Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on January 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

“But it’s not just his policy outlook that titillates the elites. The diminutive Hoosier has nurtured a profile as a mature politician whose outlook extends beyond the next news cycle and whose demeanor exudes seriousness…

“‘He is a Republican who had never heard of 9/12, Glenn Beck’s tea-party group, before The Economist mentioned it to him,’ exclaimed the traditionally right-leaning British-based magazine, all but giving him the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for their elite, trans-Atlantic audience…

“The idea of a skilled manager who is passionate about ideas, can claim real policy accomplishments and speaks bluntly, but not bombastically, has thrilled influential conservatives like Will and Charles Krauthammer who see a Palin nomination as akin to a suicide pact…

“‘There’s a stronger-than- usual appetite for a treat-them-like-grown-ups message,’ said longtime GOP strategist Mike Murphy. ‘But there are limits to how grown-up people want to be in a campaign.’”

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“Saturday’s victory by tea party favorite Jack Kimball in the New Hampshire GOP chairman’s race provided the most significant evidence to date that the energy that activists brought to the midterms is now being channeled in a different direction—one that could reshape the 2012 GOP presidential race and require candidates to rethink the traditional approaches to winning the Republican nomination…

“[I]t was Kimball’s recent comments to the NH Journal regarding litmus test for candidates that set off alarms [among the GOP establishment] because of the effect it might have on the presidential primary.

“‘I think the state GOP chairman should make it very clear to all the incoming presidential candidates that the people of the state of New Hampshire have just made a loud statement as to their desire to our party get back to its conservative values and stay there and I support those values,’ Kimball said in an e-mail to the online publication. ‘In my view, we must put forth a strong conservative presidential candidate.’…

“At the state meeting Saturday, speculation had already begun about the impact on a candidate like Mitt Romney, now a New Hampshire resident but better known for past departures from conservative orthodoxy as governor of neighboring, and far more liberal, Massachusetts.”

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“Second by using the Tea Party as a foil Romney can combat one of his own biggest negatives: his reputation for being a political weather vane (see his positions on abortion, gay marriage, and gun control for example). As one Tea Party activists tells the Globe, Romney is ‘a fraudulent conservative. I don’t trust the guy. Be it health care, be it social issues, he’s a chameleon.’…

“Romney could be positioning the Tea Party for something of a Sister Souljah moment with an eye toward avoiding a Sharron Angle moment. The 2012 election will turn on the economy. If unemployment is down and voter confidence is up, Obama will be very hard to beat; if we’re still looking at a jobless rate north of 9 percent, the president will be highly vulnerable—unless a Tea Party-dominated GOP produces an Angle-like nominee (see Palin, Sarah, who is viewed positively by 17 percent of Americans and negatively by 49 percent according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll). Indeed, while the Tea Party has huge influence in the GOP it remains unpopular nationally, with 29 percent viewing it very or somewhat favorably and 38 percent viewing it very or somewhat negatively—Pelosi-like numbers (26 very or somewhat positive and 40 very or somewhat negative) that the GOP nominee will want to avoid being tarred with. By steering clear of the fringe, Romney could position himself as the kind of acceptable Republican able to take advantage of a faltering Obama. If, that is, he can get the nomination.”


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We should remember that seatbelts was a petition of grievances started by Ralph Nader, and while it has protected lives, it, in some cases, seatbelts haven’t saved lives.

Without being too snarky, we don’t need a Constitutional Amendments to save the lives of the unborn, condoms, pills, and other tricks to prevent unwanted pregnancy. People will continue to have sex, it is in our nature to do so.

However, abortion is like the ultimate illegal immigration program, kill it before it grows and enters this world of the breathing. It is murder anyway you look at it.

Thus, it is like the waning years of Nazi Germany that put little value in life, and in particular, certain lives. It only brought on the decline of an immoral society, which is where we, as a country, are heading into.

Unlike WWII Germany, we have the advantage of time to overcome our madness, but only if we as a society reject the extremes of liberalism ideology, which inherently favors death, over life.

One way to change this pathway to self-extinction is education, abstinence, and a return to Judeo-Christian values that this country was founded upon. It’s not perfect, but neither are humans, indeed. However, it has worked for this country for almost 300 years, before the rise of political correctness, zero-tolerance, and zero intolerance, muddled the civil discourse of common sense. If I could use that phrase.

