate universe is called DC. Make no mistake. The Cornhusker Kickback is not all that unusual as far as DC politics work. The problem came when Nelson forgot that the folks back home wouldn’t see the situation the same way he did.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

heh

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

PJTV did a great job of breaking this down. It’s from their delightful Trifecta show.

http://www.pjtv.com/video/Trifecta/SPEECHLESS%3A_Obama%27s_State_of_the_Union_Leaves_the_Trifecta_Team_in_Disbelief_/3005/

Mojave Mark on January 29, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Another question about Obama’s desire to take over the Student Loans Program. This would make it a Federal program?
Would students be able to receive Federal Government student loans to attend Catholic/Lutheran/Jewish/etc etc colleges? With or without strings attached?

Will our atheists and separation of church and state folks complain about this idea NOW or will they quietly wait to ambush students and the schools they attend AFTER the loan program is federalized and then go to court to argue that Federal money shouldn’t go to Church schools?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Parody: Obama Tells Supreme Court American Voters Are Unconstitutional http://optoons.blogspot.com/2010/01/obama-tells-supreme-court-american.html

Mervis Winter on January 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

What a moron. I’d like to have what he’s smoking.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 1:15 AM

No you wouldn’t. Before he lights it, he has to fish it out of the ‘Won’s toilet.

Blacksmith8 on January 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I have to say, this State of the Union speech was bizarre. Instead of reporting on the State, he reported on the state of his ideas, explained his feelings about his ideas, and declared he would not stop fighting for his ideas. Those who opposed his ideas, were given the bird of paradise

entagor on January 29, 2010 at 2:48 AM

“L’etat c’est moi.”

Blacksmith8 on January 29, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Obama- his supporters are disappointed in his failure to deliver anything he promised them of the Leftoid plans (close Gitmo, public option, etc.) proposed.

Obama- his opponents are reinvigorated by his failure to appreciate the revolt in progress against his radical agenda as he STILL presses forward to implement its follies (Cap and Trade, Carbon Trading, Amnesty for Illegals, Obamacare Lite, raising taxes, et al).

Obama- his answer: keep talking and talking about what should have been started a year ago to restore millions of lost JOBS but which was set aside for the Dem-only Health Reform mess.

Nothing has CHANGEd.

Except the outrage against him.

It now increases exponentially thanks to his arrogant delusionality.

profitsbeard on January 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I think that Buckley is suffering from a “man crush”. I think that whenever he sees or hears Obama, he gets tight pockets. It’s sickening. This is William F. Buckley’s kid, right? At least, allegedly his kid.

RWLA on January 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Chris Buckley and Andrew Sullivan need to get a room.

I am beginning to wonder if the man is delusional. He blames everyone and everything else.

Terrye on January 29, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Back in December of 2008 I called it. Obama has a narcissitic personality disorder. I was attacked back then for speaking the truth but I don’t think many would disagree now.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Boy were you ever right.

But you say you were attacked at the time for saying so, when folks like Ali Sina and Sam Vaknin had been presenting overwhelming evidence of his malignant NPD for a while by that time? Odd – I didn’t think the idea wasn’t particularly controversial by then! I guess people can be real maroons sometimes :) -

RD on January 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

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