Quotes of the day

posted at 10:20 pm on May 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

“President Barack Obama has a wide lead over potential Republican rivals for the presidential election in 2012, but faces serious doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Wednesday…

“He polls above 50 percent when compared to his closest rivals, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to the poll.

“Obama leads Huckabee by 51 percent to 39 percent, and Romney by 51 percent to 38 percent.”

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“The Romney camp blames all [of the failures of RomneyCare] on a failure of execution, not of design. But by this cause-and-effect standard, Mr. Romney could push someone out of an airplane and blame the ground for killing him. Once government takes on the direct or implicit liability of paying for health care for everyone, the only way to afford it is through raw political control of all medical decisions.

“Mr. Romney’s refusal to appreciate this, then and now, reveals a troubling failure of political understanding and principle. The raucous national debate over health care isn’t about this or that technocratic detail, but about basic differences over the role of government. In the current debate over Medicare, Paul Ryan wants to reduce costs by encouraging private competition while Mr. Obama wants the cost-cutting done by a body of unelected experts like the one emerging in Massachusetts…

“For a potential President whose core argument is that he knows how to revive free market economic growth, this amounts to a fatal flaw. Presidents lead by offering a vision for the country rooted in certain principles, not by promising a technocracy that runs on ‘data.’ Mr. Romney’s highest principle seems to be faith in his own expertise.

“More immediately for his Republican candidacy, the debate over ObamaCare and the larger entitlement state may be the central question of the 2012 election. On that question, Mr. Romney is compromised and not credible. If he does not change his message, he might as well try to knock off Joe Biden and get on the Obama ticket.”

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“As many of you know, I [Mike Huckabee] am prayerfully considering an important decision about seeking the office of President in the 2012 election. I am asking for God’s guidance now, and I humbly ask that you would join me in prayer as I seek to discern His will for my life.

“When I look across America, I see a country looking for answers. The challenges facing our nation are monumental, and I see difficult days ahead. I am seeking God’s will concerning the role He wants me to play in His plan for America.

“Together, let’s pray for God’s mercy on America. Pray that He will heal our land. Pray that I will hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit as He leads my steps according to His will.”

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“We also tested Mitch Daniels on this poll and he trails 48-34 but what might be most interesting is his favorability numbers with Republicans. Only 23% express a favorable opinion of him to 25% with an unfavorable one. I think a fair amount of that ‘unfavorable’ rating can be explained by voters who rate just about any politician they’ve never heard of negatively- which I think is about 10% of the population- but those are not impressive numbers by any stretch of the imagination. Beltway journalists are clearly a lot more enamored with Daniels than actual GOP voters are.”

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-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 12, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Hopeys Accomplishments!
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Remarks by the President at a DNC Event in Austin, Texas
Private Residence
Austin, Texas
May 10, 2011
7:18 P.M. CDT
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Please see below for a correction (marked with asterisks) to the transcript.
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Despite crises large and small, what’s been extraordinary is the progress that we’ve been able to make. And I could not be prouder of my team, but most importantly, I couldn’t be prouder of my supporters who’ve hung in there during these very tumultuous times.

But think about it. We saved the country from a Great Depression. An economy that was shrinking by about 6 percent in the first quarter that I came in is now growing fairly steadily. Over the last 14 months we’ve added over 2 million new jobs in the private sector here in the United States of America. Some things that folks thought would not work like saving the auto industry have worked. And so not only are the Big 3 automakers back all the workers that were about to be laid off. So that’s about a million jobs saved all turning a profit, in some cases, the first profit they’ve seen in a decade, but they’ve now hired back all the workers that were about to be laid off. So that’s about a million jobs saved just from those efforts on that front.

We managed a banking crisis in a way that taxpayers are basically getting paid almost every dime back from the interventions that we entered into. Along the way we passed historic health care reform that had eluded us for a hundred years — (applause) — and we passed financial regulatory reform. We made sure that people who love their country can serve regardless of their sexual orientation by overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell.” (Applause.) Got a couple of tough women on the Supreme Court, including the first Latina. (Applause.)

We passed equal pay for equal work legislation. We made the largest investment in education in our history, but didn’t just put more money in, initiating unprecedented reforms that are having ramifications all across the country. We made the largest investment in clean energy in our history, and have created entire new industries, like the advanced battery manufacturing industry here in the United States of America, where we look like we’ll have close to a 40-percent share of the market in the next few years.