The term “sista souljah moment“, I find particularly offensive and racist because of its original meaning:

If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill White people?

I consider that analogy as linking the Tea Party, as liberals have tried to do, as being bigots, racists, homophobes, violent, and ignorant.

This will be the meme, the narrative, the battle cry, going into the 2012 elections. It is meant to demonize the Tea Party and diminish the gains that we won in 2010. The Tucson shootings proved that to no doubt, but the uncivil discourse continues, unabated by the left. Despite what Obama said at the Tucson Memorial Political Rally, these opinionites, like those quoted in this post, will continue to tell us what we are thinking, and whom we should vote for.

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 4:28 AM

OT:
Fox rejects ‘Jesus hates Obama’ Super Bowl ad, according to site creator Richard Belfry

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2011 at 4:39 AM

The 2010 elections and following shunning of Palin by the Beltway Repubs – who all but handed them the sweeping gains in the house – have taught me that the battle isn’t as much about Dems vs Repubs as it is about Beltway Royalty vs. We the People.

miConsevative on January 24, 2011 at 1:36 AM

THIS!!!! We have to pull the party away from the elitists in DC who want to “bi-partisan” themselves and our country down the road of progressives, just at a slower rate. PFFFT on them. We have to actually dial this back, way back. We have to teach our public about individual liberty again. We have to teach that we have equal OPPORTUNITY, not guaranteed equal outcomes for unequal effort, etc. We have to go back to teaching the basics in Civics class. We have to get the uber libs out of the the classroom and replace them with constitutionalists to teach our kids. So much to do.

karenhasfreedom on January 24, 2011 at 4:51 AM

So much to do.

karenhasfreedom on January 24, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Teaching Civics was something I was taught growing up, but they don’t teach this anymore, and I really don’t think teachers understand it either anymore.

But it’s not only pulling the party away from elitist in DC, it ignoring, challenging, and rejecting the talking heads that claim to be the intellectual elites within the party. The Krauthammer’s, the Wills, and suddenly conservative Dick Morris, whom I distrust vehemently.

These people either claim to have the pulse of America, or the knowledge of the political astute. Yet, these are the same people that would say “Palin should leave the room“. With an large slap to the head of the American intellect, we’re told by so called, “conservatives“, we are as stupid as Gov. Palin.

The question has to be asked, do you like being called Stupid?

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 5:22 AM

spot on K

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 6:14 AM

influential conservatives like Will and Charles Krauthammer who see a Palin nomination as akin to a suicide pact…

We’ve seen these types before in our short history – they were called “Loyalists.”

Don L on January 24, 2011 at 6:24 AM

the waning years of Nazi Germany that put little value in life

If you read German 20th century history (a book -the Nazi Doctors) you’ll find that, long before the “gas ovens” they were heavy into killing their own “less than human” undsirables by innoculation, causing people to fear the medical people. So they then were forced to kill the “less than perfect” German people with no-fat diets (mostly sauerkraut) It took about 3 months.
Holland’s doctors today take the lives of 1 in 11 without their knowledge or permission. Anyone who stilldoubts that the real savings of the “culture of death” style Obamacare isn’t in some sort of death panels, is terribly naive.

Don L on January 24, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Mitch Daniels an elite? The guy who rides his Harley around Indiana and sleeps in people’s houses to save on hotel bills?

Daniels is a Hoosier. He is a fiscal conservative pro lifer with a very quiet manner. He has done a good job here of keeping Indiana from going down the same road as Illinois. That is something Tea Party people should appreciate.

I think that as the next election approaches we will see all sorts of people using the word elite to damage any politician they think might be a threat to their favored person. The term will become over used to the point that it will have no meaning.

Daniels is like Ryan, he is a wonk. He is not an elite, he is a competent politician who has never had any inkling corruption or scandal associated with his name. And he was cutting spending here in Indiana long before there was a Tea Party.

Terrye on January 24, 2011 at 7:16 AM

We aren’t calling Daniels an elitist, just the talking pinheads in the media who are telling us who we should nominate next year. Those elitests. We don’t want the media picking our candidate again.

karenhasfreedom on January 24, 2011 at 7:52 AM

As one Tea Party activists tells the Globe, Romney is ‘a fraudulent conservative. I don’t trust the guy. Be it health care, be it social issues, he’s a chameleon.’…

A fraudulent conservative.

