Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on October 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

“President Barack Obama on Saturday blamed Americans’ ‘fear and frustration’ for the fierce, negative, anything-goes midterm election cycle that threatens to upend his agenda.

“‘Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,’ Obama said at a small Democratic fundraiser in Boston. ‘And the country’s scared. And they have good reason to be.’”

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“Democratic strategists acknowledged they are abandoning a dozen House seats the party now holds, as they try to salvage their majority in the chamber by shoring up candidates with better chances.

“The emerging battlefield, two weeks before Election Day, is almost entirely in districts now held by Democrats. It includes about 40 districts where both the Republican and Democratic House campaign arms are running television ads or have reserved TV time.

“Beyond those, Republicans are on the air in a dozen additional districts, while Democrats are running ads in two…

“‘The field is essentially expanding by the day,’ said Ken Spain, spokesman for the GOP’s House campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee.”

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“The long roster of House Democrats who were outraised by their GOP opponents — a list that totals at least 40 — is just the latest indication that cash is following GOP momentum just weeks before voters head to the polls…

“[E]ven Democrats in powerful senior committee posts who are usually able to dip into large infusions of cash were outmatched. National Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri, and Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania, a senior member on the House Financial Services Committee, all raised less.

“With a collection of GOP-friendly outside groups — including the Karl Rove-linked American Crossroads — already set to unleash a $50 million ad campaign and the National Republican Congressional Committee expanding its independent expenditure campaign to $50 million, the widening cash flow to Republican challengers is a disturbing development for Democrats who are struggling to stem the incoming GOP tide.”

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“As if embattled Congressional Democrats did not have enough on their hands, some are opening up a new front in their fight to save their seats — against Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House and a leader of their own party…

“[I]n the debate here on Thursday, [Blue Dog Jim] Marshall promised, ‘There will be enough conservative Democrats to assure that she will not be the speaker.’

“His Republican challenger, Austin Scott, retorted that the only way to guarantee that Ms. Pelosi would not be speaker would be to vote Mr. Marshall out.

“Dennard Scoggins, 69, a retired school principal attending the debate here to support Mr. Scott, bore that out. ‘Mr. Marshall is a good man, but he just is a —’ Mr. Scoggins said, stopping to search for the right word. ‘A Democrat.’”

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“Soon we’ll all be dancing.”


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It won’t be a tsunami. It will be an asteroid strike!

Urban Infidel on October 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

You gotta admit, “Hey Hey LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?”
is a pretty powerful line. Maybe he heard that and it contributed to his giving it all up.
It’s so harsh. Fair and harsh.

B@stard should have been impeached over Vietnam, but that’s a whole ‘nother day.

It’s funny how dems and liberals get so mad over other people using what they have used.
“We did that!! you can’t!!!1!1″
What a bad joke.

B Man on October 17, 2010 at 8:19 AM

TEA minus 16 days and counting…..

lukespapa on October 17, 2010 at 7:20 AM

The hurricans is now at full strength in open water, pressure is dropping and there is no denying the inevitable. The hatches are battened, the windows are boarded and the coast is nearly evacuated. It is now only a matter of time. This storm is going to strike and level everything in its path. There will be destruction that will be evident for decades to come and the storm will leave in its path a wonderful deposit of constitutionally minded individuals inside the halls of Congress…..

T-16

ted c on October 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

I bought a movie theater type of popcorn popper from amazon and it is sitting in the box by my front door. That is definitely going to get its virginity popped on election night because I am going to put it on the dining room table and keep it running all night long. I am SO HAPPY we have an apparent tsunami in the works.

karenhasfreedom on October 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Karen, that made me laugh so hard I nearly woke up my husband this morning. Thanks–I needed the laugh!!! :-)

Grace_is_sufficient on October 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Because America is an idea borne of a philosophy, not blood ties, essentially anyone can be American. It’s important to illustrate a clear contrast when discussing America’s brand of nationalism and how it differs from the rest of the world. It’s a pretty simple distinction, really:

In America, nationalism unifies. In the rest of the world, nationalism balkanizes.

Saltysam on October 17, 2010 at 12:43 AM

nice way of saying it. I think our leaders of the last 22 years have embraced multiculturlism over the idea of a melting pot. We need a return to the melting pot.

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

lets win first

rob verdi on October 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

ted c on October 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Ted..are you a writer? You post some really good descriptive narratives. Keep them coming.

lukespapa on October 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM

lets win first

rob verdi on October 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Yes! as ace says…be the wave

lukespapa on October 17, 2010 at 8:43 AM

here is a question what if turnout is totally different than what the polls are expecting.