Doubled our exports. Ended a war, as promised, and are working another war in a place where we’re going to start drawing down our troops this year and are in a position to help Afghans secure their own country.

So I’m realty proud of what we’ve gotten done. But we’ve got so much more to do. We have so much more to do. And in an era where everybody wants instant gratification and people are very, very impatient, the fact of the matter is that some of these changes are going to take time. Right now probably the thing that folks are most worried about around the country — and rightfully so because it directly hinges on every aspect of our lives — are gas prices.
(More………..)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/remarks-president-dnc-event-austin-texas

canopfor on May 12, 2011 at 12:02 AM

therightwinger on May 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM

ROFL….Mitch won’t make a splash he might not even make a wave.

I do enjoy how you leave out Palin. No slight is too small for you is it?

Ron Paul will do better than most of those on your list. his support is strong enough to carry him through the early states where people like Rick and johnston will be forced to drop out due to lack of funds…

Cain will not last much beyond the first couple primaries for the same reason. the race will become a marathon not a sprint with maybe 3 or 4 well funded and well supported candidates. I can see a brokered convention.

Mitt’s money if he decides to use it will see him in for a long time, Mitch if he has the backing of the Bush wing may be in also, Palin will be in until the end as long as she doesn’t fumble the ball.

Newt will drop out after SC if he doesn’t do very well.

Huck has run a shoestring campaign before so he might last till the end also.

So you will have a

social con
a bush wing stand in
a self funded candidate
a grassroots/Reaganite candidate.
a ron paul

who wins and who doesn’t at this stage is impossible to predict. I would say if I had to guess huck and Paul will throw there support behind Palin or vice a versa and Mitt/Mitch will do the same and the final two will duke it out on the floor of the convention.

unseen on May 12, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Is it Jeb-Time yet?

slickwillie2001 on May 12, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Calista needs a new hair stylist. Helmets are not in style.

Connie on May 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM

unseen on May 12, 2011 at 12:02 AM

I don’t think anyone really cares who RP throws his support to.

Connie on May 12, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Calista needs a new hair stylist. Helmets are not in style.

Connie on May 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM

they are when you are one of newt’s wifes. Crap tends to fall out of the sky .

unseen on May 12, 2011 at 12:13 AM

therightwinger on May 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM

You might consider a change of names.

Maybe “thesquishymiddlewinger”?

sharrukin on May 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM

I don’t think anyone really cares who RP throws his support to.

Connie on May 12, 2011 at 12:11 AM

I don’t know. you might have a point. i doubt RP would release them anyhow. His ego is too strong for that type of teamwork.

unseen on May 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM

A game changer is needed and the “top tier” candidates beloved by the party and the media are not that. It will be interesting to see whether a grass roots supported candidate will be able to upset the establishment apple cart.

Herman Cain

exdeadhead on May 12, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Going to be a h*lluva nominee ride!

GoodNight everyone,sweet Nominee Dreams:)

canopfor on May 12, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Sarah Palin says that the White House inviting Common to speak at poetry night reflects poor judgement and common decency on them and it’s as if Obama want’s Republicans to ask “C’mon Barack Obama. Who are you palling around with now?”.

She also weighs in on Newt’s run for 2012 talking only of his strengths that he brings to the table for fixing America’s problems. She welcomes not only Newt but others in the race for the nomination as she says competition is good in elections too.

Lastly she’s asked if Obama is a shoo-in because he got Osama bin Laden and she’s quick to point out that given the economy and the fact that he has no clue how to get the private sector growing, that he’s not in the catbird seat going into 2012.

Enjoy!

http://www.therightscoop.com/sarah-palin-obamas-not-in-the-catbird-seat-for-2012/

unseen on May 12, 2011 at 12:22 AM

You might consider a change of names.

Maybe “thesquishymiddlewinger”?

What you call “squishy”, I call realistic .

Mitch Daniels has a very conservative record. Yeah, he’s not a bomb thrower, but I prefer actions over rhetoric.

therightwinger on May 12, 2011 at 12:23 AM

I am seeking God’s will concerning the role He wants me to play in His plan for America.

We’re all screwed!