Bears repeating.

GrannyDee on January 24, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Mitch The VAT
with apologies to Bobby Darin

Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a VAT tax has old Mitch Daniels
And he keeps it, ah, out of sight
Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
G-O-P, babe, wears old Mitch Daniels
So there’s never, never a trace of RED

Now in the toilet, huh, huh,
whoo sunny morning, un huh
Lies the economy just fallin’ flat, eek
And someone’s sneakin’ ’round the White House
Could that someone be Mitch The VAT?

There’s a budget, huh, huh, down by the Potomac dontcha know
Where the deficit’s just a’draggin’ it down
Oh, that deficit is just, it’s there for the left, dear
Five’ll get ya ten old Mitch is back in town
Now d’ja hear ’bout the taxpayer? He disappeared, babe
After losin’ all his hard-earned cash
And now ole Mitch spends just like a sailor
Could it be our boy’s done somethin’ rash?

Now Maxine Waters, ho, ho, yeah, Hill’ry Clinton
Ooh, Miss Lisa Murky and Olympia Snowe
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Now that Mitch is back in town

I said Maxine Waters, whoa, Hill’ry Clinton
Look out to Miss Lisa Murky and Olympia Snowe
Yes, that line forms on the right, babe
Now that Mitch is back in town…..

Look out, old Mitch is back!!

Kafir on January 24, 2011 at 8:01 AM

…If unemployment is down and voter confidence is up, Obama will be very hard to beat; if we’re still looking at a jobless rate north of 9 percent, the president will be highly vulnerable…

Oh my friends! It’s much more complicated than “Just the Ecnonomy”. The Unites States, under this Democratic and Republican spinlessness is slipping into the sands of history more rapidly than thought possible. The rate at which supposed republicans and Socialists elites are cow towing to special interests, apologizing for American Exceptionalism is scaring the crap out of Freedom loving Americans. Decline of the constitutional adherence is of more concern than the Economy, It’s the lack of which is causing the economic decline in the first place. Federal Limiteless power to steal from and control the real producers. Free Americans.

Egfrow on January 24, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Why do I get the feeling that Hot Air dislikes Mitt Romney?

The way I see it, he is one of the best qualified in the country to deal with the deficits and the debt by cutting spending and improving the economy.

Best qualified based on what? His business experience was mostly as a corporate raider – buying up troubled companies with borrowed capital, slicing them up, and selling off the pieces. Unless you would propose putting America up for auction, I don’t know that that experience is terribly relevant. His success with the Salt Lake Olympics was basically due to bailouts from wealthy donors. He exaggerated the budgetary problems of the Games when he took over to make his accomplishments seem greater than they were. And his fiscal record as Governor of Massachusetts is hardly anything to boast of (not on taxes or spending). Remember, he disguised the true budget-busting costs of RomneyCare by paying for half of it with federal dollars. Now it is chocking the state’s finances. Fiscally responsible and tough on spending he is not.

steebo77 on January 24, 2011 at 8:03 AM

ot typo worth catching by the highbrow at the Telegraph:

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
“Appeasement is the proper policy towards Confucian China”

You could say Mr Obaba has won little in return for reaching out, but as Napoleon put it, “a leader is a dealer in hope”. What, pray, would a policy of crude containment do to China’s psyche?

btw, presuming that Marxist Communist China is still Confucian is a foolish premise since it is NOT.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Mr Hu a “dictator”. Is this a remotely apposite term for a self-effacing man of Confucian leanings, whose father was a victim of the Cultural Revolution, who fights a daily struggle against his own hotheads at home, and who will hand over power in an orderly transition next year? The Chinese have no recent history of sweeping territorial expansion (except Tibet).

And HU himself directed China’s sweeping territorial expansion of Tibet, including the annihilation of the Tibetan population to make room for the aggressive “Confucian leaning” racist Chinese opportunists who’ve effectively enslaved Tibetans.

Heaven protect us from unreconstructed Neo-cons such as ex-UN ambassador John Bolton, who wants to send aircraft carrier battle groups into the Straits of Taiwan, as if we were still living in that lost world of American pre-eminence in 1996, when China was still too weak to respond, and did not have operational missiles able to sink US carriers far at sea. Yet variants of the Bolton view are gaining ground on Capitol Hill.

