Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on May 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

“‘There is no passion out there for anybody,’ said Curt Anderson, a Republican strategist not aligned with any candidate. ‘Maybe that will change. But it’s a little bit odd and maybe a little bit disconcerting at this point.’

“In recent weeks, celebrity developer Trump has overshadowed more-conventional contenders with antics that threatened to make the Republican contest look trivial and threw the party off-message…

“Different speakers, representing the ‘tea party’ organizations that sponsored two forums, tried to knock down what they said were false perceptions about the weakness of the field. But voters like Gary Lemay, who supported John McCain in 2008, signaled dissatisfaction. The 57-year-old from Laconia, N.H., said he disliked ‘career, party politicians’ and was drawn to Trump, despite his ‘crazy’ ideas, because ‘he’s going to say it like it is.’

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“‘We like where we’re at,’ said one administration official. ‘It’s early, but quite frankly, the other side is a mess.’…

“‘It’s clearly a sign of the strength of the Obama administration,’ said Democratic pollster Margie Omero. ‘Despite no front-runner, [potential candidates] are still holding back. And we’re past the point of some universally beloved, well-funded candidate emerging.’…

“‘Any time you see Donald Trump at the top of the polls, it’s clearly troubling,’ said University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton. ‘It is kind of perplexing. Four years ago, Republicans were lined up — many of them now realize how difficult it will be to go up against a billion-dollar war chest.’”

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Via Political Wire.

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Via Mediaite.


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Rejection of Ryan’s plan should disqualify any candidate.

andy85719 on May 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Trump Says He’s Decided ‘In My Mind’ to Pursue the Presidency

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-01/trump-says-he-s-decided-in-my-mind-to-seek-presidency-after-apprentice-.html

nickj116 on May 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

trying to create the perception of inevitability, it won’t work

commodore on May 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

No exciting bench warmers? I wonder who’s to blame for that?

SouthernGent on May 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Romney leads Huckabee in Iowa? HAHAHA. Someone is going to be up late tonight eating fried squirrel bon-bons and obsessing, I can tell you that much.

Kataklysmic on May 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM

“There is no passion out there for anybody,’ said Curt Anderson, a Republican strategist “

Then he’s not doing his job very well. He like all of the retread candidates from 2008 need to be replaced immediately.

Tommy_G on May 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM

No passion for anyone? I say keep believing that. Once we get our candidate, Obama is going down….Of course I mean he is going to lose. The new civility and all….

sandee on May 1, 2011 at 9:06 PM

“‘It’s clearly a sign of the strength of the Obama administration,’ said Democratic pollster Margie Omero

You keep believing that, beyotch.

Lanceman on May 1, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Lolz.
This should be fun…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2011 at 9:13 PM

‘There is no passion out there for anybody,’ said Curt Anderson…

Yeah. Not a single possible candidate out there with passionate supporters ready to send money and lose lots of sleep once she declares. Not one. /

miConsevative on May 1, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Obama can be beaten but the GOP is sated by winning the Congress. That has taken some of the steam out of the Presidentual race.

The real truth is that the GOP is still weak even after winning in 2010. The GOP needs to learn to win consistantly and they cant do that since 2006.

The RNC hasnt changed and the Tea Party carried the GOP to victory. How we do elections must be pushed.

William Amos on May 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM

nickj116 on May 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Oh no, he might run,

TimeTraveler on May 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM

The most telling numbers in that little chart/poll are “Don’t know” and “Someone else”.

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The GOP can win any Presidentual election IF it changes how they are run. Currently the GOP has to fight uphill.

I really wish someone with the smarts to win on the Presidentual level was out there. But there is no one on the GOP side who knows the right strategy.

William Amos on May 1, 2011 at 9:20 PM

How about this – let Romney be the guy in 2012, just so he’s not hanging around in 2016 and we can be rid of him once and for all. In the mean time, keep the House and take the Senate and let President Idiot executive-order his way thru a second term. When life gives you lemons…

joejm65 on May 1, 2011 at 9:20 PM

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Donald Trump is a boob, but after the way he was treated last night, I feel more sympathetic towards him. Not sympathetic enough to pull a lever for the man, but the way he was humiliated in person seemed cruel to me. In any case, the administration had better enjoy this period of relative tranquility, it ain’t gonna last.

cynccook on May 1, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Let them eat layered pdf, saith the King.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

My fantasy?
Trump turns around and primaries the Won.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Obama is a vain and greedy child.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Are we sure Donald isn’t going to run as a democrat?