OldEnglish on May 12, 2011 at 12:26 AM

I don’t know, Huck. You may want to lay it on a little thicker…

2ipa on May 12, 2011 at 12:33 AM

O/T
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Quick Pop in,stumbled on this too,I apologize at this late
hour,for raising your blood pressure(s).
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Upside-down American flag at Manalapan center draws protesters
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MANALAPAN — More than 20 people, some carrying American flags, showed up at the Turkish American Community Center Tuesday to protest that an American flag had been hung upside down in front of the site.

The flag hung upturned next to flags of Northern Cyprus and Turkey, a largely Muslim nation – an insult to America, protesters said. Center President Mehmet Reyhan said he did not know who had incorrectly hung the flag; he only learned of it when a member notified him of protesters outside the Route 33 building this morning.

“Livid – I was livid that (someone) desecrated our flag and hung it upside down,” said Betty Bailey, a Millstone farm owner who helped organize the protest.

“You need people out there to watch these things going on, because we can’t just stand by and let our country be put down…I just think people are getting lax about (patriotism and vigilance),” Bailey said. “We’re standing up for our country.”
(More………..)

Turkish Center Flag Controversy (510/11): Flags are removed from the front of the Turkish American Community Center in Manalapan after the American Flag is found flying upside-down. VIDEO COURTESY OF NEWS12(IMAGE)

An American flag was incorrectly hung upside-down at a Turkish American center in Manalapan, drawing dozens of protesters. / COURTESY OF BETTY BAILEY(IMAGE)

http://www.app.com/article/20110510/NJNEWS10/305100057/Upside-down-American-flag-Manalapan-center-draws-protesters?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage
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American flag flown upside down outside Turkish American community center in Manalapan draws protestors
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Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:55 AM

Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7:58 AM

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/05/american_flag_flown_upside_dow.htm
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Once again,I apologize,and again,nite H/A:)

canopfor on May 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

The good thing about Newt being in the race is that it should neutralize the inevitable quitter meme we’ll be hearing when Palin gets in. If she’s unqualified b/c she resigned, then Newt should be as well. There is no way to tar her with that without tarring him as well. So either it won’t come up at all, or it will and all the Palin camp has to do is obfuscate the argument by pointing out Newt “quit” too.

I’ll never cease to marvel at how many people support non-executives for POTUS. If I applied for a job for which I had no prior relevant experience, I wouldn’t even get an interview. That there are so many House members people are willing to get behind tells me that we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

NoLeftTurn on May 12, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Gingrich sounds too much like gingivitis.

Caused by flapping your gums in politics for too long.

profitsbeard on May 12, 2011 at 1:12 AM

I heard Newt on Hannity. He talked the talk … we need to watch if he walks the walk.

I liked the smurk on his face when he was asked about debating Obooboo. He’d wipe up the sidewalk with him.
That would be fun to watch.

ORrighty on May 11, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I wish Newt had not shot himself in the foot with the Pelosi Couch escapade as well as the Dede Scozzi fiasco in the NY special race. Sigh.

He did say something really important tonite in Hannity. If the conservatives in the race can just keep this message on point, it will get people to pay attention to our choices in 2012.

He said something similar to this:

We all know that the far left policies don’t work. Socialism has collapsed in the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe. And we know that the right policies work. Just look at what Rick Perry has done down in Texas.

We have a choice. We can look at a state run by the right policies and see people thriving and things being done, or we can look at a city like detroit which has been run into the ground by left wing policies. Obama knows how to put the policies in place that created the situation in Detroit. So do we want to live in a country like the city of Detroit or like the state of Texas?

I know I am trashing exactly how he phrased this, but this really was a good point to make that even the non political types can relate to when they hear it.

Meanwhile, Obama’s lie about the fence being done. That commercial will just write itself. Show him saying that, then go down to the unguarded border with people crossing over. Call the President a liar.

karenhasfreedom on May 12, 2011 at 1:14 AM

it is remarkable how thin our bench is. I guess over time, as the freshmen guvs and congressmen get older we will be in much better shape…but it could well be too late by then.

I think a lot of our problems derive from the strong political correctness that requires conformity. Newt’s couch thing was a response to huge pressure…as I think Romneycare was. The entire political landscape has been deformed so that adult conversations are impossible. The hyenas in the press and their Dem operatives will ridicule loudly those that have a different view

Nov was a shock to the system. A year before no one would have predicted it. That may give some people more spine…maybe.

r keller on May 12, 2011 at 1:31 AM

That was a great interview. The second clip is best.