Ah yes, that “lost world of American pre-eminence in 1996″ when Clinton personally FORFEITED our nation’s pre-eminence by personally selling our nuclear military secrets to China in exchange for China’s money via donations for personal use that included buying political campaigns.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is on Neville Chamberlain’s soap box preaching peace in our times.

The correct statecraft for the West is to treat Beijing politely but firmly as a member of global club, gambling that the Confucian ethic will over time incline China to a quest for global as well as national concord. Until we face irrefutable evidence that this Confucian bet has failed, ‘Boltonism’ must be crushed.

Appeasement, your hour has come.

GAMBLING that the Confucian ethic will overwhelm China’s Marxist ethic, until IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE otherwise, England must lead the world to crush America’s national security. Strike in the name of “peace” while the iron’s hot, as if pedestrian Americans don’t verstehen when the British banking elitist authoritarians play King of the Hill as if extending the world an olive branch.

The political reality is that China’s export of manufacturing over-capacity is hollowing out the US industrial core, and a plethora of tricks to stop Western firms competing in the Chinese market rubs salt in the wound. It is preventing full recovery in the US, where half the population is falling out of the bottom of the Affluent Society. Some 43.2m people are now on food stamps. The US labour force participation rate has fallen to 64.3pc, worse than a year ago. Only the richer half is recovering.

Only the international “richer” are getting the bail-outs paid for by the pedestrian American taxpayers, the latest industrial treason being Obama’s secret trade of tax-bail-out GM (with all of our military industrial intelligence) to “Confucian”-Marxist CHINA.

Just as America geared up to sort out the ’12 election, Britain’s pricks have reared their ugly heads to denounce the straight from hell “unreconstructed Neo-con” John Bolton. So if Bolton converted to “reconstructed Neo-con” the British elitists would accept him? Only as their pawn to further the destruction of America already “lost” since 1996.

maverick muse on January 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM

ot typo worth catching by the highbrow at the Telegraph:

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
“Appeasement is the proper policy towards Confucian China”

You could say Mr Obaba has won little in return for reaching out, but as Napoleon put it, “a leader is a dealer in hope”. What, pray, would a policy of crude containment do to China’s psyche?

btw, presuming that Marxist Communist China is still Confucian is a foolish premise since it is NOT.

maverick muse on January 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Mr Hu a “dictator”. Is this a remotely apposite term for a self-effacing man of Confucian leanings, whose father was a victim of the Cultural Revolution, who fights a daily struggle against his own hotheads at home, and who will hand over power in an orderly transition next year? The Chinese have no recent history of sweeping territorial expansion (except Tibet).

And HU himself directed China’s sweeping territorial expansion of Tibet, including the annihilation of the Tibetan population to make room for the aggressive “Confucian leaning” racist Chinese opportunists who’ve effectively enslaved Tibetans.

maverick muse on January 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM

The right to life is a a primordial human right that has been violated in the most violent and heinous way possible. This nation would not countenance it in any way until the latter half of this last century. And now, coincidentally, the nation is near collapse.

tigerlily on January 23, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Perfectly said.

The legalization of murder of millions of children has made this nation no more moral than a pre-historic culture which sacrificed children to their gods.

Even worse, as it has made personal convenience and lack of responsibility into gods to be worshipped.

Siddhartha Vicious on January 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Heaven protect us from unreconstructed Neo-cons such as ex-UN ambassador John Bolton, who wants to send aircraft carrier battle groups into the Straits of Taiwan, as if we were still living in that lost world of American pre-eminence in 1996, when China was still too weak to respond, and did not have operational missiles able to sink US carriers far at sea. Yet variants of the Bolton view are gaining ground on Capitol Hill.

The correct statecraft for the West is to treat Beijing politely but firmly as a member of global club, gambling that the Confucian ethic will over time incline China to a quest for global as well as national concord. Until we face irrefutable evidence that this Confucian bet has failed, ‘Boltonism’ must be crushed.

Appeasement, your hour has come.

Mitt Romney’s international policies?
Appeasement as a “good” reconstructed Neo-con?

Just appeasement as a fellow traveling elitist out to stay personally on top at the expense of the American pedestrian staying stuck on stupid trusting his clean image.