It is my understanding that the polls are taking the AVG turnout over 2004, 2006, 2008 to get the turnout models. Since 2004 was decent GOp year and 2006 and 2008 were big dem years. so the abg should be close if this is just a decent Gop year. but what if this isn’t a “normal” year. what if the turnout is like the primaries?

that would make all polls suspect and would be giving the polls more weight to the dems when they should not.

If that is the rality dems that think they are safe and have not campaigned might lose. what if Pelosi loses?

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 8:45 AM

If that is the rality dems that think they are safe and have not campaigned might lose. what if Pelosi loses?

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Interesting story in The Guardian, of all places!

lukespapa on October 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Hate to be negative, but if Pelosi loses, I’ll eat my monitor.

B Man on October 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Pelosi won’t lose, she lives in a looney bin district. We need to get used to the idea that a. she will still be lurking in the shadows an b. any dem who promises to vote for someone else for speaker if you just vote them back in is lying to you. That’s not a good enough reason to vote FOR someone.

Kissmygrits on October 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Nothing Wrong in America that a Good Old-Fashioned Election Can’t Fix”.
===========================================================

That phrase just sent political shock waves through
the entire DNC!!
—————

Meanwhile,the SarahCuda Forces are in position,after a
year of steady political buildup,D-Day,crap,I mean V-Day
is two weeks away!!

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Just watched the speech. That was TIGHT! I’m almost ready to slide down off the fence and yell ‘Go Sarah!’

ElectricPhase on October 17, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Kissmygrits on October 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

while I agree that Pelosi is not likely to lose. I think she won by 30% last couple of times. I doubt we will see a +30pt swing but the polls are showing a +7pt swing. If that is more like a +15pt swing there are many dems that think they are safe and are not.

At this point I think if I was a dem strategist I would consider every dem seat in play and act accordingly. Instead of what they are doing with their triage. the GOp isjust as bad. they are doling out their money by what the polls are telling them.

basically what I am trying to to say is both politcal parties are making decsions, spending money and time by looking at the polls and so far I have seen none of those politcal pundits and strategists even questioning the underlying information they are using to base their decisions on.

It is IMO a terrible way to allocate resources when that allocation is based on an assumption that is not known to be true.

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Great speech! And there was not a teleprompter in sight, but she’s the idot? Wow.

Wills on October 17, 2010 at 9:30 AM

the DOTUS stands on the beach in mid October and says to Speaker Pelosi “Hey, Nan..what’s that big thing out there?”

She stutters around and says “Mr. President, I’m not sure…..but it seems to be getting bigger…..and why is the water leaving the shore?”

TEANAMI !!!!

Coming ashore 11/2 at a beach near you!!

PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Made me laugh at the clueless mental image. Good one.

B Man on October 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM

TEANAMI !!!!
Coming ashore 11/2 at a beach near you!!

PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

PappyD61:This MidTerm is turning out to be the Liberal
Partys,ahem Vietnam!!(kidding)

============================================================

Meanwhile…….Tea kettle and cups were slogg`n
through Dang,with Lipton on point,when all H*LL
broke loose……..

it was a bloody Tea-ambush,thank-fully this
little ol`lady tea-party was just gett`n started……

Coming soon…………….

to theatres near you…………………

PappyD61`s…………Tea Nam..the movie,(sarc).

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

History test-Part one

1. How do you spell malaise?

answer:’Fear and frustration’

Don L on October 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Palin is hitting her stride on her speeches.

AnninCA on October 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Sad thing is — so many women won’t vote for another woman. Especially if that woman “shows them up” — prettier than them, more successful than them, more money than them. Too many women operate in “spite mode” when it comes to other women. Sarah could actually lose to Oblahblah simply because too many women (who vote) deliberately turn their backs to her.

SunSword on October 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM

That’s what she’s good at, firing people up!

scalleywag on October 17, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Sad thing is — so many women won’t vote for another woman. Especially if that woman “shows them up” — prettier than them, more successful than them, more money than them. Too many women operate in “spite mode” when it comes to other women. Sarah could actually lose to Oblahblah simply because too many women (who vote) deliberately turn their backs to her.

SunSword on October 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM

the GOP has historically not won the majority of the women vote. I will say without hesitation more women will vote for Palin then they voted for bush. Will it be enough to give the GOP the majority women vote. Unlikely.

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM

That’s what she’s good at, firing people up!

scalleywag on October 17, 2010 at 10:03 AM

It is one of many things she is good at. those that want to pigeonhole her as a one dimensional person do her a disservice.

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I think the women who are running this midterm are changing the adage that women won’t vote for women. They are duking it out, with women, even.

And once they win, if they win, a lot of the reluctance will fade. Women are just afraid, I think, to risk backing a woman. It is loaded for them.