Honestly, I have always loved to hear Newt speak… but we need him for VP. That said, I still can’t wait to see the debates. He is going to cream everyone.

johnnyboy on May 12, 2011 at 1:43 AM

I am ready to simply write off the Palin voters and all the rest who some how think they have the right to make up a new version of conservatism and judge everyone by it.

Who do you think you are? Nobody has made you the arbiter of conservatism!

Here is someone else who has noticed the same thing:

The Self-Destructiveness of the Purity Test

Peter Wehner 05.11.2011 – 1:13 PM

In the course of the program Marr said that Governor Mitch Daniels was a “fake” conservative. (So too, he added with certainty, is Governor Chris Christie.) Marr didn’t simply disagree with Daniels; he was dripping with contempt for him. At one point Marr asked “Did Ronald Reagan ever ask for a ‘truce’ on social issues, Governor Daniels?” (I’m citing his words from memory rather than from a transcript.)

Let’s see if we can sort through some of this, starting with the comparison to Reagan, the greatest political conservative we have ever known.

As it happens, as governor Reagan signed into law (a) permissive abortion legislation (which he later regretted) and (b) the first no-fault divorce law in the nation.

… The very purity test that Marr wants to impose on Daniels would have disqualified Reagan. That fact alone should give a moment’s pause to Marr and others who think like him…

The reality is that men and women who have faced the burdens of governing in a complicated political realm inhabited by profoundly different people of profoundly different political views—as Reagan, Daniels, and Christie have, among others—will make mistakes from time to time. Over the course of their public lives they may utter remarks that are awkward and even sound dumb upon reflection. And they will stoop to compromises that aren’t ideal, even from their own perspective.

To return to Reagan once again: he raised taxes several times as president, including what at the time was the largest tax increase in American history. Does that historical fact disqualify Reagan from being a great conservative or a great president? Of course not. His overall record on taxes was fantastic. So was his economic stewardship in general. Reagan should be taken in the totality of his acts. And so should the rest of us.

My concern is that conservatives, at least the variety that Marr represents, become increasingly anti-empirical and even anti-intellectual. In judging a candidate they subordinate, or almost entirely overlook or even misrepresent, the substantive record of public officials in favor of the style they prefer, which is fierce, confrontational, in-your-face.

That certainly isn’t the style of Daniels. Nor was it, I might add, the Reagan style. He was a passionate and articulate advocate for conservatism… Reagan was never belittling and belligerent. He was, in fact, a man of impressive grace and remarkably free of rancor. He combined tough-mindedness with likability. And he used to tell his aides to remember that his political opponents were not his (or their) enemies.

If some conservatives are longing for candidates to adopt the style of Donald Trump or Sarah Palin (especially the thin-skinned Palin described by John yesterday)—if they believe that is the way to win over a majority of the American people—they are free to make their case. They may be smarter about politics than I am. But it is quite a different thing to allege that Daniels is a “fake” conservative when he has amassed one of the most impressive conservative governing records in the nation.

It is an oddly self-destructive impulse for a conservative radio talk show host like Marr to seek an auto-da-fé against some of the finest conservative governors in America. If that attitude spreads far and wide—if Tom Marr’s cast of mind were ever to become commonplace—then Barack Obama will be reelected and conservatism (if not the nation) will massively contract.

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 2:12 AM

If Newt offered to debate right now or any time in the future, the President, his advisers and most of the Democrat party would fill their pants.

Ticket sales would be brisk like vacuum fills space, probably 70% of Americans and many across the globe want to see Obama, called out.

The first VIP box should go to Joe Wilson.

Speakup on May 12, 2011 at 2:15 AM

I am ready to simply write off the Palin voters and all the rest who some how think they have the right to make up a new version of conservatism and judge everyone by it.

Here is someone else who has noticed the same thing:

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 2:12 AM

Mitch Daniels isn’t the only one Peter Wehner likes…

What is at the core of Obama’s appeal?

Part of it is the eloquence and uplift of his speeches, combined with his personal grace and dignity. By all accounts, Obama is a well-grounded, decent, thoughtful man. He comes across, in his person and manner, as nonpartisan. He has an unsurpassed ability to (seemingly) transcend politics. Even when he disagrees with people, he doesn’t seem disagreeable. “You know what charm is,” Albert Camus wrote in “The Fall,” “a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.” Obama has such charm, and its appeal is not restricted to Democrats.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/01/AR2008020102663.html

Please petunia, write us off and for the love of God please shut up!

sharrukin on May 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM

I really do not need this Warmist, elitist around.

pat on May 12, 2011 at 2:53 AM

Please petunia, write us off and for the love of God please shut up!

sharrukin on May 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM

\

What’s the matter? Are you afraid of a real conservative?

When someone dares to confront you on your idiotic hero worship you pretend means you are conservative you can’t handle it?

You are not conservative, you are a groupie.

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

What’s the matter? Are you afraid of a real conservative?

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Your real conservative Peter Wehner is groveling and slobbering over Obama.

I guess by your nutbar definition Kathleen Parker and David Brooks are the real conservatives.

sharrukin on May 12, 2011 at 3:04 AM

From what I’ve seen I have to say

1. West
2. Bolton
3. Cain
4. Palin

The rest of those “front runners” can just stay home. Are you listening Newt?

Browncoatone on May 12, 2011 at 3:54 AM

I just can’t wait until Mid July. More will be in, the field will be more defined, let the best ideas win.

I don’t think we have a thin field. We actually have a boatload of moderate RINOS and some fake conservatives and some real conservatives.

I don’t think all of them will make it into the race in January. I think fund raising will weed out the weakest candidates. We will probably be left with 4 to 6 to really look at and decide between early next year.

My only worry is obozo loser in the white house will raise his billion dollars (here and abroad like he did before), and he won’t have to spend a dime in a primary. So he can be out there between now and then with hit ads against the front runners and I am afraid that with the willing lame stream press, he will be setting the narrative. Meanwhile, our candidates will be sniping at each other and nipping at each other’s heels.

Gingrich DID set the tone today. He refused to talk about the other primary opponents. He told Hannity he felt talking about why Obama needs to be defeated is more important. He wants a positive primary campaign. Let’s see if he keeps to that tone.

karenhasfreedom on May 12, 2011 at 4:17 AM

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 2:12 AM

I am ready to write off all the haters who go apoplectic at the mere thought of Palin even deigning to run in the primary. The same ones who are prepared to sit home in November and foam at the mouth rather than pull the lever for her. If she’s unelectable, it’s because of people like that.

NoLeftTurn on May 12, 2011 at 4:22 AM

From what I’ve seen I have to say

1. West
2. Bolton
3. Cain
4. Palin

The rest of those “front runners” can just stay home. Are you listening Newt?

Browncoatone on May 12, 2011 at 3:54 AM

Congressman West has said that he has no intention of running for President, although he’d be open to a VP slot.

Ambassador Bolton has, to my knowledge, not done anything that indicates he intends to run for President. What’s more, I don’t know his positions on anything other than in the area of National Security.

Herman Cain is an awesome, awesome person…but, I’m sorry. I just cannot see myself jumping to help nominate someone for whom the Presidency would be his first elective office. If he’s the nominee, I’ll fight for him.

Governor Sarah Palin has the experience both in the private and government sectors. She’s been vetted. She understands and has survived two years of the media and the left’s gauntlet of hate. She’s clever and has figured out ways to get around the left’s stranglehold on the news. I have no fear of her folding under pressure or quitting when things get tough. Contrary to those who forward the idiotic “quitter” meme, Palin is actually the anti-quitter. Instead of taking the easy way out, she instead left the frying pan and…willingly and knowoingly…dove head first into the fire. She’s proven that, when she’s under pressure, she makes the right decisions regularly, regardless of what it could cost her personally. She’s constantly proving those who underestimate her or think they can pigeon hole her to be wrong. She’s consistently taken the lead on issues the other “leaders” have either ignored or come in late to support.

She’s not perfect…no one is… but it is for these reasons among many others that I believe she is the right person at the right time and I will do everything I can to help her win the nomination and the election in 2012.

powerpro on May 12, 2011 at 4:27 AM

Calista needs a new hair stylist. Helmets are not in style.

Connie on May 12, 2011 at 12:09 AM

RRRWAAow, Connie are you one of Newt’s Jilted Lover’s?

jollybird on May 12, 2011 at 5:19 AM

If Newt offered to debate right now or any time in the future, the President, his advisers and most of the Democrat party would fill their pants.

Ticket sales would be brisk like vacuum fills space, probably 70% of Americans and many across the globe want to see Obama, called out.

The first VIP box should go to Joe Wilson.

Speakup on May 12, 2011 at 2:15 AM

Too Cool to even hope!

jollybird on May 12, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Beltway journalists are clearly a lot more enamored with Daniels than actual GOP voters are.”

I suspect that Beltway journalists are clearly a lot more enamored with Obama and his GOP beltway disciples, than with any conservative – particularly a “socially,morally, and fiscally responsible one. Sarah?

Don L on May 12, 2011 at 6:16 AM

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

petunia,

One day you say only a 2 term (or longer) Governor should be considered for POTUS. Another day, it changes to one term…Another time, you say you don’t know much about Palin because you haven’t bothered to read about her or watch any of her interviews. That’s followed a few days/hours/minutes later by basically quoting references to Palin that you’ve apparently gleened from the MSM and/or Huffpo…One day we learn that you are a Phi Betta Kappa…Another time we learn that you have a bias against denizens of the South based on what you’ve watched on TV and seen in movies…One day you say any R should be welcome to run for POTUS…Another day, that changes…

Gohawgs on May 12, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Think McCain would have made a good president? Think again

McCain Proposes Indefinite Detention Without Trial for U.S. Citizens

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced a bill that would allow the President to imprison an unlimited number of American citizens (as well as foreigners) indefinitely without trial. Known as The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, or S. 3081, the bill authorizes the President to deny a detainee a trial by jury simply by designating that person an “enemy belligerent.” The bill, which has eight cosponsors, explicitly names U.S. citizens as among those who can be detained indefinitely without trial

Spathi on May 12, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Herman Cain is an awesome, awesome person…but, I’m sorry. I just cannot see myself jumping to help nominate someone for whom the Presidency would be his first elective office.

Cain has less of a chance than Newt. I wish people would get serious.
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_051111/content/01125112.guest.html
It’s becoming clear who’s camp Rush is in.

Marcus on May 12, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Romney: He flips. He flops.

kingsjester on May 12, 2011 at 7:16 AM

msdnc first out with the wifey situation for both newt and mitch, no worries about policies, just focus on the marital issues…

pathetic

cmsinaz on May 12, 2011 at 7:21 AM

“He comes across, in his person and manner, as nonpartisan. He has an unsurpassed ability to (seemingly) transcend politics…”
 
sharrukin on May 12, 2011 at 2:20 AM

 
I’ve apparently been in some sort of alternate reality since 2007. You might not believe this, but over there President Obama constantly blamed Bush for his own failings and even used the SOTU address as a bully pulpit to humiliate the supreme court. (D)s held a filibuster-proof majority in Congress and still blamed (R)s when laws weren’t passed. Obama’s administration encouraged and approved of legislative trickery to pass a massive healthcare law, and almost every decision the president made seemed to hinge on optics and how they would impact Obama’s re-election and poll numbers.
 
Whew. Thank goodness I’m back. This fellow sounds a lot better.

rogerb on May 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM

cmsinaz on May 12, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Michelle Obama and 2 school age daughters are a powerful attraction for a lot of voters. Remember the last time the Democrat candidate lost we had the “charming” Theresa Heinz-Kerry.

Michelle vs. Callista would be a massacre. And Huckabee’s zoo: My. God.

Marcus on May 12, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Marcus on May 12, 2011 at 7:34 AM

*shudder*

I just wished the lsm would actually focus on policy issues instead of all this crapola…i guess they know dear leader sucks on policy so let’s focus on racist homophobes instead…

cmsinaz on May 12, 2011 at 7:40 AM

What I’m worried about is that with Obama presumably running unopposed, Democrats will vote in open GOP primaries and monkey with results legitimately. I would like to see all the primaries closed.

piglet on May 12, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Romney?
Gingrich?
Daniels?
Huckabee?

How did it come to this?

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

DeMint and Pence won’t run, Palin still waiting in the wings.

fossten on May 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

piglet on May 12, 2011 at 7:53 AM

you mean like Operation Chaos?

I’ll never cease to marvel at how many people support non-executives for POTUS. If I applied for a job for which I had no prior relevant experience, I wouldn’t even get an interview. That there are so many House members people are willing to get behind tells me that we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

NoLeftTurn on May 12, 2011 at 12:47 AM

You must have really liked Carter and Clinton….

btw will the real SP please stand up?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-sarah-palin/8492/

Bradky on May 12, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Spathi on May 12, 2011 at 6:49 AM

unfreaking believable.

unseen on May 12, 2011 at 8:17 AM

btw will the real SP please stand up?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-sarah-palin/8492/

Bradky on May 12, 2011 at 8:17 AM

The Atlantic? LOL LOL LOL

idesign on May 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

btw will the real SP please stand up?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-sarah-palin/8492/

Bradky on May 12, 2011 at 8:17 AM

The Atlantic? LOL LOL LOL

idesign on May 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

John Sexton already picked this piece apart in the Greenroom.