SouthernGent on May 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Are we sure Donald isn’t going to run as a democrat?

SouthernGent on May 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Nope.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2011 at 9:27 PM

“‘Any time you see Donald Trump at the top of the polls, it’s clearly troubling,’ said University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton.

Any time you see Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, it’s clearly troubling. you nitwit!

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Trump turns around and primaries the Won.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

When he said “we’re all going to be surprised at his announcement”, I also have the feeling The Donald is going to switch teams “for the good of the country” and he’s got the big bucks to do it too.

Barry opened a can of worms last night that he’s going to regret for a long, long time. The Donald doesn’t get mad, he get’s even.

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

My fantasy?
Trump turns around and primaries the Won.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

My fantasy?
Trump turns around and goes Independent and November, 2012′s both old decrepit and corrupt parties.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Barry opened a can of worms last night that he’s going to regret for a long, long time. The Donald doesn’t get mad, he get’s even.

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

OH YEAH.
Barry, you’re fired.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

The economy will still be in a shambles in 2012. Any Republican with a heartbeat that doesn’t commit any major gaffes will beat him. He has no chance. He is Jimmy Carter II and we don’t need a Reagan to beat him although it would be nice.

echosyst on May 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Geez Arianna…sexy pose! Rrrrrraaaaawwwrrrrr…

surrounded on May 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM

The GOP hasn’t delivered the goods. We can talk about how bad Obama is and he clearly is, but a lot of people remain unconvinced that the GOP is any better.

Thinking that Obama is going to be easy to beat is dangerous. He should have been easy to beat in 2008. The GOP lost because they wouldn’t fight back.

It can happen again.

sharrukin on May 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM

but the way he was humiliated in person seemed cruel to me. I

Just your regular run of the mill lefty, loon, “progressive” response to change???

Just kill that messenger.

Twana on May 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM

“‘There is no passion out there for anybody,’ said Curt Anderson, a Republican strategist not aligned with any candidate.”

That’s not true, there is lot’s of passion for Governor Chris Christie (R). He has said he’s not running for President in 2012, but to say there isn’t a Republican contender that anyone has a passion for is UNTRUE. In our house there is drafting him talk going on, so yeah we got a hankering for some Jersey smack down GRIN.

Dr Evil on May 1, 2011 at 9:46 PM

As for me, I’m tired is exciting celebrity candidates. I just want an adult in the White House who doesn’t advocate European socialism. Anybody but Obama works for me.

pearson on May 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Anybody but Obama works for me.

pearson on May 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Yep. I’d vote for a bowl of oatmeal over Obugger.

predator on May 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Something big is going on. Obama is addressing the nation at 10:30 PM.

SnarkVader on May 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Not worried. God will provide. In the meantime HE is providing clarity to all of us.

Obama is shutting down/going after:

Milk
Coal
Oil
Natural gas frakking
“navigable” waters

Jobs are lost
Food Prices are climbing
Doctors are closing practices
Social Security/medicare/medicaid are pulling us under

The Middle East is a mess and China is knocking on our door.

If Obama can’t turn this ship around by June? He’s toast. He will get a bump on the BC for a max of 2 weeks and then folks will remember that the Dems still voted on all this crap and passed it, O still set forth the EPA and FDA on our businesses, and Timmy Geitner was still able to print money. BC or no BC those things still would have happened- and they are awful for our country, for the individual, for the pocketbook.

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Something big is going on. Obama is addressing the nation at 10:30 PM.

SnarkVader on May 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Says who?

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Something big is going on. Obama is addressing the nation at 10:30 PM.

SnarkVader on May 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

He’s going to announce that he’s issuing an executive order declaring Trumpy a non-citizen.
/

predator on May 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Pawlenty has conservative credentials: He earned an A rating from CATO when only three other governors did.

Pawlenty presided over liberal Minnesota, proving that he can attract Democrats & moderates.

Pawlenty is the safe candidate we need in ’12. Obama is vulnerable now. Why put a controversial candidate against him who might mess everything up?

If you’re ahead & you’ve got a Pro Bowl running back, why throw Hail Mary passes? I’m sorry to say this–I love these folks–but Bachmann, West, Trump, Palin, & Cain would probably blow it for us.

itsnotaboutme on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Says who?