AnninCA on October 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM

The hurricans is now at full strength in open water, pressure is dropping and there is no denying the inevitable. The hatches are battened, the windows are boarded and the coast is nearly evacuated. It is now only a matter of time. This storm is going to strike and level everything in its path. There will be destruction that will be evident for decades to come and the storm will leave in its path a wonderful deposit of constitutionally minded individuals inside the halls of Congress…..

T-16

Ahh, there are some dems still out there happily sailing along….hope they have life jackets…

tinkerthinker on October 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM

unseen on October 17, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Well I didn’t mean to imply that it’s the only
thing she’s good at. I like her a lot. She’s a brave and strong person who is multi-faceted and talented and successful. More power to her. Can she be elected? Who knows.

scalleywag on October 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

tinkerthinker on October 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Of all the people on the left I know, none of them are clueless about how messed up things are.
They all seem to know things are bad, and they don’t seem to know what to say about it.

It used to be all republicans fault. But now it’s just… kinda like a “we’re screwed” mentality.
It’s like they are waiting for the tsunami/tornado/hurricane to hit and just want to see what’s standing after the Cat 5 runs through.

Obama is so clueless tho, it wouldn’t surprise me if HE is surprised he loses the house. That’s how out of touch he is.
Everyday that goes by the chances that we take the senate back increase slightly.
If that happens, oh, I can’t wait to laugh til my stomach hurts over msnbc’s reactions.

B Man on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Obama’s going to have to CHANGE his underwear many times on November 2nd.

I HOPE.

profitsbeard on October 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Great speech, good support writers, and I’m sure some of the Palin haters will find some irrelevant thing wrong with her and embrace the failures of the California government that drove the money base out of state. As Sara said,”It’s quite simple, put someone in there that will do the job”.

mixplix on October 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Yogi’s still with us, Sarah, last I looked.

Seth Halpern on October 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Maureen Dowd, Nomen est omen. How pathetic, she never got over liberally juvenile antics.

maverick muse on October 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Her speech:

Visuals, looked great, Black very professional looking, crowd was made for this type of speech.

But this speech was cheerleading, it was not the traditional “Presidential” type speech.

The lines were pure red meat, just like the 2008 GOP convention speech.

Cheerleader yes, Leader with steel spine yes……….President…..this speech was not that type of material (in the traditional sense).

That being said…..NO ONE IN THE GOP has the stones like she does. Day in, Day out. The optimism, the “America can do it”…….in stark contrast to the ever apologizing DOTUS in the White House.

It’s like Carter and Reagan all over again.

PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM

PALIN……..LEAD SURFER on the TEANAMI headed ashore on 11/2

200 seat CONSERVATIVE pickup or bust!!!!

PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM

But don’t you think that was the goal? Presidential type speeches are going to have to wait until Sept. 3. A comparison on speeches after that will be interesting.

Cindy Munford on October 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM

So much for the domestic front, a conservative front that still evades political conviction to deal effectively against the illegal alien invasion of America. Palin hasn’t been told yet what to say, or is still vacillating on McCain’s platform? Ryan’s Roadmap forgot to include closed roads due to Mexican drug lord terrorism in Arizona and Texas?

maverick muse on October 17, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) says Germany lacks about 400,000 skilled workers.

“Skilled Labor” according to any industrial nation’s reference is limited to “low paid” workers. As in America, so in Germany.

maverick muse on October 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

There’ve been public demands for governments to take measures to level the playing field with China’s commerce export/import imbalance that all rest upon differential wage conditions. Rather than a tariff, China imports be assigned a wage-leveling tax. One way or the other, China be required to pay the same for labor as the rest of the world. That would certainly remove the benefits China enjoys using slave labor in production, while massive profits are made on China goods priced only slightly lower than America made goods, or German made goods, etc.

There is no surprise at all that Germany would be the first European nationi to state the obvious, that multiculturalism is a dismal failure, an absolute failure requiring a logical correction. Christian Democrat (CDU) Merkel isn’t the only politician to recognize this and be willing to speak for requiring the population in Germany to speak German. The Christian Social Union (CSU) holds the same public opinion, political platform against “alien cultures”.

maverick muse on October 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The French, Revolutionary Ideals aside, are already taking measures against invasive alien cultures, pointedly banning the burqa in public, and dispersing the Gypsy/Roma squatters on private property who threaten the private and public security and peace.

maverick muse on October 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM

That being said…..NO ONE IN THE GOP has the stones like she does. Day in, Day out. The optimism, the “America can do it”…….in stark contrast to the ever apologizing DOTUS in the White House.

It’s like Carter and Reagan all over again.
PappyD61 on October 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM

PappyD61:Very well said,either the GOP Men help,or get the
H*ll out of the way,or be trampled by RightSphere
Conservative Women who want to Restore Lady Liberty
and straighten out Hopeys mess!!!:)

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

From H/A Archives!
——————

Sarah Palin Rally
Dover,NH
10-15-2008
=============

Palin: No apologies for being American(Video)

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/10/17/palin-no-apologies-for-being-american/

canopfor on October 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM

There’ve been public demands for governments to take measures to level the playing field with China’s commerce export/import imbalance that all rest upon differential wage conditions. Rather than a tariff, China imports be assigned a wage-leveling tax. One way or the other, China be required to pay the same for labor as the rest of the world. That would certainly remove the benefits China enjoys using slave labor in production, while massive profits are made on China goods priced only slightly lower than America made goods, or German made goods, etc.

maverick muse on October 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I’ve seen them. Such efforts are about two decades overdue, and I hope they get implemented before it’s too late. The East is making the West look like the indian tribe that sold their island for a bunch of beads.

We’re far too addicted to their ‘beads’ to go cold-turkey; our economy would collapse in mere weeks. So that leaves us only two choices: quit allowing them to flood our markets with cheap goods or cut our own population down to peasantry to compete with theirs.

This is a problem we’ve dealt with since right after the Revolutionary War when a flood of shoddy, cheap British goods were suddenly dumped on the market…one would think we’d have learned to deal with such things by now.

Dark-Star on October 17, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Progressives lack the shame gene.

soundingboard on October 17, 2010 at 7:36 AM

And also the at least 1/2 a brain gene!

dhunter on October 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Yogi’s still with us, Sarah, last I looked.

Seth Halpern on October 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Sarah didn’t imply that Yogi was dead, simply not in attendance.

bw222 on October 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

As a life long Scoop Jackson Democrat I can’t wait to cast my vote for Sarah Palin for President Of The United States!!!

wtng2fish on October 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM

That was a great speech.

She took the hammer to Obama and the Congress very well.

I cannot see anyone else who can do the job, to borrow a phrase from the other day.

Brian1972 on October 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM

A genuine love of country sure makes for a great speech! Go Sarah!

redwhiteblue on October 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Right now it’s a Cat 3 hurricane (35-60 house seats, 6-8 Senate seats) against the democraps. With a little luck and some good campaigning it will turn to a Cat 4 (70-100 house seats, 9-11 senate seats). Sarah’s speech was great, and it contrasts very nicely with Obama’s bunker speech where all he did was his self righteous jive that everything they did was fantastic but the little people are too stupid and fearful to understand what’s for their own good.

eaglewingz08 on October 17, 2010 at 1:21 PM

In California her outright endorsement might not help so she makes it known she backs her without giving ammunition to Whitman’s detractors.

sharrukin on October 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

This meme that Palin hurts CA candidates is disproven by the facts. Fiorina benefitted and was not snubbing Palin yesterday. Palin was just announced this month to be here. Everytime she comes here she atracts thouusands. Yesterday the Marriott ran out of parking and we had to go park at the Convention Center. In Carson two years ago ther were more people in overflow than in the main arena because they didn’t plan big enough. Michael Steel thought we were there to see him and when he was going on a little tooo long and people were anxious for Sarah, a low chant of Sarah Sarah Sarah got him to finally introduce her. When he did this video just doesn’t do justice to the thuderous roar and applause she receieved. She had people so fired up at the end of the speech that the sign up tables were filled and people were taking lawn signs for various candidates. Palin can generate enthusiasm here. I’ve never seen anything like it. We are motivated and we want to go out and do something. I think we have a good shot at turning CA around.

CCRWM on October 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Sad thing is — so many women won’t vote for another woman.

Especially if that woman “shows them up” — prettier than them, more successful than them, more money than them. Too many women operate in “spite mode” when it comes to other women. Sarah could actually lose to Oblahblah simply because too many women (who vote) deliberately turn their backs to her.

SunSword on October 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Bullsh*t!

There were just as many women at her rally in Anaheim as there were men and maybe even more!

CCRWM on October 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM

It won’t be a tsunami. It will be an asteroid strike!

Urban Infidel on October 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

:lol

Hopefully a Conservative Supernova blast….

dec5 on October 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Bullsh*t!

There were just as many women at her rally in Anaheim as there were men and maybe even more!

CCRWM on October 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM

My mother is one of that rapidly disappearing generation of women who won’t vote for other women. The current generation of women doesn’t have the same self-loathing of the past. I think that the suggestion that women won’t vote for women is a remnant of the past or a desperate attempt to convince today’s women to be like those women of a bygone era. I am certain it won’t work. I have two women in my household who are looking forward to voting for a strong, conservative woman. They are not threatened in any way by them and admire Sarah Palin almost as much as I.

Extrafishy on October 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM

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