John sums up the 3,000-word article in a single sentence:

Seen through Green’s eyes, all of Sarah Palin’s success was a result of moving left and all of her failures were a result of moving right:

Harpazo on May 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Bradky,

Aren’t you still supposed to be in mourning over the pasting your fellow Canadians gave the Liberals in the recent election?

Gohawgs on May 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

That common trash wrapper said
“from one man’s dream he was able to Barack us” at the white house tonight…..we got baracked alright.

HornetSting on May 11, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I was rotfl when I saw that yellow clown last night. Man, the WH has officially descended into straight-up ghetto trash. This guy is popular and makes money with that dog caca? If that’s the case, I’m letting my long, dark lustrous locks grow into dreadlocks and then I’m going to Best Buy to buy myself a mic, and, sporting my biggest scowl I’m hitting the streets of NYC talkin’ about I want to Barack you all night long, baby.

RepubChica on May 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

You are not conservative, you are a groupie.

petunia on May 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Well said.

Palin is an attractive candidate, but she has liabilities as well. There are certain posters who cannot acknowledge this, and reflexively attack and dismiss anyone who offers any substantive criticism of her. It’s tiresome.

entropent on May 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Gohawgs on May 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Never been to canada….

Bradky on May 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM

entropent on May 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Quoting petunia on matters of substance didn’t support your point…

Gohawgs on May 12, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Never been to canada….

Bradky on May 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM

How ’bout Canada???…/

My mistake…

Gohawgs on May 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/governor-palin-on-the-record-with-martha-maccallum.html

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Is Greta gone? Why is Martha Mccallum on for Greta?

txmomof6 on May 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Well said.

Palin is an attractive candidate, but she has liabilities as well. There are certain posters who cannot acknowledge this, and reflexively attack and dismiss anyone who offers any substantive criticism of her. It’s tiresome.

entropent on May 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM

You know what’s tiresome? People who care more about how Palin supporters do or do not respond to certain stimuli than the battle we’re engaged in right now.

Here’s a clue for you.

Of course she has liabilities. And yes, of course Palin supporters recognize this.

She’s human. She has failings like everyone else.

But this isn’t a matter of whether or not she’s human and has liabilities.

This is a matter of every perceived negative being blown out of proportion… of media generated narratives being accepted as reasons not to support her. And amazingly, major substantive negatives of other candidates are rationalized away.

The thing is…every candidate has baggage. The question is … what type of baggage? Real, substantive policy or character baggage? Or primarily media generated nonsense that can be countermanded by reality and a vigorous campaign?

Which baggage do we want to carry into battle?

I’m sorry if I’m snippy but this is the second night in a row where I’ve had no sleep and it’s wearing on my nerves.

But seriously…think about what your focus should be. If you like another candidate, support them and stop caring what Palin’s supporters say or do.

powerpro on May 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Y’all are covering all the angles well, but if Newt can simply keep tearing the O to shreds in interviews, so be it.
Debates ?? Depends on the formats and moderators, dontcha think ??
He’d keeel the O, if given 1/2 the chance, but questions to Newt could ALL be about HIM, instead of in reply to other candidates.
Just keep getting the truth out, whenever you can, Newt.

pambi on May 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I’ve apparently been in some sort of alternate reality since 2007. You might not believe this, but over there President Obama constantly blamed Bush for his own failings and even used the SOTU address as a bully pulpit to humiliate the supreme court. (D)s held a filibuster-proof majority in Congress and still blamed (R)s when laws weren’t passed. Obama’s administration encouraged and approved of legislative trickery to pass a massive healthcare law, and almost every decision the president made seemed to hinge on optics and how they would impact Obama’s re-election and poll numbers.

Whew. Thank goodness I’m back. This fellow sounds a lot better.

rogerb on May 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM

I live in the same world, but the writer I was quoting doesn’t seem to. This fellow does sound a lot better than the guy we actually got, but sadly he never existed except in the minds of those Petunia considers ‘real conservatives’ like David Brooks and his ilk.

sharrukin on May 12, 2011 at 1:04 PM

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