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM

All of the networks at the moment.

SnarkVader on May 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Pawlenty is the safe candidate we need in ’12.

But can he fire up the base? I’m not sure about that. And CATO, to my understanding, is more libertarian than conservative.

predator on May 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Something big is going on. Obama is addressing the nation at 10:30 PM.

SnarkVader on May 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Obama will announce that Trump has been arrested and sent to Gitmo and Obama has suspended the Constitution as Libya has declared war on the U.S. and Obama will now be Emperor for Life for the good of the nation.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Obama will announce that Trump has been arrested and sent to Gitmo and Obama has suspended the Constitution as Libya has declared war on the U.S. and Obama will now be Emperor for Life for the good of the nation.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

The forming of the underground resistance begins in 3,2,1…

predator on May 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Geraldo said maybe something to do with Libya? At this hour? WTF??

atxcowgirl on May 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

But can he (Pawlenty) fire up the base? I’m not sure about that. And CATO, to my understanding, is more libertarian than conservative.

predator on May 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

The base is fired up! Obama takes care of that.
CATO is libertarian. But not to worry, T-Paw is pro-life & pro-marriage.

itsnotaboutme on May 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Fox Reporting:

BIN LADEN DEAD!

novaculus on May 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Let them eat layered pdf, saith the King.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

+ 1000.

Lanceman on May 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

“‘There is no passion out there for anybody,’ said Curt Anderson, a Republican strategist not aligned with any candidate. ‘Maybe that will change. But it’s a little bit odd and maybe a little bit disconcerting at this point.’

Translation of Anderson release: Help. I am unemployed and need publicity to find another gig.

Caststeel on May 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Rejection of Ryan’s plan should disqualify any candidate.

andy85719 on May 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Ryans plan is a joke. Go ahead, ask the GOP to send you a copy.

2.6 trillion a year in spending. only 6 trillion in cuts over 10 years.

GOP hacks can go to hell.

MadDogF on May 1, 2011 at 11:01 PM

the republican party should decide on one candidate now, and take the rest and pick a vp, and develope a cabinet, establish a message and point out why doing it their way as oppossed to the way obama is screwing all of us, dem and republican alike, is better. gather all the funding that would get wasted competing agaisnt each other and use it against our shared enemy.

mydogwonthunt on May 1, 2011 at 11:38 PM

More stupidity from the Republican establishment.

No passion my left foot!

We saw what happens when Sarah Palin shows up IN PERSON.

She has Rachel Maddow working as her hand maiden and the entire Democrat Media Industrial Complex tripping over itself to suck up to her!

And THOSE people hate her.

Think what will happen she she wades into a crowd of OUR people!

Sarah Palin is the only one who can beat Obama in a landslide, but more importantly Sarah Palin is the only one capable of actually doing the job that MUST be done once in office.

This “anybody but Obama” mentality is stupid, and very dangerous. We all want to get rid of this Marxist rat bastard, but electing a democrat light ain’t gonna cut it.

And that’s what the GOP establishment hacks like Daniels, Pawlenty, Christie, Huckabee,Romney and whatever other jackwagon they throw out there are, democrat light.

In fact, not that long ago any could have won as a DEMOCRAT, because of their squishy liberal ways.

We need a REAGAN not another squish loser.

Sarah Palin is as close as we will see in our life time to Ronald Reagan.

She is the only option that works. The rest is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

gary4205 on May 2, 2011 at 12:57 AM

the republican party should decide on one candidate now, and take the rest and pick a vp, and develope a cabinet, establish a message and point out why doing it their way as oppossed to the way obama is screwing all of us, dem and republican alike, is better. gather all the funding that would get wasted competing agaisnt each other and use it against our shared enemy.

mydogwonthunt on May 1, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Let me guess, you have just the candidate in mind. What squish would it happen to be?

How about we let democracy work, and have an ELECTION to decide who is our candidate. We have that election based on a series of primaries and debates, where the strongest candidate emerges ready to kick Obama’s butt.

Or are you just afraid whatever loser you have in mind will be crushed like by a girl!

gary4205 on May 2, 2011 at 1:02 AM

I have passion. For West/Ryan.

Connie on May 2, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Pawlenty is the safe candidate we need in ’12. Obama is vulnerable now.