Listen to Romney’s message.

maverick muse on January 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Don’t know very much about Mitch Daniels or Herman Cain. What I do plan to do is sit back, listen and watch and keep the purse strings tied until I have decided what NH really has in Jack Kimball and where the national GOP is headed with the new guy. So far, all I have gleaned is that Kimball sounds like a rigid, inflexible man. I, by the way, did not like the woman candidate either, the one he beat in the election here in NH.

jeanie on January 24, 2011 at 9:48 AM

But it’s not just his policy outlook that titillates the elites. The diminutive Hoosier has nurtured a profile as a mature politician whose outlook extends beyond the next news cycle and whose demeanor exudes seriousness…

Translated: Mitch Daniels is the designated hawtie of the Rent Seekers.

You know, it’s been a local scandal in the Twin Cities, about welfare moms getting tattoos with government money. If you ask me, I’d rather buy Zygi Wolf a tramp stamp, instead of a billion dollar stadium. In fact, why don’t we just designate free tramp stamps for every ADM executive, every welfare recipient wannabe begging for a few hundred million, for some windmills. Every GM employee. We could save trillions!

Or we could elect Mitch Daniels. Because he’s “thoughtful” and can see the long term benefits of million dollor per job subsidies, to produce wind mills, ect…

MNHawk on January 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM

If Sarah doesn’t get the nod, or decides not to run, I think a Trump/Cain ticker could be interesting. I’d have to learn more about Trump’s positions on issues other than the economy. I don’t know where he stands on abortion, guns, etc. But I do love his attitude about the Chicoms.

predator on January 23, 2011 at 9:56 PM

I read in the last few days that Trump gave $50,000 to Rahm for his election campaign. What kind of Republican is that?
He definitely is not a conservative!

silvernana on January 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Kafir on January 24, 2011 at 8:01 AM

lol. Perfect in content AND every syllable fits!

tigerlily on January 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

There are, generally speaking, WORLDS of difference between the politics of a Cuban-American like Rubio and Hispanics of Mexican/Central American ancestry, Puerto Ricans, etc. Marco Rubio might deliver more of South Florida to the GOP ticket, but would do little in New York or the western states. A better play for the “Hispanic vote” might be looking to someone like Luis Fortuño, the current Republican Governor of Puerto Rico, or Susana Martínez, the current Republican Governor of New Mexico (of Mexican descent). That being said, I prefer politics based on principles, not ancestry.

steebo77 on January 24, 2011 at 12:23 AM

You’re 99.99% right, except for Luis Fortuño. Perhaps that could work for Niuyorricans (which I consider false Puerto Ricans ’cause they got the heritage, NOT born in the island like me) so their patriotism and whatnot has been passed on (example: JLo)

Luis Fortuño has attempted and made tons of cuts on the local government and fired tons of people. TONS>he has the same union problems, but it’s not teachers. These unions are incredibly powerful and backed up by SEIU.

I don’t know what the budget is yet for this next quarter, or if it’s gone up or down. What I can tell you is that (rumor mill) he’s trying to woo back those government employees he fired for the sake of the 2012 elections. From phone calls and what I read, ppl don’t like him there.

So he is really attempting to do Republican/conservative work there but politics is a HOT button issue. This is what we say:

Politics, after basketball and baseball, is the national past time of Puerto Rico. That goes without saying I spent a whole year as a webmaster for the past write-in campaign AGAINST him. Ugh.

Now Marco Rubio, don’t think he won’t attract voters due to his uber cuteness, but Latinos know when the chips are moved politically. They know Rubio is not there because he really, really wants to. They’d know the establishment placed him there to garnish votes. “Ay, sí, voy a votar por el Rubio porque es guapísimo!”~And yet there are chicks who wouldn’t mind being used. :-P

ProudPalinFan on January 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I dunno much about Herman Cain, he seems like the African American version of Mark Levin. Listen to him on YouTube. Y’all are gonna go, “wait, wha’?”

ProudPalinFan on January 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I wrote this…hope you like the end…

ProudPalinFan on January 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Mitch Daniels is the Democrats tax collector.

The Democrats irresponsibly spend $Trillions and along comes Mitch suggesting a VAT and telling us that it would be “grown up” to talk about raising income taxes. Mitch also wants us to surrender to the Democrats on social issues as he raises taxes.

The sole result of raising taxes for the Democrats? It simply enables another round of massive irresponsible Democrat spending. No Thanks!

RJL on January 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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