If you’re ahead & you’ve got a Pro Bowl running back, why throw Hail Mary passes?

itsnotaboutme on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

That works when are things (rules) are equal. Things aren’t equal. The MSM, unions bussing goons, black panthers outside polling places, $ contributed by dead and fictional people, $ contributed from overseas accounts…

Playing it safe will lose. Handing the ball off 3 times against a defense stacked 8 in the box will result in more punts than 1st downs. And, a loss in ’12…

Gohawgs on May 2, 2011 at 4:03 AM

Trump, like Christie and Palin, have not been afraid of broaching subjects needing talked about. Other pols, not so much. That garners attention. Some see that willingness to take public stands as being too agressive. Those who would rather have platitudes rather than contrasts, IMO, have been conditioned by the PC purveyors…

T-Paw must’ve been importing bottled water from Mass. hence the change in his positions on Man made global warming and Cap & Tax prior to his decision to run for POTUS…He’s still FOR ethanol subsidies…If the flip flop moniker applies to John Kerry and Mitt Romney, why not to T-Paw?

Gohawgs on May 2, 2011 at 4:23 AM

T-Paw seems like a nice guy…

OmahaConservative on May 2, 2011 at 5:19 AM

T-Paw seems like a nice guy…

OmahaConservative on May 2, 2011 at 5:19 AM

Yes he does..:)

Dire Straits on May 2, 2011 at 5:23 AM

No one will beat Obama until and unless they have the courage (like Trump) to attack him -the main issue (the race card) The GOP has long let this PC cancer fester. There has never been a better time to go at it and tell the truth about how the left has abused the black community, whether its their “keep em poor and angry victims” racism, their, “Kill lots of black babies for the abortion gods” or
the “‘You people’ can’t do it without the big government,” insult.
The GOP needs to play both the carrot and stick: “How many more of your young men will go to prison before you see it’s time for a change?” “Unlike the nanny state folks, we believe you’re better.”

Whatever – go at them, tell the truth and attack this destruction of humanity. Be positive!

Part two- get the press for its failure to America by being players for the party that hates it. Start quoting Alinsky with Obama’s picture next to his dedication to Satan. Go Chicago on these folks – “Bring an metophorical “A-bomb to their “knife fight”

Don L on May 2, 2011 at 6:14 AM

Geez Arianna…sexy pose! Rrrrrraaaaawwwrrrrr…

surrounded on May 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Oh man. I wish I hadn’t clicked on this link. I just ate breakfast and then got a face full of AHuff camel toe.

Bleeeaaarrrrggghhhh.

fossten on May 2, 2011 at 7:44 AM

OmahaConservative on May 2, 2011 at 5:19 AM

Dire Straits on May 2, 2011 at 5:23 AM

He may be, doesn’t make his change of heart — just prior to an run at a political office — go away. I do give him credit for owning up to his Cap & Tax mistake, in contrast to Mitt…

Gohawgs on May 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Gohawgs on May 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Do you have a prblem with Mitch Daniels?..:)

Dire Straits on May 2, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Msg to Curt Anderson: “Trump – threw the party off message” ?? What message? All the conventional GOP candidates do is ball up in the fetal position and whine/ whemper that “we’re spending our grand childrens money!” The Republican party is presently so disconnected with the average Middle American, its just sad. And now, what with the POTUS having landed the BIG FISH Bin Laden, well the GOP had best come up with something and fast. Problem is, you GOP advisers and strategists are absolutely clueless. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 2, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Sarah said it’s too early to start the politiking. She’s right, Obummer shoud stay home and work on the economy and jobs instead of going around collecting checks for his reelection.

Kissmygrits on May 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Do you have a prblem with Mitch Daniels?..:)

Dire Straits on May 2, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I have no prblem with Daniels. I do think his efforts to pre-empt a Right To Work law for Indiana was the wrong move. I do think, as you and I have previously discussed, that his including a VAT in a discussion of possible revisions to the tax code was a mistake. I think Daniels is one of the smartest guys around on budget issues and having had access to the Fed. budget under Bush he should have better ideas to offer up on reducing the deficit and debt other than the inclusion of a VAT.

I don’t know how he would fare under the MSM scrutiny he’s sure to get if he decides to make a run at the Presidency…

Gohawgs on May 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM